Square vs. Octagonal Umbrellas, Which Is the Better Choice?
When looking for an umbrella for your residential or commercial outdoor space, the shape is one of the first factors to look into. But how do you choose between a square or octagonal-shaped umbrella? With more and more people working from home, it is no doubt that your outdoor space is now a sanctuary of sorts. Thus, choosing the perfect outdoor umbrella is not just about protection against the sun and harmful UV rays, it is also aesthetically pleasing. Poggesi outlines the benefits of both shaped umbrellas to help you choose.
Which umbrella throws more shade?The shape and size of your umbrella will determine the amount of shade it provides to your outdoor space. A 10-foot square umbrella can give you a shaded area of 100 square feet and an octagonal umbrella of the same size has a shaded area of 71 square feet. As it has been concluded that square umbrellas provide 30% more shade than octagonal ones, you can make a decision based on the space that needs coverage at your premises.
Which size & shape of area are you shading?Before choosing the right shape of an umbrella, take some time to visualize your outdoor space. Take a mental picture of the entire look – the colours, textures and aesthetics of the space as this will help you determine the right shape of the umbrella too. Poggesi recommends considering the following three factors to choose:
- What shape is your table or area that needs to be protected?
- Is the space open or does it have any physical constraints such as trees or posts?
- What aesthetic or style are you most comfortable with?