Patio Umbrella Shade Coverage

The most common patio umbrella shapes are round and octagonal, but other options include rectangular and square. Cantilever umbrellas are a unique option as well, because 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.

In general, bigger is better. If you're unsure, it's always better to go up a size rather than purchase an umbrella that's too small for your space.


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

6 to 6.5 ft. Umbrellas

Up to 30 inches

30 to 44 sq. ft.

35 lb or less Umbrella Bases (through table only)

Small bistro or small chat sets

7 to 8.5 ft. Umbrellas

Up to 48 inches

38 to 56 sq. ft.

40 to 60 lbs Umbrella Bases

4 Person dining sets, chat areas

9 ft. Umbrellas

Up to 48 inches

63 sq. ft.

65 to 75 lbs Umbrella Bases

4 Person dining sets, chat areas

10 ft. Umbrellas

Up to 62 inches

78 sq. ft.

65 to 75 lbs Umbrella Bases

4 to 6 Person dining sets, chat areas

11 ft. Umbrellas

Up to 84 inches

95 sq. ft.

75 lbs and up Umbrella Bases

Up to 8 Person dining sets, chat areas

11 x 8 ft. Umbrellas

Up to 102 inches

88 sq. ft.

75 lbs and up Umbrella Bases

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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