Cantilever umbrellas and offset patio umbrellas are the two most common types of outdoor umbrellas.

While offset patio umbrellas include a post to the side, cantilever umbrellas may or may not include a post.

Both types of umbrellas can be rotated to change the angle of shade as the angle of the sun changes

If you’re looking to purchase outdoor umbrellas in Nairobi Kenya, you’ll likely hear or read about two popular options – offset patio umbrellas and cantilever umbrellas.

But, is there a difference between the two and if so, which is the better choice for you? For this, you’ll need to know a little more about each of these umbrellas.


Offset patio umbrellas are a special variant of patio umbrellas where the base lies to one side of the umbrella rather than the middle. Due to this, offset patio umbrellas are also sometimes known as side post umbrellas.

These umbrellas are made of an aluminium base and frame which supports a shade cloth or acrylic fabric. Offset patio umbrellas are designed in a way to provide the maximum amount of shade.

Due to the side post arrangement, offset patio umbrellas offer a lot of space underneath and appear very stylish and modern. They can rotate to change the angle of shade as the sun moves. This makes them an excellent choice for poolside decks, gardens and other outdoor areas.


At first glance, cantilever umbrellas may seem somewhat similar to offset patio umbrellas. However, there is a slight difference between the two – cantilever umbrellas may or may not include a post at all.

For instance, the wall-mounted cantilever umbrellas that we offer at SBF INTERIORS AND OUTDOOR SOLUTIONS LIMITED not include a base or side post. Rather these umbrellas can be attached to walls with the help of wall-mounting brackets.

As with offset patio umbrellas, cantilever umbrellas also maximise the amount of shade and offer plenty of free space underneath. Cantilever umbrellas can also be tilted, rotated and swung to change the angle of shade with the movement of the sun.

Both cantilever umbrellas and offset patio umbrellas are durable, and they are perfect for use in both residential and commercial applications. The only thing you need to consider is whether you need a wall-mounted shade solution or a shade solution with a fixed base and you’re good to go.

And, regardless of whether you choose an offset patio umbrella or a cantilever umbrella when it comes to finding superior grade outdoor umbrellas in Nairobi Kenya, you need not look any further than us here at SBF interiors and outdoor solutions limited.

We manufacture our outdoor umbrellas to the highest quality standards using marine grade, non-corrosive materials. Our outdoor umbrellas not only meet but exceed global quality standards. You simply cannot go wrong in choosing us!