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How to Measure for Your Patio Umbrella

It’s important to measure for your patio umbrella to determine whether the umbrella size you choose will provide enough coverage from poor weather conditions. Here’s a quick guide on how to do this:

The Diameter of the Canopy

If you want to measure the canopy diameter, you need to measure the seating arrangement that you want to be covered. You should also take into consideration the possibility of adding extra chairs and tables if you have a larger gathering. The canopy size is determined by opening the umbrella and then measuring it from one tip of one side, over the top and to the tip of the other side. Another element to consider is the possibility of buying more than one umbrella, especially if you need pool umbrellas. Pool umbrellas are a great addition to family pool days, but you will need more than one umbrella to provide shade for guests who are chatting and for those who are relaxing on your lounge chairs. 

The Umbrella Frame Size

An umbrella’s frame includes the shaft and the handle. You can measure the frame by closing the umbrella and then measuring from the top to the handle. If you are looking for a foldable umbrella, then you need to determine its size when it’s folded and when it’s stretched out.


These measurements are usually done in square footage – multiply the length with the width to determine the square footage.

Choice of Umbrella

When choosing a residential umbrella for your dining table, you need to make sure that the umbrella extends over the table by at least two feet on each side. It’s also a good idea to find an umbrella that looks similar to your dining table – a hexagonal table needs a hexagonal umbrella.  If you need more guidance then feel free to contact our experts at Poggesi. We also offer beautiful custom design options that are sure to satisfy your unique home and garden layout. For more information about our patio umbrellas, contact us today.