Parasols are essential to prevent overheating and sunburns. It is even more important to find the ideal parasol stand for it and to ensure that the parasol is stable. Depending on how often you want to move the parasol, you can choose from various mounting options. The size and weight of the parasol must always be taken into account, as the parasol stand must compensate for this size.
In our parasol stand guide, we would like to help you find the right parasol stand for you. We have compared the different types of parasol stands and mounting options and listed the respective advantages and disadvantages. This should help you with your purchase decision.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Parasol Stand: Our Choices
- 4 Parasol stands: Buying and evaluation criteria
- 5 Parasol stands: frequently asked questions and answers
- 5.1 Who is a parasol stand suitable for?
- 5.2 What types of parasol stands are there?
- 5.3 How much does a parasol stand cost?
- 5.4 What are the alternatives to a parasol stand?
- 5.5 What diameter should the pole be?
- 5.6 How heavy should the parasol stand be?
- 5.7 What can the parasol stand be filled with?
- 5.8 Which parasol stand is suitable for windy conditions?
- 5.9 How do I install a parasol stand in the ground?
- 5.10 How do I care for a parasol stand?
- 6 Conclusion
- Parasol stands allow you to set up a parasol of any size in your garden, on your terrace or on the balcony.
- Basically, a distinction is made between cross-legged stands, parasol stands for filling and solid stands, whereby a lawn spike or a ground sleeve are also suitable as an alternative.
- Depending on whether the parasol has to be moved again and again or whether it is to be fixed in one place, you can choose between materials such as plastic, granite or a mixture of metal and wood.
The Best Parasol Stand: Our Choices
Parasol stands: Buying and evaluation criteria
In the following paragraphs we will show you which aspects can be used to determine the many possible parasol stands. The standards for comparing parasol stands include:
In the following paragraphs we explain to you what is important for each point.
The umbrella stand must not only ensure that the umbrella stands upright, but also take into account the possibility of wind loading.
In general, the rule of thumb is: for every 10 cm of parasol diameter, the weight of the parasol stand should be at least 1 kg.
For a parasol with a diameter of 2 metres, you need a weight of at least 20 kg on the base. This is sufficient to withstand moderate gusts of wind. If wind is actually blowing, always close the parasol to ensure safety, even if the parasol has a windproof valve.
Due to their structure, traffic light parasols particularly need a good counterweight, as there is a stronger leverage effect on their base. For self-supporting parasols, you should allow for a weight of 50-100 kg. The more, the better.
By the way, thicker parasol poles (e.g. made of wood) also need more weight. If the pole has a diameter of about 5 cm, there should be at least 30 kg of support to stabilise it on the ground.
First you should measure the diameter of the umbrella handle. For umbrella stands, you will find instructions on the appropriate trunk size. Most umbrella stands can also be adjusted in size.
Then it depends on the size of your parasol. Parasols that are 200-280 cm long and have a long thin trunk should be mounted on a parasol stand of 20-35 kg.
Once the density of the trunk is 48mm, the weight of the parasol stand should be 30kg.
Do not place parasols with a diameter of 3 m or more in a parasol stand with a weight of less than 30 kg.
For a 35-45kg umbrella stand, parasols with a diameter of 3.5m or more and a trunk thickness of 48mm must be used.
If the parasol is even larger, the stands must and should be anchored. In this case, a ground socket is used.
Material & Design
Parasol stands made of granite are very popular with parasol buyers. Natural stone combines hardness and durability with high weight and a beautiful appearance. You can choose between round, rectangular and square parasol stands made of granite.
PE or polyethylene is a widely used and relatively soft plastic, mainly used for parasol stands, and the price is very attractive. The weight loss of plastic supports can be compensated for by a simple trick:
The round, rectangular or square basic shape of a PE umbrella is usually not sharp, but slightly curved or bulky.
As a strong, indestructible and weather-resistant material, concrete is particularly suitable for making flexible umbrella stands. Some models are also equipped with a covering of plastic or attractive wood so that you cannot see the heavy weight from the outside.
Many parasol stands contain separate metal parts, e.g. tubes for parasol poles or transport handles. In addition, all-metal brackets made of cast iron or galvanised steel can also be supplied. These holders give the parasol a cool, modern or nostalgic and romantic atmosphere, depending on the model.
Just like parasol stands made of granite, concrete or plastic, metal stands usually have a round, square or rectangular shape. The models offered also include umbrella tubes and three or four folding arms.
Depending on the type of umbrella stand, certain features can be distinguished. In this section we will show you what these mainly are.
