How to make an outdoor canopy

Originally contributed by • last updated 5/12/2021

Outdoor canopies are necessary elements to keep you comfortable from the searing sun or rain. At night, they can create a cozy and magical space surrounded by nature and illuminated with twinkling lights or candles.

DIY outdoor canopies come in all shapes and sizes and you’re only limited to how much fabric you’re willing to hang. Casually hang fabric on trees or poles, or create more permanent structure. You can even make transportable versions you can take to the beach or park and festively stake out your space.

A Billowy Outdoor Sail Canopy

Harsh and hot sun rays beaming down into your backyard can ruin a relaxing day on the deck or patio. That’s why sun shade sails come in so handy. Sunshade sails work best for large areas of outdoor space that get so hot you can’t even walk on the patio.

You can buy premade sails, or make them by cutting large triangular pieces of outdoor fabric, such as Sunbrella, that you can hem yourself and hang from trees or posts.

In the example image, each piece of fabric measures 20-feet on each side. The sails are attached to posts set in concrete. The project requires an intermediate skill level, but for under $300, this backyard is now cool, usable, and looks quite contemporary.

Outdoor Canopy Gazebo Offers Relief From Sun

This homeowner already had a pergola built over her deck and eating area. But, it was way too sunny and hot. So she made her DIY outdoor canopy by hemming outdoor fabric and wrapping it taught around the pergola’s sides and top for much needed shade and comfort.

It created a cozy cocoon that looks extra magical at night when she hangs lights and lanterns from the top.

Simple Fabric Outdoor Patio Canopy

You’ll get privacy and shade with this simple pergola canopy covering. Use a few yards of a quick-drying, light-filtering muslin, cotton fabric, or sheeting to create this summery look.

You’ll need fabric that’s the width of the pergola and almost twice the length of the structure to get enough to hang down the sides. Thick galvanized training wires creates the fabric’s ability to billow and ruffle.

Brilliant Red DIY Outdoor Daybed With Canopy

To get that resort-style look of an outdoor daybed with a canopy, you may have to spend big bucks. But not if you tackle this complete DIY project from Design by D9, which includes a one-piece bench and canopy structure that holds a twin bed mattress.

There’s an added curtain rod on the front top to hold mosquito screening for extra comfortable and cozy outdoor seating.

A Starry Display Of Outdoor Canopy Lights

No one does DIY outdoor canopies better than wedding planners and decorators. This stunning one is no exception, but it’s also one you can adapt to your own yard for parties or just to have your own star-studded outdoor oasis.

A five-point star requires five poles, five lengths of wood to create the star, and lots of overlapping white icicle lights. To keep the lights buoyed up and laying flat, staple barely-there mesh to the wood star shape and drape the lights on top of it for stability.

Paint the wood a glittery silver or gold with outdoor spray paint for extra evening shimmer. If you require more shade, layer some billowy fabric above or below the lights.

Vintage-Style Small Outdoor Canopy

This oh-so-simple DIY outdoor canopy is made with a piece of outdoor fabric attached to four wooden closet rods using grommets and cup hooks.

But what’s so special about this particular awning is the way the rods are set. Instead of putting them directly into the ground, the homeowner used beautiful vintage milk jugs, filled them with sand for stability, and tucked each rod into the container.

To further stabilize the frame, there’s twine held taut into tent stakes that are placed in the ground. Add greenery on the tops of the jugs to hide the sand, and you have one pint-size piece of backyard shade.

Colorful Kid’s Outdoor Canopy For Party Time

Adapt this fun and colorful idea for your child’s next outdoor birthday bash or garden party. It’s a DIY outdoor canopy idea often used for wedding receptions.

Float a rainbow of umbrellas on wire or attach to the roof of a pergola to create the ultimate shade. Use regular umbrellas for more permanent canopies over an outdoor dining table, since paper would be ruined by bad weather.

For a party, hang delicate paper parasols — available at various sources, including craft stores and wedding supply outlets —upside down and drape them with twinkling white lights for an eclectic look over your patio.

You can also adapt this idea and hang clusters of paper lanterns from your backyard trees, arbor, or pergola for the same colorful canopy effect.

How to make an outdoor canopy

If you need a quick (removable) backyard canopy, you’ll love this inexpensive DIY project.

DIY Backyard Canopy

For this project you’ll need the following items:

4 tall planters
4- 5 gallon buckets
4 bags of concrete, a couple shovels full of dirt or sand
1 bag of potting soil
4 6′-8′ Bamboo Poles or PVC Pipe painted to look like bamboo or wood

Center the PVC or Bamboo post in the bucket, pouring concrete around it. Repeat with the remaining pots. Let them dry fully. Once they’ve set Once dry, set the bucket into the tall planter, fill in with pebbles, leaving about 4 inches from the top. Fill the remainder of the top with potting soil and plant several flowering plants such as petunias.

