A Look at What Makes Cantilever Umbrellas a Convenient Patio Umbrella Option
As the hot, scorching sun beats down on us during the dog days of summer, we need shade to keep us cool and safe while still enjoying the outdoors. Many of us even opt to stay outside in the pouring rain to make the most of our summers outdoors. But we can only do this comfortably with the right coverage in our backyards.
While much can be said about all types of outdoor umbrellas, one type, in particular, seems to stand out from the rest—the cantilever umbrella. Whether in rain or shine, these umbrellas provide the most coverage, without the need for hauling the umbrella (or furniture) around your patio.
So without further adieu, here’s a look at cantilever umbrellas and what makes these patio umbrellas stand out from the rest.
What Is A Cantilever Umbrella?
Cantilever umbrellas are patio umbrellas with poles and bases that are placed offset—to the side of or behind a patio seating area. Instead of having a pole in the centre, the umbrella canopy has a sturdy base and pole at the side with a rotating arm.
Cantilever umbrellas provide ample shade from the sun and coverage from the rain without using up valuable patio space. They also add to the outdoor décor since these umbrellas are stylish and
How Do Cantilever Umbrellas Work?
Cantilever umbrellas tilt in various directions—forward, backward, and side to side—with the use of hand cranks or by pushing buttons.
The rotating arm of a cantilever umbrella also allows you to rotate the umbrella canopy as the sun moves throughout the day without the need to move the base of the umbrella. It also provides coverage from rain coming down at different angles.
Why You Should Choose A Cantilever Umbrella
Easy to Set Up and Use
With a cantilever umbrella, you don’t have to worry about using specific furniture or setting it up in a certain location. Simply place it off to the side of your patio, with whatever furniture you want underneath, and open and tilt the canopy as needed.
Cantilever umbrellas are also very easy to operate with a crank or buttons that allow you to adjust the umbrella’s tilt, height, and rotation.
Full Patio Coverage
Some patio umbrellas only provide optimal coverage from the sun during specific times of day, like at noon when the sun is highest. But as the sun moves across the sky throughout the day, the entire umbrella, base, and even table, will have to be moved to keep you in the shade.
But since a cantilever umbrella can tilt and rotate a full 360˚, you can have complete coverage from the sun and even rain throughout the day—easily tilting the canopy as needed, while staying in place on your patio and not needing to move all the furniture around to remain shaded.
No Drilling, No Tables
Many patio umbrellas fit in the centre of patio tables to help save space. But these umbrellas require tables with holes in the middle, which can limit your furniture choices.
So instead of only shopping for tables with holes, or drilling a hole in a table you like, a cantilever umbrella allows you to opt for any type of patio table you desire.
Use Whatever Furniture You Want!
Along with being able to choose any patio table, you can also open up your options for other patio furniture and furniture placement.
Instead of only looking for furniture that will fit around an umbrella base, large cantilever umbrellas provide enough coverage without taking up valuable patio space. So you can use outdoor furniture sets that suit your needs instead of your umbrella’s needs.
When not in use, table patio umbrellas must be closed and left in the middle of the table, or they must be moved and stored, sometimes along with the table. But with cantilever umbrellas, storage is much easier.
Just close the cantilever umbrella and leave it off to the side of your patio. It won’t take up much space when closed, and it won’t require relocation when not in use.
Use around Your Pool
Cantilever umbrellas are ideal for shading areas around your pool and even in your pool. So whether you want shade while swimming or coverage from the sun and rain when lounging poolside, you can easily adjust the area of coverage with a cantilever umbrella placed next to your pool.
Plenty of Options
Cantilever umbrellas are very stylish, and come in various sizes, shapes, tilting features, and fabric designs to suit your patio and backyard needs.
- From small to very large
- Round, square, octagon, polygon, star, and rectangle-shaped
- Forward and backward tilt
- 360˚ rotation
- Free-standing or mounted bases
- Tilt control with hand cranks or buttons
You can find the right umbrellas to give your outdoor living area ample coverage from the sun and rain, while also complimenting your backyard décor.
Standard sizes for cantilever umbrellas are:
- 5 to 6 feet
- 7 to 7 and a half feet
- 8 and a half feet
- 9 to 10 feet
- 11 to 13 feet
Larger umbrella canopies provide ample coverage for larger tables and more seating. For example, a seven-foot umbrella can cover a 36-inch table and up to four chairs. And 13-foot cantilever umbrella can cover a 48-inch table with up to 10 chairs.
For more tips on finding the perfect patio umbrella for your backyard space, visit your local patio umbrella retailer. With a cantilever umbrella, you can start enjoying the extra coverage without giving up your valuable patio space.