When using a canvas gazebo, one of the main problems becomes how to keep it steady on the ground. Some places are incredibly windy, and even with cords staked into the ground, the continual effort of the wind to uproot the umbrella-like canvas can be a giant nuisance and make it hard to relax and enjoy yourself when next to all that racket, especially if one of the cords gets tripped on and uprooted.
A great alternative to the cords is to use gazebo weights that can be tied to the corners of the canvas. There are several different options. Some of the more inexpensive ones include using buckets of water, which can be emptied afterward to reduce the amount of weight you have to carry back to your home or car. It is also possible to use cinderblocks, tying them to the cords and placing them on the ground. The wind will never pick those heavy things up!
The best option if you don’t want to haul around cinderblocks or use jugs of water seems to be anything that can be strapped to the legs of the gazebo, such as sandbags, which keep the weight out of the way of people’s legs and won’t swing around like a free-hanging jug of water. It is possible to purchase fashionable ones, or you could make your own sandbags with straps and cover them in the fabric that you think is attractive. And hey, if you got good at making these gazebo weights, and are using your foldable gazebo at an event with other people who had them, you might be able to help them out by selling them your new creation. No one likes a runaway gazebo, and some people would rather carry around decorative sandbags than cinderblocks, especially if they are trying to sell things at a market and appear presentable.
It is not only the canopy that needs gazebo weights to protect it from the wind. The frame itself could use some added stability in strong weather, and there are several options for that as well. You can get metal plates that fit on the feet, as well as weighted feet that attach to each leg of the frame. There are many creations out there; the important thing to keep in mind is what your personal needs are.
If you are looking to prevent a runaway canopy for as little money as possible, then consider making your own gazebo weights with whatever materials you have on hand that are heavy and attachable. If you want your gazebo to look lovely and attractive, then do research or use your creativity to find the weights that look the most appealing to you. If you are selling robotic sculptures, perhaps you want more metallic weights. If you are selling crystals and home-made jelly, maybe you can use crystal-filled jelly jars wrapped in some transparent cloth with pretty beads. The point is, anything you want is possible, as long as it’s heavy and attachable!