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Despite being very well off, my grandpa has had the same furniture on his patio for over 40 years. His kids have given him new patio furniture which has come on and gone but the same few items have been there since before I can remember.

During that time, the chairs and the swing frame have been repainted at least 4 times (white, blue, red, and rust are the colors I remember…). So why does he keep them around? Well, because they simply won’t die. They just outlast everything else that comes along. New “heavy duty patio chairs” come in, last a few seasons, and are tossed, while the original chairs sit there in all their multi-colored glory.

Finding furniture like that can be hard. Finding proper heavy-duty patio furniture that is also comfortable and looks great is even harder. Well, luckily for you, my wife and I had to go through this exact journey this year. We spent hours looking at Big Lots, Home Depot, local furniture stores (and even Walmart) to find some plus-size patio furniture that would support our weight.

Long story short, we failed. Despite the number of overweight people in the US today, you will still be hard-pressed to find any sort of heavy duty patio furniture at a local store. So we took to the online world, read thousands of reviews (literally), asked manufacturers about materials and weight capacities, and ended up with just a handful of choices left. Here are the few that made the cut:

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Choosing Heavy Duty Patio Furniture: 5 Things To Consider

If you’re in the market for plus size patio furniture, you’re probably aware of the ridiculous number of types of furniture there are, let along the materials they use to make them.

In general, however, any furniture that is considered heavy duty will have a few commonalities. Since the typical patio chair has a weight capacity of 200-250 pounds, if you’re a big guy or plus size in any way, you’ll want to be sure that all of the following apply to any furniture you buy:

Metal frame: The strongest patio chair would be one that is made from one solid piece of aluminum. It wouldn’t rust, it would look modern, and it could be lightweight while remaining incredibly strong. Since such a chair is impossible to find, we have to look for the next best thing. Stick to patio furniture that is either made of metal (preferably aluminum) or has a significant metal frame (for example, wicker over metal. If metal isn’t an option, look for all-wood construction. Avoid anything with an all-fabric back or seat as these don’t have a high weight capacity and typically don’t weather well (especially in the sun).

Few bolts or screws: The majority of failures that happen with patio furniture occur because the bolts or screws break, twist, or pull out. The fewer such connections there are, the fewer failure points your furniture will have. The most heavy-duty patio furniture is typically one-piece metal furniture without any “weak points.”

A stated weight capacity from the manufacturer: If a manufacturer doesn’t specifically state that their outdoor furniture has a high weight capacity, it probably doesn’t. High capacity furniture is built specifically for that reason and it is nearly always mentioned as a selling point.

Firm padding: Squishy fluffy padding may be a bit more comfortable to start off with, but use and exposure to the elements break down the foam and it will not have any sort of durability. Firm cushions typically soften within a few months of use, meaning they will be comfortable while still maintaining their shape and integrity.

Durable Fabric or Wicker: If your plus size patio furniture is going to exposed to the sun you’ll need to get a cover, remove the cushions when you’re not using them, or just accept that the blazing might of the day-star is eventually going to have its way with the cushions and fabric. The more water and UV-resistant that a cushion (umbrella, canopy, etc.) is, the longer it is going to last.

If you stick to the above options, you’re probably going to do well with picking out some patio furniture suitable for plus size people. However, you’ll be surprised at how hard it is to find something that meets all of those criteria.

The Best Plus Size Patio Furniture: 3 Options

The Best Plus Size Outdoor Furniture Set

Sophia & William Outdoor 6 Pieces Dining Set with 4 PE Rattan Chairs, 1 Square Metal Table and 1 10ft 3 Tier Auto-tilt Umbrella Beige, Modern Patio Furniture for Poolside, Porch, Patio, Balcony

Sophia & William and tons of experience creating heavy-duty patio furniture. In fact, if you’ve purchased patio furniture from Overstock, Wayfair, or Amazon, it’s likely that you’ve had one of their sets.

All of this experience adds up to the creation of beautiful sets that are not only functional but typically have a high weight capacity.

This beautiful set is a perfect example of that. While not specifically marketed to heavy people, this set ticks all the boxes for great plus-size furniture. These pieces have a steel tube frame covered by PE rattan (which looks like wicker), firm cushions, and durable fabric that is resistant to rain, sun, and big rear ends.

