Cantilever Patio Umbrella Buyer’s Guide


What is a cantilever patio umbrella? These outdoor umbrellas are designed to shade an area of a yard. They are Cantilever Patio Umbrellareferred to as "cantilever" because of the way the frame is designed. Unlike regular outdoor umbrellas, cantilever ones hold the canopy over the shaded area. The stand's base sits somewhere off to the side out of the way. This allows users to put furniture underneath the umbrella without the base getting in the way. This overhang design can cover pools, barbecues, dining areas and patios in a non-obtrusive way. The canopy tops are usually square in shape and can fold up when not in use. Some extra features include gazebo-style mesh walls.

Cantilever Technology

Cantilever patio umbrellas are equipped with a special type of frame which can be adjusted up or down. The crane-like design of the frame suspends the umbrella shade over one's head, leaving the area below free. The base which holds the umbrella up is often filled with sand or water to weigh it down. Higher-end models have a feature called "auto tilt'. With this function, users can turn a handle to open the umbrella. Once open, users continue cranking until the umbrella starts to tilt. The canopy can then be rotated around in the tilted position to adjust to the sun's changing angle.

Why Square?

A square is the natural shape to cover most backyard gathering areas. Most patio furniture sets including tables and chairs have straight edges, so wouldn't it make sense to have a flat-edged shade too? In the confines of the square shaped shady area cast by the umbrella, furniture can be fit easily inside. A square umbrella fits up against a flat wall or fence perfectly.

Gazebo Enclosures

If you have concerns about flying bugs, consider using a mesh wall attachment with your cantilever umbrella. These walls are made of fine mesh that does not allow flying bugs to pass through. To install, simply drape the enclosure over the top of the umbrella. The walls will fall down over the sides. Entry is provided through a zippered or roll-up door. Furniture can be set up inside just as usually with the added bonus of being bug-free. The mesh walls have the added benefit of providing extra shade during the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is in extreme angles.

Umbrella Night Life

These days umbrellas aren't just for daytime use. Some companies make cantilever umbrellas with LED lights installed on the underside. Users can turn the lights on at night and enjoy the outdoors under their umbrella. With a gazebo cover and lights, a cantilever patio umbrella becomes a secure and functional outdoor living environment.


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