Offset umbrellas, also known as cantilever umbrellas, are an ideal shade solution for your outdoor seating area. Because of the way they are engineered, offset umbrellas can shade very wide areas with canopy widths of 13 feet or larger. These umbrellas consist of a heavy base which holds a vertical support and an extension “arm” from which the umbrella canopy hangs. Because this type of umbrella does not have a center pole, it is considered to be an offset umbrella because the pole is “set off” to the side. Many offset umbrellas tilt and rotate to provide infinite shade positioning. Manufacturers have made these umbrellas very easy to operate despite their size. You can find offset umbrellas in square, hexagon and octagon shapes and with patio or market umbrella styling.