3 Best Weights to Hold Down a Pop up Gazebo
To hold down your pop up gazebo properly you need a set of weights that are specifically designed for the shape of your frame leg.
Gazebo weights can be the difference between a successful event or garden party because should the wind unexpectedly strengthen then you could in trouble.
Whilst your canopy or gazebo may appear strong and sturdy, it takes very little wind to get underneath the canopy roof for your gazebo to take off.
There are 3 main types of gazebo weights and each of them are specifically designed for a certain type of frame or footplate.
For example; the plastic leg weights are designed for round frame legs, whilst the material weight bags are suitable for both round and square legs.
Cast iron anchor weights can only be used on gazebos that have footplates for them to rest on, however, they are extremely effective and suitable for gazebos that have sides attached.
Best Gazebo Weights for Round Legs, Square Legs & Footplates
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Best Sandbag Weights for Square & Round Frame Legs (Upto 25kg Each)
This set of heavy-duty ABC Canopy sandbags is ideal to anchor down any shape of gazebo frame leg, whether they’re round or square they can be simply attached by the velcro strap.
You will receive a set of 4 sandbags (sand not included) and each bag will provide 25kg of extra anchor weight.
This accumulates to an additional 100kg of weight which is more than enough to anchor your gazebo to stop it lifting off the ground in windy weather and prevent any side shift of the frame legs.
The weighted bags are connected to the frame legs via the velcro straps that are securely attached to each bag. These velcro straps are very strong.
To fill the bags you simply unzip the rounded top section and fill with your preferred material, such as rocks, dirt, pebbles or sand.
To keep things a little cleaner and more organised it’s best if you place the dirt, sand or rocks into thick plastic bags to prevent the bags from getting dirty or muddy when wet.
These bags are much larger than they look in the image, as they’ll need to be to hold 25kg’s each of debris to hold down your canopy. These bags can be used if you have side panels but you’ll need to position them more towards the inside of the frame to get the gazebo side panels to fit properly over them.
Best Plastic Water Weights for Round Frame Legs 8-12kg
This set of 4 leg weights are by ‘ECS Ltd’ who make the very popular ‘Airwave’ range of gazebos and canopies.
You can fill these weights with sand or water and they will add an extra 12kg or 8kg of weight respectively, to hold the frame legs down.
Should you use these on holiday, you can fill them with sand when you arrive at the beach or if you’re camping you could fill them with soil.
Generally, I recommend using water as it’s much easier to tip away afterwards.
These plastic leg weights have a large screw that you tighten by hand. This will clamp together the 2 pieces around the frame legs of your gazebo.
There are no tools required as you tighten everything together by hand.
As mentioned about the previous product, these plastic containers are also much larger than they look and can make using your side panels very difficult due to the height and especially the width of them.
It’s best to choose these leg weights if you have a canopy that will be used without its sides
Best Cast Iron (Metal) Weights for Gazebo Footplates (13kg Each)
These Crocodile Trading cast-iron weights are ideal to secure your canopy on hard surfaces.
This type of anchor weight is suitable for round or square legs but each of the frame’s legs must have a footplate for them to sit on because that’s how they’re designed.
The product simply slots through the frame of the leg and lies on top of the foot to prevent it from lifting off the ground.
To add further strength, you can screw these metal weights down or knock tent pegs through the pre-drilled holes.
Please note that metal pegs and screws aren’t provided but can be bought separately from Amazon.
You can also buy multiple packs of these weights and stack them on top of each other via the male and female connectors… This can get quite expensive but if you have a sizeable budget then it’s recommended.
Each weight will provide 13kgs of extra weight and are available in sets of 2, 4 and 6.
Realistically, these types of weights should only be used on strong pop up gazebos because it’s all very well anchoring the gazebo down but if the upper frame section is weak then your cheap gazebo will just snap as it sways in the wind.