Small patios and balconies are often seen as one of the downsides of apartment or condo living. Often, very little space is available for entertaining, and putting out a couple of chairs and a small table is all that most people can manage. There’s certainly no room for a patio umbrella to keep the sun off while you attempt to dine “al fresco.” There is room, though, for something called an Off the Wall Umbrella.
An Off the Wall Umbrella is a half-canopy patio umbrella that stands flush against a wall or vertical surface, without fasteners or other attachment hardware required. This handy umbrella provides shade to small areas where traditional round umbrellas are not practical or even possible. Unlike fixed awnings over windows or doors, the decorative Off the Wall Umbrella can be moved easily to provide shade and ambience where it’s needed most.
Umbrella Light Bars
It’s hard to enjoy dining outdoors or evening festivities when you spend most of the day at work or running errands. Umbrella lights offer the ideal lighting to set the mood. The visually appealing, subtle glow of umbrella lights offers an economical and decorative way to extend time entertaining guests long after the sun goes down. Patio umbrella lights can also provide you and your family with quality outdoor time, allowing you to enjoy the night time noises and an after dinner game or book.
You don’t need a table with a hole in the middle in order to enjoy some shade while you dine. You don’t even need a table at all. With a side post umbrella, you can create your own shady zone of comfort no matter where you are in your yard or garden. A side post umbrella, sometimes known as an offset umbrella, has its pole on the side rather than in the center. One of the advantages of this is to maximize the amount of shade underneath the umbrella.
Having the pole at the side of the patio umbrella instead of in the center makes it possible to use any type of patio table or dining table, whether it has a center hole or not. You may also choose to forget the table altogether and simply place an arrangement of chairs under the side post umbrella for comfortable afternoon conversations with friends.
Most side post umbrellas tilt and/or rotate up to 360 degrees without ever having to be moved at the base, so you can enjoy the advantage of being completely shaded no matter the time of day.