Those of us who set up at outdoor events often have to contend with high winds, storms, and other elements. One good storm or wind gust is all it takes to destroy a canopy tent that isn’t properly weighted down and tethered. Learn how to make or purchase craft fair tent weights to protect your canopy and your products.
Perhaps you’re just starting out or don’t have the money to invest in weights at the moment. What can you do to ensure you are properly weighted?
Create Your Own Tent Weights
Many vendors fill buckets with concrete or use cinder blocks. Tie a very strong nylon cord around the weight and to the top corners of your canopy. This is effective, but not always ideal. It often looks tacky, creates a tripping hazard, and takes up a lot of extra space you could be putting to better use.
Pros: Less expensive and you can customize them
Cons: You are likely to do more damage to your canopy top with a cinder block and ropes, than with custom weights. While your canopy may not blow away, the frame is likely to be bent in strong winds.
Purchase Tent Weights for the Best Results
The downside to these is they are very basic looking and can be a bit pricey depending on what brand you choose. Also, most are going to do nothing to keep your canopy top from blowing away. To stop that problem, always lower your canopy top during a storm, overnight etc. You can also tether it to your tent pegs with a nylon rope if you are using them.
There are several types of tent weights you can purchase. Most function in the same way; You fill them with sand and use the velcro straps to secure them around the legs of your canopy. They tend to be less space intrusive, are nice and uniform looking, and not as much of an eyesore or injury risk as cinder blocks.
This is the set I use. They are very affordable, water proof and each one holds up to 25 pounds of sand. You get a set of 4 for about 20 bucks on Amazon, and free shipping if you have Prime. These work well, are easy to set up and use and are very durable.
I love that they go around the back side of the legs. It keeps them out of the way and hidden behind my displays.