What is an Outdoor Cantilever Umbrella?

August 6, 2019


When it comes to outdoor umbrellas, the cantilever model is considered by most to be in a class of its own. Also known as offset or side post umbrellas, this versatile mast type will beautify your space, whilst providing maximised coverage at any time of the day. 

Whether you are in the market for a new outdoor umbrella or are just curious, this article outlines the features of a cantilever mast, as well as the best cantilever outdoor umbrellas on the market. 

What is a cantilever umbrella?

From a technical standpoint, a cantilever or offset mast features a pole that sits to the side of the canopy, rather than directly under it. Although it sounds simple, a cantilever system offers elegance and practicality, as demonstrated by the features found in a high quality cantilever product:

  • With the supporting mast positioned to the side of the canopy, you can maximise the use of the space under the canopy by positioning tables, chairs, lounges and other furniture anywhere under the canopy. It also avoids the sometimes awkward experience of having a centre pole blocking your view as you talk to friends. 
  • Many cantilever systems offer a 360 degree rotating canopy, allowing for umbrella use and sun protection at any hour of the day. Additionally, you may be able to use the umbrella over two separate areas. For example, swing the canopy from your pool deck to your poolside furniture, receiving coverage for both areas at different times with the same versatile, rotating umbrella canopy. 
  • The cantilever mast is arguably the most aesthetically pleasing umbrella style, allowing for an intimate, unobstructed setting. An offset pole will beautify any outdoor space, whilst allowing it to be customised for any occasion or circumstance. 
  • A high-quality shade umbrella with an offset mast will include a gas strut deployment system, a high quality, non-corrosive mast, and some will have a suitable tilt mechanism. As well as providing versatile protection from the sun, a cantilever system will provide protection from light rain as well. 

Our suggestion on the best cantilever umbrella

If you are in the market for a high-quality cantilever umbrella, you might find yourself overwhelmed by the range of options to choose from. While there are many options to choose from, they are not all equal when it comes to quality and functionality. For an understanding of the characteristics of a high quality cantilever umbrella, we suggest looking at the following models, made by Shadowspec. To learn more about the Shadowspec line of outdoor cantilever mast umbrellas, visit the product pages linked below:

In a class of their own, these Shadowspec products are superior quality. Elegant and simple, each is made with only the highest quality materials – marine grade powder-coated aluminium, stainless steel, and other non-corrosive materials. Depending on the specific model, they can also include easy to operate tilt technology, a patented one movement sliding system, gas strut technology, and the option for square or octagon canopies. 

The SU4 and SU7 masts allow the umbrella to rotate 360 degrees, whilst the SU6 is a heavy duty mast, allowing you to mount up to four canopies. Great for use in any situation, including both residential and commercial settings, a cantilever mast will work anywhere; from being used as a market umbrella, to in an outdoor patio setting.


Ultimately, your ideal outdoor mast will depend upon your individual situation. However, an offset umbrella is effective, versatile and looks great in any location. A cantilever system will allow you to customise your outdoor furniture for any occasion, making it a great choice when deciding on a solution to your shade requirements. 

If you are in the market for an outdoor cantilever sunshade, have a look at the comprehensive selection that we have at Sydney Shade. Whether you are in the market for a cantilever, centre-pole or wall mounted mast, our high quality products are available in a range of configurations, sizes and shapes. Suitable for both residential and commercial settings, each of our umbrellas come with a wide range of colour choices and extensive warranties. 

Get in touch with us today to find out more about choosing your outdoor offset umbrella. 

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