Asked on Jul 02, 2017

How can I stabilize a cantilever umbrella shade?

by Bren

I have a cantilever umbrella that sways even in the slightest breeze. Is there any way to stabilize the shade so it doesn't flop around in the wind? Any help is greatly appreciated. I can't use the umbrella even if there is the slightest breeze.

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  21 answers
  • Skrizzo Skrizzo on Jul 02, 2017

    On our small condo patio I used pipe u-brackets to attach the umbrella to the railing. It worked well for us.

  • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Jul 02, 2017

    I have such a problem with my umbrella also. I purchased this round concrete base at a home improvement store. The base held it steady....but when a huge wind came...the the pole bent almost in half... The only thing you can do it to close it when not in use. I was thinking if some holes were made in it, then the wind would pass through. Something like when a house is being built and they put shade cloth on the fence to keep the dust under control. They always have slits in them so the wind can pass through.

  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 02, 2017

    You can get different fabric for the umbrella that has vents at the top, you have probably seen them and didn't even know it.

  • Spend the money for the commercial base like they have in hotels. Or since yours is next to a railing, ue a bunch of heavy duty zip ties to attach to railing.

  • Bren Bren on Jul 02, 2017

    The base is fine, its the SHADE that wobbles in the wind. Is there a way to stabilize the shade?

  • Wendy Noeth Pieterse Wendy Noeth Pieterse on Apr 21, 2018

    Same problem. Drives me crazy. Can't use it when there is even the slightest breeze.

  • Dee Dee on May 13, 2018

    Absolutely awful with any wind.. can actually break with first use.. $300 down the drain

  • Jan Saxton Jan Saxton on May 17, 2018

    hope this is helpful

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    • Mehmet Mehmet on Aug 05, 2020

      This looks like a great solution. Could you share where I can find these camping toggles? Thank you.

  • Jan Saxton Jan Saxton on May 17, 2018

    Better photo of what I mean

  • Celeste berry Celeste berry on Jun 27, 2018

    Could you give more instructions? I am not sure what you did.

  • Judi Sewell Judi Sewell on Sep 20, 2018

    The base ballasts are not the problem ,25kgs x4 When cantilever fully up, still sways in slightest breeze ??!!

  • Gary Gary on May 27, 2019

    Jan's solution was great! I used two small, 15 inch bungees. I attached the hook around the metal support of the umbrella, hook side away from the fabric. I then wrapped it once around the main pole, a longer bungee could be wrapped more than once if needed, stretched it to hook to the adjacent metal support of the umbrella, again, hook side away from the fabric. Watched it in about 5 mile per hour wind. Worked great! Thought I'd have to just throw the unit away. Also, I have it weighed down with two Home Depot 60 lb. full sand bags that cost about $5.50 each. That's 120 lbs. holding it down. Thanks Jan!

  • Ana Ana on Jun 10, 2019

    Going to try this.. I was feeling disappointed with my new umbrella as it has been windy and though the stand holds it up very well, the wobbling of the cover had me uneasy and I kept it closed at all time.. Thanks for the valuable tip!

  • Edd49312866 Edd49312866 on Jul 19, 2020

    Stabilized my patio umbrella by half hitched waxed cord and bungee cords. Now my wife doesn’t run away from under the out of control umbrella! Hit two points and works beautifully! Hope this helps someone.

  • Ahmer Ahmer on Oct 08, 2020

    Sometimes due to the inaccurate specifications or low quality steel work, people also face similar issues with car parking shades and tensile shades in dubai. This is something that would really help them to stabilize their umbrella shades.

  • Nate Schlimme Nate Schlimme on Mar 18, 2021

    Really great product specifically made for this here -

  • Bob Bob on Aug 25, 2021

    I come from quite windy Scotland and I have had this problem with my parasol for ages.Then I saw you brilliant solution.Tried it and behold a stable parasol for first time.Thanks Guys.A happy Scotsman.🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  • Mrs. Mrs. on May 05, 2022

    My umbrella was weighted down perfectly but the tent kept spinning and flipping, so I tied down five out of the 8 ribs to my railing and fence! You can use the ground as well! It worked like a charm!!! I even left it up over night to see how much wind it could stand! Now i can use my umbrella all day!

  • Momo Momo on May 28, 2022

    I have more than one umbrella. The other two are straight. I put the close enough to tuck under the candeliever and it keeps it from swaying.

  • Utkarsh Saroj Utkarsh Saroj on Jul 20, 2023

    Start by investing in a heavy, weighted base designed for cantilever umbrellas, and fill it with sand or water for added stability.

    You can also use ground anchors or stakes to secure the base and prevent it from tipping during strong winds.

    Consider attaching counterweights or sandbags to the umbrella's frame to balance weight and minimize swaying.

    You can get more ideas to stabilize a cantilever patio umbrella.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 21, 2023

    Concrete Blocks or Sandbags?