Your patio is a great place to enjoy natural sunlight and reap the benefits of soaking up essential vitamin D. However, even though you may still want to spend time outside, the sun can often be overbearing, forcing you to duck and run for cover.

So how do get to enjoy the best of both worlds: the outdoors and sunlight, without discomfort or increasing your risk of skin cancer? Though you may be thinking the answer is sunscreen (which is certainly a good idea), a patio umbrella is the perfect solution.

To help you understand what to look for as you shop, here’s a quick rundown of the different types of umbrellas you can choose from, as well as a foundational element you just can’t do without:

Market Umbrellas

At outdoor furniture stores like Today’s Patio, you can find an amazing selection of patio umbrellas, including the market umbrella. This style is an excellent way to improve a variety of outdoor spaces, from your pool, deck and patio to even your lawn or garden.

Sizes include 7.5′, 9′, 8’x10′ and 11′. While the 7.5′ market umbrella offers a perfect shade option for a small gathering area like a single lounging spot or a bistro cafe set, the 9′ design provides an ideal combination in regards to a space to shade ratio.

In addition, both the 8’x10′ and 11′ market umbrellas cover an incredible amount of space and can be tilted, meaning there isn’t much that these two designs can’t keep shaded. This way, your guests can stay nice and cool throughout the hotter months of the year.

Colors range from earth tones like beige, teak and henna to more lively colors like gingko, pacific blue, aqua, cobalt and forest green. Colors may vary depending on the size. Both aluminum and wood styles are available from industry-leading manufacturers, including Treasure garden.

Shanghai Umbrellas

The one-of-a-kind 10′ round color tilt Shanghai umbrellas from Treasure Garden can be used to add a splash of culture to your outdoor paradise. There are two different colors available: cha cha lime and cha cha pomegranate; each of which can bring an ideal element of Chinese culture to your backyard.

Just like the market umbrella, the Shanghai umbrella can be tilted as well, making it simple for you to adjust the shade no matter where the sun might be shining. If you’re looking for a style that will be much different than any of your neighbors’, this is the right choice for you.

Cantilever Umbrellas

This style offers unparalleled versatility when it comes to balancing the space and shade of your outdoor living space. Sizes range from 10′ and 13′ for the octagon shape to 10’x13′ for the rectangle. You can also choose from various colors, including auburn, sand, mocha, sesame, jockey red, aqua and more.

The best part about this style is that you can easily adjust the angle, as well as the height, of the umbrella depending on where the sunlight is hitting. The superior flexibility of the cantilever umbrella makes is one of the most popular choices, especially since you can have confidence knowing you can always calibrate it to your liking.

Umbrella Bases

An umbrella base is not only necessary to ensure your umbrella stands straight, but it also impacts its overall appearance. You can choose from many different colors, including white, champagne, anthracite, black and bronze.

Plus, there are a variety of artistic styles as well, each of which plays an important role in the design of your outdoor setting. That’s why, though you may see this piece as simply a necessity, you should choose wisely to make sure it matches the theme you’re going for.

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