How to Retract a Tilted Umbrella or Sunbrella

Tilted umbrellas and Sunbrellas are a convenient accessory for your outdoor patio furniture. They enable you to tilt the umbrella as necessary to block out direct sunlight while you are enjoying your outdoor space. When retracting a tilted umbrella or Sunbrella, you must first straighten the umbrella pole. The umbrella does close until the pole is back in the vertical position. There are three common ways that tilted umbrellas operate. The push button, collar and automatic tilt each have their own unique operation.

Push-Button Tilt

Step 1

Locate the small metal push button on the umbrella pole between the tilt mechanism and the umbrella ribs. Grasp the umbrella pole with one hand below the tilt mechanism.

Step 2

Press the push button inward with your other hand and pull the upper part of the pole straight so the the tilt mechanism is straight. Release the push button and the pole.

Step 3

Rotate the hand crank counterclockwise to retract the umbrella.

Step 4

Find the end of the umbrella tie with the snap button. Wrap the tie around the umbrella and connect the snap button to the button on the umbrella.

Collar Tilt

Step 1

Grasp the umbrella pole below the crank with one hand.

Step 2

Rotate the collar above the crank counterclockwise with your free hand. Lift the upper part of the umbrella pole to a straight position and turn the collar clockwise to lock the pole in that position.

Step 3

Turn the crank counterclockwise to retract the umbrella and tie the umbrella with its securing tie to prevent it from blowing open or getting damage.

Crank Only

Step 1

Rotate the crank counterclockwise until the umbrella pole is in a straight vertical position.

Step 2

Continue cranking until the umbrella fully retracts. The crank operates the umbrella and the pole tilt. Once the umbrella opens all the way, the crank begins to tilt the pole. Once the crank straightens the tilt it retracts the umbrella.

Step 3

Tie off the umbrella with the attached umbrella tie.