It's essential to choose a good, solid base so that your patio umbrella stays steady and stable in your outdoor space.
A market umbrella base should weigh at least 50 pounds if it's going into an occasional or outdoor dining table with an umbrella hole. The table will help provide extra weight and stability. For a free-standing patio umbrella, we recommend a heavier umbrella stand or adding weight to the base.
Look for quality materials and finish when choosing your umbrella stand, preferably made from cast iron or aluminum. Metal bases are typically heavier, stronger and easier to maintain than umbrella bases made of resin or plastic.
We recommend market umbrella bases from Treasure Garden. They're made of aluminum or cast iron and start at 50 pounds. A 30-pound add-on weight is available if your umbrella needs more weight to hold it down. The add-on weight is easy to attach to the umbrella stand by screwing it into the underside. This hides the umbrella weight from view and keeps the base profile low. The umbrella stands are powder coated before getting applied with the finish paint (available in four colors), making it easy to match your patio umbrella frame finish, your outdoor space, or your patio furniture.
The stem of the Treasure Garden umbrella stand comes in two sections, one 6.5 inches and the other 11 inches. The two sections can screw together to make a single stem of 17.5 inches. You should use the entire stem if your umbrella is freestanding. If your umbrella will go in an outdoor dining table, you can choose the section that fits the table base. Each stem piece has a bolt that secures the pole in the stem, adding more stability and strength.
Because of the size of the canopy and frame, a cantilever umbrella base will weigh a few hundred pounds. A smaller cantilever, with a canopy of 10 to 11 feet, should have a base that weighs at least 200 pounds. Larger cantilever umbrellas may need a base that weighs 400 pounds or more. Check the umbrella manufacturer's requirements and don't skimp on the base weight.
Recently, Treasure Garden introduced rolling bases for their cantilever umbrellas. The castors lock inside the base and are engaged when the drop pedal is activated. The rolling base allows you to wheel the umbrella into the optimal position as the sun moves across the sky. At the end of the season, you can easily push the umbrella against the house, garage or pool house to put it away.