A patio umbrella can be a great addition to any patio or garden, but it is so important to make sure that you have one that is the right size. It is simple enough to understand the measurements that are used so that you can find one that is the perfect fit for your outdoor living space. Let's get measuring!
Measure the diameter
The first measurement that you should be thinking about is the diameter of the umbrella. This refers to the size of the canopy and is what most people are concerned with. The Frankford Monterey umbrellas that Sunniland Patio stock range in size from 7.5” to 11”, so there are a number of options to suit all needs.
When you are looking for an umbrella to cover an outdoor table, a great rule of thumb to follow is that the canopy should extend over the table by 2 feet in each direction. So if you have a circular table that has a diameter of 5 feet, you should be looking at umbrellas with a diameter of 9 feet. This way, people sat at the table are fully protected by the sun.
Measure the pole diameter
Another important factor you should consider is the diameter of the umbrella pole. The thicker the pole, obviously the sturdier the umbrella is going to be, but this can also have some drawbacks. If you are planning to buy an umbrella for the purpose of placing it through the middle of your patio table, you need to measure the diameter of that hole. The majority of outdoor patio tables have a hole that is around 2”, although some brands will create a larger hole.
You need to make sure that the diameter of the umbrella pole is smaller than the width of the hole, to ensure that the umbrella can fit.
If you do not plan on placing the umbrella in an outdoor table, then, of course, this does not matter, and the thicker the pole is, the sturdier the umbrella will be. The umbrellas that Sunniland Patios sell are all fitted with a 1.5" pole, but this is high-quality aluminum, that is designed for its durability and strength.
In saying that, it is still important to know the diameter of the pole, so that you can purchase a base that is the correct fit for your umbrella. Bases are generally sold separately from the umbrella, so it is necessary to find one that fits. The base hole should have a diameter that matches your umbrella or be a little larger. But you don’t want it to be too large, because then the umbrella will not be fully stabilized.
Measure the length
Finally, you want to have some idea of how tall you want your umbrella to stand. This is to ensure that everyone can comfortably stand underneath it, without having to bend. The umbrellas at Sunniland Patios range in height from 100” to 108”, so consider this when buying, so that the umbrella is convenient for all.
Sunniland Patios has a great range of umbrellas and umbrella stands to suit all needs. Their umbrellas are all high quality, but all models can be tailored to suit your specifications. This way you do not have to compromise in terms of functionality or aesthetics.