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The Key to Stability: What Umbrella Base Is Right For You?

The Key to Stability: What Umbrella Base Is Right For You?

Creating a comfortable and stylish outdoor space involves carefully considering every element, and patio umbrellas and their bases are no exception

Choosing a suitable base is essential to ensure that your patio umbrella stands tall and steady. Patio umbrella bases are sold separately and come in various materials, styles, and weights, each designed to provide stability and support for your outdoor oasis.

Here are some tips to help you find a reliable base to go with your Above Umbrella!

The Importance of a Sturdy Base


As mentioned before, the primary function of a patio umbrella base is to provide stability. A sturdy base will make sure that the umbrella remains upright and secure, even in breezy conditions, preventing it from tipping over and causing potential damage or injury.

Umbrella Size 

The size and weight of the umbrella base should be proportionate to the size of the umbrella. A larger and heavier umbrella, such as our 11-foot one, will require a more substantial base to keep it steady, while a lighter base can adequately support smaller umbrellas, such as our 9-foot models.

Above umbrellas have a diameter of 1.5 inches, which means that they’re compatible with most bases and tables that offer a place to insert your umbrella.

Err on the side of caution and find a base weight that, at minimum, correlates to the size of your umbrella; for example, choose a base that’s at least 90 pounds for a 9-foot canopy umbrella.

Enhanced Durability

A well-constructed base not only keeps the umbrella in place but also contributes to its overall longevity. By preventing unnecessary movement and reducing wear and tear, a quality base can extend the lifespan of your patio umbrella and help you get the most out of your investment.

Types of Umbrella Bases

Free-Standing Bases

These are the most common umbrella bases designed to stand independently and the ones you’ll most likely use with your Above umbrella. 

They are typically made of materials such as concrete, stone, or resin and come in various shapes and designs to complement different patio styles.

Table-Style Bases

Some patio umbrellas are designed to be inserted into the center of a patio table, which can simultaneously serve as the umbrella's base. 

These bases are sometimes made of the same material as the table and provide a seamless and space-saving solution.

Offset Bases 

Also known as cantilever umbrella bases, these are designed for offset or cantilever umbrellas. 

They feature a unique design that allows the umbrella to be positioned to the side of the base, providing unobstructed shade and maximizing the usable space underneath.

Material Options


Concrete bases are durable and provide excellent stability. They are available in various finishes and can be paired with different umbrella styles.


Resin bases are lightweight and resistant to rust and corrosion, making them an ideal choice for areas with frequent exposure to moisture.


Steel bases are incredibly sturdy and often feature a sleek, modern design. They are suitable for supporting larger umbrellas and can withstand various weather conditions.

Granite or Stone

These bases offer both stability and an elegant aesthetic, making them a popular choice for upscale outdoor settings.


As you can see, you have some important factors to consider when picking out a base for your Above Umbrella, but hopefully, this guide can help narrow things down for you.

Luckily, Above umbrellas are highly compatible with the majority of bases, so it mainly comes down to personal preferences and, importantly, selecting one that can comfortably support the weight of your patio umbrella.

By doing so, you can have peace of mind that your Above umbrella will last for years to come and continues to function and provide all of its benefits to your outdoor space!

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