A market umbrella adds the perfect amount of shade to your patio, deck or yard. Move this freestanding patio umbrella around your outdoor space to keep your patio furniture out of the sun. Choose a style that adds a splash of color to your al fresco oasis.
Market Umbrella Features
Use market umbrellas on your lawn or as a porch umbrella. Consider these features as you choose the right outdoor market umbrella for your yard:
• Opening Method. Market patio umbrellas open with a manual lift or hand crank. For the easiest setup, look for umbrellas with a push-button auto-open feature. It opens the umbrella with one button. This is a great option for anyone with strength limitations.
• Size. Outside patio umbrellas should be big enough to provide decent coverage, but not so large that they dominate your space. Umbrellas range from 4.5 feet to 11 feet in diameter. For a patio table umbrella, choose one that is two feet larger than your table’s diameter.
• Extra Features. A tilting patio umbrella ensures that you and your guests are in the shade no matter where the sun moves. LED lights on the frame ribs offer soft lighting that’s perfect for late-night conversations.
• Umbrella Stand. Not all market umbrellas are sold with coordinating umbrella stands or bases. For a standard 7.5-foot umbrella, choose a base that weighs at least 50 pounds. Aluminum stands are lightweight and strong.
To add shade to other areas of the yard, consider a cantilever umbrella. Cantilever umbrellas come in a variety of sizes and materials to help you create your desired look.
Materials and Colors
Vinyl-coated outdoor umbrellas are a great all-weather option. They resist moisture and staining, and they don’t rip easily. Other resilient outdoor fabrics include olefin, acrylic and polyester. A foldable umbrella in a wrinkle-free fabric is a good choice if you need to store it in a tight space.
Options abound when it comes to choosing colored or patterned umbrellas. Bright blues and cabana stripes add a resort-style feel to a poolside spot. Reds can bring a taste of Americana. Go with a geometric or striped patio umbrella pattern to add a splash of personality. Or stick with solid neutrals to blend in with your natural surroundings.