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Parasols & Gazebos

Enjoy the outdoors all day long with our wide range of parasols and shading. Many of our parasols come with a side handle which allows you to move and tilt the parasol to the desired position, making sure you stay protected from the sun. You will find UV-resistant materials, strong bases and beautiful designs. Also, take a look at our garden furniture sets. Combine one of our beautiful parasols with a dining- or lounge set or find a furniture set already complemented with a parasol.

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Guide to Choosing the Best Garden Parasol or Gazebo for Your Outdoor Space

Spending time outdoors is a great way to relax and enjoy nature, but sometimes the sun can be too intense, making it uncomfortable to stay outside. This is where garden parasols and gazebos come in. These outdoor structures provide shade and protection from the sun, rain, and other elements, allowing you to spend more time in your outdoor space. Additionally, they add a stylish and decorative touch to any garden or backyard. In this guide, we will provide you with tips on how to choose the best garden parasol or gazebo for your outdoor needs.

Factors to Consider When Buying a Parasol or Gazebo

When looking for a garden parasol or gazebo, there are several factors to consider. One of the most important is the material it is made of. Parasols are typically made of woven fabrics, such as cotton or polyester, while gazebos are made of a variety of materials including wood, metal, and canvas. Each material has its own unique advantages and disadvantages. For example, fabrics are lightweight and easy to clean, but not as durable as wood or metal. On the other hand, wood and metal are more durable but can be heavier and require more maintenance. Canvas gazebos are waterproof and perfect for outdoor events but are less suitable for everyday use.

Another factor to consider is how the parasol or gazebo opens and closes. Parasols are usually crank or pull cord-operated, while gazebos typically have a pop-up or retractable mechanism. Ensure that the parasol or gazebo is easy to use and store and that it has a safety feature to prevent accidental closing on children or pets.

Size is also an important consideration when buying a garden parasol or gazebo. Parasols come in a variety of sizes, so consider the size of your outdoor space and how much shade you need. A larger parasol or gazebo is suitable for larger outdoor spaces, while a smaller one is ideal for smaller spaces or to save space.

Types of Garden Parasols

In addition to size and material, there are different types of garden parasols to consider. The most common are:

  1. Crank Parasols - these are lightweight and easy to store when not in use, but not suitable for taller people as they can be strenuous to open and close.
  2. Pull Cord Parasols - these are usually heavier than crank parasols, but easier to use for shorter people.
  3. Drop-off Parasols - these have a weighted base that can be removed from the frame and stored away, making them a great option for people with smaller outdoor areas.
  4. Retractable Parasols - these have a rotating, telescopic frame and are perfect for larger outdoor spaces. They are bulkier and less suitable for smaller areas.
  5. Standard Parasols - also known as open-ended parasols, are a common choice and come in various sizes. They are easy to store away when not in use and are a great option for smaller outdoor areas.

How to find the best parasol for your outdoor space

Choosing the best parasol for your outdoor living area involves considering several factors to ensure it meets your specific needs. Here are some key considerations to help you make an informed decision:

Size and Coverage: Determine the size of the outdoor space you want to shade and consider the area you want the parasol to cover. Measure the space and choose a parasol with an appropriate diameter to provide adequate shade for your desired area.

  • Type of Parasol: There are different types of parasols available, including market umbrellas, cantilever umbrellas, and wall-mounted umbrellas. Each type has its advantages and considerations. Market umbrellas are supported by a central pole, while cantilever umbrellas have an offset design with the pole on the side. Wall-mounted umbrellas attach to a wall or structure, saving space. Consider the layout of your outdoor area and the type of parasol that would work best.
  • Stability and Base: Ensure that the parasol comes with a stable base or consider purchasing a compatible one separately. The base should be heavy enough to keep the parasol steady, especially in windy conditions. Some parasols may have additional features like built-in wheels for easy maneuverability or the option to attach weights to increase stability.
  • Style and Design: Consider the overall aesthetic of your outdoor living area and choose a parasol that complements the style. Parasols are available in various colors, patterns, and designs, allowing you to find one that matches your personal taste and existing outdoor decor.

Types of Gazebos

Gazebos come in various shapes and sizes, and different types include:

  1. Pop-Up Gazebos - these are lightweight and easy to set up and take down. They are perfect for outdoor events and activities.
  2. Permanent Gazebos - these are more durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions. They are perfect for outdoor living and dining areas.
  3. Portable Gazebos - these are easy to move around and are suitable for camping trips or picnics.

Material Options for Gazebos

When choosing a gazebo, you can select from various materials including:

  1. Wood - wooden gazebos are elegant and stylish but require more maintenance than other materials. They are
  2. prone to rot and insect damage if not properly maintained.
  3. Metal - metal gazebos are sturdy and durable, but can be prone to rust and corrosion if not made of high-quality materials.
  4. Canvas - canvas gazebos are waterproof and perfect for outdoor events, but are less suitable for everyday use.
  5. Vinyl - vinyl gazebos are low maintenance and durable, but may not provide the same aesthetic appeal as wood or metal.
  6. Finding the Right Size for Your Parasol or Gazebo When choosing a garden parasol or gazebo, it's essential to consider the size of your outdoor space and how much shade or coverage you need. Measure your outdoor area to ensure that the parasol or gazebo fits comfortably and does not obstruct pathways or other outdoor features.

Find your parasol or gazebo at Jones Garden Centre

Investing in a garden parasol or gazebo is an excellent way to enhance your outdoor space while providing shade and protection from the elements. With so many options available, it's essential to consider the material, size, and type that best suits your needs. Whether you opt for a parasol or gazebo, ensure that it's easy to use, store, and maintain to maximize its lifespan and enjoyment. With the right choice, you can create a beautiful and functional outdoor living space for you and your family to enjoy.