Worth knowing - and measuring - before buying a parasol

Worth knowing - and measuring - before buying a parasol

There is nothing better than sitting on your balcony and enjoying the sun on a lovely day off in summer. We are good at getting out and soaking up the beautiful rays of sunshine, which expose us to UV rays, so that the body can form healthy vitamin D.

However, we can also be exposed to too much sun when we are out and enjoying the weather, so it is a good idea to be able to have shade from the sun while sitting on your balcony. Fortunately, it is easy to create shade from the UV rays with a balcony parasol that can be put up easily.

Balcony parasol

At Balcony Living Cph, we have put together a wide selection of balcony parasols, all of which are excellent quality, so that they can be used for many years. Our balcony parasols are available in different colours that give the parasol a stylish expression, whether you prefer vibrant colours or the more neutral tones.

There are several things you need to consider when buying a parasol for your balcony. Here is a brief overview of what to consider and what to measure before buying a parasol.

The size of your new parasol depends on the size of your balcony, garden or terrace. The rule of thumb is that if you have a balcony or a small terrace, then anything with a circumference of more than 2.5 metres is a bit over the top. The standard size is a circumference of 2 metres. You always have to keep in mind factors such as the tilt function and the fact that a balcony parasol can be moved relatively easily, which means that you can be quite flexible with a smaller parasol.

You should consider whether your parasol should be round or square when opened up. This can impact on how the shade under the balcony parasol falls on your balcony. The most common, of course, is a round parasol, but if your balcony, for example, is long and narrow, a rectangular parasol may be the optimal solution for you.

Further to the question of the shape of your balcony parasol, you should consider whether you want a parasol that can tilt or not. All our balcony parasols can be tilted in the pole, so you can change the angle of your parasol that ensures you have shade where you need it on the balcony. It also means that smaller parasols that can tilt are just as good as larger parasols that cannot be tilted.

Parasol crank

Crank lift mechanism
A parasol can either be opened with an old-fashioned push function or by a crank handle on the pole itself. At Altanbutikken, we have balcony parasols with a push function or crank handle. If you do not have the strength for the more common push function, a parasol with a crank handle is the perfect solution. Parasols with a push function have the hoisting ropes outside the pole, where parasols with crank handles have the hoisting ropes inside the pole, so the options also have different visual expressions.

UV protection
All of our parasols provide optimum protection against UV rays as they have an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of +50.

You will spend a lot of time under your parasol over the summer, so choose a colour you won’t get tired of. Just remember that dark colours capture the warmth of the sun more than bright colours, and it is, therefore, warmer to be under the parasol.

Parasol foot or parasol bracket
Once you have found the parasol that is just right for you, then the next series of questions arise about assembling the parasol. Here are two options: a parasol foot or parasol bracket.

The traditional solution is a parasol foot, but since the floor space on most balconies is somewhat limited, there are several excellent alternative solutions. For example, we have “half” parasol feet that weigh 20-25 kg and can easily hold your parasol in place.

If you want to save even more space on your balcony, you can opt for a parasol bracket instead, with which you can mount your parasol directly on the balcony railings, and so you do not take up floor space with your parasol.

Parasol bracket

Certain brackets are mounted on the rail on top of your balcony railings, i.e. mounted horizontally, so it would be a good idea to measure your rail before you buy the parasol and bracket. We also have brackets that are mounted down on the railings themselves, i.e. mounted vertically, and here you have to measure the circumference of the railing bars and the space between them.

Moreover, be sure to check the diameter of your balcony pole and make sure it fits the diameter of the bracket.


Here you will find our large selection of durable balcony parasols, and you will also find holders and brackets so that your balcony parasol does not blow over in the wind.