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What is the Best Cantilever Umbrella for Summer?

With summer officially on its way within weeks, now is the time to think about how to shade your outdoor oasis from the intense rays of the sun. That’s where cantilever umbrellas come in – these stylish shade solutions offer a perfect blend of functionality and aesthetics, transforming your patio into a cool and inviting oasis. But with a multitude of options available, how do you find the best cantilever umbrella for summer? This guide will equip you with the knowledge to navigate the world of cantilever umbrellas and find the one that’s ideal for your needs.

What is a Cantilever Umbrella?

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Ocean Master Max classic dual cantilever umbrella

A cantilever umbrella is a type of umbrella designed to provide shade in an outdoor space without a center pole in the way. Cantilever umbrellas are a great choice for patios, decks, balconies, or pool areas where you want to create a shaded space for relaxing or entertaining.

Freestanding cantilever umbrellas are unlike traditional umbrellas that have a center pole in the middle of the canopy. Cantilever umbrellas are supported by a pole on the side. This allows for more open space underneath the umbrella’s canopy. Since they are freestanding, you can move them throughout your yard, an advantage since it can follow the sun and always provide shade where needed.

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A cantilever umbrella provides shade exactly where you need it.

Many cantilever umbrellas have adjustable canopies moved via tilting mechanisms so you can adjust the angle of the canopy throughout the day to keep your desired area shaded.

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A cantilever umbrella offers a large swath of shade during the day – or lighting at night.

The best cantilever umbrellas can cover sizable outdoor areas. They typically have larger canopies than traditional patio umbrellas, providing a bigger pool of shade.

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White and black decorative umbrella bases from Hauser’s Patio

Because they are not supported by a center pole, a cantilever patio umbrella requires a weighted base to keep it upright, especially in windy conditions. A cantilever umbrella base comes in different styles and materials. You can also choose to permanently mount the umbrella with a base that is affixed to a pool or patio deck.

Size Matters: Finding Your Perfect Shade

Before shopping for the best cantilever umbrella, measure your patio space. Consider how much shade you need and how much clearance you have around furniture and walkways. Cantilever umbrellas come in various sizes, with typical ranges from 7.5 feet to 13 feet in diameter. Ultimately, the best cantilever umbrella for summer is one that fits your outdoor space and provides the necessary amount of shade where it’s needed and when.

Features for Functionality

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Eclipse Cantilever Umbrellas from Frankford Umbrellas are easy to tilt.

Many cantilever umbrellas offer tilting mechanisms, allowing you to easily adjust the angle of the canopy for optimal shade throughout the day.

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This Treasure Garden cantilever umbrella uses colors and pattern to tie it into the surrounding furnishings and landscape

Some umbrellas offer 360-degree rotation, making it easy to follow the sun’s path and keep your shaded area cool.

Easy-to-use crank mechanisms for opening and closing the umbrella are a must-have for effortless operation.

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This Treasure Garden umbrella light includes a Bluetooth speaker. It’s a great choice for illuminating a small area. Bulbs are easy to replace, too.

Consider incorporating solar-powered LED lights into your cantilever umbrella. This adds a touch of ambiance for evening gatherings and allows you to enjoy your patio space well into the night.

With these key factors in mind, you’re well on your way to finding the best cantilever umbrella for summer. Remember, the ideal choice depends on your specific needs and preferences. So, measure your space, prioritize your features, and get ready to transform your patio into a shady sanctuary for the entire summer season!

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