Large Outdoor Patio Umbrellas
Did you think of your Large Outdoor Patio Umbrellas when picking out your outdoor furniture, did you think of shade for your table or favorite sitting area? Umbrellas are offered in many styles and shapes to meet any situation or style. The color range is endless in the selections of many vendors today.
Having your table on the sunny side of your outdoor space should not keep you from using it during the day. Having an umbrella to keep you in the shade and cool your space by about 10 degrees will keep your guests comfortable.
Now let us look at a few details of the kind of shade you can get for a patio table that will not break the bank.
Types of Umbrellas
The offset umbrella does not need a table to set the pole in. It will stand alone and be stable without the table. You can use it with just two chairs and a side table if you wish. See my information on Offset Umbrella in some of my posts here.
A simple table or market umbrellas are supported by a hole in the table with a weighted base under the center of the table to hold in down in the wind. These umbrellas have a crank to open and close. The Large Outdoor Patio Umbrella will have a pivot point for changing the angle so that you can have shade for longer periods at a time.
Simple beach umbrellas have a pointed pole that is placed in the ground for support and the umbrella is attached to the top. These umbrellas are not very large and require a soft surface to mount.
Accessories for your umbrellas
Many extras are available now for your umbrella.
Outdoor Patio Umbrella Lights
Lighting can be attached to the pole or you can have string lights on the metal portion of the umbrella. Lighting can be run by regular batteries, rechargeable batteries, solar-powered and low voltage. Some rechargeable batteries get their energy from solar panels, others have to be plugged in to charge.
Some lights that clamp to the umbrella pole have sound systems that can play a radio or any other portable music source. These will come with remote and rechargeable batteries. Do not expect these sound systems to carry music much beyond your table.
Outdoor Patio Umbrella Stands
Patio umbrella stands come in many styles, colors, and materials. The plastic filled with sand is the cheapest. It can be molded into any design and color to fit your patio or deck area.
Stone is very attractive but will be mostly square without any cut designs in it. These can be very heavy and difficult to move.
Metal can be shaped with a lot of designs and still be heavy enough to hold down your umbrella in the wind. Many different designs can be made from the metal umbrella stand.
Things to know when shopping for your umbrella
The size of the umbrella is one of the most important factors when picking one out. You must make sure when it is fully open that there is still room to rotate it if you have to tilt it to adjust for the direction of the sunshine.
For those that live in areas with wasp and other insects that like to build nest during the warm months, lighter colors will discourage them. Darker colors will be an attraction for these pests.
On the table that the umbrella goes through, make sure that you have a ring for the table to protect it. If you have a glass table and do not have the hole ring the umbrella may break the top when blowing in the wind even if it is retracted.
I hope you found this information helpful in your search for your Large Outdoor Patio Umbrella. If you have any questions or comments please use the form below.
The umbrella in the photo is very pretty. Most I have seen are solid color. So many choices. Very nice to have this information.
Thanks for the comment. Will be doing more post on umbrella’s and shade items in the near future. The umbrella in the picture is in my backyard.
I was just wondering how to put light on my umbrella, thank you for the ideas.
I will be doing a post on lights for the umbrellas soon. I will send you a message when it is up.
I love a patio or beach umbrella as much as the next person and actually use a beach umbrella when I go at the beach or just for a picnic in the grass. I find them however, prone to blowing away. I did not know that lights were sold to attach to the pole and or a sound system. Those are great ideas!
Will be covering lights and sound for umbrellas soon. Will keep you posted.
these umbrellas are actually a REALLY good idea! I never thought about the fact that they keep the rain away so you can be outside when its raining too, right? Are there umbrellas designed to cover the entire patio instead of just the table?
The offset umbrella and giant umbrella will cover a big patio area. Sometimes when it rains the wind will be too strong for most umbrellas.
Who knew umbrellas could be soo versatile? By the way I really like the look of your site. The aesthetics are soo inviting.Really makes you want to stay and browse all day long.
Thanks for the comments, keep coming back as we always have new ideas for your out door space.
The large outdoor patio umbrellas well go with all the gated neighborhoods pool in my area. Will keep your site in mind when speaking with local HOAs.
Many of these umbrellas will work. The bigger ones will be best ones to use for neighborhood pools.
Great post on umbrellas. I’m curious how heavy these are. I live in a pretty windy area and I need an umbrella heavy enough so that when I close it, it can withstand a decent amount of wind. Thanks
Many of these will handle moderate wind with the right kind of stand. In windy areas you should choose a heaver stand and umbrella. I do not think that any umbrella comes with a wind speed specifications.
Hey there, John. I’m glad to see this post. We love having our umbrella in the yard, but sometimes have to move the table that it came with. I never though about getting an offset umbrella!!
The offset umbrella is for when you do not have a table or do not want it attached to your table. They are very big and can cover a large area.