Choosing the Size, Style, and Shape
The first step to finding your shady soulmate is determining what size you need. To find the right size umbrella and umbrella base for the various types of patio sets, check out our Patio Umbrella Size Guide & Chart.
Patio Umbrella Styles
Patio Umbrella Shapes
Patio Umbrella Frame Materials
Canopy Fabric & Color
Choosing the right canopy fabric for your umbrella is important for style and longevity. Dive into the vibrant possibilities with our array of colors. Whether you're drawn to Sunbrella's rich hues, the quality-driven palette of Olefin, or the practical charm of Polyester, we've got the shades to match your outdoor space. Let's paint your patio with the perfect blend of durability and charm.
Choose a Lift Method
You Probably Need a Base for Your Patio Umbrella
Bases are a must-have for any patio umbrella. Even when being used with a table, it will lack stability without a base. Cantilever umbrellas will come standard with a base, but for all others, check out our Patio Umbrella Size Guide to find the right base for your umbrella.
Another important consideration when choosing a patio umbrella is ventilation. Most umbrellas come with single or double vents on the canopy that allow wind to pass through and prevent the umbrella from taking flight in windy conditions. Single vent umbrellas are the most common. These feature a separate flap of fabric at the top of the canopy attached with a mesh material underneath it. The flap prevents water from entering the umbrella and the mesh allows for air to flow through it.
Double vented umbrellas feature the same top vent as single vent umbrellas and an extra vent in the middle allowing more air flow. They are typically best for extremely windy environments such as beaches and roof tops.
After a full season outdoors, your umbrella can accumulate a lot of dirt and grime. Keeping it clean will be your best defense against mold and mildew and will help it last longer. In general, it is best practice to remove any loose dirt from the canvas and wash the canvas and frame with a mild soap and water. Let the umbrella dry completely before closing it and store it in a place where weather and dampness won’t affect it. Check out these Patio Umbrella Cleaning & Maintenance Tips for a deeper look at keeping your umbrella looking like new.