The market parasol stand is a multi-arm folding parasol stand made of metal. When installing a parasol, three or four long side arms are usually placed horizontally on the ground to provide the necessary stability. The market parasol stand takes up little space during transport and can be assembled and disassembled in a few seconds.
For large and heavy umbrella stands, castors make it easier to use at different locations on the property. With such an umbrella stand, you can effortlessly set up sun protection on today's terrace, in tomorrow's garden and in the next day's swimming pool.
Slab stands consist of a metal frame into which you can insert paving slabs or other concrete slabs. Especially for the use of large umbrellas in the garden, on the terrace and also for commercial use in restaurants and cafés, these extra weighted umbrella stands are a very good choice.
There are a few things to bear in mind when using parasols on the balcony. To place the parasol directly on the balcony against the wall, the installation tube of the parasol post is located at the edge of the parasol support of the balcony. To make the best use of the space, you should use a balcony parasol post with a cantilever parasol. If you are using a hanging parasol, the parasol pole is not under the parasol but next to it, so that it can be installed directly against the wall.
Parasol stands: frequently asked questions and answers
In the following, we would like to answer the most important questions about parasol stands. We have selected the most important questions for you and will answer them shortly. After reading the guide, you will know all the basic background information about parasol stands.
Who is a parasol stand suitable for?
When choosing a parasol base, other criteria should also be taken into account. In retrospect, for example, the ground (i.e. straightness or unevenness) is very important, but the mobility of the parasol base is also an important criterion for many consumers.
Last but not least, you should consider how long the parasol stand will be used. If the period of use is only a few months, you can switch to cheaper versions - in the case of long-term use (possibly also in commercial areas where appearance is critical), the investment may be well thought out.
Of course, the available budget also plays a major role here and ultimately decides whether the parasol stand is a rather everyday item or a highlight.
What types of parasol stands are there?
|Cross-legged stand||robust, selection via plate material, additional plant pots can be placed on plates||in very strong wind, the parasol lifts despite plates|
|Parasol stand for filling||easy to transport, necessary weight can be determined, weather-resistant||not very aesthetic, gets dirty quickly|
|Massive parasol stand||a lot of support for little money, very durable||rather more expensive in terms of price|
How much does a parasol stand cost?
|Parasol stand made of granite||approx. 25-60€|
|Parasol stand fillable||approx. 15-20€|
|Cross base with plates||approx. 30-40€|
A good trick is the fillable parasol stand, as this is made of plastic and can be a perfect choice at a low price of about 14-20€. All you have to do is fill the parasol stand with water or sand.
Cross feet with slabs also come into question with a price of around 30-40€, as they are not as expensive as granite parasol stands in terms of price, but have a similar aesthetic. Similarly, wooden parasol stands are very popular and can also be purchased for under €50.
What are the alternatives to a parasol stand?
In principle, it works like a corkscrew, can be handled without much effort and is optimally suited especially for small and light beach umbrellas.
|Lawn spike||can be inserted into the lawn without tools, as soon as you change the location they also serve as lawn aeration|
|Ground sleeve||can be concreted into a foundation, very reliable and problem-free in the long term|
Another type of ground support is the lawn spike. Lawn spike umbrella stands have the advantage that they are very easy to insert into the lawn and no stone or other tool is needed to hammer them in, which would only cause damage. In addition, once you change the location, they also serve as lawn aeration.
What diameter should the pole be?
In the product details for the parasol stands, you will find information about which pole diameters they are suitable for. Since there are no standardised sizes for parasols, you work with from-to specifications here, which fit the attachment mechanism. As a rule, you can use pretty much any stand for any parasol, but you should make sure before buying.
How heavy should the parasol stand be?
Generally speaking, the rule of thumb is: For every 10 cm of umbrella diameter, the umbrella stand should have a weight of at least 1 kg.
For an umbrella with a diameter of 2 m, you would need a weight of at least 20 kg at the base. This is enough to withstand a medium gust of wind. If it gets really windy, you should close the umbrella anyway to be on the safe side, even if the umbrella has a wind valve.
Traffic light umbrellas in particular require a considerable counterweight due to their construction, as a stronger leverage force acts on their base. For a traffic light umbrella, you should allow for a weight of 50-100 kg. The more, the better.
Thicker umbrella poles (e.g. wooden ones) also require more weight. If the pole has a diameter of approx. 5 cm, it should be stabilised at the bottom by a stand of at least 30 kg.
What can the parasol stand be filled with?
Which parasol stand is suitable for windy conditions?