The main drawback to this set is that, while it is a beautiful and comfortable patio set, it is not really made for lounging. It is plenty comfortable for nights on the deck, houseboat, around the fire, etc. but if you are looking for something to sleep in, it might not be for you.

The seats in this set have a weight capacity of 330lbs apiece which is perfect for the majority of plus size users (including me). If you need a set that will fit in a small space, look great, and last for years, this set is a great option!

The Best Plus Size Patio Set for Big and Tall People

Solaste Outdoor Aluminum Furniture Set - 4 Pieces Patio Sectional Chat Sofa Conversation Set with Table,Grey

If you live in a wet area but still want strong and attractive outdoor furniture, we’ve got you covered there too. Solaste provides this heavy-duty 4 piece set (2 chairs, a loveseat, and a table) which will support a combined total of 1300lbs!

The single chairs support up to 350lbs and the loveseat is good for up to 300lbs per side. If someone wants to sit on the table I’m not sure of the weight capacity but it is sturdy!

The powder-coated aluminum frames are extremely weather and rust-resistant (not to mention strong). Unlike the 2″ cushions you find on many “cheap” sets these boast cushion nearly 5″ thick which is perfect for heavy users. So if you want plus-size patio furniture and don’t want to break the bank, this set is for you!

The Best Heavy Duty Patio Swing with Canopy

PURPLE LEAF 3-Seat Deluxe Outdoor Patio Porch Swing with Weather Resistant Steel Frame, Adjustable Tilt Canopy, Cushions and Pillow Included, Beige

I can’t imagine a properly set-up patio (or yard for that matter) that doesn’t include a great swing. Heavy-duty swings are much harder to come by than heavy duty patio chairs and, if you do find one, the cost is almost always prohibitive. Not so here!

This heavy-duty patio swing (with a canopy) can support over 750 pounds!

The main drawback here is one that is easily remedied. The designer seems to have spent his entire development budget on the robust frame and canopy and forgot that they needed some space leftover in the budget for great cushions. The includes ones are passable and will last a season or two but most users find them thin and uncomfortable. If you plan on keeping the swing for years to come (which you should, it’s that nice) then you’ll probably want to invest in some thicker and more durable cushions.

Heavy Duty Patio Chairs (That Support Over 800 Pounds)

Flash Furniture HERCULES Series 881 lb. Capacity Black Sled Base Stack Chair with Air-Vent Back

Flash Furniture HERCULES Series 881 lb. Capacity Blue Sled Base Stack Chair with Air-Vent Back

Flash Furniture HERCULES Series 881 lb. Capacity Orange Sled Base Stack Chair with Air-Vent Back

If none of the above options have the needed capacity for you or your guests, we might have to think a little bit out of the box. Patio chairs for fat people are hard to come by for two reasons: they have too low of capacity, and the seating area is too narrow for plus size comfort.

If you are willing to be a bit unconventional, there are several options for “patio-like” furniture that will give you the capacity and seating space that you need.

Flash Furniture is well known for it’s Hercules line which provides super-strong seating to both households and commercial projects. These chairs may look spindly but their incredible engineering and high-quality materials means that they are rated for up to 881 pounds!

While they aren’t the most lounge-worthy patio chairs in the world, their comfort can be increased relatively easily by adding some tie-on cushions. If I were in need of a chair with this capacity, I would get these chairs for my outdoor table and acquire a plus size rocking chair for after-dinner lounging.

These chairs would also be an awesome choice for a wedding or outdoor function where you think that heavy-duty seating might be required. We keep a couple of these exact chairs tucked in our garage just in case we need to pull them out for game night and I highly recommend them.


In the end, finding the best heavy-duty outdoor patio furniture for big people wasn’t so much a problem of availability but just a huge time commitment. Wading through thousands of reviews and sitting on lots of local patio furniture wasn’t the funnest thing I’ve done but I hope it was helpful for you!

My wife and I ended up going with the smallest option above as anything bigger would have been ridiculous on our tiny cement patio. We love it so far and have not had any issues with it! So quick, order what you want before the season comes to an end!

Plus Size Patio Furniture Inspiration for Big and Tall People

One of the problems with big and tall patio furniture is that it tends to take up a lot of space. If you have several thousand square feet of deck space, this isn’t an issue. However, living in the city, my backyard is smaller than many people’s decks or patios. So we have to make the best of it.

