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It’s summer, the sun is out and it’s time to relax, and get out and enjoy the garden. However, no matter how much you, your family and your friends enjoy the sun it’s nice to have some respite from the sun now and again. The best solution for the modern home is an overhanging parasol.
Overhanging parasols or as they are often called cantilever parasols offer protection from harmful UV rays and some are even showerproof but all provide the most flexible option for shade in the garden. Overhanging parasols come in a wide range of stylish designs, sizes, materials, models and colours but all add a nice feature to any garden.
With this range of options, overhanging parasols can come as free-standing parasols with a base, half parasols (semi-circular) for patio use against the house, tilting or full size fixed to the home.
With all these choices and options you will find overhanging parasols suitable for use on any patio or in your garden.
Over Hanging Parasols
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Last update on 2023-12-04
This stylish ‘garden parasol’ from ReaseJoy may be small, compared to some, but this water-repellent, parasol provides a whopping 30+ UV protection factor, which is so important to protect you from the harmful rays of the sun.
The canopy itself is made from fade-resistant 100% polyester and is available in 2 colours, beige and light green.
This ReaseJoy parasol has a nice robust wooden structure, with 6 wooden ribs for great stability, and a rope/pully mechanism to open and close the parasol.
The ventilation hood on top of the parasol ensures, that either wind or heat can escape freely.
This overhanging parasol has a diameter of 2.4 meters (7.8ft) x height of 2.34 m (7ft 7in) with a 38 mm ‘detachable’ pole for easy storage.
A ‘base’ is not supplied with this parasol, which is one drawback. Most users tend to go for the Kingfisher 9kg cast iron effect base which seems to work well.
For storage purposes, you can easily lower the parasol and cover it with a parasol cover to protect it against the elements when you are not using it.
Another one of our picks is the Outsunny Garden Parasol. With all the different shapes and arrangements of outdoor furniture these days, this large rectangular model will cover almost all rectangular tables out there and provide the required shade for you.
The ‘canvas’ of this water-repellant parasol is made from 100% polyester and provides UV protection from the sun’s harmful rays over a larger area than most other overhanging parasols.
Strong and sturdy, with a powder-coated central steel pole (48 mm), both the canopy and central pole are connected with 12 ribs for added stability, strength, and durability. The easy crank-lift opening makes things smooth to open and close. Dual-purpose ‘wind vents’ promote extra durability while allowing cool air to flow under the parasol and up through the vents.
This parasol provides shade to a large area, due to a parasol length of 4.6 m (15ft) x width 2.7 m (8.8ft) x height 2.4 m (7.4ft) providing a huge 12.4 sq m or (133.5sq ft) of shaded cover.
A ‘base’ is not supplied with this very large overhanging parasol, which is one drawback. Buy a suitable base weight of 50 kg or more, this will be heavy enough to hold the size of the parasol.
To protect the parasol against the elements when it is folded down and not in use, a large cover would also be recommended. Purchasers of this parasol have found the Widesmile garden parasol large cover suitable.
Another great overhanging parasol by Greenbay. This ‘banana parasol’ is very stylish and would not look out of place on a balcony or terrace, large lawn, coffee shop or a hotel garden.
Made from 100% 180g polyester, this parasol is water-resistant and UV-resistant, which will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and any light rain showers.
Available in 6 colours Black, Cream, Green, Coffee, Grey, and Wine Red, the parasol is constructed using ‘8 strong’ metal ribs to support the canopy firmly and make the parasol very stable.
In addition, the ‘crank winding’ mechanism allows for easy opening and closing of the parasol. For further control over the parasol, users can also adjust the ‘inclination’ angle.
The parasol dimensions are impressive, sporting a 48 mm pole, and providing 3 m x 3 m (10ft x 10ft) of shade cover with a parasol height of 2.6 m (8.5 ft)
As with most free-standing overhanging parasols these days a ‘base’ is not supplied which is not ideal.
