8 perfect uses for outdoor umbrellas

June 7th, 2016 · Published to Outdoor Umbrellas by Steve Lewis

As an Australian, I’m sure that you love your patio and backyard as much as I do. These outdoor areas are places where you can enjoy spending quality time with your family and friends. However, outdoor entertainment is always marred by rain, windy days and the harsh Australian sun. In order to truly enjoy an outdoor entertainment experience, you need to ensure that you use a shade solution, such as outdoor umbrellas.

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outdoor umbrellas used to provide pool shade

Having manufactured shade solutions for many years now, I’ve seen a large number of clients make great use of outdoor umbrellas. In this article, I will list their top 8 uses of our outdoor umbrellas. No doubt you will love these ideas and will want to use them yourself.

1. Backyard umbrella for patio tables

Aussies simply love the outdoors and I bet you’re no different. If you like spending time our on your patio, then an outdoor umbrella is a must. Use one of our outdoor umbrellas over your patio table to keep yourself comfortable and protected from the harsh sun rays. Remember to stylise your umbrella to match your furniture.

2. Outdoor umbrellas in cafes and restaurants

Are you looking to provide an alfresco dining experience? Our modern cantilever umbrellas are a great addition to your café or restaurant. Not only do they allow you to offer open air dining to your guests, but it will also increase the visual appeal of your space.

3. Tilted umbrellas in swimming pools

Areas around swimming pools need structures for providing shade when people are not in the pool. While you can spend thousands of dollars in building permanent shade structures, a more affordable option is to go for tilted umbrellas – and this is exactly what may of our clients have opted for. Tilted umbrellas can be adjusted to provide shade at different areas. These outdoor umbrellas are perfect for creating a lounge space around swimming pools.

4. Night-time use

By adding lights to your outdoor umbrella, you can create a wonderful outdoor living space for night-time use. The shaded area can then be used for enjoying a drink outdoors, doing up some reading, or having a chat with friends both during daytime and at night. Many clients have taken advantage of this cost-effective enhancement.

5. Feeling closer to nature

So you have a wonderful garden and are quite proud of it? Then like many of our clients, consider using a green outdoor umbrella and place some chairs under it to feel closer to nature. Nature lovers will love this setup which offers a sense of peace and tranquillity. Spend your time reading books, sipping on some coffee or simply adoring the outdoors.

6. Use on a balcony

Clients that have a balcony obviously enjoy them, what with grand and serene views of the outdoors. You can improve upon your balcony experience by adding an outdoor umbrella. This won’t eat up space, while adding style, comfort and functionality. Outdoor umbrellas make your balcony the perfect place to relax, regardless of the weather.

7. Use on beachside

Areas near a beach typically have less vegetation. If you want to place furniture outdoors near a beach, you must arrange to protect them from the sun. Clients have achieved this with the help our large cantilever umbrellas. Not only will this keep your furniture safe, but it will also provide a comfortable place for relaxation, while enjoying the beach air.

8. Child care

While children need to be allowed to play outdoors for normal development, they must always need to be protected from the sun’s UV rays. A simple and cost effective solution is to make use of outdoor umbrellas. You can rest assured that kids are well protected by installing outdoor umbrellas in your child care centre.

At Global Shade, we are one of Australia’s leading shade solution providers. Of the various products that we have on offer, we are most well-known for our extensive range of outdoor umbrellas. Available in a range of sizes, shapes and colours, our umbrellas can be customised to meet specific client requirements. All our products are engineered to meet Australian standards and are highly durable. No wonder clients from all over the country choose our products over others.


To add some style and functionality to your patio or backyard, make use of an outdoor umbrella. Not only do outdoor umbrellas offer protection from natural elements, but they also offer many other great uses. They can be used as backyard umbrellas for patio tables and they can be used in cafes and restaurants to provide an alfresco dining experience. Tilted outdoor umbrellas also find good use in swimming pool areas, the beachside and can also be used for night-time entertainment outdoors. These umbrellas make you feel closer to nature or on a balcony.

To get yourself one of Australia’s best outdoor umbrellas, contact us today. You can choose from our standard range of products or we can manufacture a custom solution depending on your needs. Go ahead, give us a call on 1800 724 407 and ask for me, Steve Lewis!

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