Accordingly, anchored umbrellas, especially large umbrellas used for food, are very strong and can withstand strong winds, depending on the model. Simpler umbrellas, especially those with flat feet, can quickly fall victim to a gust of wind and be blown away.
Generally more susceptible to wind than centre pole parasols are traffic light parasols/ free-arm parasols. Due to the external mast, traffic light umbrellas offer the canopy an increased surface of attack, especially if the canopy is inclined and can act like a sail, and due to the external centre of gravity they are less stable and a strut is more likely to break off.
By the way, free-arm umbrellas need stronger anchoring or heavier bases than centre-pole umbrellas for the same umbrella surface. For a free-arm umbrella with a diameter of 3 metres, we recommend umbrella bases with (at least) 90 kg.
When buying large parasols, especially large free-arm parasols, we recommend using high-quality parasols with a long service life.
The manufacturer's maximum wind speeds should be strictly observed. By the way, these apply to non-inclined umbrellas!
When filing warranty claims due to wind damage, manufacturers check very carefully. As a rule, these are not recognised.
We recommend that you close the canopy when the wind is coming up and secure it if necessary. If you are out of the house, it makes sense to secure the retracted canopy with a strap and/or cover it with a protective cover. Secured in this way, even a real autumn storm cannot harm the slim umbrella mast. And if wind damage does occur, such as a broken strut, it is of course an advantage to have a brand-name parasol for which spare parts are available.
How do I install a parasol stand in the ground?
When a parasol is set up, there are various fastening options: Either the parasol is set up with a parasol stand and can be moved flexibly at any time or it is concreted into the ground with a special ground socket.
Alternatively, ground sockets with a screw thread can also be used here. However, these do not provide sufficient protection and stability for traffic light umbrellas because the weight is unevenly distributed. For this reason, it is recommended to use an anchor sleeve for setting in concrete.
Basically, installing ground anchors is not difficult and can be done in just a few steps.
- Dig a foundation the size recommended by the manufacturer.
- Align the ground socket accordingly.
- Fill the hole with concrete again and let it harden.
- Set up the parasol.
1. Excavate the foundation
Before you start digging a foundation, you should allow for a sufficient safety distance between the house wall and the sunshade as well as between several sunshades. We recommend about 20 - 30 cm. This distance is necessary so that your parasols do not rub against each other and wear out prematurely. In addition, you should level out the height of the parasols on uneven terraces.
When digging the foundation, use the dimensions of the parasol and the manufacturer's recommendations as a guide for the length and width. How deep you dig is a matter of taste. However, you should make sure that it is frost-proof.
To allow rainwater to drain away, it is helpful to line the bottom of the foundation with gravel and to make a recess or drainage pipe at the bottom of the ground socket.
2. Aligning the anchor sleeve
Once you have excavated your foundation and gravelled the bottom or placed a drain for rainwater, you can begin to align the anchor sleeve.
Press the bottom part of the ground anchorage into the foundation. You must take into account the embedment depth in the foundation. Then turn the ground socket so that the shade is correctly aligned.
In order for your parasol to stand vertically, the anchor sleeve must also be concreted in vertically. Therefore, align the ground socket with a spirit level and fix it until the concrete has hardened.
Tip: To avoid possible tripping hazards in winter, you should press the lower part of the anchor sleeve into the concrete about 4 mm deeper than the surface of the terrace.
3. Fill the hole with concrete
Once you have properly aligned your ground anchors, you can fill the hole with concrete. Be sure to let the concrete cure long enough.
4. Set up the parasol
When your concrete foundation has hardened sufficiently, you can put up your parasol. Follow the manufacturer's instructions that came with your parasol.
How do I care for a parasol stand?
Umbrella stands that have a metal tube built in should be maintained so that they don't start to rust. You can use a metal varnish for this, which you can get in retail shops or DIY stores.
Granite umbrella stands can get scratched, but these should not be visible because of the granite pattern. You can also protect the stone by using a protective film to keep it beautiful long enough.
With the help of a parasol stand, you can create the perfect shady spot in your garden, on the terrace or on the balcony. In addition, you can flexibly change the parasol stands from place to place or consider a permanent installation in the ground. You can choose between fillable, solid or ground sockets to fix your parasol.
Fillable parasol stands themselves are easily transportable until their filling gives them the necessary weight. The inexpensive concrete parasol stands offer a lot of support for little money and are also very durable.
For a fixed installation of the parasol, there are ground anchors and ground sleeves, which are anchored in the ground. Once installed or set in concrete, this construction lasts almost indefinitely. Once you have decided on one of the countless options, there is nothing standing in the way of setting up the parasol.
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