Patio Umbrella Sizes for Different Patio Table Sizes
So, should there be different patio umbrella sizes for different patio table sizes? Or, should you just get an all-size-fits-all patio table kind of patio umbrella? While the current rule of thumb is that depending on the size, length and width of your patio table, you should get a particular shape and size of patio umbrella.
That as it may be, however, because of this one-size-fits all-buy-once-and-for-all-time Space Age we are living in, I remember after we returned from our honeymoon, Wifey was thinking of getting us a large “more convenient” all-size-fits-all patio tables kind of patio umbrella measuring 10-to-11-feet for the patio table set of 30-inches that we had received as a wedding present when she rightly thought it best to hear my opinion first.
Of course, I flatly refused to even entertain the idea because of….
1. Patio Size
At the time, we were renting a small one-bedroom apartment. As you can imagine, the size of the patio was minuscule, to say the least. Ideally, a patio should provide 25 square feet for each person you want on the patio.
As matters stood, our patio was only 40 square feet for both of us. There was no way an all-size-fits-all patio table kind of patio umbrella for the patio table set was going to fit on our tiny patio. Wifey had obviously not considered the target locations’ available space. Besides.
2. Storage Space
Our current storage space situation is such that, although each of us has sold off some of our stuff, we still have so much. Some of it was still in storage, some in the tiny open-plan kitchenette, some in the bathroom, some in the living room and bedroom. Where would we keep an all-size-fits-all patio table kind of patio umbrella for the patio table set? Thirdly,
3. Shape and Color Variety
It is said, “Variety is the spice of life.” The same cannot be said of the shapes of all-size-fits-all patio tables, all kinds of patio umbrellas. By their very purpose and function, they come in one shape and color at best.
And yet, depending on the patio table size, the patio umbrella can be octagonal, rectangular, or square. As for the color of the patio table, color influences our moods. It can make you feel absolutely lousy about the day.
Consequently, getting one that’s one standard shape and size would definitely take away variety-the spice of life. I had actually been hoping we would get a bright-colored octagonal patio umbrella. One which would match our outdoor décor and not be too dark or light since dark colors fade over time and darker colors show dirt. Fourthly,
4. Aesthetics & Ergonomics
Getting an all-size-fits-all patio table kind of patio umbrellas such as the one she was proposing for our cute four-sitter patio table and chairs would be an aesthetic monstrosity, to say the least. While on their own, the patio table and chairs were stylish and beautiful, with an all-size-fits-all patio umbrella, both the patio and the patio table and chair set would look absolutely terrible.
Ideally, the ergonomic design of the umbrella should be such that it molds well with the patio table if it is to aesthetically complement the outdoor décor and the table’s seats. In addition,
5. Intimacy and Relationship Building
On our wedding day, Wifey and I had vowed: “to have and to hold from this day forth”. In this regard, I wanted her within arms’ reach always. Getting an all-size-fits-all patio table kind of patio umbrella would therefore not only go against our vows, but it would also hinder our intimacy, as it would enable us to sit apart from each other, especially after one of our lovers’ tiffs.
An all-size-fits-all patio table kind of patio umbrella only encourages less intimacy and does not aid you and your spouse or family in relationship building. Typically, your patio umbrella should extend over your patio table by only two feet on each side, no more. After all.
6. Family Size Matters
Given that we had already agreed to have a family of only two – a boy and a girl-what would be the point of us getting an all-size-fits-all patio table kind of patio umbrella? Its size would be unnecessarily too big. And then.
7. Weight and Height
Convenient all-size-fits-all patio tables kinds of patio umbrellas tend to weigh more than most. Being a larger patio umbrella, the one Wifey was contemplating purchasing, would require a 65-to-75lbs stand. Who would carry it in and out of the house, set it up, etc? I reckon an all-size-fits-all patio table kind of patio umbrella would just be too much work.
The weight issue aside, what about height? It is recommended that the patio umbrella’s height be eight feet high if it is to provide enough shade and enough room for people to seat and walk around it, respectively, Had Wifey determined the patio umbrella’s height? Not to forget that “the bigger they are the harder they fall.” Not to mention.
Convenient all-size-fits-all patio tables, and kinds of patio umbrellas, like most such products, are pricey. For instance, just how much would the all-size-fits-all patio table kind of patio umbrella Wifey had in mindset us back? Any patio umbrella with a price tag of between $30.00 and $40.00 is considered a fair price.
Any above it would be on the pricey. Wifey shouldn’t forget that we were still yet to finish paying for the wedding and our Mexican honeymoon. Granted
9. Sun’s Aspect & UV-rays
While, when it comes to the angle of the sun and ultra-violet protection at different times of the day, an all-size-fits-all patio table kind of patio umbrella would have us covered, that was but just one advantage amongst over nine reasons. Other than that, a patio umbrella of the kind Wifey wanted was not such a great idea. Last but not least,
10. Expert Advice
According to experts, when it comes to patio umbrella sizes and patio table sizes, a good rule of thumb is that a table size of up to 30-inches should have an umbrella size of six-to-six and a half feet and an umbrella base of 35lbs. A large patio umbrella like the one Wifey was proposing would be 10-to-11 feet wide, ideal for large table sizes of 84-inches wide or more. There was no way I was going to go against expert advice.
When it comes to patio umbrellas and patio table sizes, size definitely matters. This is especially so, as they also speak to and are determined by the size of your patio, shape, aesthetics, and purpose of the patio outdoor area. When next out shopping for a patio umbrella, table and chairs, please bear the above and size in mind.