For that reason, I’ve included some smaller scale set-ups for your plus size patio furniture that can provide you a comfortable and attractive lounging space no matter how much area you have available:

heavy duty patio furniture inspiration

Despite having only two seat, this set-up can easily provide space for 5 large adults. Ottomans are a particular versatile piece of outdoor furniture because the do two things: provide an additional seat when needed, and turn a regular patio chair into a decadent lounging experience. Get one.

small space patio set up for large people

When my wife and I finally have a bigger house (or at least yard space), this is how I envision our patio: smaller pods of furniture that allow small groups to sit together.

Smaller pods like this have a slew of benefits such as:

  • Being easy on the wallet. Using what you have and adding more down the road is much easier than convincing your spouse to drop a whole paycheck or two on an 8 piece heavy-duty patio set.
  • It gives a space for my wife and me to enjoy dinner together (alone) without having another 4 empty seats around the table.
  • It allows adults a separate space at parties which the younger ones can enjoy the “kids table”
big and tall patio furniture under awning

Patio furniture for heavy people often has a large and blocky presentation. Your best bet is to simply accept this and work with the aesthetic. This can be hard in a small space but creating a “living room feel” by having all the furniture face a central focal point is one way of doing it.

plus size patio furniture in a tiny backyard

This is the extent of what I’m working with at my house right now. Yes, we have to pull the table out a little bit if any bigger adults want to sit on the far site of the table but it beats having nothing!

No matter the amount of space you have, you can make the most of your outdoor patio and enjoy the time. Just make sure you get one of those mosquito zapper lights, they changed out lives when it comes to nights on the patio.

Take care!

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How to Keep Outdoor Furniture from Blowing Away

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High winds have created a problem for many homeowners who are tired of witnessing their outdoor furniture blowing away. In certain parts of the country, windy weather has created a headache for many who have awoken to find their outdoor sectionals scattered across the yard.

You’ve probably tried an assortment of ideas to keep your furniture from blowing away. Patio Productions is proud to let you know that you no longer have to command your dog to sit on your furniture until winds subside. Here are 7 Ways How to Keep Outdoor Furniture from blowing away and safely anchored in your backyard patio!

  • One of the easiest methods is to tie your furniture down with sandbags.  This is how malls and other large venues usually handle high winds.  You can also find canopy sand bags like these ones and adapt them to work with your outdoor furniture.  Case in point, add weight to keep the wind from blowing it around. Here are some more solutions that really work!

7 Ways to Keep Outdoor Furniture From Blowing Away

1. Clear QuakeHold! Gel

If you’ve been experiencing high winds in recent months, Clear QuakeHold! Gel can be just what you’ve been looking for. Initially formulated to protect glassware from falling off of tables, QuakeHold! is an ingenious hack that you can use anywhere around the house. QuakeHold! is a transparent compound that can be applied to the base of your furniture. It will serve as an adhesive and keep your outdoor furniture from blowing away in the wind. Simply place some of the gel on the feet of your sectionals and let it sit for approximately 15 minutes!

The only downside of Clear QuakeHold! Gel is the fact that you won’t be able to move your outdoor furniture around if you would like to rearrange your setting. Although you can remove the substance, it will become a hassle if you plan to change your layout anytime soon, so it’s something to keep in mind. To remove, simply work loose the compound. A bottle of QuakeHold! runs for about $10 making it an inexpensive solution to your problems!

2. Plant a Windbreak

This may be another excuse to plant some extra greenery for the garden fanatics out there. Build a wall by setting tall plants that will serve as a natural barrier from the wind without appearing to be a bland wall. A garden windbreak will add to the decor of your patio instead of looking like a massive structure that you erected in your backyard to keep your outdoor furniture from flying away. To get started, try planting vertical yews! If you’re not totally sure what to plant, check out this awesome article! These plant options provide privacy as well as a windbreak.

Vertical Yew Wall

Vertical Yews shaped into the form of a wall. Image via Gardenista.

3. Furniture Covers

Protect outdoor sectionals with a heavy-duty furniture cover. Once your furniture is covered, you can then weigh down your sectionals without having to worry about damaging the seating area. This will keep your seats clean and untarnished.

