Which parasol stand is right for me?
Your parasol stand can be as simple as one made from plastic, or as decorative as one crafted from granite. As mentioned, the plastic ones are easily manoeuvrable and often much cheaper than the alternatives. This might be the perfect option if you plan to use your parasol sparingly, or if you intend to store it further away from your patio.
If you’re looking for a more traditional base, cast iron bases are suitable alternatives, while also providing more decoration. Cast iron, however, is susceptible to rust and needs to be protected with the proper coating. Cast-iron parasols can also be harder to manoeuver than others, and are more suitable for those who don’t intend to relocate them often.
Stone bases are your best choice if you’re looking for more variety. These bases can be carved in granite or marble, and come in a variety of designs to suit your taste. Stone can also be designed to resemble other materials. Many stone bases have been painted/treated to resemble cast iron, meaning you can have the look you want without having to worry about rusting. Both stone and cast iron bases are much heavier than plastic versions, and thus don’t need to be weighted down with water or sand.