5-Star Stories: Auto Tilt Umbrella

Ballard Designs Auto Tilt umbrella

Four chaise lounge chairs by the pool from Suzanne Kasler's Directoire collection for Ballard Designs

If you live for summer and outdoor entertaining, then you know having plenty of seating for your backyard barbecues is a must. Equally important is ensuring your guests have a respite from the summer sun’s rays. Naturally, there’s a reason our Auto Tilt Umbrella is one of our best-selling outdoor items; it keeps the party cool even in the heat of day. 

Five reasons why you will love our Auto Tilt Umbrella:

Auto tilt umbrella from Ballard Designs adjusts easily to block the sun

1. Color, Personality, and Panache

Our 9′ and 11′ Auto Tilt Umbrellas offer non-stop sun protection plus a dash of resort-chic style. With more than 30 stocked canopy options, from sunny stripes to vibrant solids, and three frame finishes, you can give your outdoor space a welcome burst of color while tying all of the elements of your outdoor decor together. Find the design that strikes you — your friends will love the upgrade.

5-Star Customer Review:
“I looked around for a patio umbrella with a color that would give me a sense of calm and blend in with nature’s colors. This was it … Canvas Spa. I have since ordered the coordinating chair cushions.”

Two teak chaise lounge chairs with black and white cushions from Ballard Designs with 9' Auto Tilt Umbrella

2. Seriously Easy Care

All of our Auto Tilt Umbrellas are outfitted with canopies made from weather-defying Sunbrella® fabric that repels water, resists mildew and endures the harsh sun without fading. Sunbrella® is serious about sun protection, too: the fabric is designed to block 98% of skin-damaging UV rays. The best part? Our canopies are easy to take off and clean with mild soap and water to keep them looking new.

5-Star Customer Review:
“I am very pleased with this umbrella. I ordered the Seneca stripe Sunbrella fabric and I love the colors! I live in the Florida Keys and it has withstood all weather conditions. I’ve had the umbrella for 7 months now and it is still like new. I do highly recommend this product to everyone I know.”

Auto tilt umbrella from Ballard Designs adjusts easily to block the sun

3. Adjust with One Hand

With the auto tilt feature, you don’t have to chase the shade. The easy-turn crank handle adjusts the canopy to the exact angle you need to block the sun from any direction. In other words, from Sunday morning brunch to cocktails at sunset, you’ve got it made in the shade.

5-Star Customer Review:
“I purchased the 11′ umbrella to help shade our new dining table from the intense summer sun. It works great to provide shade even when the sun begins to set because we can just crank a little further and have it tilt.”

9' Auto Tilt Umbrella over two teak chaise lounge chairs from Ballard Designs

4. We’ve Thought of It All

We wanted our umbrella to withstand years of use (and love) summer after summer, so we thought about all of the details. The sturdy frame is constructed of lightweight, yet tough aluminum, and it’s painted with a scratch-resistant powder coat finish. Up top, the canopy has a vent that allows breezes to flow through, so it remains stable in windy conditions and keeps you cool.

5-Star Customer Review:
“We love the umbrella. Easy to assemble, durable fabric, strong pole. Tilt feature is easy to use. So far, color-fast despite very rainy spring.”

Auto tilt umbrella from Ballard Designs adjusts easily to block the sun

5. Easy Color Updates

Whether you’re ready for a change after a few years of use or you prefer to update your outdoor colors seasonally, you can easily replace just the canopy in any of our updated patterns and colors.

5-Star Customer Review:
“I did extensive research online and this umbrella did indeed prove to be the best. It works perfectly and the spa blue with bronze pole and base is beautiful with our stone patio. I really like that you can order a canopy replacement and it does go easily on the frame.”

Find our 9′ and 11′ Auto Tilt Umbrellas online, or for more design inspiration, visit our Pinterest Boards.

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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.


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    May 27, 2016

    i wish you also offered 4′ patio umbrellas for my 30 inch round patio table. If you know where I can get one that size, please let me know. Thank you.