Generally though in addition to buying the parasol, popular extra purchases are the Airwave base weights providing 50 kg of base weight, which is necessary for a parasol of this size, and the Donkon Patio Parasol Cover to protect your parasol against harsher weather during times when the parasol is not being used and stored outside.
Sit and dine later on your patio or in the garden, have drinks with friends late into the evening, or create a romantic atmosphere for a loved one. With this large LED Overhanging Patio Parasol from ABC you can.
ABC Canopy’s large patio parasol has 32 LED lights spread across the 8 Aluminium ribs (4 lights per rib).
These LED lights are attached to a small ‘solar panel’ that is fitted to the top of the parasol. The lights can be switched on/off via a button on the parasol pole itself.
The white LED lights last between 9-12 hours based on a full charge. They create a great ambience in the evening. No electricity or connection to the mains is required.
The parasol provides 2.75 m x 2.75 m (9ft x 9ft) of shade cover with a parasol height of 2.53 m (8.3 ft) and is constructed of a powder-coated aluminium tube. The pole size is 1.5in (38 mm).
Currently, available in 12 colours, in high-grade polyester. Which provides the parasol with great +50 UV protection and waterproofing capabilities.
Easily assembled and with the crank handle and push safety pin, you can adjust the tilt angle of the parasol easily.
As is the trend these days, most free-standing overhanging parasols come without base weights to hold down the parasol base. So in addition to buying the parasol, popular extra purchases are standard parasol base weights from Classic Garden, providing 50 kg of base weight when filled with sand, which is necessary to hold down a parasol of this size.
Purchasers may also want to think about a protective cover as well for the parasol when not in use. A parasol cover will do the trick and protect your parasol against harsher weather during times when the parasol is not being used and stored outside.
Another popular option for an overhanging parasol or wall-mounted parasol is to have a ‘retractable awning’. Especially if your outdoor sitting/dining area is a balcony and or terrace/patio next to the house.
This 4m x 3m (9.8ft x 8.2ft) wall-mounted retractable awning by Greenbay may be just the ticket for those seeking an alternative to a parasol. Available in 5 sizes from 2 m x 1.5 m (6ft 3in x 4ft 9in up to the maximum width of 4 m x 3 m (9.8ft x 8.2ft) should cover all your size needs.
In addition to the 5 sizes, this retractable awning has the option of nine (9) colours to choose from blue/white stripe or grey.
The awning is made from 100% 300gsm high-quality polyester, with a protective PU coating (waterproof polyurethane) the awning is UV resistant and water-repellent, protecting you and your family and friends from harmful UV radiation, drizzle and of course bright sunlight.
The awnings frame and articulating arm are made with an aluminium roller and steel torsion bars and spray-painted with an anti-oxidation preventative, which is a really strong combination with respect to corrosion resistance. The awning is tiltable between 5 degrees and 35 degrees, which is quite considerable.
The extension and retraction of the arms are undertaken by a 1.2 m (4ft) steel crank handle (supplied). This awning can provide the protection you need, either from the sun or an unexpected downpour. The 4 m (9.8ft) width is ample for most situations, however, there is nothing stopping you from mounting additional awnings side by side for extra length to suit your own situation.
It is recommended that these ‘retractable awnings’ be attached to solid brick and or concrete walls. Fixing hollow brick and or wooden buildings or even the eaves of your house is not recommended, all fixing bolts are supplied with the awning (M10 & M12).
Installation is fairly straightforward, and an installation manual and all the materials that you will need for installation are included, but a drill, drill bits, and spanners will be required to install the awning fully.
More than 1 person is needed to install the awning (the awning weighs a little over 18 kg – 40lbs) and some DIY knowledge would be helpful for fixing but not necessary
This free-standing banana hanging Jarder Libra Cantilever Overhanging Parasol stood out for us due to the fact that it is shipped as a ‘complete set’, Parasol, Heavy Duty Base and Waterproof Cover.
Normally we find buyers have to purchase additional covers and base weights for their new parasols.
Users have a choice of 5 colours black, blue, green, grey, and neutral cream colour. All provide UV protection from the sun, one of the most important factors when considering a parasol purchase.
