Umbrella Manufacturers Are Offering More Options Than Ever For Backyard Shade
Shade is a big business and the varieties and options open to you are astounding. The ubiquitous and iconic Patio Umbrella is, of course, still the favorite stand-by. But even those traditional umbrellas are now available in oversized versions (usual octagonal umbrellas are around 9’ in diameter; they are also available in 11' and 13’ models).
These umbrellas are also available in more organic, “free-form” shapes if you are looking to add a more modern, sophisticated atmosphere to your outdoor space. Don’t want an umbrella stuck in your table? Check out the cantilevered or off-set style of umbrella, also available in a wide range of sizes and prices (the 9' Cantilevered Market Umbrella by Leisure Select is pictured right).
Go a step further and consider a Garden Pavilion (the 12' x 12' Garden Pavilion by Treasure Garden is pictured left), which is basically an umbrella fitted to a room shaped frame. Pavilions can also be equipped with mosquito screens for protection from insects as well as the sun. Also available: umbrella canopies that resemble the sails of ships which can be stretched across your outdoor space and attached to walls or other structures.
And my favorite umbrella, the 10' Shanghai Collar Tilt Umbrella by Treasure Garden (pictured right), a 10’ twist tilt umbrella with a definite Asian feel – beautiful in Sunbrella jockey red. Speaking of Sunbrella, any umbrella you choose, whether traditional or completely off the wall (literally) can come in any color or pattern of fabric you desire.
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