Small parasol: Mainly opened by hand, no larger than 2x2 metres in size and usually lighter than 5kg. Examples of use include promotional purposes or as a beach parasol. See our "Classic Small" series.
Large parasol: Usually opened with a cable pull, at least 2x2 metres in size and often heavier than 10kg. Examples of use include in the catering industry or as an event parasol. See our "Classic Best" series.
Heavy large parasol: Mostly a push-up or crank opening system, at least 3x3 metres in size and often heavier than 20kg. Examples of use include premium catering events. See our "Prime Best" series.
Cantilever parasol: Generally with a crank opening system, around 3x3 metres in size and sometimes weighing considerably more than 20kg! The mast is at the edge of the parasol rather than in the centre, ensuring greater table clearance and freedom of movement. This shift in the centre of gravity requires a significantly heavier weight. To see an example, look at our cantilever parasol "Classic Best Square AP" nr 9640.
How does the calculator work?
There is a simple rule of thumb for determining the appropriate weight of a parasol stand: 1 kg per 10 cm of parasol diameter. A parasol with a diameter of 3 metres would therefore need a stand weighing 30 kg. Although this sounds simple enough, remember it is just a general rule.
If you take a closer look at the interaction between the stand and the parasol, it quickly becomes clear that there are more factors at play than just the diameter. Even if the diameter remains the most important factor, you should also consider the design and weight of the parasol as well as any possible wind conditions:
- The weight and design of the parasol are central factors in determining the required weight of the parasol stand. For particularly heavy parasols, we advise you double the weight of the stand suggested by the simple rule of thumb. On the other hand, lighter parasols require a significantly lower weight.
Example of a heavy parasol: Crank or push-up opening system, double fabric, thick pole and heavy struts
Example of a light parasol: Lightweight struts, simple opening system and thin pole
- Wind conditions: The prevailing wind conditions play a decisive role when it comes to the weight of the stand. In our calculator, we assume the parasols will be used outdoors under normal weather conditions. For small parasols being used indoors, the weight of the stand may be somewhat reduced. In really windy conditions, we recommend an extra 25% weight. You should not leave your parasols out in very stormy weather conditions.
- Other factors: The calculated weight is just a recommendation. Other factors such as certain parasol characteristics (e.g. storm hood), the canopy shape (round or square) or the shape and design of the stand also have an impact. However, the diameter in combination with the parasol type and weight are the most influential factors and are sufficient to make a rough weight estimate.
Which stand for which parasol?
If you now know what weight you need, all you have to do is find the right stand. We distinguish between the following four basic types:
Plastic filling stand
These stands are made of plastic and can be filled with water or sand. We recommend filling stands for their versatility; they are particularly suitable for smaller parasols.
Stands made of concrete, granite or metal are more difficult to transport, but are extremely heavy and durable. For example, a heavyweight stand usually looks more appealing than a plastic filling stand.
These stands are made of a metal frame and plates that serve as weights. The plates and frame can be transported separately, which increases mobility compared to the heavyweight stand.
The ground socket usually consists of two parts. The lower part is firmly set in the ground, usually in concrete. This variant offers little flexibility in terms of the position of the parasol, but is extremely stable. Another advantage is that nothing is on the ground, meaning there is no risk of anyone tripping over. If the ground is a lawn, lawn spikes can be used instead of ground sockets.
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