Australia really is the lucky country. Not too many other countries get to experience the sublime weather that we do. In Sydney alone, we enjoy on average 107 sunny days and 129 partly sunny days every year and an average summer temperature of 26°, Our climate also means that we get to enjoy being outdoors more; and in Australia, if you’re not at the beach, you’re spending time in your backyard. Whether it’s a game of backyard cricket, swimming in the pool, or entertaining friends with a BBQ there’s no better way to spend a warm day than in the backyard. Or is there? If you ask me, there is. The one thing that could possibly make time in the backyard better is a backyard umbrella. If you love the outdoors and have not yet invested in a backyard umbrella, then continue reading. I’ll tell you everything you need to know to help you choose the perfect umbrella for your backyard, so you can enjoy it even more! Consider your lifestyle The first step in choosing the perfect backyard umbrella in Sydney is to think about your lifestyle and how you intend to use the umbrella. Are you looking to add shade to your deck or outdoor dining area? Do you want to add shade by the pool? Or, do you want to create a lovely seating area in amongst your garden? Your intended use and the location will impact which backyard umbrella is best suited for your needs. Make sure it's large enough Once you have defined how you will use the umbrella, the next step is to consider what size umbrella you need to supply adequate shade coverage to the area below. To work this out, measure the area to find the square meterage and then refer to the table I included in this previous article. When choosing a size, you can also choose a shape. Backyard umbrellas in Sydney come in square and octagon shapes. A square backyard umbrella will offer more shade coverage than an octagonal backyard umbrella. However, if you’re shading a round outdoor dining table, then an octagonal umbrella is more pleasing to the eye than a square umbrella. Therefore, consider what you are shading and choose a shape accordingly. Consider the fabric and colour Knowing what size and shape that you need, you can now narrow down the options and start to think about the fabric and colour. When looking at fabrics, again refer to your lifestyle and how you intend to use the umbrella. Are you looking for a shade umbrella or an all-weather (waterproof) umbrella? Your decision will narrow down your options further to the point where you can start thinking about the colours. When choosing a colour, think about whether you want the outdoor umbrella to blend into the environment or become a focal point of your yard. To blend in with the environment, consider a colour similar to your home or a deep forest green to blend with your garden. To become a focal point, consider a contrasting colour that pops such as sky blue, red or orange. Choose a base option to match your lifestyle If you’re looking to use your backyard umbrella for multiple purposes; e.g. by the pool, over your outdoor dining setting or amongst the garden, then you are best to choose an umbrella that offers a portable base option. If you don’t intend to move your umbrella around, then a fixed installation is a more suitable option. Conclusion: With our awesome weather, it’s only natural that we’re going to spend as much time as possible lapping it up in the backyard. However, it’s a more enjoyable experience with a backyard umbrella. To choose the perfect outdoor umbrella for your backyard, consider your lifestyle, work out what size umbrella you need, consider your fabric and colours and then, choose a base option to match your lifestyle. If you’re ready to buy a backyard umbrella, Ashadya has you covered (no pun intended!). As Sydney’s leading shade supplier, you’ll find just what you need in our extensive range. Click here to view our range today.