This parasol stands 2.5 m high (8ft 2in) and provides ample shade with a large 3 m (10ft) x 3 m (10ft) umbrella.
The Jarder parasol umbrella is made from thick ‘180g polyester’ with a water-resistant PVC coating stretched over a steel ribbed (6no) frame, with easily adjustable handles for height and cantilever.
The parasol has a modern tilting cantilever design & 360° rotation, meaning that you can position the shade and the parasol exactly where you need to, without the pole getting in the way.
The heavy-duty parasol base when filled with ‘sand’ provides a sturdy 80 kg solid base, just what’s required to hold firm a parasol of this size.
The overhanging parasol cover protects your cantilever parasol from rain, frost, UV rays, dirt, and grime such as plant debris and animal droppings. Of superior quality, the cover is made with thick 350g/m² 600D polyester with a 100% water-resistant PVC coating. The cover also has air inlets to help prevent mould.
Suitable for use anywhere on the exterior of your property whether it be on a patio, terrace, decking area or on the lawn.
Another wall-mounted overhanging parasol that caught our eye is the LJA Outdoor Wall-Mounted Parasol.
This elegant wall-mounted parasol is perfect to create shade and protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Similar to many large parasol umbrellas, the hexagonal LJA is offered in 4 colours (Red, Khaki, Green and White) and provides a 2.5 m (8.2ft) x 2.5 m (8.2ft) area of shaded cover.
The umbrella is made from 100% polyester stretched over an 8-rib aluminium frame, a 1 1/4 (36 mm) thick aluminium alloy support rod, with a triangular force balance bracket, making the whole parasol more stable and durable. The total parasol weight is around 10 kg (22lbs).
The hinged telescopic arm allows for easy swinging of the parasol in either horizontal direction. Fortunately, unlike some similar wall-mounted models, the LJA parasol is therefore not ‘fixed’ at 90 degrees to the wall.
In addition, the design of this parasol also allows you to ’tilt’ the parasol to block the sun as it heads down towards the horizon in the late afternoon.
The LJA is an easily removable parasol. So protecting the parasol during the winter becomes an easy task, as this lightweight aluminium overhanging parasol is easy to remove and store away.
If you are located in a really windy location the manufacturer does not recommend this parasol. However, with good wall fixing this should not be a problem for most users and if wind does become a problem, the parasol is easily removed to be stored until after the weather subsides.
For those wanting a lot of shade, with their garden parasols, then this 4.5 m giant overhanging parasol by PHI Villa is for you.
Yes, 4.57 m (15ft) x 2.7 m (9ft) of covered shade and 2.2 m (7.5ft) high. This is equivalent to 12.15 m2 or 14.53 sq yards of shade
In addition to a very large shaded area, the stylish design of this monster umbrella is made up of 180g polyester and stretched over a (5+2+5) ’12 rib’ frame made from powder-coated steel.
The polyester fabric is fade-resistant to European standard level 5, boasts a 30+ UV factor, and is water-repellent. Buyers also have an option of 3 colours, blue, beige, and red.
This monster umbrella is hoisted by employing an easy-to-use crank handle mechanism. A vented top that allows good airflow through the parasol is also a ‘bonus’ allowing that cooler passage of air up through the parasol.
With such a large umbrella as the PHI Villa, the parasol 48 mm (1.9in) pole should however easily fit through a square or rectangular table into a solid base (which is not supplied) with 6 to 8 chairs, which will easily be accommodated under the umbrella.
The included umbrella base and bags (bags must be filled with sand) will give ample support for such a large parasol and when filled provide around 60 kg of the base weight. I personally would add additional sandbags for weight for such a large umbrella.
To protect the parasol from the elements when not in use, the parasol cover which is both waterproof and breathable would be ideal.
The stylish Sorara Roma Deluxe Garden Overhanging Parasol is the perfect sunshade for the garden, patio, terrace, or backyard.
Weatherproof and providing UV protection, which is an important factor for any parasol, the Sorara offers users a +50 UV safety protection factor which is exceptional.
