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.
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. The suggested weight for a rectangular patio umbrella base is 75 pounds or more.
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
Anti-Rust Powder Coated Pole finish - Bronze
Sunbrella fabric for durability and fabric that is fade, stain and mildew resistant
Ties or Velcro strap to close when not in use
We only get pool umbrellas that have 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
You can't have an outdoor umbrella without an umbrella base. The umbrella stand 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.
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.
Choosing a rectangular patio umbrella will provide needed shade and comfort to your outdoor dining area.