Wooden umbrella handles

Types of Umbrella Handles

Umbrellas are an age-old invention that has been popular in every culture and civilization throughout history. Over time, the umbrella has evolved into a versatile tool that now serves a variety of purposes. With modern engineering and design practices, umbrellas made with a wide range of materials are available in the market. But there’s one thing that all umbrellas have in common, it doesn’t matter if it’s a golf umbrella, a promotional umbrella or an antique, they all need a beautiful handle. Whether it be an intricately adorned antique wooden handle or a sleek and modern aluminium handle, umbrella handles can be made with a variety of materials to suit the purpose and utility of the specific kind of umbrella.

Here we’ll list out some of the materials used to make umbrella handles and where they fit best. Read on and learn something new!


1 – Wooden Umbrella Handles

2 – Aluminum Umbrella Handles

3 – Rubber umbrella Handles

4 – EVA Foam umbrella Handles

5 – Silica Gel umbrella Handles

6 – Bamboo Umbrella Handles

7 – Plastic & Acrylic Umbrella Handles

8 – Conclusion

1 – Wooden Handles

Did you know? The first umbrellas existed more than 4000 years ago!

Wooden umbrella handles

Wooden umbrella handles gained popularity in the nineteenth century England, where umbrella handles were carved out of elegant mahogany and ebony wood and handcrafted with intricate designs and motifs to please the customers. As such, umbrellas with such beautiful wooden handles became a sort of status symbol in nineteenth-century England, common with the nobility of the region.

Nowadays, wooden handles for umbrellas are often made using pressed plywood which is more durable and light and can be engrained with patterns of grains. These handles are usually embossed with the manufacturer’s logo and can either be crooked or straight depending on the style of the umbrella.

No matter the style, a wooden handle on an umbrella is sure to bring elegance to your daily carry item reminiscent of the noble culture through which these wooden handles evolved.

2 – Aluminum Handles

Did you know? Umbrella hats became gained popularity in the nineteenth century.

Aluminimum handleAluminum is a dynamic material with wide-ranging applications prized for its malleable structure which can be folded and molded to make whatever shapes we want. When it comes to umbrellas, aluminum is used to make not only the frame and the shaft but also the handles. Aluminum handles are a lightweight addition to your favorite umbrellas as the metal gives a shiny lustrous finish, doesn’t rust easily and gives long life to the umbrella. Moreover, modern designed umbrellas usually feature aluminum handles as the grey tones of the handle are a defining feature of modern and industrial design.

3 – Rubber Handles

Did you know? The Chinese were the first to invent water-proof umbrellas!

Rubber umbrella handle

Rubber is a natural polymer obtained from a select range of trees. It’s used in almost all outdoor products in one form or another. From tires to pens to door stoppers, it’s a universally utilized product. In the case of umbrellas, rubber handles are a great addition to the whole structure, as they provide additional comfort and grip and stop the umbrella from slipping if the hands are wet. Additionally, the rubber handles provide a firm weight to the umbrella, which can stop the umbrella from blowing away in strong winds. It’s also more comfortable to hold as it takes the shape of the hands easily after use.

4 – EVA Foam Handles

Did you know? The first water-proof umbrellas used a wax or oil coating.

EVA umbrella handle

EVA, also called Ethylene-vinyl acetate, is a synthetic material used extensively in industrial products. It’s a soft, malleable and durable foam that can be folded and moulded into a desired shape or form. It’s usually cut into sheets and used to make shoe soles, yoga mats and even mattresses. It even forms the basis of hot glues and adhesives.

For umbrellas, the EVA handles provide a soft, comfortable yet firm grip to the user. The ability of the foam to restore its original shape even after pressure is applied makes sure that the handle remains new and smooth even after extended use. EVA handles also act in the same way as rubber handles, and give a good grip in slippery conditions, while at the same time being incredibly light and soft.

5 – Silica Gel Handles

Did you know? The first foldable umbrella was made in Vienna in 1928.

Silica gel umbrella handle


Silica Gel is a squishy absorbent material that keeps its shape and can handle a lot of force and pressure without tearing. For people who work in the field for long periods of time, keeping hold of an umbrella for so long can be tiring for the hands. Any other material can get uncomfortable to use after long periods of continued use. In that case, silicon umbrella handles offer a relatively higher level of comfort and ease of use. The soft, squishy material feels like an organic layer, and easily moulds into the hands of the user, decreasing any strain on the hands of the user. These handles are a great way to add more comfort for prolonged use to your umbrella.

6 – Bamboo Handles

Did you know? Golf umbrellas are the largest umbrellas, with canopy reaching from 60 to 70 inches in diameter.

Bamboo umbrella handle

From the fertile valleys and expert craftsmen of china, came the bamboo umbrellas. Made with paper canopies to protect them from the sun, these beautiful umbrellas became a part of Asian culture, spreading from china to japan to all of Asia over time. Nowadays, imitation or real bamboo umbrellas can be found in the market that gives testament to this ancient legacy of the art. Usually made as sun umbrellas rather than rain or storm umbrellas, the bamboo handles and shaft provide a lightweight but incredibly strong material to make umbrella handles. With a bamboo handle umbrella, you are basically carrying a unique history with you everywhere you go.

7 – Plastic & Acrylic Handles

Did you know? In the US, about 33 million umbrellas, worth $348 million, are sold each year.

plastic umbrella handle

In the modern industrial world, plastic has become an all-star material used for making literally everything. When it comes to umbrellas, plastic handles are a great affordable option for designing umbrella handles with great utility and usability. As the plastic doesn’t degrade, it’s a good option for making long-lasting mass-produced umbrellas to fit any description and purpose.

If we take plastic umbrella handles one step further, we can use acrylic to cast beautiful, transparent handles for umbrellas that provide the same benefits as using normal plastic, while being a lot more durable. It also adds an elegant aesthetic to the umbrella.

Acrylic umbrella handles


metal handle

metal handle


Whether you like to collect antique umbrellas, or whether you’re a fan of modern aesthetic design, or even if you just want a beautiful umbrella to carry around, the umbrella handle makes a lot of difference. So, the next time you’re out to buy yourself a new umbrella, or if you’re thinking of commissioning a set of promotional umbrellas for your brand, keep in mind this helpful guide to help you decide the type of handle you want to use because the umbrella handle is the first thing that can give your umbrella that comfortable, premium feeling.

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