DIY: How to Secure a Gazebo

18 Feb

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Gazebo @ Target

Worried about your Gazebo flying away this summer when that next wind storm happens? Well, don’t be. If you have your Gazebo on a concrete patio and are not able to secure it into the ground and want to save on the added expense of hiring a professional to come out and drill holes into your patio concrete. Then, here is a quick and easy workable solution to adding weight to the Gazebo and making sure it stays in place all year round. Also see my DIY: Gazebo chandelier which will also adds weight to the middle of the frame keeping the Gazebo on the patio and not in the air or worse all over your neighbors backyard.

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What I did to fix his fly away Gazebo problem was 60 lb. Sandbags, X-Large Flower Pots, Rocks, Soil and Vines.

 

What I did:

Took this big flower pot and inserted the Gazebo Leg inside,

then cut open two 60 lb. bags of sand and poured the two sand bags around the Gazebo leg at  the bottom.

Then I added some rocks and soil inside the pot on top of the sand leaving enough room to plant a few plants and vines.

 

Now, There’s about 150 lbs. of weight on each leg totaling 600 lbs. all around the Gazebo. She’s not flying off anywhere anytime soon. Hope this helps keep your Gazebo secure while saving money and keeping your investment (Gazebo) safe, secure and looking good all year.

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Remember: Depending where you live always make sure during winter or wet months that you take the cover off the Gazebo as too much water or snow build up on the cover could lead to a roof collapse not only damaging the roof cover but also the Gazebo frame.

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18 Responses to “DIY: How to Secure a Gazebo”

  1. A Life Worth Styling February 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Great idea! I have a similar gazebo and will be doing this :)

    • homecreationseveryday February 18, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      I actually had a big umbrella the year before and what happened was it flew away during a wind storm and the frame was demolished! So, when we got the Gazebo last year the first thing I did was; think of how Can we secure the gazebo without spending an arm an a leg. lol So I figured sandbags but wanted something that looked good so I came up with these flower pots! And, the 60 lb sand bags are very cheap about $2-$3 ea. at Lowes or Home Depot :)

      • A Life Worth Styling February 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

        We had the same thing happen to an umbrella a couple of years ago. Right now we just have sand bags sitting on the bottom shelves. Not attractive! This is perfect!

      • homecreationseveryday February 18, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

        LOL :) Thank you! You gotta post that DIY: Spring/Summer Project when you do it I’d love to see it!:)

      • A Life Worth Styling February 18, 2013 at 4:22 pm #

        I will :)

  2. TammyeHoney February 19, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Ours was secure till the storm that took the roof took the gazebo also. http://youtu.be/sGWEwIakoco I guess nothing was safe that day and now the frame resembles a pretzel. Back to square one.

    • homecreationseveryday February 19, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

      Awesome music in the video! And, thank you for sharing the link! And yeah there’s always ways to think of how to secure a store bought ready made Gazebo versus a permanent structure made of solid wood and concrete right? I’ve thought about the roof thing too and the only thing I find that has helped securing the Gazebo is grounding the post and adding weight with the chandelier to the middle and it keeps it well grounded figuring there’s about 620 lbs worth of weight holding it down now :)

      • TammyeHoney February 19, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

        Our chandelier was about the only thing we were able to salvage from ours. It was weighed down with about that much weight when we began, before the storm. Thank you for sharing.

      • homecreationseveryday February 19, 2013 at 10:33 pm #

        Wow! Are you on the East Coast? Honestly unless a structure is built of concrete, steel or rocks any other preventive measures are almost in the graciousness of mother nature’s hand. I would say however for wind speeds less than 65 mph this gazebo has with stood the test of time including strong rain storms anything beyond that I have yet to see :)

  3. Mary May 9, 2013 at 2:38 am #

    Question: How big should the flower pots be? I went to the store and wasn’t sure what size to get. Thanks for the great idea.

    • homecreationseveryday May 9, 2013 at 6:03 am #

      Go to Home Depot or Lowes and get the biggest plastic pots they sell each pot is about $20 and I would say their approx 10 gallon pots. Thank you for posting and let me know if you have any other questions and how it turns out :) thanks

  4. Mary July 6, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    Did you block the drain holes in the bottom of the vases? We thought of doing that before putting the sand in, but we’re scared that the water will accumulate over time (especially during winter) and won’t have room to escape, which could make the whole vase burst. Any thoughts?

    • homecreationseveryday July 7, 2013 at 2:25 am #

      Actually I did block the holes in the pot, what I did first was I put the gazebo legs inside the pot. Once I did that, then I wrapped the first sand bag around the gazebo leg and then slit it open inside the pot and let the sand naturally fall out of it.

      With the second bag I opened and poured all the sand on top of the first sandbag pouring it evenly all around the pot inside. Afterwards I put a layer of gravel rock about 1 1/2- 2′ inches and filled the rest of the pot with potting soil leaving enough room for the plants I had already picked out to go inside the pot.

      As for water drainage or frost during winter, I have had no issues yet with the durability of the plastic pots and I have had the same plants in the same pots around the gazebo now for over 2 years and have had zero drainage issues.

      Actually the water flows out of the pots just fine as I created a nice layered filter system with the sand, gravel rocks and soil. And I live in Washington state and it rains here a lot and its cold and the pots works great for my perennial plants growth and keeping my gazebo secure during wind storms!

      Goodluck! I hope it works out for you and please let me know how it goes and if you have anymore questions please ask :)

      • Sara May 27, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

        This is a great idea, thanks so much! I see you said that you blocked the holes in the pots. Did you unblock them at the end? How does the water drain out?

      • homecreationseveryday July 11, 2014 at 7:49 am #

        I drilled extra holes in each pot to allow further drainage of water. Since, there are three layers in each pot I.e. sand, soil and rocks, water easily filters thru and I have never had any issues with overflow when watering plants.

  5. hblady March 9, 2014 at 4:43 am #

    Hi, I have a problem with the roof cover flying off in strong winds. I thought of putting something like bird netting over the cover and fixing it. Do you have any better suggestions?

    • RossG June 18, 2014 at 1:26 pm #

      Roof covers are supposed to let go in high winds. This is a safety mechanism to prevent the whole gazebo along with its metal framing from tumbling away and breaking or causing damage or harm to others.

  6. Susan May 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi, Thanks so much for the photo . Do you think it matters if I use a decorative ceramic pot instead of plastic ? I also plan on pouring sand down inside the hollow gazebo legs but I’m in
    South Florida so the more I can do the better.

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