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Patio Umbrella Size Guide

6 ft., 7.5 ft., 8 ft, 9 ft, round, octagonal, square, cantilever – so many options but what do you need? Figuring out the right size is an important part of your umbrella buying decision. After all, the reason you need an umbrella is to keep cool and comfortable..

Patio Umbrella Shade Coverage


The most common patio umbrella shapes are round and octagonal but there are other options available including rectangle and square. Offset and cantilever umbrellas are unique options as well as the pole is located on the side rather than in the center. A little more flexibility in shade coverage can be taken into consideration when selecting a freestanding patio umbrella as you are able to easily adjust the furniture underneath the canopy.

You need to leave plenty to shade all of your guests so it is better to go up a size than down, If the umbrella is too small, tilting it could leave the your guest out in the sun rather than cool in the shade.


Umbrella Size Table Size Approx. Sq. Footage Stand Weight Ideal for Shade Coverage

6 to 6.5 ft

Up to 30 inches

30 to 44 sq. ft.

35 lb or less Thru table only

Small bistro or small chat sets

7 to 7.5 ft.

Up to 36 inches

38 to 44 sq. ft.

40 to 60 lbs

Small bistro or small chat sets

7 to 8.5 ft.

Up to 48 inches

50 to 56 sq. ft.

40 to 60 lbs

4 Person dining sets, chat areas

9 ft

Up to 48 inches

63 sq. ft.

65 to 75 lbs

4 Person dining sets, chat areas

10 ft

Up to 62 inches

78 sq. ft.

65 to 75 lbs

4 to 6 Person dining sets, chat areas

11 ft

Up to 84 inches

95 sq. ft.

75 lbs and up

Up to 8 Person dining sets, chat areas

11 x 8 ft

Up to 102 inches

88 sq. ft.

75 lbs and up

Up to 12 Person dining sets, large chat areas


Patio Umbrella Resources

Selecting the best patio umbrella for your space needs a little forethought and planning. Find out the things you need to know in order to Find The Perfect Patio Umbrella.

Now that you've decided on the perfect umbrella, you need to be able to stand it up securely. Find out what weight base you need for Supporting Your Patio Umbrella.

Get the most out of your umbrella by caring for it properly. There are just a few things you need to know about How to Care for Your Patio Umbrella.


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