Patio umbrella bases come are available in a variety of weights and material - from granite to plastic. They serve an important purpose of keeping your umbrella from being lifted up out of the hole or from tipping over from the wind. It's not easy to find the heavier bases at your local home improvement stores.
To determine the right outdoor umbrella stand for your pool umbrella you will need to know:
2. Where the umbrella will be used
Free standing umbrellas require a heavier stand than one that is resting inside a patio umbrella table. A table offers more stability from gusts of wind or windy days.
3. The diameter of the umbrella pole.
The most common umbrella pole size is 1.5” in diameter, but can range anywhere from 1 1/8" to 3”.
Here are some general weight guidelines for purchasing patio umbrella bases:
35 lbs or less for a 6 to 7.5-foot umbrella in a table
40 to 55 lbs for a 7.5 to 9 foot umbrella in a table
65 to 75 lbs for 9 to 11 foot umbrella in a table or up to a 9 foot wide free standing (if it isn't really windy)
50 lbs for a 6 to 7.5 free standing umbrella
75 lbs for a 8 to 11 foot free standing umbrella
100+ lbs will support any free standing umbrella. Heavier stands are recommended when using an umbrella without a table, in very windy areas, or with a tilt option.
There are several kinds of material to choose from such as granite, resin, and cast iron.
I bought this patio umbrella base from Amazon after reading that it was made of rust free material but had the look of a cast iron umbrella stand.
My cast iron base had rusted after 2 short years. I liked the look but wanted something more long lasting.
This one weighs 47 lbs - but the shipping is available for free at Amazon - amazing.
A rolling umbrella stand is great if you like to move your sun protection umbrella to different areas around the pool. Patio umbrella bases must be very heavy to keep your umbrella from tipping over, but their weight can make it impossible to move, unless.... you have an umbrella base with wheels.An umbrella base with wheels is more expensive than those without - but it will save you money if you only want one patio umbrella that you can move to other locations around your pool.
This rolling umbrella base provides the weight and stability that is needed for a free standing umbrella.
The features of this patio umbrella base are;
√ Fits 1-3/8in to 2-1/16in diameter umbrella poles
√ Made of durable high-density polyethylene, which will not rust or chip and requires no maintenance
√ Rolls easily on 4 high-quality wheels (2 are locking). This allows the stand to turn and pivot easily
You will need to fill it with sand or rocks to add the needed weight. It can be filled with sand up to 125 lbs. Check out the all 5 star reviews at Amazon here:Accessorize and add a table so that when you move your patio umbrella you will always have a handy table to place your drinks, cell phone and favorite book.
The 21-inch diameter table accessory is set at the ideal seating height, 20-inches from the ground and comes in two colors - bronze and sand. The table only works with the Shademobile post. It's easy to install. It literally just screws in place.
My most recent purchase for an outdoor umbrella stand was a resin umbrella base.
While it needs to be filled with sand to add weight, I like the fact that it won't rust, chip or peel like the cast iron umbrella stand I purchased less than 2 years ago.These stands can be bought in a variety of colors to match the pole or frame.
What we like about this attractive patio umbrella base is that it doesn't flake or rust like some other metal ones do. It also doesn't leave any rust spots or stains on the cement.
Although it is the least expensive umbrella base it is one of the most durable. Made of heavy plastic it needs to be filled with sand or water to give it weight. This means more time and effort on your part especially if you use sand. You will need to go buy the sand and then pour all of the sand into a little hole.
We simply put water in ours. Remember you need to empty it in the fall so that the water doesn't freeze and destroy the plastic.
Forty to fifty five pounds of weight are needed to stabilize a 7.5 to 9 foot umbrella in a patio table.
This one from Amazon is 50 lbs when weighted with sand:
This almost 75 lb stand is made out of poly resin which means it is 100% rust proof - unlike our powder coated cast iron umbrella stand. It is also means you won't get any rust spots on your cement.
It is sold by Secret Garden and sometimes they offer free shipping specials.
Add one to two bags of sand and pour it into the weighted bag. Get a funnel as the opening is very small. The new 2016 design is made of heavy duty canvas with extra secure stitching and new and improved opening for adding the sand. It comes in two different shapes - either the square as pictured or round.Premier Tents 18"x18" Square Umbrella Base Weight Bag- Up to 100#
It measures 16" L x 16" W x 18" H and comes in the color black. Just the right size to place a drink or a book.
Screws inside the hole make it adjustable to fit just about any size umbrella pole. Fill the stand with rocks, bricks or sand to provide weight so that the umbrella doesn't tip over.
A cantilever umbrella requires more weight than one that is set into a patio umbrella table. The usual requirement is at least 100 pounds.These are also called off-set patio umbrellas and are often used in seating areas to provide some needed shade.
This molded plastic cantilever umbrella stand is made by Southern Patio. It can be used on off-set umbrellas that have a "t" or "cross" base.
Fill it with sand or water and it provides 150 lbs of stability.
Plastic Umbrella Base Plate Set for Cantilever Offset Umbrella
A cast iron umbrella base provides a decorative and sturdy base for any patio umbrella. They are heavy, provide lots of weight and are long lasting. Many people like the look of a cast iron umbrella stand - including me. But I don't like how quickly they rust and peel.It is an attractive way to hold your patio umbrella. If you still decide you want cast iron, look for a durable, rust-resistant powder-coat finish - but even that won't guarantee it won't rust and you can end up with a rusted umbrella stand and rust stains on your pool deck.
Amazon carries a variety of cast iron umbrella stands that are often less expensive than buying them at a store. Or as in my case, I bought an outdoor umbrella on line and expected to buy an umbrella base at a local store. Would you believe that by the end of July all of the stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and Target were all out of umbrella stands?
Amazon provides a great selection - much better than any local home improvement store. Many of them offer free shipping which is amazing. This cast iron base weighs 40 lbs, and costs about $100 with free shipping.Coral Coast 40-lb. European Patio Umbrella Stand
You may think that because your patio umbrella pole seems stablized by going through a patio table that perhaps an outdoor umbrella stand is not needed. I can tell you that, it isn't true. Ask me how I know :).
A weighted base or stand is necessary for any outdoor patio umbrella.
When your cast iron umbrella stand starts to rust, you can sand it down and then spray with this Rust Coat Enamel. It's held up on our umbrella base now for 2 years with no signs of rust.
Patio umbrella bases provide stability to your outdoor umbrellas. They prevent umbrellas from blowing or tipping over. First it's important to get the right weight and then to decide on the material or design that you prefer.