How to Get an Umbrella to Tilt

Giant outdoor umbrellas are incredibly useful for providing shade in a sunny environment. However, this usefulness is limited by the angle of the sun and the angle of the umbrella. While changing the sun's path across the sky is impossible, getting your umbrella to tilt is not. You can have an adjustable umbrella in a matter of minutes.

How to Get an Umbrella to Tilt

Take a large plant pot (5 gallons or more, depending on the size of your umbrella) and place it next to the area where shade is desired.

Place the bottom of the umbrella in the pot, and tilt it to the desired angle.

Fill the pot with sand until the umbrella is able to remain in the desired position without you holding on to it. The weight of the sand and the plant pot should hold the umbrella in place.

Adjust the angle of the umbrella by shifting the bottom within the plant pot.

Things You Will Need

  • Umbrella
  • Plant pot
  • Sand


  • Depending on the size of your umbrellas and your plant pot, you may be able to fit multiple umbrellas in a single pot.


  • If the umbrella seems unsteady, use a larger pot and/or more sand.
  • Be aware than an umbrella can act as a kite with the right angle and amount of wind.
  • Close the umbrella when not in use. If practical, take the umbrella down all the way.

About the Author

Zac Parsons has written for websites like ManagingActions.com and LostPost.net since 2008. Parsons holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from Kentucky Christian University.