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Supporting Your Patio Umbrella - How to Find the Perfect Umbrella Base

Selecting the right stand is essential to make sure that your umbrella is supported properly. The Umbrella Base is its foundation of the umbrella. A base is required even if the umbrella is standing in a patio table so it will stand straight and be secure. Freestanding Umbrellas need to have a base that is heavy enough to prevent them from wobbling off balance. A lighter weight base might hold a larger umbrella for a while but if it becomes windy or someone accidentally bumps it, it will likely cause the umbrella to topple.

Recommended Base Sizing


What size patio umbrella will be used? (not sure what size you need? Read Our Patio Umbrella Sizing Guide Getting the Shade You Need ) If the umbrella will be used with a patio table, what is the size of the hole in the table and are there any obstructions under the table that will need to be taken into consideration?

Umbrella poles typically come in 1.5 inch diameter or 2 inch diameter. Check the tube (also known as the stem) of the base and the hole in the table to determine if the umbrella pole will slide easily into the base. Bar and counter height tables will require a longer pole to accommodate the extra height and allow for easy raising and lowering of the umbrella. Some tubes will have a two part stem. One stem can be used underneath the table and use both tubes for freestanding. Always tighten the knob on the tube to prevent the umbrella from leaning.


Umbrella Size Stand Weight Usage

6 to 7.5 ft

35 lb or less

Thru table only. Freestanding not recommended

7.5 to 9 ft

40 to 60 lbs

Freestanding 50 lb minimum. Thru table 40 lb minimum

9 ft to 10 ft

65 to 75 lbs

Freestanding, low wind location. Thru table

11 ft or larger

75 lbs and up

Freestanding or Thru table

Always lower the umbrella when it is not being used and make sure it is secure. The wind can catch your canopy, even if it is closed, and you may end up looking in your neighbor's yard for it.


Patio Umbrella Resources

Selecting the best umbrella for your space needs a little forethought and planning. Find out the things you need to know in order to Find The Perfect Patio Umbrella.

What size umbrella do you need for your table or conversation area? Making sure that the umbrella will provide the shade you are looking for can be challenging. Learn how to Get the Shade You Need.

Get the most out of your patio umbrella by caring for it properly. There are just a few things you need to know about How to Care for Your Patio Umbrella.


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