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Some of the Most Useful Outdoor Patio Accessories

Choosing the right patio furniture not only sets the visual appeal of your home but at the same time it elevates your spirit by setting mood for a perfect outdoor experience. While selecting unique patio furniture to adding an extra charm to your lawn, backyard or porch, the right accessories can enhance the design aspects. Accessories such as umbrellas, cushion storage boxes, patio covers, etc. will also greatly improve the functionality of your space.

Here are a few ideas of items you may want to consider adding:

Umbrella for Outdoor Furniture: Patio umbrellas provide protection to you and your furniture from rain, sun and wind. The right umbrella will add comfort and class to your deck or backyard. Though most of the outdoor dining sets come with a market umbrella, you may also opt for freestanding ones. They offer shade to your poolside, garden, porch as well as to your backyard décor. Umbrellas are usually made of durable materials and are water resistant. They are available in various colors, patterns and sizes to suit your preferences. Patio umbrellas also protect your outdoor furniture from UV rays of the sun by providing up to 99% UV protection.

outdoor patio cantilever umbrella

Plastic Covers for Patio Furniture: In our climate, it is very essential to have covers for your outdoor furniture. Plastic or vinyl covers provide protection against, dirt, wind, snow, humidity and rain. They are easy to maintain and mostly affordable. You you can’t part with the extra cash for custom covers, a tarp will also do the job.

Outdoor Furniture plastic covers

Storage for Patio Furniture Cushions: Protect your expensive patio furniture cushions by putting them into a water resistant storage bag or a cushion storage box. Cushion storage bags and boxes are specially designed to protect your cushions from rain and dirt that can damage the cushions over time. Outdoor storage boxes are a convenient way to store your patio cushions when they are not being used. Keep them handy without having to run to the garage or basement every time it rains.
outdoor wicker storage box for patio furniture cushions

These are some useful outdoor patio accessories that are highly recommended for protection of your patio furniture and improved functionality of your outdoor space. The protective covers for outdoor furniture are made of various durable materials such as vinyl, polyester and synthetic materials to suit different weather conditions.


Contemporary Designs in Outdoor Umbrellas

The outdoor living space has become an extension of our house. Homeowners are craving for additional ways to create an ideal open-air environment, as soon as the temperatures allow it. So while you are planning to put in a lot of time, money and effort for that perfect ‘outdoor living space’ you certainly want it to look good and fashionable. You can choose from the numerous umbrella options to get that extra visual detail! There are quite a number of outdoor umbrella designs available in the market that can convert your simple outdoor area into a stylish retreat.

outdoor cantilever umbrella for patio and gardenOffset Umbrella or Cantilever:

The cantilever is a stylish and unique umbrella that has gained more and more market share in the past years. Its popularity has grown from a niche product to a widely acknowledged product. While offset umbrellas are known for their unique look, quality and the ability to withstand any weather have made them popular all around the globe. They provide a visually appealing aspect to your outdoor environment by blending with any kind of design scheme and adding style to the mix. Versatility is another amazing factor with cantilever outdoor umbrellas. Whether lounging by your favorite water, be it the beach, lakeside or the backyard pool cantilevered side post umbrellas can adjust their shading canopy according to your position. While not all cantilevers have the same functionalities, the high end models go as far as allowing a 360-rotation. Turn your side post umbrella in any desired direction to protect you and your family form the sun!

Done with the dining, where you have a pole right in the middle of the conversation. What’s more, you can enjoy a quick nap by positioning the cantilever near the relaxing chaise lounge. A cantilever umbrella would be appealing and efficient in any outdoor space.

The tricky part with this kind of umbrella is the canopy being held from one side, therefore the load falls on only one side. The base needs a good strong design to keep the umbrella erect under all weather conditions. This makes it usually a little more costly compared to a conventional market umbrella. Some cantilever umbrellas are designed to use a plastic base filled with gallons of water to give the base extra bottom heaviness. These kinds are difficult to move as they are heavy and water will need to be drained to be able to move the umbrella to a safe place. Other designs use a cross base that can be used with patio stones or to be screwed into a wooden deck.

outdoor umbrella with patioMarket Umbrellas:

A traditional central pole umbrella is called a market umbrella. These types of umbrellas were used mainly in the market places in the earlier times. However, nowadays market umbrellas are used in every possible location! Market umbrellas have different styles of canopies to them. A post with a canopy on top of it is the most common type of market umbrella.  The size of the canopy can range from 6’ up to 11’ or more complete with unique custom bases or lever arms. These umbrellas are popular in pool side settings as they give a wide range of shade.

Market umbrellas in a café setting are usually made with a heavy metal base. This looks attractive and is less bulky than plastic water bases, providing ample space for sitting outdoors. All advanced umbrellas come with some type of venting system on the top allowing hot air and wind to escape. Market umbrellas usually cost in between $80-150, while the most basic cantilevers start around $150.