Choosing the Right Size Rectangular Patio Umbrella

When buying a rectangular patio umbrella, one of the first things you need to consider is how big your umbrella needs to be. For this, you have to know what your umbrella will be covering. Is it going to fit in a table? Or is it going to be freestanding? Do you want an offset patio umbrella? These are all questions that must be answered, in addition to maybe the most important one: how much space do you have?

If your rectangular umbrella is going to fit on a balcony, deck or patio, or even in some lawns, there are going to be space restrictions. If your balcony is 8′ x 8′, you can’t buy an umbrella that’s twelve feet long on one side. So, unless the umbrella is going to be in a wide open area with nothing for many yards in any direction, you will need to measure the space where you plan to put the umbrella before you buy it. This will save you from any unpleasant surprises when you try setting up your umbrella only to realize it hits a wall or tree when you open it. When measuring, remember to leave at least six inches on each side to be sure that the umbrella can open and close fully, without snagging on anything.

The next measurements to consider are what you are going to be shading with your rectangular outdoor umbrella. If the umbrella will be sitting in a table, you definitely want it to be big enough to cover the table. If it will be freestanding, measure the approximate area you would like for it to shade. In either case, remember that the sun will not be directly overhead for the majority of the day, so you need to add extra space on all sides to determine the true size to buy. If you are planning to purchase an offset umbrella, the umbrella does not necessarily have to be quite as large, since you can move it according to the position of the sun.

One last consideration to make is for the umbrella’s pole size, if it will be set into a table. Make sure to measure the hole in the table, and only buy a rectangular patio umbrella with a pole diameter that will fit. Rectangular patio umbrellas are a great choice because they are stylish and can fit longer, rectangular outside dining tables. For rectangular umbrellas to serve their purpose, however, they have to be the right size, so if you have any trouble determining the correct size for your umbrella be sure to contact a salesperson for help before you buy.

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