How Much Weight Is Needed To Hold Down a Canopy Tent?


How Much Weight Is Needed To Hold Down a Canopy Tent

Even a properly secured canopy tent can be blown away in inclement weather conditions. Intense winds can turn any canopy tent into deadly missiles. It is our responsibility to minimize the risk of accidents. To do that, we should secure our canopy tent using ideal weights. But, how much weight is needed to hold down a canopy tent?

For a 10×10 canopy tent, the manufacturers recommend at least 40 pounds (18 kg) per leg; If you use a big size canopy tent, maybe a 10×15 or 10×20 tent, then you should double the weight that is 80 pounds (36 kg). If you’re using an umbrella, it must be secured using 50 pounds. Generally, most of the farmers market and craft shows recommend a minimum of 24 pounds (10 kg) per leg, a total of 100 pounds. We use 35 pounds per leg, and it works great for us.

Canopy tent weight guidelines

Product TypeManufacturer Weight LimitFarmers & Craft Shows Weight Limit
10×10 canopy tent40 Pounds24 Pounds
Bigger than 10×10 tent80 Pounds48 Pounds
Umbrellas50 Pounds40 Pounds

We use 35 pounds per leg and we suggest you to go with the same. Because from our experience we have seen tents fly away with lower weights (24 pounds). Be on the safer side and go for more weights.

What are the good canopy tent weights?

Securing a canopy tent with weights is different from securing it with ideal weights in the right way. Here are some of the weights that work well for a canopy tent in the farmers’ market and craft shows

  • Sandbags are specifically made weights to hold down the canopy tent in harsh weather. The sandbags must be minimum of 24 pounds and more is always better (40 pounds is excellent). ABCCANOPY Industrial Grade Weights Bag is a good choice. Make sure to strap the sandbags to the legs of the canopy tent.
  • Canopy weights are another option that is specifically designed to hold down the canopy tent. US Weight Tailgater Canopy Weights is our goto option for all our shows. And again, make sure to choose the weights above 24 pounds.
  • Use containers or buckets and fill them with sand or cement. It should have a cap to close to avoid concrete or sand spillage if it falls accidentally. It should have a handle through which a bungee or rope can be secured.
  • Using a capped PVC pipe works well. Fill the PVC pipe with cement and secure it along with the canopy frames. It should not collide with the customers.
  • Anchor the canopy tent by using the stakes (Eurmax Galvanized Non-Rust Pop Up Canopy Stakes is a good option) if you’re in the grass field. And keep some weight on the anchors to avoid the stakes uprooting in heavy winds.

NOTE:  A strong wind can blow away a canopy tent even it is secured with enough weights. It is because, in most cases, the weights are not suspended properly. The weights should be strapped to the bottom of each leg, and then it should be tied to the top corner of the canopy tent using ropes or bungee. Thus, lowering the center of gravity of the canopy tent. 

How to create weights for canopy tent using PVC pipes

Starting with 2 feet long 3 inch PVC pipes, get four of it from home depot (they sell precut pipes). You can also make your own by cutting big size PVC pipes. Remember, the longer the pipe more the weight it will be.

When you fill the 2 feet tall PVC pipes with concrete, it should weigh around 20 to 25 pounds. It is the weight recommendation (per leg) given in many farmers’ markets and craft shows. By adding all four pipes, the total weight should be around 100 pounds that should be good enough to hold down the canopy tent. If you would like to make it more weighter, increase the pipe size to 3 feet. It should give you a weight of around 150 pounds.

To complete the process, you need caps to close the pipe and hooks to hang the weight. One end cap needs to be drilled for the hook to attach. Fill the concrete into the pipes, and use the glue to push the cap on. Now the weight is ready to be used.

The following video is useful for creating the PVC weights for your canopy tent.

How a canopy weight possibly cause injuries to the customers? And how to avoid it?

Most accidents happen in the craft shows and farmers market involves windblown canopies tents and umbrellas. A properly secured canopy tent and umbrella using ideal weights are good to face inclement weather. But the unanticipated injuries occur due to wrongly placed canopy weights. 

A customer will always see fresh fruits, vegetables, crafts, arts, and so on in the stall. In other words, they are looking straight at the store, not the floor. They may not notice a weight that is lying down. The customer will kick, trip over, or entangle with the wrongly placed canopy weights that lead to possible injuries.

So, it is our job to see it from a customer’s point of view. We need to anticipate the possible injuries the weight may cause well ahead of time, and place canopy tent weights carefully. The ropes that are tied to the weight should be visible to the customers. The weights should be kept along with the four legs of the canopy tent.

The ideal time for canopy accidents

Most of the canopy tent accidents happen during the setup or putdown period. When you’re installing the canopy tent, you might face a sudden gust that can throw away your canopy tent. Since the weights are not placed yet, holding the canopy tent is very difficult. This is why having another person to help during installation is highly recommended.

Be friendly with the neighborhood people who can give you a helping hand during installation. You can help them set up and put down their tent as well. Create a win-win situation to prevent canopy accidents.

A half-secured canopy tent is very dangerous, if not more dangerous, than an unsecured canopy. 

How Much Weight Is Needed To Hold Down a Canopy Tent?

Manufacturers suggest 40 pounds, and general farmers market and craft shows suggest 24 pounds per leg. But, we generally go with 35 pounds per leg. You may think of it as overkill, but it is the best way to prevent accidents. Remember, when it comes to the canopy tent weights, more is always better. Be safe and keep others safe.

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