Parasols & Garden Umbrellas

Looking to make your garden a little more comfortable this summer? Look no further. Here you’ll find a complete range of comfy garden cushions in lots of different colours, plus a selection of parasols to help you beat the heat on those scorching summer days. You can also find a range of furniture covers that’ll enable you to enjoy the comfort of your outdoor furniture for years to come.

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Garden Parasol FAQs

What is a parasol?

A parasol is essentially an umbrella that provides shade during the day. The Latin root of parasol breaks down into ‘para’ which means ‘shelter’ or ‘shield’ and ‘sol’ meaning ‘sun’, so it is literally a shelter from the sun. This is what separates a parasol from an umbrella; they’re made for two opposite forms of weather. A parasol used to be made of thin material and be handheld to shield the user on a sunny walk, but nowadays we associate this with the garden parasol that slots into your outdoor dining furniture. It’s still made of a thin, lightweight material to allow light through during the day, but they are typically a freestanding parasol and base instead of an accessory.

How to clean a garden parasol

It’s important you clean your parasol between each use because this means it won’t suffer as much wear and tear and could therefore last much longer before you need a replacement. An important note is that you shouldn’t wash your garden parasol on the same day you’re planning on putting it away, because moisture can linger in the folds of the canvas and cause mould or mildew. Nobody wants a nasty surprise when taking the parasol back out for the summer months!

Cleaning a garden parasol is simple. Begin with brushing off any loose dirt and leaves that may have fallen on it. Then, hose it down gently with cold water. Use a sponge or soft bristled brush to wash the canvas with warm water and a drop of washing up liquid. Make sure you don’t pull on the canvas too much or scrub too vigorously, as this could lead to tearing. Leave it to air-dry in the sun before replacing the parasol cover and placing it back in your garden shed.

How to put up a garden parasol

Again, this may be different based on whether you’ve got a regular garden parasol or a cantilever parasol, or even if your parasol base is different. For example, if you’ve got a parasol base that can be tightened around the pole, then all you need to do is slot your parasol into it and turn the screw to compress the grip. Then, you can simply erect your parasol by pushing the canvas up and fixing it in place with a lever or key.

For a cantilever parasol, this is slightly different…

How does a cantilever parasol work?

A cantilever parasol sees the parasol stand supporting the sunshade from the side rather than the centre, allowing for a more communal shaded space without a pole in the middle to obstruct conversation.

Each of our cantilever parasols will come with their own instructions, but there are certain steps to follow when setting yours up. First, assemble the base and then place the parasol into it and fix it in place. The locking handle can be moved up and down the main pole, so adjust the height to where you’d like your canopy to hang. Fix the lever when it’s at your desired height to lock it in place, and crank the canopy open to its full span. Voila! You’ve assembled your cantilever parasol.