How to Hold Down a Canopy Tent on Concrete?

Last Updated On: September 6, 2021

Have you ever celebrated an event on the rooftop? This practice has become famous for holding events wherein canopy tents are used for sheds. So, how to hold down a canopy tent on concrete to avoid any unwanted happenings?

Suppose your sister is holding her wedding party on the rooftop of her apartment for better air circulation. Canopy tents are set-up for sitting and refreshment arrangements. Suddenly the tent containing food and drink items collapsed just before the serving time. Can you imagine the disaster it will create? 

That is why you should learn the ins and outs of canopy tents before giving any thought to using one for your next gathering.

How to Set-up a Canopy Tent?

Canopy tents don’t come in assembled form in most cases. Manufacturers usually design them in modular form for the carrier’s convenience. However, setting up a canopy tent is quite easy. All you need to do is to enlarge the pre-built structure of your canopy tent. If you are still in doubt, take a tour of the step by step of setting up a canopy tent.

Step 1: Open the carrying case and take out the frame.

Step 2: Stretch out from each of the four legs a little.

Step 3: Balance the height of the tent legs.

Step 4: Slowly expand to its full size.

Step 5: Attach stakes to secure tent position.

After your canopy tent stands on its legs, you need to ensure that it stays fixed in its position and doesn’t topple down. But even with a perfect set-up, a canopy tent can collapse due to carelessness in prior phrases. 

Be Mindful of:  The ground shouldn’t be uneven, cracked, or potholed.

Now your tent is all set, the next thing you need to know is-

How to hold down a canopy tent on concrete?

Fixing Canopy Tent on Concrete:

Staking a canopy tent on concrete is a whole different business than staking it into the ground. Tent stakes render worthless when it is about pegging down on concrete or asphalt. So, how to anchor a canopy tent on concrete?

The answer is the weight. There are several ways to weigh down a tent so that it doesn’t toss away or become topsy-turvy. While adding weights it is better to start from around 35 pounds. However, the requirement depends on wind velocity and crowd concentration. 

Luckily, canopy weights can be made economically at home in some ways. So what are your options? That’s what you are going to find here.

Canopy Anchors and Weights:

It is the best solution for holding down a light one. Weights can be bought directly from the manufacture or made at home without much hassle. You can prepare tent weight bags quite easily and inexpensively at home.

Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • First, make your sandbag. For that Nylon is the best option as it is more durable compared to other materials. You can buy empty sandbags from a store as well.
  • Next, fill them in with sand or pea gravel.
  • Attach them with the legs using light rope or bungee cords.

Caution: Make sure the weight of the bags matches the tent’s requirement.

Cinder Blocks:

It is especially advantageous when the weights need to hold down a canopy tent is more than usual. One block weighs approximately 28 pounds and ready to be used right away. Just take a rope or bungee cord and tie it with the top corner of the tent frame. For additional security, you can tie the tent legs with a cinder block using rope or bungee cords. That’s how easy it is. 

However, many places don’t allow using cinder blocks. As with heavy crowds, it can cause tripping and falling and lead to unnecessary incidents. 

Suggestion: If you are using one consider covering it with a towel or a sheet. So that if someone accidentally knocks into it, won’t get injured.

Exercise Weights:

It has a double advantage. On the one hand, it works as the weight to hold down a canopy tent. On the other hand, it helps cleaning up space. So the exercise weights lying at the corner of your house can be your tent securer. 

Following is the process of turning your exercise weights to tent weights:

  1. Pile up some and tie them together through a threaded hole. 
  2. Set it by the tent leg. 
  3. Tie a rope around the stacked weights and use the remaining to attach it with the top of the tent frame.

Don’t forget to inform the event committee of exercise weights before using them for your canopy tents.

Filling Bucket: 

Using bucket weights to secure a canopy tent on concrete is the most convenient method of all. Since the bucket doesn’t necessarily require to fill-up beforehand, it lightens the burden of carrying. It should be your first choice when your event’s area is near water, sand, or gravel. 

Different types of fillers can be used for weighing buckets. However, they don’t carry a similar weight to volume ratio. Depending on your preferred filler you will need to modify the required quantity.

The maximum loading capacity per leg of a tent is 40 pounds. Under this condition filler requisite for each bucket should be the followings:

  • For water filler, pour up to the brim to get 40 pounds / 18 kg
  • For sand filler, 3.2 gallons / 12 L is needed. To reach that fill 2/3 of the bucket.
  • For gravel filler, one fully crammed bucket of gravel weighs 75 pounds /34 kg. Filling a bit over half of the bucket will give you the weight.

Once you have loaded your buckets with necessary fillers, fasten a rope or bungee cord with the handles. Extend up to the top frame of the tent to bind both ends.

Caution: Make sure the bucket stays on the ground to avoid spillage. If you see it hanging over the ground, tie it to the tent leg with another rope or bungee cord. 

Tips to avoid spillage: Use lidded buckets.

You can fill your bucket with concrete as well. That will give you permanent weights for your canopy tents. For concrete, fill the buckets half full.

PVC Pipe Tent Weights:

The best thing about this technique is customization. You can tailor and color these weights as per the need. It is also an easy undertaking. Just follow the process given below and you will get your own made-up weights.

  • Take a 4″ diameter PVC pipe and cut out a two-foot-long segment from it. 
  • Attach one cap on top of each pipe using glue. 
  • Screw a handle vertically in the center of the pipe. 
  • Fill up the center of the pipe with concrete. 
  • Lastly, put another cap with a hook attached to its end at the bottom. 

Repeat the process to make another three canopy weights. Use rope or bungee cord to tie weights with the top corner of each tent leg.

Feeling Expert Now?

Have you planned your next get-together yet? If not now is your chance to apply all the tricks you have learned about how to hold down a canopy tent on concrete by throwing one. Nevertheless, you can always understand better by making one.

You can take help from professionals if it is your first time.

In most social gatherings canopy tents are now used to serve refreshments. Such arrangements are mostly taken place on the concrete ground. Be it inside an establishment or out in the open air. That makes it more necessary to learn all the sides of handling canopy tents on concrete before you get into the process.

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