This elegant cantilever umbrella is made from 100% polyester of 250g m2. Stretched over an ‘8 rib’ frame which is made of steel and powder-coated to ensure long-lasting protection. The umbrella utilises a 48 mm central pole.
Standing at 2.6 m (8.5ft) high and 3 m (10ft) x 3 m (10ft) wide, this cantilever parasol will provide ample shade cover from the sun’s harmful rays.
The Sorara cantilever banana parasol is easy to open and close thanks to the ‘integrated’ crank handle, in addition to the inclination (tilt) which is continuously variable.
With a super 2-year warranty from the manufacturer, purchasers can be sure of its quality. The Sorara has a choice of 2 colours to choose from, beige, or grey.
The parasol stands on its own foot base and can be positioned where it is required. However, we recommend a sturdier base that will give ample support for such a large parasol. Sorara has the answer for this problem with the base stand weights, a set of 4 weights, which when filled with gravel provide 120 kg of the base weight.
To protect your parasol from the elements when not in use, the Gemitto Protective Parasol Cover. It is a popular choice, the cover is both waterproof and breathable.
Something that immediately caught our eye with this garden umbrella by VonHaus, was the 2-year manufacturer’s warranty, which is always a comfort to any purchaser should anything need attention with your purchased goods.
The supplied umbrella is in two parts for ease of storage, the top and lower segments are quickly screwed together. This provides a stylish ’tilting’ garden parasol with a height of 2.4 m (7.8ft) and 2.7 m (8.8ft) x 2.7 m (8.8ft) of shaded cover.
With a ‘6 rib’ frame’ of powder-coated steel, this classic ivory coloured, 100% polyester umbrella, provides a 50+ UV protection factor.
The ’tilt’ mechanism allows you to easily angle and adjust the canopy, which means you can angle the canopy to create the optimum amount of shade at any time of the day.
Combined with the ‘crank mechanism’ for easy opening and closing this is a well-designed garden umbrella. Also, an ‘air vent’ at the top, aids the through-flow of air and prevents wind from pulling up the parasol.
This garden umbrella is not shipped with a base. We recommend a sturdy base that will give ample support for such a large parasol, something like the 15 kg Kingfisher parasol base from Amazon is a black stone resin base that would compliment this umbrella.
This umbrella is not shipped with a cover, either. To protect your parasol from the elements when not in use, a parasol cover is recommended. The Kingfisher parasol cover is usually a popular choice among purchasers of these parasols, the cover is both waterproof and breathable.
An overhanging parasol is a type of outdoor umbrella that provides shade and protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Unlike traditional patio umbrellas, an overhanging parasol hangs over the area to be shaded, providing a greater area of coverage
Here are several benefits to using an overhanging parasol in your outdoor space. An overhanging parasol provides a large shaded area: Overhanging parasols typically have larger canopies than traditional patio umbrellas, allowing them to provide a larger shaded area.
Flexibility in positioning: Because they are not attached to a central pole, overhanging parasols can be positioned in a variety of ways to provide shade where it is needed most.
Stylish design: Overhanging parasols often have a sleek and modern design, which can add to the overall aesthetic of your outdoor space.
When choosing an overhanging parasol, there are several factors to consider, including:
Size and shape: Consider the size and shape of the area you want to shade, as well as the size and shape of the parasol itself, to ensure it fits properly.
Canopy material: Look for a high-quality canopy material that is durable and can withstand the elements.
Frame material: Consider the frame material, as it will affect the overall durability and stability of the parasol.
As you can see from our information above, overhanging parasols come in many shapes and sizes, fixed or freestanding. UV factors, cranking mechanisms, base weights and much more need to be considered before you take the plunge and purchase.
With our in-depth reviews of some of the best cantilever parasols in the UK market today, we hope that we have given you enough information to make that informed choice when you decide to purchase a cantilever parasol.
We have also answered a few other questions concerning ‘overhanging parasols‘ that you may find useful on our Frequently Answered Questions (FAQs) page, why not take a look?
We hope you have many years of enjoyment and relaxation under your new garden parasol.