The 9 best patio umbrellas to bring a playful Palm Springs chic to your backyard

Our shopping editor curates a selection of the best patio umbrellas to buy for your backyard this summer

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A patio umbrella is a great summer backyard addition. They add playfulness to your outdoor space and bring with them a retro charm. Meanwhile, they are practical too. They can bring a slither of shade on those much-needed summer warm summer evenings and can help create a destination point in your garden. I'm loving the trend for bright color pops and patterns in the backyard, especially during the summer months. 

An umbrella adds to a garden to bring a touch of tranquility. 'An umbrella in an outdoor living room provides shade and protection, and to provide a grounded feeling in that area,' says designer Susan Skornicka. 

'It serves to sit above the seating and block a bit of the afternoon sun while holding the space, creating a cohesive and safe feeling. It also adds interest and is pretty to look at from all angles, often casting lovely shadows.'

With that in mind, I have scoured the web to find the most pretty patio umbrellas out there to buy now to elevate your outdoor furniture.

9 patio umbrellas to buy now

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Should I leave my patio umbrella outside during summer

Whether you should leave your backyard umbrella outside during summer depends on what material it is made from. One one end of the spectrum, the more expensive umbrellas that are made from quality Sunbrella material  will withstand the test of time. 

Sunbrella performance fabrics are made of 100 percent acrylic and have UV pigments spun into the yarn so the sun doesn't damage the material. You're also looking for a good quality metal pole to make sure it's sturdy. 

Aluminum is a good material to keep your eyes peeled for. Meanwhile, if you settle for a cheaper option with a wooden pole and polyester fabric, you may want to fold your umbrella away and store it when not in use so you get more use out of it in the long term.

Whether or not you should leave your patio umbrella open is another question entirely. Closing your patio umbrella after use at the end of an evening entertaining al fresco is a good habit to get into. Practising this will help it stay in better shape for longer and makes it less likely to fall over in the wind. 

What type of patio umbrella is best in the wind

When you're buying your outdoor patio umbrella, to ensure it doesn't fall over in the wind, you want to make sure it is anchored in some way. An anchoring system or structure that is attached to the bottom and weighted will create a stable umbrella that doesn't blow over in the breeze. You can also buy furniture weights for pretty cheap which will help keep your furniture from blowing away. 

Putting your patio umbrella in the center of a table is also a good shout that can balance the structure and make sure it doesn't tip over. Look out for dining tables with holes in the center to support your umbrella.

Oonagh Turner
Livingetc content editor and design expert

Oonagh is a content editor at and an expert at spotting the interior trends that are making waves in the design world. Writing a mix of everything and everything from home tours to news, long-form features to design idea pieces on the website, as well as frequently featured in the monthly print magazine, she's the go-to for design advice in the home. Previously, she worked on a London property title, producing long-read interiors features, style pages and conducting interviews with a range of famous faces from the UK interiors scene, from Kit Kemp to Robert Kime. In doing so, she has developed a keen interest in London's historical architecture and the city's distinct tastemakers paving the way in the world of interiors.