Choosing the right parasol for your balcony can significantly enhance your outdoor living experience by providing shade and comfort. With various models available on the market, such as cantilever, centre pole, and wall-mounted parasols, selecting and installing the perfect one can seem daunting.

Here's a comprehensive guide to help you select and install a parasol on your balcony, ensuring it complements your garden or patio furniture while offering maximum functionality.

Selecting the right type of parasol

Straight parasols: classic and straightforward, these parasols are ideal for balconies of all sizes. They feature a central pole and are available in various shapes such as round, square, or rectangular. Models like the Harmattan parasol are popular for their ease of use and compatibility with most garden tables that have a central hole.

Cantilever parasols: known for their off-centre base, cantilever parasols like the Belveo Foehn provide flexible shading options without taking up valuable floor space. These are perfect for balconies where you want to maximize usable space beneath the canopy.

Wall-mounted parasols: when space is at a premium, a wall-mounted parasol is a great choice. These parasols are fixed to the wall and can be extended out when needed, saving valuable floor space while still providing ample shade.

Balcony-specific parasols: these are designed with small spaces in mind, featuring adjustable bases or clamps that attach directly to the balcony railing, optimizing space and ensuring stability.

At Belveo, our balcony parasols combine compactness and elegance, making them perfect for small spaces. Discover our straight Pampero parasol, specially designed for small areas.

Measuring your balcony

Before purchasing a parasol, it's essential to measure the available space on your balcony to ensure it fits perfectly and can be fully opened without obstruction. Start by measuring the length and width of your balcony using a tape measure. Take note of these dimensions and keep them handy when looking at parasol specifications. This step is crucial to determine if the parasol's base and canopy can fit comfortably without obstructing walkways or seating areas. Ensure there's enough room for people to move around easily even with the parasol in place.

Next, consider the height. Measure the distance between the floor of your balcony and any overhead structures like a ceiling or overhang. This measurement is important to ensure the parasol isn’t too tall for the space, which could cause it to hit the ceiling or any other overhead obstructions. Additionally, check the diameter of the parasol when it is fully opened to ensure it doesn’t overwhelm the space or block any views.

By carefully measuring your balcony’s dimensions, you can select a parasol that provides adequate shade while maintaining a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing outdoor area.

Choosing a suitable base

Weighted bases: Ideal for straight and cantilever parasols, weighted bases made of concrete, granite, or filled with sand ensure stability. Ensure the base's weight is proportional to the parasol size – generally, the larger the canopy, the heavier the base required.

Rail clamps and mounts: For balcony-specific parasols, using clamps or adjustable mounts that attach directly to the railing can save space and add extra security.

Installation process

For freestanding parasols: position the base at the desired location. Insert the parasol pole into the base and secure it with any provided screws or adjustments. Ensure it's upright and stable.

For wall-mounted and rail-mounted parasols: attach the mount to the wall or railing, ensuring it is level and secure. Attach the parasol according to the manufacturer’s instructions, checking that all fittings are tight and secure.

Adjustments for optimal shade

Adjust the tilt and orientation of the parasol throughout the day to maximize shade as the sun moves. Most modern parasols offer easy adjustment mechanisms, such as crank handles or tilting functions, for user convenience.

Maintaining your parasol

Regular maintenance extends the life and functionality of your parasol. Clean the canopy with mild soapy water to prevent mould and fading, and check the structure for any signs of wear or rust, especially after extreme weather conditions. During high winds or when not in use, it’s advisable to close the parasol to prevent damage.


Installing a parasol on your balcony not only enhances your outdoor area but also protects you from the sun’s harsh rays. By choosing the right type, ensuring proper installation, and maintaining your parasol, you can enjoy a safe and stylish addition to your outdoor living space.

For any further inquiries or to view our range of parasols and their features such as UV protection, water resistance, and warranty options, please contact our customer service team or visit our product page.

With the right parasol umbrella, you can turn your balcony into a delightful retreat perfect for relaxing or entertaining, no matter the size of your space.

For more information on our range of parasols and to view our latest collections, please visit our website or contact Belveo for personalised advice and support tailored to your outdoor living needs.

June 07, 2024 — Briana Ntolla