When summer comes around, nothing beats being outside in your garden. But even though we all like to bask in the sunshine, we occasionally need to escape it.
Parasols provide shade and protection from the sun whilst allowing you to enjoy your garden in all its glorious splendour. They’re perfect for keeping you shaded when you’re relaxing on a sun lounger or wining and dining with friends and family.
If you’re wondering what parasol is best for your garden, Christow has you covered. Our buying guide contains all the information you need to know, so you can pick the perfect parasol for your outdoor area and keep yourself shaded all summer long.
Before choosing a parasol, it’s important to consider the size of its canopy. Some canopies are a perfect size for patio tables whilst others are better for shading large, open spaces.
A parasol with 2-metre canopy is the smallest type available. It’s perfect for shading a small two-seater bistro table or for patio and decking areas that are short on space.
If you have a four-seater or a smaller six-seater patio table, a parasol with a 2.4-metre canopy should provide you with plenty of shade from the sun.
A parasol with a 2.7-metre canopy is perfect for larger patio tables that seat six to eight people. It’s size also provides excellent coverage if you’re relaxing on a lounger.
Overhanging canopies are a top choice for large, open spaces. Their overhanging design makes them great for shading sun loungers and outdoor furniture sets.
Parasol poles tend to be made from either steel, aluminium or wood. Each has advantages and disadvantages which are worthy of consideration.
Steel parasols are the strongest type available and provide the best stability and wind-resistance. They’re also heavier than wood and aluminium parasols.
Aluminium parasols are lighter than steel and wooden parasols. This makes them perfect if you like to regularly move your parasol to different areas of your garden.
Although wooden poles are less resilient than steel and aluminium poles, they have an attractive, natural look which pairs up beautifully with wooden patio furniture.
The following features are designed to improve the durability, stability and protection our parasols provide. The features are present on all our parasols, unless stated otherwise.
Our parasol canopies are made from thick and durable 180g polyester fabric. The material is water-resistant, so it won’t absorb too much water unless there’s a heavy spell of rain. It’s perfect for keeping you dry during light summer showers.
Most of our parasols are rated UPF 30+ to give you greater protection from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Our steel and wooden parasols are the only ones that don’t provide this level of protection.
All our parasols have an air vent at the top of the canopy which helps to reduce wind pressure and improve its stability. The vent also helps to release hot air to keep you nice and cool when you’re shading yourself from the sunshine.
Types Of Parasol
These parasols are the most popular type available. They have a pole in the centre to support the canopy and are typically placed through the centre of a patio table.
Our steel parasol is available with a 2-metre, 2.4-metre or 2.7-metre canopy. A crank handle enables you to easily open and close the canopy. Simply wind the handle one way to open the canopy and the other way to close it.
Our wooden parasol has a compact 2-metre canopy with a traditional pulley system to open and close the canopy. A locking pin allows you to adjust the canopy to three height positions to increase or decrease the amount of shade it gives you.
Our tilting parasol is similar to our upright parasol but with a swivel joint on the pole. This allows you to tilt the canopy at an angle to block out the low-lying sun.
Our 11kg base is perfect for using with a patio table because the table helps to give the parasol extra stability. If you’re using your parasol without a patio table, a 25kg base will provide the extra weight required to keep it stable and secure.
Cantilever parasols have a spacious, overhanging canopy. Unlike upright parasols, there’s no support pole in the centre to restrict your space, which makes them perfect for shading larger areas of your garden and patio furniture sets.
Our banana parasol has a large 3-metre canopy to provide excellent shade and protection from the sun. A push lever allows you to easily push the canopy into an overhanging position whilst a crank handle enables you to easily open and close it.
Our tilting cantilever parasol has a spacious 2.5-metre canopy with a tilting function to shade you from the sun as it sets and rises. It also features a foot pedal which allows you to swivel the canopy around and shade you from the sun at all hours of the day.
Although our cantilever parasols have a cross-base, it isn’t heavy enough to keep them upright and protect them from the wind. We stock cantilever bases for 4.5cm and 6cm cross-bases. The bases can be weighted with water or sand for superior stability.
We hope you found our buying guide useful and it’s helped you to pick the perfect parasol for your garden. If you’re looking for more outdoor inspiration, visit our garden range, which is home to potting tables, lights, sheds, storage containers and more.