The best patio umbrellas for your outdoor space, according to interior designers

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When it comes to outdoor furniture, finding the best patio umbrella is a must. It provides shelter and shade for rainy spring days and hot summer afternoons. And, just like an outdoor rug, the best patio umbrellas are functional, beautiful, and tie together a space. In other words, the best patio umbrellas give you more reasons to enjoy the outdoors.

“Beyond protection from the sun and rain, patio umbrellas are a fantastic accessory,” says the interior designer Brendan Kwinter. “They add personality to classes. You can go traditional with solid colors, or you can match your umbrella and mat to give a sense of balance and a great conversation starter.”

But finding the right umbrella for your home can be tricky. That’s why we’ve spent the last month consulting some of the best interior designers in the industry and scouring the internet for the best patio umbrellas that can turn any outdoor space into a summer oasis. One thing to note: to hold patio umbrellas in place, most require a weighted base and are usually sold separately.

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Best overall

Blissun

9′ Outdoor Market Umbrella

Best Cantilever Umbrella

wikiwiki

S Series Cantilever Patio Umbrellas

Best High End Patio Umbrella

LLBean

Sunbrella Market Umbrella, Wood

Ideal for small patios

Bluu Maple Pro 1 Tier Market Umbrella

Best Square Umbrella

Heininger Holdings LLC

78” square market umbrella

Armont & Co.

Market umbrella 89” Jaenis

Over the past month, we consulted with five interior designers across the country who have tried, tested and recommended countless patio umbrellas over the past year. men’s health The editors have tried and tested a few of these patio umbrellas to gauge their durability and style. Additionally, we considered rugs that had at least a 4.5 star average rating on e-commerce sites we trust.

When looking for the right umbrella for your space, the first thing to look for is the size. Generally, you want an umbrella that is two feet wider whether the dining table, sofa or living room you are trying to cover. Sure, you can go all out and get a massive umbrella, but it won’t look proportional to your outdoor decor, so it will look awkward.

“The awning should always be made from an outdoor material, such as Sunbrella or polyester, to withstand the elements,” says the Los Angeles-based designer. Nichole Schulze. “Go for light neutral colors (not white) as they can hide dust or dirt and resist the appearance of fading.”

When it comes to the umbrella frame, teak frames are the best, says Schulze, but require more maintenance than metal. She recommends a lightweight aluminum frame for a weather-resistant material that looks great and is easy to maintain.

What kind of sun protection will you need? Are you trying to cover multiple areas with one umbrella? If so, Schulze advises opting for tilting or swiveling models, so you can adjust the canopy with the movement of the sun. “They’re a bit more expensive than other umbrellas, but will more than prove their worth in the long run,” she says. “The operating mechanisms facilitate coverage throughout the day.”

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