Outdoor Dining Furniture Covers

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We recommend using furniture covers instead of placing weights directly on your furniture as this can devalue your furnishing. To keep your furniture from flying off, you can use small weights, sandbags, or just be creative and find old unused items laying around the house. Repurpose that old pile of junk into highly-efficient paper weights!

4. Stack Furniture in the Corner

Stack your furniture in a corner or near a wall so that your sofas won’t be exposed to the elements. This way, they can remain outdoors without causing you to worry about them catching the brunt of powerful wind gusts that have been blowing your furniture away and leaving it scattered all over the yard.

Nesting furniture is a trending new style of design that allows all pieces to inner lock so that they stack away nicely. Check it out and see what you think! Nesting furniture looks great and is going to be your best bet when it comes to storing furniture efficiently.

5 piece island breeze gather group stackable patio outdoor furniture

The Island Breeze 5 Piece Gathering Group tucks away nicely!

Warning: Never leave outdoor furniture exposed in an unsecured location. In recent years, high end outdoor furniture has become the target of thieves in many cities across the nation.

5. Wrought Iron Frames

Wrought iron frames are heavier than plastic and aluminum because of the chemical properties of Iron (or Fe if you’re a science buff). Iron has a much higher density than aluminum frames and may fare better if you live in areas that experience high winds.

Although these sets may be harder to move, you won’t have to worry about them blowing away. Wrought Iron offers higher levels of durability and can give a certain look that can preserve the Vintage appeal of your home. You can learn all about Wrought Iron Furniture by checking out this guide that we’ve created for you.

5 piece outdoor patio furniture wrought iron set

The 5 Pc Jax Chat Set is manufactured using Wrought Iron frames

6. Bungee Cords

This one is pretty simple and straight-forward. Tie your furniture to immovable objects like a railing or a fence post. Wrap a cord around your furniture several times to shorten the length of your cord and provide a snug fit. This will create a higher level of resistance and ensure that your outdoor furniture will be immune to sever weather conditions.

7. Use Outdoor Furniture Indoors

This is one of those, “Why didn’t I think of that” ideas. Outdoor furniture has become increasingly fashionable, and as such, it’s not uncommon to see it being used for indoor home furnishing. Still not quite sold on the idea? Check out this blog post I wrote to see what your living area could look like. This is an especially great idea if you have kids who love to tear things up!

Using Outdoor Furniture Indoors

Outdoor furniture works well inside the home and it’s durable! Read more.

More Tips to Protect Your Furniture from the Weather

  1. How to Properly Store Wicker Furniture in the Winter
  2. Don’t Leave Your Furniture Out in the Cold: Using Outdoor Furniture Indoors
  3. How to Protect Patio Furniture From Freeze Damage
  4. News Anchors are at War Over Snow Covered Patio Furniture (not really)

About this Post
This post was written for Patio Productions by Cheryl Khan. who is a contributor to the Patio Pros Blog. She was inspired to write this post after hearing so many people complain about wind gusts moving their furniture. Although she hasn’t experienced this problem herself, she hopes that it will help someone else find a solution to their problems! Follow her on Twitter.

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Old03-02-2008, 02:04 PM

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I live in a townhome with a very private backyard and an extended patio. I had budgeted around $700 for a patio set, large round table, 4 chairs, chaise lounge and small table for the chaise lounge. Well today I went into Lowes and fell in love with the Herrington set but all those pieces will cost close to $2,000. Now there was a couple there that were in to pick up some more pieces, they bought it last year and wanted to see how it held up and said it was fantastic so I have a recommendation but is 2k simply too much...I know it all depends on your personal budget etc but it seems really high to me.

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I've been looking at patio furniture, also, and have fallen in love with the $2,000 price range series. If you know what style you want, a few other places to look include Home Depot and Target, and (of course) Craigslist. I've found the better prices there, and have been watching for sales. Reading reviews on the Target website, you might find the best deals in mid-summer, when patio furniture goes on sale. Some people wrote that they got up to a 75% discount buying in summer sales. Not an immediate help, but eventually a better price. Good luck with it!

