Even in the Pacific Northwest, there’s such a thing as too much sun. Don’t let Mother Nature’s warm rays send you back indoors. Use a patio umbrella instead.
Patio umbrellas allow you to place your shade where you want it. Use these tips to select the right patio umbrella for you.
Determine Where You Want Your Shade
Take a close look at your backyard. What area (or areas) do you want to be shaded? Measure the space. You will want that measurement when you get to the store.
Then, look at the ground. You will want to consider where your pole can be placed. Is your ground flat enough to handle a stand? Or do you need an alternative way to hold your patio umbrella upright? Perhaps a large pot is more appropriate.
Do you plan to put your umbrella at the center of a table? If so, here are the recommended dimensions:
- 30- to 36-inch Diameter Table – 6- to 8-feet Umbrella
- 38- to 48-inch Diameter Table – 9- to 11-feet Umbrella
- 54- to 60-inch Diameter Table – 11-feet Umbrella (or larger)
Patio Umbrella Types
Market Patio Umbrellas
These classic umbrellas have been popular for several years. Octagonal in shape, they have vented tops. They often utilize poles featuring both a crank-to-raise mechanism and collar-tilt mechanism.
Cantilever Patio Umbrella
Cantilever patio umbrellas are rectangle in shape. They also feature both a crank-to-raise mechanism and collar-tilt mechanism. The main difference between cantilever patio umbrellas and market patio umbrellas is the cantilever umbrella can rotate 360 degrees.
There are a variety of specialty umbrellas available. Some are outfitted with LED lighting. Others feature unique, Asia-inspired designs. Typically these specialty umbrellas are smaller in diameter.