Accommodates umbrella poles ranging from 1.375- to 1.5-inch diameters. Choose from black or bronze finish. Elegant design. Sturdy construction that can hold up under most conditions.
The base may not be strong enough to hold the umbrella up in high winds.
Fits 1.5- to 2.75-inch umbrella poles. 50 pounds when filled with water or sand. Taller base minimizes footprint. Sets up in minutes. Made of durable plastic.
A few have said it's prone to wobbling when filled with water, so sand might be a better alternative.
Holds 1.5- to 2-inch umbrella poles. Made from recycled plastic. Can be filled with up to 50 pounds of water. Easy to assemble. Fits in well with any decor. Water plug is hidden by a cover so it blends in with the rest of the base.
The base is very large, so it may not be suitable for smaller decks and patios.
Made of solid cast iron. Simple, neutral design. Rubber feet to keep it from scratching your deck. Stays upright even in wind. Simple to assemble. Won't rust.
Cannot accommodate umbrellas over 1.75 inches in diameter.
Made of rust-free resin. Designed for half-patio umbrellas. Houses umbrella poles from 1.25 to almost 2 inches in diameter. Stylish floral design. Compact, so it fits easily in small spaces.
Only weighs 20 pounds, so it won't do well against heavy winds.
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An umbrella base is likely an afterthought when planning your outdoor oasis, but it’s a necessary one that can help divert the nightmare of an umbrella torpedoing into your neighbor’s yard on a windy day. Much of the time, a base is too lightweight for an umbrella. But the right weighted base and umbrella offers a finished look to your outdoor space. What’s more, the correct base offers peace of mind when the breeze picks up and you’re under the umbrella.
You can permanently mount an umbrella base to your deck or patio floor or to your deck railing. If mobility and flexibility are your main goals, there are plenty of stylish freestanding or under-the-table options for all types of umbrellas.
When shopping, you’ll likely see the terms “umbrella base” and “umbrella stand” used interchangeably. Technically, an umbrella base is intended for use under a table, while a stand is heavier and freestanding. However, both types of holders are used in various locations. Our shopping guide will help you determine what’s best for your needs.
When you see a base advertised as “30-pound” or “50-pound,” that typically indicates how heavy the base will be when it’s filled with water, sand, bricks, or rocks. A heavier weight is better for steadying a larger umbrella in windy conditions. A half-round base will likely fill up to weigh around 20 pounds to hold a half umbrella steady when set flush against a wall.
The majority of umbrella bases are 20 inches in diameter. This ensures that they fit under tables without posing a tripping hazard. It’s not the diameter of a base that steadies a larger umbrella; it’s the weight of the base when it’s filled that matters most.
Smaller umbrellas have thinner pole diameters, typically from 1 3/8 inches to 1 1/2 inches. The average size of an umbrella pole is actually 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Larger umbrellas, such as 11- and 13-foot canopies, have larger pole diameters, from 1 1/2 inches to 3 inches in diameter.
Before shopping, it pays to know the diameter of your umbrella pole and the circumference of the umbrella canopy. Sometimes, a large umbrella canopy comes with a smaller-than-expected pole diameter.
Decide if you want to fill a base with water or sand or if you prefer to have a solid base that is not fillable. Water may make a taller base slightly unstable or wobbly, especially when moving it around. This happens because water is not as dense and stable as sand filling.
The material of a base usually indicates how durable it will be over time. Cast iron bases are heavy but can rust in high humidity. Powder-coated steel bases weighted with concrete may rust over time, leaving marks on your deck or patio. Concrete bases won’t rust or crack, but you can’t always add filler. Heavy-duty molded resin and plastic bases won’t rust, flake, or crack.
Empty your umbrella base of water and rinse it with soapy water every so often to prevent mold and mildew.
Materials: Umbrella bases can be made of a number of materials. The most popular choices include cast iron, concrete, steel, and molded resin (heavy-duty plastic).
Locking pole sleeve: Some umbrella bases have a receiver pole that sticks up from the base and acts as a sleeve for the umbrella pole. The base sleeve secures the pole with a locking mechanism or thumbscrews.
Water plug: You’ll need to drain a water-filled base at season’s end. Look for a water plug that’s easy to reach but is hidden or blends in with the rest of the base.
Feet: If you prefer a base without wheels, rubber pads beneath the holder will minimize scratches on your deck or patio.