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I live in a townhome with a very private backyard and an extended patio. I had budgeted around $700 for a patio set, large round table, 4 chairs, chaise lounge and small table for the chaise lounge. Well today I went into Lowes and fell in love with the Herrington set but all those pieces will cost close to $2,000. Now there was a couple there that were in to pick up some more pieces, they bought it last year and wanted to see how it held up and said it was fantastic so I have a recommendation but is 2k simply too much...I know it all depends on your personal budget etc but it seems really high to me.

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A couple of years ago I bought from them a table with 4 chairs and an umbrella and 2 chaise lounges with a small table (all pieces from the same line; not odds and ends) for about 1K. Because it was a large purchase, I got some discount for becoming a member, which paid for the membership (about $30 - free shipping for a year) even with some leftover money (about $20). It was worth it regardless of whether you care for the membership or not. Everything arrived in good shape. Needed assembly, of course.
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Old03-03-2008, 07:44 PM

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I was also looking for Patio Furniture. Where not to go: Robb & Stucky. A single CHAIR was running $2400..... But a good place to go to get ideas and try to find them reproduced at a lower cost. I saw a gorgeous set but absolutely hideous prices.

I want an outdoor sofa. But just can't bring myself to spend more than I would on an indoor sofa for something that sits out in the heat and rain and dust and bugs.

On the cheaper sets: Watch the fabric. Unless you are a good seamstress, the cheaper fabrics may not hold up as well. Also my sister had a mid-range I think cast aluminum set. On her grass. Which is irrigated. Over the course of a year or 2, when she went to move the set, she realized: either the water or some chemical in the ground/grass had literally eaten the feet of the furniture away and she had to trash it....

Another idea not real helpful for this year but wait until end of season when they all go on clearance...

Also, not sure what part of the country you live in, but do you live in an area where you will get year-round use out of your set, or an area where summer is about 6 weeks long (I came from Cleveland, Ohio where the function of patio furniture a big part of the year is to catch the snow drifts and falling leaves...)? I would certainly spend more for a set where I live now since I know I can pretty much get nearly year-round use out of it.

I saw the Herrington Set at Lowes. But it didnt have a full size sofa that I could find, which is what I really want. I think it was $700 for 2 chairs? Which once you get into the heavier weight pieces (ie the heavy cast or wrought iron) and "conversation sets/deep seating" actually is pretty reasonable from what I have seen around everywhere else.

Home Depot had a few sets I looked at that I think ran under $800 for 4 chairs and a coffee table.

Or you could do like the other couple did if that is the set you really like and only buy some of the pieces this year. Then chance that they will bring back that set next year and get the rest.

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Old03-04-2008, 01:50 AM

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Wow...thanks for such thorough advice...that is why I love this forum.
I live in Atlanta and the last few days have been 70 degrees and drove me to the store to get this furniture. Interestingly enough I waited for clearance last year and went to Lowes at the end of summer and they said...everything is gone Labor Day...I was so disappointed as it stays watm here through Thanksgiving.

Yes those two conversational chaisrs are $700 a couple and I was not even including those due to the high cost, I was doing the regular chairs.

This weekend I will go anf look at Home Depot...thanks again.

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I broke down two years ago and splurged on Meadowcraft. Table/chair sets were on sale I persuaded the store manager that chaise lounges are chairs and coffee tables, well tables:>)
We actually use the patio every day now and it turned into an outside room. Well worth the splurge.

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Old03-04-2008, 06:54 AM

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I myself just had a screened in porch down so I went out to look for furniture. OMG! I was shocked at the prices. It is the same price as furnishing a living room. Since I don't want a big table (it seems most are sold in sets) I really didn't see anything I liked let alone pay that high price for. I think I am going to go with a few nice folding chairs (which I need anyway) and continue looking and maybe get something closer to the end of season.

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Is there a Sam's Club or Costco where you live?They have nice stuff sometimes at a good price...

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Old03-04-2008, 08:24 PM

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Thanks for this posting. I've been following the leads you've gotten as well, although I'm still not finding prices (now, pre-season) that I like. I stumbled over to Walmart's web site (would usually not consider them for furniture) and was surprised at what I found. Much better prices and not too bad reviews. I thought I'd pass this tip on to you.

Keep the good ideas going, folks!

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Right now, you can save up to $70 on select patio furniture and get free shipping at The Home Depot! Sale ends 5/31!

