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What Size Patio Umbrella Do I Need for My Patio Table?

Patio umbrellas come in a variety of different sizes and shapes, and choosing the perfect patio umbrella can seem complicated. Yet, it’s actually quite simple to choose the best patio umbrella to provide the correct amount of shade and also look great in your garden, patio, or pool area.
There are a few factors to take into consideration.

If you are shading a dining table that does not have an umbrella hole, or wish to shade a large area without the obstruction of a center pole, a cantilever patio umbrella can be a terrific alternative.

In addition, cantilever umbrellas are a popular patio choice because of their flexibility. They can allow for adjustment of the placement of the canopy with 360° rotation, tilt control, and height adjustment.

Once you’ve decided on the type of patio umbrella, choosing the size and shape is the next step. If your patio umbrella is too small, it won’t provide enough protection from the sun and weather. However, your area may be limited by overhanging branches, walls, or other obstacles that must be taken into consideration and some extra room will be needed above the umbrella as it rises slightly when closed.

Therefore, it’s best to look around and measure the square footage of the space you are looking to cover. A good guideline to determine the canopy diameter is to first measure the area or table that you want to shade, taking into consideration the room needed for chairs and add two to three feet to each side to provide the right amount of shade. You might also consider anything else you may want to shelter, such as rugs, plants or other furnishings.

Since these measurements are typically done in square footage, the way to calculate that is by measuring the length and width of your area then multiplying those two numbers together to get the square footage. Remember, you may benefit from multiple umbrellas instead of only one depending upon the size of the space that you wish to shelter, or if there is more than one area to consider.

Choosing the shape of your patio umbrella canopy is determined by the shape of the table or space you want to cover, any physical constraints, and your aesthetic preference. Square canopies may be obvious choices for symmetrical spaces. They can enhance a modern decor style, giving a balanced, elegant and sleek look, while providing maximum shade.

Rectangular or longer oval tables are often well-matched with a rectangular shaped patio umbrella and additionally, slim patios or balconies may require narrower options. Similarly, if a table or area is round, a round patio umbrella is a great choice.

Rounded canopies can echo the shape, creating a warm and welcoming ambiance, especially complementary for traditional design. Alternatively, go eclectic and express your personal style by contrasting shapes, choosing for example a square canopy for a round table or the reverse.

Before deciding on a specific size and shape, ask the experts at Poggesi. Our patio umbrellas can come in a variety of shapes, sizes, styles, designs, and colors. Choosing the right patio umbrella for you depends on your needs and the style you are considering. We’re the experts in patio design and shade and can help you select the best option for your outdoor space.

We can also design customized patio umbrellas for your challenging or extremely unique space. An umbrella is not restricted to traditional shapes such as round, square or rectangular. We can design trapezoidal or asymmetric solutions based on the surface you wish to be covered.

Our umbrellas are crafted in Italy by our engineers and artisans and created to your unique vision and aesthetics. Our finely crafted fabrics are beautiful, unique, and durable. Available in a variety of elegant colors, our high-quality TÜV certified umbrellas look great, withstand tough weather, and are easy to maintain, and our patented umbrella technology makes it easy to open and close your weather-resistant umbrellas with a mere touch and a push.

It makes sense to invest in a shade structure that will enhance the appearance of your business and endure the elements, providing shade and protection for many years to come. Let us show you why we are the leaders in “The Art of Creating Shade.”

For more information, please contact us.