Wheels: If you find yourself moving your umbrella every time the sun shifts, you may appreciate a freestanding, wheeled umbrella base with locking castors. Typically, only two of the wheels will lock into place, which is all you need for stability.
Design: Cast iron and resin bases often have a decorative design such as a swirl, a geometric pattern, or a floral print carved or molded into them for a touch of elegance.
Color: Bases are often designed to match patio sets that have metallic finishes. For a pop of color, there are tinted concrete bases.
Inexpensive: In the $15 to $35 range, you’ll find basic fillable resin umbrella bases with a minimal design. Umbrella bases in this price are typically used for smaller umbrellas and are meant to be stored under an umbrella table. The holes of bases in this price range typically accept an umbrella pole that’s under two inches in diameter.
Mid-range: From $35 to $85, you’ll find many durable, handsome umbrella bases that are 20 inches in diameter and have a cast iron or fillable plastic base. A number of models have lockable wheels and built-in handles for moving the base around. The holes in these umbrella bases typically accept small umbrella poles up to a bit over two inches in diameter. You’ll also find an abundance of durable cantilever offset umbrella bases.
Expensive: Over $85, you’ll find more features on bases that also accept thicker poles for larger umbrellas (canopies of nine to eleven feet). In this range, you’ll find stylish concrete products, lockable wheels, and built-in handles. More items in this range will have a locking pole sleeve for additional umbrella stability. If you’re seeking a top-of-the-line umbrella base for your home, you can find distinctive bronze cast aluminum and stunning teak works of art in the $600 to $1,000 price range.
If your base is designed with deep crevices, cutouts, or patterns, hose it down a few times during the season. You’ll want to clean out any dropped food or spills that could spoil.
Remove water from inside a fillable base before winter, or the water inside could freeze and damage the holder.
To figure out how heavy your umbrella stand should be in relation to your umbrella, simply multiply the width of your umbrella by 10. For example, an umbrella that’s nine feet wide needs a stand that weighs a minimum of 90 pounds when filled.
Umbrella stands that weigh 50 pounds when filled are considered lightweight and could cause your umbrella to lift up when it’s windy. Use this type of stand underneath an umbrella table for extra support.
Cantilevered, or offset, patio umbrellas require specialized heavy-duty bases designed to fit over the existing crossbar base. Bases typically have a set of four connected “plates” that can be filled with water or sand to weigh down the crossbars.
If you don’t want to bother filling an umbrella base, consider Great Deal Furniture’s Louise Outdoor Concrete Circular Umbrella Base. It’s packed with features, such as a steel pole holder, flush handles easily lifted to move the base, and easy-to-lock wheels that make this 80-pound base stable.
We also love the Shademobile, a well-received mobile umbrella stand that won’t win any beauty contests, but users consistently praise its design that’s both heavy and easy to move, even when filled with bricks for maximum weight.
Lastly, if you need a really heavy stand, you can’t beat the mobile Abba Patio Umbrella Stand that can reach up to 150 pounds when filled with sand or soil.
Q. What are weight bags for umbrella stands?
A. If you live in an area that experiences frequent windy conditions or gusts, a specially designed weight bag placed right on top of your existing base will add a substantial amount of weight (on average 90 pounds) to further stabilize the umbrella. Round or square weight bags made of heavy-duty ballistic polyester are usually filled with sand and sometimes pebbles — but not water, which would leak out.
Q. What kind of sand should be used to fill an umbrella stand?
A. Bags of dry play sand (usually 50-pound bags) found at home improvement stores can be used to fill an umbrella stand. Adding water to sand will add to the weight of the stand, but it could be a challenge to drain and clean at the end of the season. In a pinch, you could use cat litter to fill and weigh down your umbrella stand.
Q. Do I even need an umbrella stand if there’s no wind?
A. Even if you think your umbrella pole is stable because it’s threaded through the hole in the table, it’s not. The table could suddenly move, and from the standpoint of physics, the umbrella could cause even more problems or injuries by lifting up and out of its hole. You may also accidently kick the umbrella pole, causing it to become unbalanced, cockeyed, and potentially hitting or poking someone on the head with the ribs or finial. Not to mention the bottom of metal umbrella poles have sharp edges, so a stand protects your children’s fingers and toes if they’re ever playing under the table and dislodge a bare umbrella.
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