Palermo Cantilever Parasol
Angela Slater
Daughter of a farmer and market gardener so have always had a connection with the outdoors, whether it was keeping animals or producing fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Along with my work at Hayes Garden World I also have a smallholding, mainly breeding rare breed pigs. I gained an HND and BSc in Conservation and Environmental Land Management, as a result I am an ardent environmentalist and have a keen interest in environmentally friendly gardening. In my time at Hayes I worked for several years in the Outdoor Plant and Houseplant areas

How do I choose the correct parasol base for my garden parasol?

Avoid accidents by choosing the correct base for your garden parasol

Palermo Cantilever Parasol (pictured)

How to choose the correct parasol base is one of the most frequently asked questions of our sales staff here at Hayes Garden World, and a topic which causes most confusion. There are lots of different sizes and shapes of parasols to match any set of garden furniture, and hopefully this short video will help de-mystify the whole process.


The correct weight of base is essential to keep the parasol stable, especially when you have one of the large cantilevered type parasols.  Smaller parasols with a pole of less than 42mm and which will be going through the centre of the table can take the smaller 15kg base which should keep the parasol stable. For a parasol which stands behind your garden furniture and has a diameter of more than 42mm you need a base of at least 25kg.
Always remember to tighten the screw at the base of the parasol to ensure that the parasol remains stable if there is a sudden gust of wind; if the wind picks up it is safer to take down the parasol altogether.


How to: How do I choose the correct parasol base for my garden parasol?

This guide will give you the do's and don'ts of choosing the correct base for your garden parasol. Using the incorrectly weighted base with your parasol can cause serious injury and damage your garden furniture.

How to choose your parasol

There are a number of different styles of parasol and they need different weights of parasol base. If you just want a simple parasol and you have a hole in the centre of the table then a lightweight parasol will suffice. The best parasols are free-standing and can be swung around and tilted to follow the sun. There are also styles which fasten to the wall and are not as flexible as you can't change the position of your furniture.

Choosing a bae for your lightweight parasol

A parasol which goes through the centre of the table only needs a lightweight base as the table also acts as a stabiliser.

Choosing a base for a free-standing parasol

As these parasols don't have the support of the table you will need one of the heavy weight bases to counteract the weight of the parasol when it is opened and at full tilt. These bases are either stone and come in 4 pieces or hollow plastic and are filled with sand and water to provide the ballast. If you need any help choosing the base just call our Customer Services team.