Moran Canvas Products

Moran Canvas Products has provided fine canvas craftsmanship since 1988. We specialize in residential and commercial awnings.

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Tips for Creating an Outdoor Dining Space at Your Restaurant

A welcoming dining room for your guests and a spacious kitchen work area for your staff are key components of any restaurants design, but if you are lucky enough to have an outdoor area for additional seating, then smart design choices in that space can give your business’ demand a significant boost. There are many things to consider when designing an outdoor dining space, from layout to patio covers or other options for protecting your customers from the elements. These tips will help you make the right design decisions for your outdoor space.

Furniture Durability

The tables and chairs you use in your outdoor seating area will be exposed to the elements, even if they are under an awning or patio cover. To extend the longevity of your furniture, choose materials that are suitable for outdoor use. Many restaurants opt for wrought iron or wicker furniture for outdoor spaces. Ideally, the tables you choose should look attractive without tablecloths, to minimize the expense and inconvenience of using linens outdoors.


Outdoor dining spaces need shelter from the elements. There are multiple options, depending on the size of your space and needs. Patio covers, commercial awnings, Roman shades, and sun shade sails can all work for outdoor spaces. Some restaurants also use outdoor curtains for privacy or to separate the dining space nearby businesses or busy streets.


Your outdoor dining area should be designed so that your staff can easily navigate it to serve guests. Be sure there are clear pathways that the wait staff can use. It is also helpful to ensure a service station, with drinks and other essentials, is set up near the outdoor area.

Moran Canvas designs commercial awnings and other outdoor covers for establishments of all sizes. Show us your dining area, and our custom project team can devise a design and installation that works for your business. Contact us today at (619) 462-7778 for more information out commercial awnings in San Diego, CA.

What Are the Benefits of Temporary Shade Sails?

Shade sails not only look dramatic but they also provide effective protection from the sun to make outdoor spaces more enjoyable. Although some shade sails are installed permanently, they can easily be used temporarily for occasions like outdoor festivals and other events. Shade sails are only anchored at a few points, so they are easy to retrofit and easy to remove.

Temporary shade sails offer many different benefits. When used for an outdoor event, they provide UV protection and shelter from the sun’s rays, making attendees comfortable. They are a striking design element and can improve the overall aesthetic of the location in which they are installed. Because they are so easy to install, they are an affordable way to cover large outdoor areas without the need for extensive framework.

Moran Canvas Products offers a range of options for shade sails in San Diego, including both permanent and temporary designs. To find out more about using shade sails and our other products, such as awnings and patio covers, call (619) 462-7778.

Picking the Right Awning for Your Business

Commercial awnings can help you business get noticed by putting your name in front customers as they drive and walk past your establishment. Awnings also have functional purposes, such as protecting your customers from the elements. There are many different awning design options, so how do you select the right one for your business. Ask yourself these questions to narrow down your search for the right commercial awning.

What do I want my awning to achieve?

Your reason for getting an awning can have a big impact on the design. For example, if you want an awning that protects your customers from the weather, then you may want a wide or long awning that easily accommodates a crowd. If you want an awning that draws attention to your business’ name, then a smaller awning with a deep slope or vibrant color could be the right solution. Define your priorities for your awning so you can cross incompatible options off your list.

What are the municipal awning requirements?

Most cities have very specific guidelines about outdoor signage, including awnings. These regulations may limit the size, shape, color, height, and materials of your awning, so verify what is necessary in your area before you start designing. In many cases, you will also need to apply for a permit to post a new awning, so factor the permitting process into your project timeline.

How can incorporate my interior design into my awning?

Your awning should grab attention, but it should also complement your branding and style. Repeating the colors and fonts you use on the interior of your business into your awning design will help to deepen your customers’ understanding your brand identity.

If you are interested in a commercial awning in San Diego, contact Moran Canvas Products. Our experienced team can design, manufacturer, and install the right awning for your business’ needs. Start the awning design process today by calling (619) 462-7778.

Get Design Inspiration for Your Pool Cabana

If you have a pool, you can get even more use out of it by adding a cabana. A cabana is not only an eye-catching decorative feature but also functional space to get out of the sun and relax on the pool deck.

There are endless design possibilities for pool cabanas, so watch this video to get inspiration for your outdoor space. From small cabanas that are perfect for sitting under with a book to dramatic cabanas with outdoor curtains perfect for poolside entertaining, you can create the perfect design for your needs.

Moran Canvas Products can help you select and install a pool cabana in San Diego to match your home and outdoor space. Talk to one of our outdoor home improvement experts today by calling (619) 462-7778.

Comparing Awnings and Canopies

Awnings and canopies both provide shade and protection from the elements, leaving many homeowners confused about which one is right for their properties. Despite their similarities, there are significant differences in the design of awnings and canopies that can influence how they are used. Here is a look at what these two structures offer to help you decide which one best suits your needs.


Awnings are fixed to an exterior wall on one side and extend outward. They can remain stationary, so that they provide continuous shade, or they can be retractable, so that they can be opened and closed as needed. Homeowners frequently use them over decks and patios, through they typically only extend a maximum of 15 feet from the supporting structure, so they may not effectively cover larger outdoor spaces.

Canopies are supported by posts in the ground, similar to tents. They stand completely free from any supporting stationary structure, so they can be put anywhere in your outdoor space. They can be designed in larger sizes than awnings to cover bigger areas.


Awnings and canopies can both be designed with a range of different fabrics, including fabrics that block UV rays and waterproof fabrics. Awnings must be designed with a sufficient slope to allow rain to roll off of them in order to prevent pooling that will damage the fabric. Canopies, by design, don’t have this issue. Fabric is generally not a differentiating factor between awnings and canopies, as long as the frame used in the design is adequate to support the fabric.


Many homeowners prefer the look of awnings, since they are close to the home and less obtrusive than canopies, which remain in their yards and may stand out more. However, canopies can be important elements of landscaping design, especially around pools or outdoor kitchens, so the choice is a matter of preference.

At Moran Canvas Products, we will listen to your needs and help you pick a residential awning or canopy that meets your needs and preferences. To speak to one of our awning specialists in San Diego, please call (619) 462-7778.

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