If you intend on using your pop up canopy to its full potential then there’s a good chance you’ll need a good set of heavy-duty gazebo weights.
The recommended weights below will add extra strength and stability to the frame and legs of your pop up canopy.
Contrary to what most people believe, weights alone will not stop your pop up gazebo from lifting up in the air when it’s windy.
Yes, some weights are designed to solely anchor your shelter to the ground but the majority of the time the guy ropes act as the main anchors and the gazebo weights actually helps the legs to not shift side from to side.
Best Gazebo Weights – Quick View
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|Brand||Type||Quantity||Weight Provided||Buy Now|
|All Seasons||Bags||4||up to 40kg|
|Airwave||Plastic||4||up to 48kg|
|Crocodile||Cast Iron||2,4 or 6||up to 26-52kg|
All Seasons | Best Sand Weight Bags for Round or Square Legs
This set of 4 all seasons leg weight bags are our preferred choice for many reasons which you’ll read about below.
First of all, they are very easy to fill.
You simply wrap the velcro strap around the legs and then fill the bags with your preferred heavy objects such as; soil, rocks, sand or see our expert tip below.
With some sets of weights, the bag itself wraps around the frame leg, however, this can cause problems when you have a gazebo with sides as it’s not possible to pull the side panel over the weight bag.
This is one of the reasons why this set of bags is recommended as the bag sits inside the gazebo and the outer part of the side panel just slips over the velcro… EASY!
Also, it doesn’t matter whether you have rounded or square legs because you just tighten the velcro straps securely around the frame legs and that’s it, oh and fill with water or sand… Simple
Pros and cons
- Can add up to 40kg in weight to help stabilise
- Can be used on square or round legs
- Ideal for gazebos with or without sides
- Realistically priced
- Heavy-duty material bag
- Better if velcro straps were black instead of white as shows up when dirty
These weight bags are extremely versatile as they can be filled with many different objects to add extra weight however, here’s the cleanest way to fill the bags…
Step 1 – 2 Litre Coke Bottles
Do you have children that like fizzy pop?
Then I’m sure you’ll have some 2 litre coca cola bottles or other flavours around the home. Maybe you don’t, then ask a friend to save them for you.
Step 2 – What to do with them?
Once you have 4 empty pop bottles you need to save them until you next need to use your gazebo, whether it’s going on a holiday or a special occasion on your garden.
Step 3 – How to use them?
I’m sure the minute I mentioned the pop bottles then you knew what we were going to suggest but if you haven’t here’s what you’re going to do.
Set up your gazebo as you normally would, finally wrap the bags around the frame legs and then go and fill the 2 litre bottles with water and place 1 in each empty bag.
This will add approximately 2kg per bag, although we have heard of people using 4 litre pop bottles with 1 in each pocket, this would then add a total of 16kg to help stabilise the shelter.
Airwave | Best Plastic Leg Weights for Canopy with Round Legs
Airwave is a very popular brand in the gazebo industry and this particular set of airwave leg weights can be used on any of their pop up gazebos as well as the entire range of party tents too.
These particular weights are clamped around the frame legs and have screws that can easily be tightened with your fingers.
To fill them up you can use sand or water to add weight.
Personally, I would use water to fill them up as it can be tipped away after use rather than carrying 4 heavyweights full of sand.
When filled with water it will add an extra 8kg to each leg weight or should you decide to use sand then you can expect 12kg per leg weight.
Crocodile | Best Cast Iron Gazebo Weights for Footplates (Feet)
This set of heavy-duty cast iron gazebo leg weights are designed especially with gazebos or canopies that have footplates (feet).
Each 13kg weight just slots through the frame leg and can be slid down to sit on to the footplate.
This ensures that the frame legs do not lift up or move from side to side when the wind picks up and that the feet stay firmly on the floor.
You can buy these weights in sets of 2, 4 or 6 from Amazon and they can be stacked on top of each other via the male and female slots.
Therefore, you can buy as many as you wish and keep stacking them up to add extra stability.
However, please bear in mind that because they are cast iron they aren’t cheap
Pros and Cons
Here’s a quick look at the best bits and the room for improvements.
- Heavy Duty
- Simple to Use
- Perfect for Gazebos with Sides
- Last for Years
- Carry Handle Built-In
- 13kg Each
- Packs of 2, 4 and 6 available
- Well Known Brand
- Ideal for Outdoors All Year Round
- Not cheap…
- Only suitable for gazebos with footplates (feet)
(It is advisable to place a weight on every footplate in order to appropriately anchor your canopy)
Here’s what we particularly like about these Crocodile Trading metal weights.
Because this set of weights is extremely sturdy and just sit on the footplate, they can, therefore, be used on lots of different types of ground.
This set of weights are ideal for ground such as;
- Block Paving
- Patio, etc
They are equally as effective on the hard or soft ground…
Perfect for Stacking
Do you require a huge amount of sturdiness and don’t want to risk anything chance? That’s fine, you can very easily stack multiple weights on top of each other.
They stack comfortably into each other via the male and female slots and provide huge amounts of extra stability to your frame.
The clever design has ensured that there is a built-in handle which makes carrying them so much easier. Each one weighs 13kg so it wouldn’t be advisable to carry more that one in each hand at a time.
Ideal for Various sizes of gazebo legs
If your gazebo leg width measures less than 52mm(5.2cm’s) then you’re good to order. This means that the slot in the weight will comfortably fit through the leg of your gazebo and can then rest on the plate.
Therefore, the regular gazebo leg sizes of 30cm, 40 and 50cm are ideal for this type of anchor weight. Also, it doesn’t matter which shape the leg is, as long as it isn’t wider than 52mm.
Therefore, these cast-iron weights are ideal for square, round and hexagonal legs.
The weights have 2 pre-drilled holes already in them which means that you can places stakes or tent pegs through the hole to help keep them in place.
Sometimes, although they will keep your gazebo anchored down, they can sometimes move a little when your canopy or gazebo is buffeted with very strong winds.