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 diy 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 tent 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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How heavy should canopy weights be
In doing research about tent weights, it is recommended to have at least 40 pounds for each tent weight. You’ll need weights for all four corners of your tent. Weight bags can be used, or filled pvc pipes like we did for our canopy tent.
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