What is a cantilever umbrella, and why do we love them?

02 July 2019
What is a cantilever umbrella, and why you should want one.

We are all familiar with umbrellas. The hand-held kind that protects us as we walk in bad weather, and outdoor pole umbrellas that we gather under at picnic tables. But for many of us, a cantilever umbrella is a new concept. What is a cantilever umbrella? And why would we choose it over a pole umbrella? These are great questions, and we have the answers for you right here.

A cantilever umbrella is an umbrella that is suspended in the air, supported from the side rather than the centre, offering open, unobstructed shelter from the sun. Imagine a room outside created entirely of balmy summer air and generous shade. Picture yourself reclining on an outdoor sofa, daybed or lounger, conversing or enjoying the view across a free, open space instead of around a base and pole. Now you are starting to imagine the value of an outdoor cantilever umbrella.Outdoor cantilever umbrella over daybed

The extremely generous amount of unobstructed shade cantilever umbrellas cast is one of the best things about them. Imagine that as the hot sun moves across the sky, that lovely shade stays on you, right where you need it. Shade7’s cantilever umbrellas effortlessly tilt either towards the mast or from side to side. But that’s not all – their cantilever umbrella canopies rotate 360° around the mast. The rotation and tilt features let you enjoy the maximum amount of shade throughout the day.

With their great range of movement, most cantilever umbrellas are permanently fixed in one place. When choosing the best place to position your cantilever umbrella, consider which direction your outdoor area faces to determine the sun’s trajectory. Also, are there any walls or trees to consider, or privacy or views you want to enjoy year-round? Freestanding bases are another option if fixing your cantilever umbrella to one place doesn’t suit your space. Freestanding bases can also be mounted on castor wheels for ease of movement. They can be ideal for floating balconies with waterproofing membrane.

Another unarguable benefit of cantilever umbrellas is their visual appeal. Shade7 outdoor cantilever umbrellas are the perfect combination of form and function. Stunningly elegant and attractive, a Riviera or Horizon cantilever umbrella greatly enhances the appearance of any outdoor area, providing an atmosphere of style and elegant luxury and outstanding shelter.outdoor cantilever umbrellas seen over lounge suite

Cantilever canopies are octagonal or square in shape. Canopies are available in a variety of colours to compliment any outdoor colour scheme. Riviera outdoor cantilever umbrellas are particularly robust. With marine-grade anodised aluminium mast and frame and acrylic canvas canopy, the Riviera can withstand winds of up to 60kph when open.  Cantilever umbrellas easily wind closed and can be  covered neatly with purpose-made cover bags.

Now you know what a cantilever umbrella is. And with the impressive features and undeniable benefits of these wonderful umbrellas, you also know why we love them. If you have any questions about how an outdoor cantilever umbrella could benefit and enhance your outdoor area, whether it be courtyard, poolside, garden or balcony, contact the friendly, knowledgeable team at Shade7, who will be happy to help you.

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