How to Measure Your Umbrella for a Replacement Canopy

  • 02 May, 2023
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A damaged or worn-out canopy can take away from the beauty and functionality of your patio umbrella. If that’s the case, it may be time for a replacement canopy.

To ensure you get the right fit, it is essential to measure your umbrella correctly before ordering a replacement canopy. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you get the right measurements for your new canopy.

Octagon Umbrella Canopy


Step 1: Look for Canopy Manufacturer

While different patio umbrella manufacturers make the same size umbrellas, it is highly unlikely that one company’s canopy will fit on another company’s umbrella. If you aren’t sure where you purchased your umbrella or who the manufacturer is, check the umbrella and umbrella canopy for any manufacturer information. This will come in handy when it comes time to order.

Tip – If you are replacing your canopy due to a defect, check to see if the canopy is under warranty through the manufacturer.

Step 2: Close Your Umbrella

The first thing you will need to do is close your umbrella and make sure it is fully retracted.

Step 3: Measure the Umbrella Rib Length

Next, measure the length of one of the umbrella ribs to the center of the canopy just underneath the finial. The ribs of an umbrella are the framework that supports the canopy and gives it its structure and form.

Step 4: Determine Umbrella Size

Multiply the length of the umbrella rib by two to get the size of your umbrella. For example, if one rib is 48 inches, you have a 96 inch or eight-foot umbrella.

Step 5: Order Your New Umbrella Canopy

Once you know your umbrella manufacturer and overall length, it is time to order your replacement canopy. Double-check that your numbers match the measurements of the replacement canopy you are ordering.

If you’re unsure about any of the measurements, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance at info@patioumbrellastore.com or (800) 738-7229.

Square or Rectangle Umbrella Canopy


Step 1: Look for Canopy Manufacturer

To reiterate, while different patio umbrella manufacturers make the same size umbrellas, it is highly unlikely that one company’s canopy will fit on another company’s umbrella. If you aren’t sure where you purchased your umbrella or who the manufacturer is, check the umbrella and umbrella canopy for any manufacturer information. This will come in handy when it comes time to order.

Tip – If you are replacing your canopy due to a defect, check to see if the canopy is under warranty through the manufacturer.

Step 2: Extend Your Umbrella

For square and rectangle umbrellas, the first thing you will need to do is fully extend your umbrella.

Step 3: Measure the Side(s) of the Umbrella

For square umbrellas, measure one side of the perimeter to determine your canopy size. For rectangle umbrellas, measure both the length and width of the canopy to determine size.

Step 4: Order Your New Umbrella Canopy

Once you know your umbrella manufacturer and overall length, it is time to order your replacement canopy. Double-check that your numbers match the measurements of the replacement canopy you are ordering.

If you’re unsure about any of the measurements, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance at info@patioumbrellastore.com or (800) 738-7229.

Additional Information

While there are universal umbrella canopies available, it is recommended that you stick to the umbrella manufacturer’s canopies for the best overall look, functionality, and longevity of your patio umbrella. We have a wide variety of replacement canopies available here that include free shipping. Please note that all of our replacement canopies do require eight umbrella ribs.

Measuring your patio umbrella for a replacement canopy may seem like a small task, but it’s an important one that will ensure you get the right fit for your umbrella. If you have questions about finding a replacement canopy for your patio umbrella or are looking for recommendations on a new patio umbrella, reach out to info@patioumbrellastore.com with any questions!