How to Buy a Patio Umbrella
For proper shade, safety and protection, you need to pick the best patio umbrella for your cherished backyard space. The fabric, frame, base and much more must match your needs, which makes it necessary to put some thought into your purchase. Take a look at our product recommendations and tips on buying the perfect umbrella for your needs!
Use Table Umbrellas for Roomy, Level Patios
Use Freestanding Umbrellas for Mobile Shade
Movable freestanding umbrellas typically use a screw-in system (similar to how you set up a Christmas tree), so there’s rarely need for extra tools. Note that there are permanent freestanding installations that require you to screw in a base to a wall or floor, although of course you won’t be able to move these around.
Make Sure It’s Larger Than Your Sitting Area
Pick a Durable Fabric Designed for Outdoor Use
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For Long-Term Shade, Use a Tilting Umbrella
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Find an Umbrella Frame That Matches Your Weather
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Use a Base Weight that Matches the Area Covered
For Extra-Large Spaces, Consider a Cantilever