To make the top, add a grommet to each of the four corners, then attach them to the pole using zip ties. Shower curtains actually work quite well for this, as do king-sized sheets.

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Here’s another utilizing a Painters Canvas Drop Cloth, this one looks best with PVC pipe painted to look like bamboo.

How to make an outdoor canopy

Here’s another example of PVC pipes made to look like bamboo! This is a really simple technique and it’s very inexpensive to recreate.

Here’s a tutorial on how to make PVC look like bamboo-

How to make an outdoor canopy

Hopefully,that gives you some ideas to start with. The painter’s canvas drop cloth works great because it’s very durable and holds up well against the weather if you accidentally leave the canopy out.

We’ve already shown you how to create a shaded, rustic outdoor retreat , bit when you have people over you’ll need a slightly larger shaded escape from that hot summer sun. Here’s how to create a large canopy using cheap, simple materials.

DIY Rustic Outdoor Retreat

The sun and the heat have finally arrived, and even if you don’t have a summer getaway spot by the…

This canopy is a really quick, easy put-up-and-take-down way of keeping everyone comfortable while eating outside. While the general idea may seem simple, there are some things to keep in mind to maximize the utility of a canopy such as this. Of course, you could go as cheap as you want and use a bedsheet or something similar, but you could also buy a $20 dropcloth from the Home Depot that has water-resistant backing to protect you from rain. It won’t protect you from any wild storms, but at least it’ll keep your guests from getting wet as soon as the weather decides to turn. Plus, it’s cheaper than getting a custom shade.

The only other thing you need (as that sheet comes with grommets in it already) are some long poles that you can drive into the ground. Home Improvement weblog This Old House recommends some bamboo poles you can buy online for $9 each, but it seems like they aren’t anything special, and you can probably get something cheaper (or find something you already have lying around) and use that instead. Hit the link for more details, as well as 24 other thrifty outdoor dining tips—and be sure to let us know yours in the comments.

Summer is quickly approaching which means it is almost patio season. Are you ready to relax and enjoy the season from your deck?

The only downside to patio season is how hot it can get on your deck. With the sun beating down it can be hard to fully enjoy your patio while you are sweating or worrying about getting sunburned.

Don’t stress, there is an easy solution to this problem. By adding a canopy to your deck you can still enjoy this space in the shade. Plus, with a few inexpensive materials, you can build your own deck canopy in an afternoon.

In this post, we will look at some inspiration and discuss how to use basic materials to build your own deck canopy. Soon, you will be ready to start a DIY deck canopy project so you can take full advantage of your patio this summer!

Kee Klamp Fittings and Deck Canopies

Before designing your own deck canopy, you need to think about what you want out of this project.

There are a few different types of deck canopies, including retractable, mounted, and portable. A retractable canopy can be adjusted to let in more or less sunlight. A wall-mounted deck canopy is stationary and offers the same amount of shade at all times. A portable deck canopy can be easily lifted and moved to different locations.

So think about the type of canopy that would work best for your desk. Regardless of the style canopy you choose, Kee Klamp fittings and pipe are the best materials for this type of project.

Unlike traditional threaded pipe, Kee Klamp fittings allow the project to be adjusted. So, if you want to break down the canopy in the winter and reassemble it in the summer, you have that option.

Kee Klamp fittings are also galvanized, which means they are perfect for an outdoor project. Even when exposed to rain or other weather conditions, they are less prone to rusting than other materials.

Now that you know Kee Klamp fittings and pipe are the perfect materials for a sturdy deck canopy, let’s look at some projects for inspiration:

DIY Deck Canopy Ideas

How to make an outdoor canopy

Sean created this portable deck canopy to provide some shade over his patio dining area. Since the canopy is not wall mounted, he could easily move the structure if he wanted to let more sunlight into the space. He could also break down the canopy and store it during the winter. To create a similar project, you need Kee Klamp fittings, pipe, and Slope Down Tee fittings to create the triangular sides.

How to make an outdoor canopy

This project is an example of a portable deck canopy. You could easily build a similar project to help block the sunlight on your deck. If you want to host a backyard BBQ, you can bring the canopy to the yard instead of renting a tent. Or, you could break down the canopy after you use it and store it until your next party. You will need Three Socket Tee fittings to help add stability to the structure.

How to make an outdoor canopy

James created this wall-mounted deck canopy to offer shade over his grill and outdoor cooking space. Since this is a wall-mounted canopy it is more permanent than portable canopies. If he wanted, James could easily adjust the fabric cover to let in more or less light. When designing your own wall-mounted canopy make sure to use Wall Flange fittings to attach the project and keep it sturdy.

How to make an outdoor canopy

Bob from Chattanooga, Tennessee designed and built this deck canopy for his backyard patio. He even hung string lights from the pipes so the space can still be enjoyed at night.

Bob said, “I started out using threaded pipes and typical “big box” store fittings but their fittings were limited and installation would have been more complex.” So, