How to Add Weight to an Outdoor Umbrella Base

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Things You'll Need

  • Cinder block

  • Paint

  • Sandbags

  • Sand

  • Rope or nylon straps

An outdoor umbrella can provide valuable relief from sunlight.

Outdoor umbrellas can be extremely valuable when the harsh light of the summer sun becomes too much for an outdoor gathering, picnic, or lunch. Unfortunately, wind can wreak havoc on an outdoor umbrella, causing it to tip over. With a little ingenuity, you can add weight to that outdoor umbrella base, allowing you to enjoy your afternoon event without worrying about umbrella malfunctions, even with mild to moderate winds.

Cinder Block Method

Step 1

Arrange your umbrella base in the position you would like it to be. Flat, level ground works best.

Step 2

Paint a cinder block to match the color of your umbrella base. If you are artistic, paint different patterns on the cinder block and umbrella base for extra flair. You can buy cinder blocks at most home and garden stores.

Step 3

Slide the cinder block over the umbrella base so that the tube that holds the umbrella protrudes through one of the holes in the cinder block. You can use a cinder block with one or two holes in it.

Step 4

Adjust the cinder block so that it rests solidly on the umbrella base. Give the umbrella base a shake to ensure that the cinder block doesn't shift too much.

Step 5

Insert the umbrella into the base and secure it.

Sandbag Method

Step 1

Place your umbrella base on a flat, level surface and situate it where you would like it to be.

Step 2

Fill two sandbags, each about one half the size of your umbrella base, with sand. Sandbags can be purchased at most hardware or home and garden stores. Choose sandbags that match the color of your umbrella base as closely as possible. You can paint the sandbags if necessary.

Step 3

Arrange the sandbags on top of the umbrella base, one to each side of the tube that the umbrella slides into.

Step 4

Use a thin rope or nylon strap to secure the sandbags to the base, and to each other. Choose rope or nylon straps that match the color of your umbrella base and of the sandbags.

Step 5

Insert the umbrella into the base and secure it.


Professional add on weights and sandbags specifically created for weighting umbrella bases can be purchased at many home and garden stores.

30 pounds, about 14 kilograms, is sufficient weight for mild to moderate winds. For stronger winds, you will require more weight, or a permanent, in the ground umbrella stand.


Remove your umbrella from the base when not in use or during especially windy conditions. High winds can knock the umbrella over, or cause other damage.


Cristel Wood

Cristel Wood is a writer specializing in food, photography, gardening and video games. She holds an Associate of Arts from South Puget Sound Community College and has worked for her local Parks & Recreation department, Mt. Baker ski area, Vista Village Retirement Community and has taught ESL in Peru.