iPatioUmbrella.com Blog

We've got stories to tell. Stories about our products, our customers, and stories about casual living. Some are funny and informative. Some are exciting and thought provoking. Some might send you to other places on the net entirely. All we can do is hope you enjoy them, and learn a bit more about us.
  • What Are Umbrella Tilts?

    I've seen this question in Yahoo! Answers that read:  How to tilt or adjust the angle of patio umbrella?

    And the best answer was:  Just press the button and tilt the top to whichever direction you want.

    Now, this answer was..mezzo mezzo, IF the umbrella was a push-button tilt. But there are three different kinds of tilt currently available for aluminum patio umbrellas, so it drove me a little crazy when I saw the answer. What if was an auto tilt umbrella? Or what if was a collar tilt umbrella? Very different tilt functions that not everybody knows.

  • 10 Tips To Pick Out the Right Umbrella

    Oh God, it's time to go pick out a patio umbrella.

    What do you do now? I mean, there's big ones, little ones, aluminum ones, wood ones, garden ones....which of the ones do I pick. (see that really cool grammar?)

    Stop for a moment and take the time to consider the following tips. They'll help, I swear.

  • Patio Umbrella or Market Umbrella. What's the Difference?

    Patio Umbrella or Market Umbrella.  What's the Difference?

    You'll often hear the terms patio umbrellas or market umbrellas, and ask yourself what the difference is. There is the industry terms, and then there are the terms that would just make life a little easier for you.  So what is a market umbrella, or a patio umbrella for that matter?

  • Recyle your Sunbrella Fabric

    Sunbrella, which is our flagship fabric line, and one of the most known outdoor fabrics in the US, has announced a fantastic new program for recycling used Sunbrella fabrics.   Here is a quote from the blog.

    The new program, “Recycle My Sunbrella,” operates through a new website - www.recyclemysunbrella.com. Anyone interested in submitting Sunbrella fabrics for recycling should visit the site for additional details on the return process.

  • Offset Patio Umbrellas. 8 ways to use them in your home.

    Offset patio umbrellas represent more than just another line we can carry. They're really great to own! We try to describe all the things that you can do with an offset, but ultimately, it's up to you to decide what you'd like to do with it, and how you are going to use it. We've put together a little list on what we think are cool ways of adding this great umbrella to your garden or backyard.

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