Market Umbrellas

Market umbrellas can be found at markets, stalls, and fairs to provide protection from strong wind gusts and the hot sun for merchants and their customers. While tilt umbrellas may provide similar coverage, market umbrellas tend to be larger and heavier in comparison.

These umbrellas feature a central pole connected to their canopy and an upper hub secured to their support ribs.

Commercial Use

The market umbrella has its origins in Italy and France in bustling marketplaces where merchants sold their wares under shaded areas. These rigid, standalone umbrellas were symmetrical without tilting mechanisms and established its design as the precursor of robust patio umbrellas suited for commercial applications (restaurants, hotels and resorts).

Wholesale Commercial Umbrellas can transform an outdoor space and help define its identity. Small hexagonal umbrellas positioned over small dining tables create a cozy, intimate ambiance while large market umbrellas combined with chaise lounges on a pool deck create a casual yet luxurious environment.

Commercial market umbrellas boast contract quality components, sturdy structures and solution dyed acrylic canopies made of furniture grade grade solution dyed acrylic material. Their heavy bases ensure stability during high winds. Commercial market umbrellas come in various styles including cantilever designs, unique canopy shapes and extra large scale options. Furthermore, wood frames provide an organic appearance which pairs perfectly with teak and eucalyptus outdoor furniture pieces. Furthermore, many manufacturers add additional features such as steel shafts inserted into wooden poles to further strengthen them for added strength and durability; some manufacturers even add steel shafts inserted into wooden poles for additional strength and durability!

Tilt Mechanisms

Most market umbrellas feature a tilt mechanism, allowing the canopy to swivel, by rotating a collar around the pole or pressing a button near its hub, or turning a crank beneath. It’s a useful feature that can set your patio apart.

As the sun moves through its daily cycle, large market umbrellas require an effective tilt mechanism in order to remain shaded during its highest points. By being able to tilt the canopy when needed, you can cover more area even at its brightest hours while making cleaning simpler: simply push on collar or crank and rotate canopy by simply pushing. We offer several quality models backed by three year warranties so get in touch today and discover our selection of octagonal, square, and rectangular market umbrellas!


Market umbrellas date back to Italy and France where merchants sold their wares outdoors in the heat. Today, market umbrellas feature a heavy-duty straight pole equipped with UV-resistant shade fabric. Today we carry many high-end fabrics which are both weather and fade resistant – including Sunbrella fabric from Sunbrella; Galtech’s proprietary solution-dyed blended Suncrylic material from Galtech; Pacifica material from Pacifica as well as wood framed market umbrellas made from premium hardwoods such as Eucalyptus or teak to match patio decking and outdoor furniture sets perfectly! We even carry wood framed market umbrellas that add charm when combined with patio decking or outdoor furniture!

Frankford Umbrellas’ Grade A Recacril orders require an 8-14 day lead time; please reach out with any inquiries! Thank you!

**All Pacifica Fabrics are produced by our partner company Galtech and feature solution dyeing technology instead of yarn dyeing used by most other manufacturers – this helps ensure the color won’t fade under harsh sunlight exposure.


Market umbrellas were traditionally designed to shield marketplace vendors who operated farm stands, food carts or other stalls and booths from harsh sunlight and weather conditions. Therefore, their construction had to be strong enough to withstand wind gusts, raindrops and snow while being easy for merchants to quickly and effortlessly attach when setting up their stalls for the day.

Market umbrellas typically consist of a straight wood or metal pole running up through the center of their fabric shade before connecting to a base at its bottom, typically an octagon or square shape (but other sizes such as rectangular are possible), without tilting mechanisms; making them versatile shade solutions which can be used with or without tables.

As the umbrella market expanded and innovations increased, patio umbrella designs evolved. Though similar to market umbrellas in design, patio umbrellas differ slightly by being designed to slip through table inserts for stabilization as well as having weighted bases for added ballast if necessary. They may also offer tilt mechanisms although commercial applications typically use them without tilting mechanisms.

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