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Now is a great time to get that patio set you’ve been wanting or if you just want to spruce up your patio because the patio furniture sale happening at The Home Depot and just in time for the Memorial Day cookout!

This year I’m hosting a small family Memorial Day cookout and needed to spruce up my patio a bit. Taking advantage of this Memorial Day event has saved me so much money and couldn’t come at a better time. I highlighted some of my favorite patio items from the sale.

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Hazelhurst 5-Piece Brown Wicker Outdoor Patio Fire Pit Seating Set

This piece would be perfect for those cooler nights and a great place to gather to make S’mores. Each chair is a swivel rocker to provide comfort while you sit and chat by the fire and is made out of a sturdy rattan wicker wrapped around an aluminum frame. All materials are treated to resist weather, rust and UV fading throughout the year. The firepit table comes with a cast aluminum top and hidden tank chamber in the base.

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Coral Vista Brown Wicker Outdoor Patio Chaise Lounge

I can totally see myself relaxing in this chaise lounge with a good book. It’s crafted with handwoven, all-weather wicker and beautiful hand-painted framework that’s rust-resistant. The cushions are super soft making it the perfect relaxing chair poolside, for the patio or sunroom. 

Rock Cliff 6-Piece Brown Wicker Outdoor Patio Dining Set with Bench

We love to eat outdoors as a family during the summer and this piece is perfect for the whole family to gather. It includes 2 captain chairs, 2 armless dining chairs, a bench and table that are perfect for entertaining. It is also very durable with rust-resistant steel frames enclosed in a beautiful wicker to make it last a long time.

Don’t wait too long, this patio furniture sale at Home Depot only lasts through 5/31! Happy Shopping!


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The Best Outdoor Patio Umbrellas for Your Backyard

Shop our shady patio umbrella picks and get your outdoor space ready for warm weather.

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Our Top Patio Umbrella Picks

Spending summer outdoors is only enjoyable if you have a shady retreat nearby. The easiest way to create shade on your deck, patio or in your backyard is to add a patio umbrella. Patio umbrellas come in a variety of sizes, styles and materials so you can pick the best one for your lifestyle and location.

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There’s a lot to think about when choosing the best patio umbrella for your space. First, determine the size you need. The size of your umbrella will determine the type of base you need to keep your umbrella steady through various weather conditions. Looking for an umbrella to shade your outdoor dining space? Follow this pro tip from The Home Depot: "Your umbrella should extend over the dining table by at least two feet on each side for optimal shade." Umbrellas start around five feet in diameter and can reach 15 feet or more.

Next, determine the style of umbrella you need for your space and lifestyle. There are a few main types to consider: market umbrellas, cantilever umbrellas, rectangular umbrellas and umbrellas with lights. Market umbrellas, or patio table umbrellas, have a pole in the middle and will fit through the hole in an outdoor dining table. Cantilever umbrellas attach to a pole on one end, making them ideal for outdoor seating areas. Rectangular umbrellas have more diameter, so they can cover large outdoor seating and dining areas. There are even patio umbrellas with built-in solar-powered LED lights perfect for nighttime use. You may find several styles combined into one powerful umbrella if there are several features you love.

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Once you’ve determined the size and style of your patio umbrella, you'll need to grab a few accessories. Most outdoor umbrellas don’t come with bases, so you’ll need to buy that separately. Follow this pro tip from The Home Depot: "To find a freestanding umbrella base with the proper weight to hold your umbrella, multiply the diameter of your umbrella by 10." That means that for a seven-foot-wide umbrella, you’ll need a base that weighs at least 70 pounds. Umbrella bases come in a variety of styles and materials, too, from heavy cast iron to water-filled. Bases start around $30 with high-end models hitting the $150 price point.

Whether your outdoor space gets hit hard by the sun or receives a lot of rain, you'll want to protect your investment with an umbrella cover. Covers are typically weather-resistant with zippers or Velcro for extra protection and only cover the fabric umbrella (not the stand or base). Prices for covers start around $15 and go up to $75, so they're a worthwhile add-on when you buy an umbrella.

Now that you know what you need, it's time to start shopping! We've started the process for you by picking the best outdoor patio umbrellas for a variety of spaces and purposes.



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