Choosing the right small balcony parasols for your house requires looking at a number of factors such as shade size, pole height and different design features. There are many types of small garden parasols on the market and sometimes it can get very confusing when you look at all the options. Like most things in life, you have to weigh up the pros and cons of each option before making a final decision.

Good parasols are a definite must for your garden areas. These little accessories do wonders in protecting us from the sun or from sudden showers. They shade and protect you while also providing a lovely eye-catching touch that will add value to your home. With the British climate being so unreliable, it is sometimes necessary to look into certain types of parasols that will be able to withstand the heat or heavy rains. For any smaller areas such as patios, doorways or even balconies it is best to find a parasol that would suit both the area and the people using it.  There are small sized parasols available however these usually have smaller coverage areas. It's best to invest in a slightly bigger one so everyone can enjoy shelter from its shade.

The Shelter Silver Finish is one of our most in-demand products for such situations. With a canopy ranging from 2 to 3 meters, this parasol is easy to install, lightweight and can be carried around wherever you need it. It has a strong aluminium structure, a nice aspect and it’s easy operated using a crank handle.

It is one of our smallest, lightest and accessible options, ideal for both home usage like patios or balconies and hospitality sector like roof tops or cafés’.

small balcony parasol with round table and chairs

How to make your parasol fit in a small place like a balcony or doorway.

To make it fit in the desired place, first you will have to measure the available space. Make sure that you have at leas 2 meters diameter free on top, for the canopy to fully open.

The second step will be to measure the available ground space, depending on the type of fixation you will opt for.


If you choose a heavy portable base, on the ground you will need a minimum of the radius of the canopy + half of the size of the parasol base. Portable bases allow you to move your parasol from one place to another, or run it through the centre of a table. small balcony parasol diagram with portable base
parasol diagram with in ground base If a permanent fixation is required and the position of the umbrella will remain fixed, the in-ground base can be buried at about 70 cm deep and it can help you save some space under the canopy. In this case you will have to consider the radius of the canopy + 5 extra centimetres for the pole and sleeve, to make sure it won’t touch any obstacles after it’s installed.
For even tighter areas like different balcony setups, we recommend the Plinthit parasol base. The pole frame is adjustable so it can be fitted close to walls, fences or corners and comes with 2 x 25 lined bags filled with sand. Similar to the in-ground anchoring, the minimum space required under the canopy will be the radius of the canopy + 5 cm extra, or less, depending on the case. plinthit balcony parasol base

Other solutions for balcony shading

Of course, there are more solutions for smart shading tight and narrow areas or closer to walls like half parasols, A-wings, sun sail shades or wall mounted parasols, each one having its own pros and cons, but we’ll talk more about them in a future post.


half parasol for balcony with red canopy and chairs

Half Parasol

shade sail over balcony - black

Shade Sail

wall mounted parasol for balconies

Wall Mounted Parasol


We are always happy to help our clients finding the right shade for their patio or terrace and if you are interested by the Shelter Silver Finish small balcony parasol, you have more questions or would like to discuss your particular case and get our expert advice, get in touch with us and let us help you in the process.  

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