Patio umbrellas are a great way to finish off the design of your patio and provide shade from the sun in the summer. Most furnished backyards feature several umbrellas in well-appointed areas, especially in Arizona. There are a variety of styles and sizes to choose from when buying a patio umbrella. When completing your outdoor décor, here’s what to look for.
When purchasing an umbrella for the patio, the measurements can seem confusing at first. This is because patio umbrellas are not measured in height. The measurement is not taken from the bottom of the pole to the top of the pole. An umbrella is measured in width.
To properly measure an umbrella, first, make sure it’s fully opened. Then, measure the distance from the top point out to the end of a rib arm. Multiply that measurement by two and you will have an accurate measurement of the umbrella.
Another important umbrella measurement is the height of the crank. This measurement is in fact determined by height. From the bottom of the pole (without the base), measure straight up to the bottom of the crank. This measurement is helpful if you’ll be using the umbrella in a dining table. You’ll want to make sure the crank height is above the table.
Before purchasing a patio umbrella, think about how much space you have and your desired amount of shade. Will you be shading one chair or several? Will the umbrella be used to shade a pool? How much space do you have? Considering these questions will help you determine the right umbrella(s) for your space.
Generally, you’ll want an umbrella to reach beyond the space you’re trying to shade. So, if you’re hoping to provide shade for two large club chairs, you’ll want the umbrella to shade about a foot or two beyond the chairs. This is also true for a dining table. You’ll want the umbrella to reach a couple of feet beyond the table.
When shopping for umbrellas, you’ll most commonly see the diameter measurement advertised. For example, 9’ Deluxe Auto Tilt. The diameter is 9 feet. The most common umbrella sizes include:
Small: 6-8 feet
This size is ideal for 2-seater bistro sets, single pool loungers, or small 4-person dining sets.
Medium: 9-11 feet
A medium size is perfect for 4-person dining sets that are bulkier. For example, one with club chairs. For a 6-person rectangle dining set, go for a 10-foot option.
Large: 11 feet or larger
A large umbrella can cover 8-14-person dining sets and conversation sets. Cantilever umbrellas are a great option to shade a lounge area or a pool because they provide optimal shade without a bulky base being in the way.
If possible, we recommend purchasing your patio umbrellas in person. While you may be able to obtain exact measurements online, it’s not quite the same as seeing the size in person.
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