Outdoor Patio Umbrellas

Adding high-quality outdoor patio umbrellas to your commercial space is a great way to spruce it up while helping guests enjoy a year-round alfresco dining or lounging experience. These simple and versatile shade accessories elevate outdoor areas with their elegant aesthetic and allow customers to soak in the weather while staying protected.

Suppose you wish to invest in patio umbrellas for your hotel, resort, restaurant, bar, or other hospitality business. In that case, follow these tips from Grosfillex North America for how to pick the perfect umbrella based on different types and shapes.

Outdoor Patio Umbrellas

Types of Outdoor Patio Umbrellas

When shopping for outdoor umbrellas, you’ll come across various styles and types in the market that serve different purposes. Here are two popular types of patio umbrellas that you can choose from to suit your business needs:

1. Table Umbrellas

Outdoor table umbrellas are inserted into holes in outdoor tables, keeping them firmly in place. They protect your guests and furniture from the harsh sun, wind, and rain. You can easily get these umbrellas in different sizes to suit your area’s dimensions.

2. Cantilever Umbrellas

Cantilever or offset umbrellas do not go into holes in tables. Instead, their bases and poles are offset away from the space that needs shade. They have a wide canopy and offer greater maneuverability, so you can adjust them as the sun moves, allowing you to shield customers and furniture against harmful UV rays. 

These umbrellas suit different outdoor furniture arrangements and provide excellent shade, making them ideal for offering full coverage for patio layouts.

Outdoor Patio Umbrella Shapes

The outdoor patio umbrella type you select must be proportional to your outdoor setup to ensure effective shade. Its canopy must be wide enough to offer guests protection against the weather yet compact enough to avoid a crowded and cluttered aesthetic. Here are two popular shapes among outdoor patio umbrellas:

1. Round Umbrellas

Most patio umbrellas have a round or octagonal shape. This classic canopy shape has been popular since ancient times — think parasols in Victorian England and Imperial China. Many hospitality businesses still use round umbrellas to create a charming and elegant space that stands out.

Wooden market umbrellas are also popular among round umbrellas. They are frequently seen on cafe patios and usually have vented tops to stay stable on windy days.

2. Square Umbrellas

Square umbrellas feature a contemporary canopy design that will help create a cohesive look on patios with square dining sets and other four-sided furniture. These angular, architectural, and stylish umbrellas help you make a bold statement while offering guests plenty of shade.

Lining them up in rows is a popular layout at bistros and cafes, helping business owners enhance the visual appeal of the outdoor space.


Choosing the right type and shape for your outdoor patio umbrella can help you maximize your investment and set up a stylish and functional patio. Grosfillex North America's commercial patio umbrellas are chic, durable, UV-resistant, and weather-resistant.

You can get them in different bright hues, eye-catching patterns, and resilient fabrics that’ll add a pop of color to your patio layout.

We also test our products and provide superior customer support, helping you enjoy a smooth buying experience. Explore our vast range of outdoor patio umbrellas on our website, or connect with our team of experts to learn more.

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