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.

rectangular patio umbrella

Rectangular 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. 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

rectangular patio umbrella frame

Anti-Rust Powder Coated Pole finish - Bronze

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


the best rectangular patio umbrella fabric


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. 

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

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. 

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 get's 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.

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.

SUNBRELLA Recgtangular Patio Umbrella Tilt 8' x 10' with Solar Lights

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. 

rectangular patio umbrella stand

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.

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