Hexagon umbrellas have six panels and are supported by six umbrella ribs. They are available in both patio (with a drop skirt) and market umbrella styles in fiberglass, aluminum or wood frame structures. The hexagon umbrella is a traditionally shaped umbrella and is frequently paired with a round or hexagonal dining table and six chairs for outdoor entertaining. The advantage of a hexagon umbrella versus an octagonal one is price — hexagons are less expensive because of fewer panels and ribs and are therefore less expensive to manufacture.
When choosing fabrics to mix and match on your outdoor umbrella, the number of panels does matter. A hexagon patio umbrella will be symmetric with either two or three different fabrics alternating around the umbrella canopy. Hexagon umbrellas are available in many diameter sizes from six to nine feet wide.