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.
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Our Favourite Sets of Gazebo Weights
Best Sandbag Weights for Round & Square Frame Legs
This set of 4 all seasons leg weight bags is our preferred choice for many reasons which you’ll read about below.
First of all, the material bags are extremely easy to fill up with additional weight and really easy to attach to your round or square frame legs.
You can use many different items to make the bags heavy such as soil, rocks, sand or you can fill an old pop bottle with water and place it inside.
The water method is a much cleaner way of adding extra weight to the frame legs but doesn’t add as much weight as filling the bags to the top with soil, sand or rocks.
A simple guide is; every 1 litre of water adds 1kg of weight.
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
- Would prefer black straps rather because white shows up dirt
To attach the weights to the frame legs you simply tie the velcro strap around the legs and then fill the bags with your preferred heavy objects such as; soil, rocks, sand or filled water bottles.
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 can be twisted round to sit inside the gazebo and the outer part of the side panel just slips over the velcro.
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…
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Best Plastic Leg Weights for Canopies 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, party tents and other brands of gazebo too.
These particular weights clamp around the frame legs with screws that are tightened easily by hand and don’t require any tools.
To fill them up I recommend using water as it’s so much easier to fill up and empty away than it is to using sand or soil out and there’s less mess.
Using water also means that it’s possible to fill them up when you want to use them rather than having to carry around heavy weights filled with sand.
Should you decide to use water then each container will add an extra 8kg to each leg, however, should you decide to use sand then you can expect 12kg per leg weight.
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Best Cast Iron Weights for Gazebo Footplates (Feet)
This set of heavy-duty cast iron gazebo leg weights are designed specifically for pop up gazebos and canopies that have footplates (feet).
Each weight weighs 13kg and you just slot the weight through the frame leg and it sits on top of the footplate so it can’t move.
This ensures that the frame legs do not lift up or move from side to side when the wind picks up and means 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.
These cast-iron weights are suitable for gazebo legs with a diameter of 52mm’s (5.2cm) or less. This is so the slot in the weight can be pushed through the leg and sit on top of the footplate.
Most pop up gazebos have varying thicknesses of legs, however, they generally range from 3cm’s to 50cm’s (30mm – 50mm).
Also, it doesn’t matter which shape the leg is, as long as it isn’t wider than 52mm. 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 properly anchor your canopy down)
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; concrete, deck, grass, sand, soil, 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.
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.