Vendor Canopies

Canopies and Weights

Canopies that can be securely tied to a vehicle will only need weights on the legs that are not tied to the vehicle. It is recommended to tie your canopy frame to a vehicle whenever possible. Canopy tops, if loose will flap in the wind. Flapping in the wind is what makes them tear. Loose tops also cause them to hold water when it rains and can break your canopy. 

Canopy tops should be able to be released quickly in the event of sudden winds. Don't try to hold down your canopy, you will only get injured. Release the canopy top at the corners instead.

DIY canopy weights

The best idea I have seen and one that has been endorsed on other markets and art fairs is the use of PVC pipe. You could always purchase canopy weights from various manufacturers, but they tend to be expensive. The goal is to get 40 or 50 pounds of weight on each canopy leg.

Concrete blocks/ buckets etc. pose a tripping hazard - as do water bottles. Water bottles can leak and are not heavy enough. A 4 litre water bottle (windshield washer bottle for example) weighs approximately (4 x 2.2 pounds =) 8.8 pounds. To reach 40 lbs you would need 5 on each leg which is not practical.

Things You'll Need

    4 pieces 5-inch diameter 30-inch PVC pipe
    8 pieces 5-inch diameter end caps
    4 pieces eyelet bolts (1/4 inch)
    8 pieces nuts to fit the eyelet bolts (1/4 inch)
    8 pieces washers to fit the eyelet bolts (1/4 inch)
    160 lbs of sand (or concrete)
    PVC Glue
    4 tie-down cam straps
    4 10 inch pieces of velcro straps
    Electric drill


1/ Drill a hole in the center of one of the end caps sized to fit the eyelet bolt. Put a nut, then a washer on the eyelet bolt. Put the bolt in the hole, then put a washer and nut on the bolt from the inside of the cap and tighten. This will be the top cap. You may want to use some thread lock on the nuts or other means of securing the nuts since once the weights are assembled, they cannot be disassembled to tighten the nuts if they come loose.

2/ Apply PVC adhesive on the bottom end cap and attach to the bottom end of the PVC tube. Allow to dry for 3 hours.

3/ Fill the pipe with sand up to the desired weight. The advisable weight is around 40 to 50 lbs.

4/ Apply PVC adhesive to the top cap and put it in place on the PVC pipe. Allow to dry for 3 hours.

5/ Repeat for the remaining pieces of PVC tube, end caps and eyelet bolts.

6/ Place the weights next to each canopy leg and wrap with the Velcro straps to prevent them from falling over.

7/ Attach the cam straps to the weights and the frame of your canopy. Tighten the straps but not enough to lift the weights off the ground. The canopy frame is not designed to hold the weight. Note: ropes are not recommended since they will often stretch when wet and may come loose.

PVC glue is specially formulated for PVC pipe - no other glue will do. Once end caps are glued on with PVC glue, they will be impossible to remove. 

For handling sake, rather than making 40 - 50 pound weights, you could make twice as many 20-25 pound weights.