@mantra- You do not have to have a patio table to enjoy the benefits of an outdoor patio umbrella. I personally own a freestanding style. It has worked great for me. You still have a variety of styles and colors to suit your personal decorating scheme. Keep in mind you will need a flat spot to put the freestanding umbrella. You will definitely want a heavy, weighted base to keep your umbrella from toppling. There are a few options to go with for bases as well. Sunbrella does make a freestanding model, since you are partial to that brand. Hope this helps.