Rectangular Patio Umbrella

A rectangular patio umbrella is a great shaped pool umbrella to use in an oval or rectangular shaped patio table or we found it provided great shade over our outdoor bar area.

rectangle patio umbrella

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Rectangle Patio Umbrella Features

Besides size, the other features you want to consider before you make your purchase are a crank opening mechanism, a tilt feature and long lasting fade resistant Sunbrella fabric. 

Consider these features in your umbrella:

Crank Opening for easy opening and closing

Crank Tilt for shade throughout the day

Vented top for air flow

Solar Patio Umbrella Lights

Durable Steel Ribs or Arms

rectangle patio umbrella frame

Anti-Rust Powder Coated Pole finish 

Sunbrella fabric for durability and fabric that is fade, stain and mildew resistant

rectangle patio umbrella fabric

Ties or Velcro strap to close when not in use

We only get pool umbrellas with a crank opening.  

To protect your umbrella from wind and storms it's a good idea to close and tie it up when not in use so it doesn't blow out of the stand or table. Or you can get a patio umbrella cover to protect the fabric and to secure your umbrella on windy days. 

rectangular patio umbrella

All of our umbrellas are now made out of Sunbrella fabric. It will be more expensive, but the fabric is true to it's promise of being fade, stain and mold resistant.  We've had some of our Sunbrella umbrellas for over 5 years and they still look like new. You save money by not having to replace them. 

The third feature that we always look for is the tilt option making the umbrella more protective against the sun more hours of the day.

Where to Use Your Rectangle Patio Umbrella

rectangular patio umbrella

Our oval shaped patio table had an 11' round outdoor umbrella which didn't do a great job of providing shade to the guests sitting on the ends. So we switched to the rectangular shaped patio umbrella.  Now all of our guests can dine in cool comfort and shade.

rectangle patio umbrella

A rectangle patio umbrella shades our outdoor kitchen which provides protection to our pool guests AND the umbrella also helps to keep the granite from getting too hot.

This is a great shape for decks that can't accommodate a large round diameter whether it's for an outdoor conversation set or a patio table. 

Some people use it near a large window that gets too hot in the afternoon as an "awning" and others have used this umbrella near the pool for some pool shade.

Rectangular Patio Umbrella Sizes

The shape and size of your outdoor umbrella is determined by the the size of your garden patio table or conversation area.

Typically, your umbrella should be at least 5 feet larger than the area you want shaded. i.e. a 48 inch table (4 feet) needs a 9 foot umbrella.

tilt rectangle patio umbrella

The two most common sizes are 

6.5' x 10' and

8' x 11' or 8' by 10" 

An 8' X 11' outdoor umbrella shades a 60" to 84" wide patio table. If you are limited in the width of the umbrella - this is a good shape to use as a deck umbrella - the rectangular patio umbrella is not as wide as most round outdoor umbrellas.

Rectangle Patio Umbrellas

Rectangular Patio Umbrella with Lights

We recently had to replace our patio umbrella shading our outdoor bar area with a new rectangular patio umbrella.

rectangular patio umbrella with lights

What we are enjoying are the 4 solar lights on each of the ribs.  Just turn on the switch in the evening and the lights come on for hours. 

patio umbrella with solar lights

So get some shade for daytime and lights for nighttime by the pool with a patio umbrella with solar lights. 

Rectangle Patio Umbrella with Solar Lights

Outdoor Umbrella Stand

You can't have an outdoor umbrella without an outdoor umbrella stand. The umbrella base protects your investment so that the pole or ribs don't get damaged from a high gust of wind that will have it landing on the cement pool deck or yard. 

rectangle patio umbrella stand

The suggested weight for a rectangular patio umbrella base is at least 75 pounds or more.

Check out these guidelines for your patio umbrella base recommendations and how to easily add more weight to your existing umbrella stand for this size umbrella.

Outdoor Umbrella Stand Ideas

Choosing a rectangular patio umbrella will provide needed shade and comfort to your outdoor dining area.

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