How To Choose Portable Folding Gazebo Base

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    When you see a base shown as “30-pound” or “50-pound,” that usually indicates how heavy the base will be when it’s filled with water or sand. A heavier weight is better for steadying a larger umbrella in windy conditions.

    An umbrella is a necessary accessory for anyone spending of time outside, especially in the summer months. The right umbrella shields you from the sun, preventing burns and providing much-needed relief from the heat.

    So you’ve purchased an Portable Folding Gazebo as a shade solution for your patio. What’s next?

    Umbrellas don’t just stay anchored to the ground on their own – they require the right base to keep them from going awry.

    An “umbrellas base” or “umbrella stand”, as they are sometimes referred to, might be an afterthought when you are planning your outdoor area, but it’s a necessary one to avoid having your umbrellas launching into a neighbor’s backyard on a windy afternoon.

    Many times, an umbrella base is too light for an umbrella. However, the correct weighted base and umbrella will not only offer a finished look for you outdoor area, but peace of mind when you are under the umbrella and the wind or breeze picks up.

    You can permanently mount an umbrella base to your patio floor or deck. If mobility and flexibility are your main goals, there are plenty of stylish freestanding or under-the-table options for all types of umbrellas


    Online, you will many times see the phrases “umbrella base” and “umbrella stand” used interchangeably so what is the actual difference? Usually, an umbrella “base” is for use under a table, while a “stand” is usually heavier and free standing. However, both kinds of holders are used in various outdoor locations.

    Online you will see a common formula to determine 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. However, it is important to note that other factors such as location, the frequency of high winds and elevation, should be taken into account. It is always wise to consult the umbrella manufacturer’s recommendation for the right size/weight base or stand for their product.
    Umbrella stands that weigh 50 pounds or less 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 but consider the other environmental factors in your location.


    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 hold concrete “paver” to weigh down the crossbars.