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.
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 saving any soda bottles you might use in the days and weeks before your event. Ideally, you’ll need four bottles, and the very large 4 litre Coca-Cola bottles will fit perfectly in the bags.
This tip makes filling the weight bags much easier and more organised. It will add a maximum of 16 kgs or so, since 1 litre of fluid usually weighs 1 kg. Sand bags are often used on shelters for events.
They can also be used as great marquee weights because they are so 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
The Airwave plastic leg gazebo weights are perfect for putting around your pop-up gazebos. Please keep in mind that these were made to secure shelters with poles that are no bigger than 25mm in diameter. They come in a set of 4 and can be used as bases for your banana parasols.
They are perfect for giving your gazebo more strength and stability when it’s windy. Also, you can put water or sand in them.
Once filled, you can anticipate that each will weigh about 8 kg (water) and 11 kg (sand).
If you are particularly concerned about anchoring your gazebo, you may also want to consider combining the 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
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.
- Read More: The Importance of Cast Iron Gazebo Weights: A Complete Guide
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?