The size of your outdoor umbrella will determine the weight and design of the base needed to keep the umbrella upright and steady on your patio or deck. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you choose the right umbrella base.
Choosing the Right Umbrella Stand
Many market umbrellas require bases that are sold separately. To find a freestanding umbrella base with the proper weight to hold your umbrella, multiply the diameter of your umbrella by 10. For example, for an umbrella with a 5-foot diameter, you’ll need an outdoor umbrella stand that weighs at least 50 pounds. For the largest canopies, consider a cast iron umbrella stand. It’s a heavy umbrella base that will hold up to the toughest winds. Choose umbrella stands with wheels so they’re easier to move.
For an umbrella that you move from the pool to the deck, consider a portable umbrella stand. These models are made of plastic. Just fill them with water or sand at your destination. They’re lightweight and easy to move when they’re empty.
A patio umbrella that is made to go through the hole of an outdoor dining table also needs a base. However, the base doesn’t need to be as heavy because the table helps to steady the umbrella. A 20- to 30-pound stand is sufficient for these versions.
Umbrella Stand Designs
All outdoor stands are rust-resistant and are ideal for all-season weather. Choose from styles and materials that match your outdoor space. Patio umbrella stands come in black, neutral and metallic shades, with multiple finishes and designs. Go with a stand in tan or gray to let a colorful canopy take center stage. Or, look for a decorative patio umbrella base that matches the finish of your furniture to create a cohesive look. A bronzed stand with intricate metalwork goes well with an ornate metal dining set.