Will a Gazebo Blow Away & the Best Ways to Anchor it Down?

  • By: Erik
  • Date: 23 January 2022
  • Read Time: 8 min.

If you own a pop-up canopy and leave it standing without anchoring it down, then there’s a good chance your canopy will blow away.

Included in your original purchase, ideally, you should have received guy ropes and tent pegs to help pin the canopy down and weight bags to support and anchor the frame legs.

If these items weren’t included in your original purchase then don’t worry as they can both be bought separately.

Best Gazebo Weights to Anchor Your Canopy

Gazebo Weights

There are 3 main types of gazebo weights, which include footplate weights, leg weight bags that wrap around the frame legs and water weights that are attached to the legs and filled up.

Footplate Weights

This gazebo weight is a heavy plate that is pushed through the frame leg and laid to rest on the floor on top of the footplate of your canopy to prevent the frame leg from lifting up.

This is a very effective way of holding down your canopy but these weights can only be used if your canopy has feet at the bottom of each frame leg for the weight to sit on.

These weights are also most effective when they’re used together with guy lines/ropes and ground pegs.

It’s fine securing the legs to the ground but the wind can sway your pop-up gazebo and snap the upper frame.  That’s where guy lines and ground pegs can support the upper frame section.

Leg Weight Bags

Leg weight bags are the most popular choice because they simply wrap around the frame leg with strong velcro ties and can then be filled up with a wide range of heavy objects.

You can fill the bags with sand, place bottles of water inside the material bags to keep things tidy, stones, rocks and even snow depending on the area or state you live in.

Some bags can hold as much as 25kg extra weight each, so that’s 100kg of extra anchorage weight which would definitely add much more stability to your canopy.

The bags can be emptied afterward, rolled up and placed into a carry bag after use for simple transportation.

Water Weights

This is my preferred method, especially if you’re going to the beach or have water easily available.  The containers have a cap on top that opens to allow you to fill with water.

Most water weight containers that can be bought will add around 8-10kg per container and you would normally expect to receive 4 containers when you order.  Be sure to check before buying.

Some people fill the container with sand which adds more weight but water is much easier as you can pour it away rather than having to buy sand every time and haul it around.

Best Gazebo Weights

 

Sandbag Weights for Round & Square Legs

This set of 4 all seasons leg weight bags is our preferred choice for many reasons.  The polyester bags are easy to fill up with weight and are simple to attach to round or square framed legs.

All Seasons Gazebos, Set of 4 leg weight bags for Instant pop up gazebo
  • Adds approx 40kgs of weight to stabalise your gazebo when all 4 are used
  • Can be filled with sand, Dirt etc ( Not supplied )
  • Very light weight when empty
  • Can be used if the gazebo has sides or not
  • Connects to the gazebo legs using velcro strips

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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

Pros

  • Add up to 40kg in weight to help stabilise
  • Use on square or round legs
  • Ideal for gazebos with or without sides
  • Realistically priced
  • Heavy-duty polyester bag

Cons

  • White velcro straps show 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…

Water Weights for Gazebos 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.

Airwave Leg Weights for Gazebo (Set of 4)
  • Give your Gazebo extra stability.
  • Simple to use.
  • Can be filled with Sand or Water
  • Each Leg Weight holds approx 8 litres of water.

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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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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.

Crocodile Trading Choose 2, 4 or 6 Set Cast Iron Weighted Feet for Heavy...
  • The Original "13kg" Ballast (Over 2 Stone)…Performance Is A Given!
  • 13kg of ballast per weight! Easily Stacked on top of each other for additional anchorage!
  • Manufactured from "Heavy Duty" Cast Iron.
  • Carry Handle & Pegging Eyelets.
  • Shipped to UK Mainland, Scottish Highlands & Islands, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly and most countries throughout Europe.

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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

Pros

  • 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 All Year Round

Cons

  • 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)

Features

Here’s what we particularly like about these Crocodile Trading metal weights.

Multi-Surface Use

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.

Carry Handle

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.

Pre-Drilled Holes

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.

 

Guy Ropes & Pegs

Guy ropes or guide lines are normally connected to the corner of the canopy material where you should see loops that the line/rope threads through.  This may differ slightly per brand.

The rope threads through a loop at the end of the canopy and then you hook the line onto the tent peg and insert it deep into the ground, ensuring the hoop of the peg is in the ground.

The angle of the line coming from your gazebo to where the peg is inserted into the ground should be 45° because this angle provides maximum support.

Here are more tips to help you secure pop up gazebos and other types of canopy

 

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