If in a hurry, we would recommend the ABCCANOPY Gazebo Water Weights they are the best in their price range for your typical British garden and are outstanding value. It depends on what (windy) part of Britain you’re from.
There are 3 main types of gazebo weights.
Cast iron, sandbags and fillable plastic leg weights.
These weights can anchor down your gazebo and prevent it from blowing away.
Our product recommendations below will cater for all thicknesses and shapes of frame legs.
So, there should be one to suit you.
Meaning your search for decent gazebo leg weights is finally over.
Types of Gazebo Weights
Gazebo Leg Weights Compared
Let’s get stuck into the individual product reviews. And rest assured we’ve tested all gazebo weights on this list.
1. ABCCANOPY Gazebo Leg Weights – Best Overall
The advantage of this type of gazebo weight is the leg strap. It uses Velcro to attach to virtually any size of frame leg (15 to 50mm).
Pro tip: Don’t use dirt or stones. Instead, fill water bottles up with sand or water.
To do this, I suggest in the days and weeks leading up to your event to save any fizzy pop bottles that you may use. Ideally, you’ll need 4 bottles and the very large 4 litre Coca-Cola bottles will fit perfectly into the bags.
This tip makes filling the weight bags much easier and tidier and will add a maximum weight of 16kgs or thereabouts, as generally speaking you are talking 1kg per 1 litre of fluid. Sand bags are commonly used on event shelters.
These make great marquee weights too, they’re fairly versatile.
- Can anchor down a gazebo on any surface
- Can add 16kg+ when filled
- Can be used on gazebos with sides
- Not always available due to high demand
2. Airwave Gazebo Leg Weights – Best Plastic
The Airwave plastic leg gazebo weights are ideal to fix around your pop up gazebos. Please make note that these have been designed to secure shelters with a max pole diameter of 25mm. They can even be used for your banana parasol bases and come as a set of 4.
They are ideal to give your gazebo that extra strength and stability in breezy weather. Also, they can be filled with water or sand.
These would fall into our bracket of “weights to hold down gazebo” only as the diameter is for gazebo legs. Once filled you can expect each to weigh approximately 8kgs (water) and 11 kgs (sand).
If you are particularly concerned about anchoring your gazebo, you may also want to consider combining use of these weights with gazebo wind bars. These are best suited to lightweight pop up gazebos depending on the inner leg size.
Pro tip: We recommend filling with water. It’s so much easier to pour away after use. And better for the environment (win-win).
Pro pro tip: When filled with water, add some washing up liquid. This avoids a stale water and plastic smell when emptying.
- Ideal for hard or soft surfaces
- Very easy to fill & empty
- Can add between 8 & 11kgs when filled
- When filled with water it’s very easy to dispose of and store these gazebo weights for next year
- Makes connecting sides awkward at times
- Bigger white covers, some may not find aesthetically pleasing
3. 12kg Gazebo Steel Weights – Best Commercial Grade
The tagline for the product is “More Strength, Rapid Anchorage, Faster Set Up!” and that sums these gazebo weights up better than I ever could.
Boy, are these heavy-duty for your gazebo feet. These will give your gazebo extra stability instantaneously. They come in pairs of 2 (12kg each).
These cast iron weights are made of recycled steel for the environmentally conscious of us. They are stackable, interlocking and more than one can be used per metal inner leg.
Each weight can be stacked upon one another, like the above picture suggests.
If you’re in a windy part of Britain and have extreme weather conditions, spend the extra and get these for peace of mind. These also work great as pergola weights too where heavy-duty approaches are required.
Pro tip: They are stackable. If you’re particularly concerned, invest in more quantity for more anchoring.
- Ideal for hard or soft surfaces
- Will add up to 24kg of weight
- Well made and easy to connect
- Can also be used for a marquee
- Difficult to transport (don’t put your back out)
5 Different Types of Gazebo Weights and Anchors
There are several types of gazebo weights and anchors available in the market. Some of the most popular ones are:
1. Cast Iron Gazebo Weights
Cast iron gazebo weights are often used to keep a gazebo in place during windier weather which could cause the structure to move or be compromised. They can weigh from 15 to 25 pounds each and provide anchor points for securing the gazebo down into the ground. Cast iron weights also help distribute the weight of the gazebo more evenly, so it won’t be top-heavy and at risk of tipping over during high winds. They can also be used to help stabilize the gazebo during times of increased wind activity. It is important that each weight is placed symmetrically around the base of the structure to ensure maximum stability.
2. Concrete Marquee Weights
Concrete marquee weights are a popular option for outdoor structures like gazebos, marquees, and tents. They’re heavy, durable, and provide excellent stability to your shelter. These weights are usually made of solid concrete and come in different shapes and sizes.
3. Ballast Blocks
Ballast blocks are another option for securing your gazebo. They’re made of high-density polyethene and can be filled with sand, water, or other materials to increase their weight. Ballast blocks are portable and easy to store, making them a popular choice for temporary structures.
4. Gazebo Weights from B&Q
B&Q is a brand that offers a range of gazebo weights and anchors. Their products include sandbags, anchor kits, and concrete weights. These products are designed to provide stability and security to your gazebo, ensuring that it stays in place even in adverse weather conditions.
5. Pop-Up Gazebo Weights from Screwfix
Screwfix is another brand that offers a range of gazebo weights and anchors. Their products include sandbags, leg weights, and water-filled weights. These products are designed to work with pop-up gazebos, providing a secure and stable shelter for outdoor events and activities.
How much weight do you need to secure a gazebo?
This depends on the weight of your gazebo. This will likely be determined by the size and the material. It’s possible to find out the weight of a gazebo from a store if you have any nearby, alternatively, message the manufacturer online. Let us know if you want help with this, we have good relations with most manufacturers in this industry.
Otherwise, it should be at least 2-5kg per square foot for most materials, with 7kg per square foot being a conservative estimate for an average metal frame with vinyl surfaces and 5-15kg per square foot for cedar.
Ultimately, you want to be adding at least 30kg of gazebo weights to your gazebo in order to secure it. We recommend 50kg.
How do you strengthen a pop up gazebo?
A pop up gazebo is designed for quick assembly that can used infrequently. It is not intended to be a permanent fixture, and will fall apart after repeated use and take down if enough stress is put on it. A few ways to reinforce the frame are with wooden stakes driven into the ground around it, or heavier ropes tied securely through eyeholes that connect to each leg of the frame from 6-8 points on each side.
When are Lifting Point and Pallet Trucks needed?
For larger gazebos or temporary structures, a lifting point and pallet truck may be required to move and install the weights and anchors. These tools are designed to make the installation process more manageable, allowing you to move the heavy weights and anchors with ease. This isn’t common for home-based structures but we thought you should know.
Wrap Up & Discussion
We hope our guide has helped you make an informed purchase of gazebo leg weights. They are, no doubt, the most effective ways to protect your gazebo from the wind but there are other methods.
Now we’d like to turn it over to you:
What was your favourite tip from this guide?
Or maybe you have a suggestion for gazebo weights or a question to ask?