If you’re looking for an effective product to hold your canopy down then you can either buy a set of gazebo leg weights or attempt to make your own.
Best Weights To Hold Down a Gazebo
Personally, to stop your pop up canopy from blowing away I recommend buying a set of gazebo anchor weights.
There are 3 main types to choose from and all of them are very simple to use and even easier to attach to the frame legs.
They all come at varying prices, however, they are all effective at anchoring your canopy down and can add a large amount of extra weight to each frame leg.
Firstly, go and take a quick look at the shape of your frame legs, they should be either square, rounded or maybe your canopy has footplates at the bottom? Then check out the table below or scroll to our reviews.
Best Gazebo Weights – Quick View
|Product||Brand||Leg Type||Style||Quantity||Extra Weight||Buy Now|
|Crocodile||Footplates||Metal||2,4 or 6||26,52,78kg|
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REVIEW: ABC Canopy Weight Bags for Round & Square Legs
This set of heavy-duty ABC Canopy sandbags is ideal to anchor down any shape of gazebo leg, be it round or square.
You will receive a set of 4 sandbags (sand not included) and each bag will provide 25kg of extra anchor weight once they have been filled to prevent your canopy lifting from the ground.
This accumulates to an additional 100kg of weight which is more than enough to anchor your gazebo to stop it lifting and any side shifting of the frame legs.
The weighted bags are connected to the frame legs via the velcro straps that are securely attached to each bag.
To fill the bags you simply unzip the top section and fill with your preferred material, such as rocks, dirt, pebbles or sand.
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REVIEW: Airwave Plastic Leg Water Weights for Round Legs
This set of 4 leg weights are by ‘ECS Ltd’ who make the very popular ‘Airwave’ range of products.
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.
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REVIEW: Crocodile Metal Gazebo Weights for Footplate
These Crocodile Trading cast-iron weights are ideal to secure your canopy on hard surfaces.
Due to the design, this type of anchor weight is only suitable for gazebos that have footplates or feet.
It doesn’t matter if your gazebo frame has round or square legs but it must have feet at the bottom for this product to sit on.
The product simply slots through the frame 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…
Each weight will provide 13kgs of extra weight and are available in sets of 2, 4 and 6.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do Gazebo weights work?
All 3 types of weights mentioned above rely on adding extra weight around the legs of the frame.
This additional weight helps to add stability to the legs, prevents the frame legs from shifting from side to side and most importantly helps to anchor the gazebo to the ground.
The shifting of the legs can quite often lead to the bowing of the legs or snapping near to where they’re connected to the roof section.
Are Weights Easy to Connect to the Legs?
All the manufacturers of these products have made attaching these 3 different types of weight very simple.
With weight bags, you simply connect the bag to the frame leg via the velcro attached to the bag itself. Generally, the velcro is very securely woven to the bag which ensures longevity and repeated use.
You can either fill the bag with weight before connecting it or attach it to the frame leg first and then fill it up with stones or sand.
The cast-iron weights have a slot in them where you slide the weight through the frame leg and then lower it onto the footplate.
The weight will stay on the footplate and offers a very stable anchor for your canopy.
Plastic Leg Weights
The leg weights are attached to the frame leg by connecting the two sides of the plastic container together with the large plastic screw that is provided.
The screw can be tightened by hand and therefore, no tools are required.
How Long Do Gazebo Weights Last?
Different types of weights have different lifespans.
Weight bags can last several years but it depends entirely on how well you look after them. If you’re looking at multiple uses, then you’re best off filling resealable bags with kiln dried sand and then place the bags inside the material weight bags and then zip closed.
For example, The kiln-dried sand can be bought from Amazon and the reason for buying this type of sand is that it pours very easily into the bags or other containers.
This is a much tidier way of filling your weight bags.
These bags can also be filled with bottles of water. You simply need to save 2 empty 3-liter bottles of pop and then fill them with water when you need to use your gazebo.
This method will only add 6kg per double weight bag but is a very clean and organized way of doing things.
Cast Iron Weights
Your iron weights will last a very long time, in fact, they will probably outlast the pop-up canopy. You may find that these metal weights may rust over a long period if kept outdoors for a long time or stored in wet conditions.
Check out this guide to help prevent them from rusting.
The plastic containers are another type of weight that could outlast your pop up canopy. Whilst this product is not really heavy-duty, they are more than well enough made to ensure that you get good value for money out of them.
To prevent the plastic from getting damaged I have friends that wrap their weights in sheets, just to help prevent any knocks or punctures from damaging them.