I ordered a pop-up canopy to use at outdoor art shows. Works great – glad we did a trial run set up before the first show! One of the reasons these structures are so easy to set up is their light weight – which could turn them into giant kites on a windy day! Thus, the recommendation to use weights to keep them grounded. Here is how to make your own pop-up canopy weights.
Most guidelines recommend a 40-pound weight for each leg of the tent, but I wanted weights that would be easy to handle on my own, and I didn’t want a big, blocky something that would be a trip hazard. Most of the instructions I found recommended 4-inch PVC in 2-1/2 to 3 foot lengths. My daughter and I made eight (8) 20-pound weights (two for each leg) in an afternoon by changing the diameter and length of the PVC. The materials cost about $75, less than the cost of commercially produced weights.
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