When the sun is blazing and the Southwest Florida heat is in full swing, a trusty patio umbrella becomes your ultimate outdoor companion. Whether lounging on your lanai or hosting a poolside party, an umbrella provides more than shade—it adds style, comfort, and versatility to your space. Discover five compelling reasons why your lanai and pool deck deserve a patio umbrella.



The sun in Southwest Florida is intense, with UV rays that can cause sunburn, wrinkles, and premature skin aging. A patio umbrella protects against these harmful effects, allowing you to enjoy your time outside without worrying about your skin’s health. It’s the perfect companion when you’re applying sunscreen or want to relax in the shade.


Rain Protection

Summer showers are a common occurrence in SWFL, often popping up unexpectedly. With a patio umbrella, you can stay dry and enjoy your outdoor space even when the rain starts falling, offering a convenient shelter for the passing rain.



Large patio umbrellas can create a sense of privacy, transforming your outdoor area into a secluded oasis. This added privacy is perfect for quiet relaxation or private gatherings with friends and family, making your patio or lanai feel like an intimate retreat.


Outdoor Furniture Protection

The sun’s rays can be harsh on outdoor furniture, sometimes causing colors to fade over time. Adding a patio umbrella can shield your furniture from direct sunlight, helping it last longer and maintain its vibrant appearance. This protective measure can save you money in the long run by reducing the need for frequent replacements.


Helps You Create a Stylish Oasis

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Available in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, patio umbrellas enhance the aesthetic appeal of your space. Whether you prefer a classic look or something more modern, our expert design consultants can guide you in finding the perfect one that will complement your style and suit your outdoor space

For instance, you can choose from:

  • Round umbrellas, with the 9′ option being the most common, pair beautifully with round dining tables or bistro sets for a traditional and versatile look.
  • Square umbrellas have a contemporary feel and clean lines. They are ideal for chaise lounge chairs by the pool and square or rectangular dining tables.
  • Rectangular umbrellas for larger areas provide extended coverage and work well with outdoor sectional sofas, long dining tables, and chaise lounge chairs.

Check out this guide for sizing your shade area for tables.


Patio Umbrella Brands We Carry in Our Showrooms

Our showrooms feature a range of high-quality patio umbrellas from trusted manufacturers and brands, available in various sizes and materials for both in-stock and custom orders.


We are also proud to offer in-ground mounted pool umbrellas from Tuuci, which have rapidly gained popularity among our customers.


Shop for patio umbrellas near you in Bonita Springs, Naples, and Sarasota at Elegant Outdoor Living. We are here to assist you with any shade product needs for residential and commercial properties. Contact us with any questions.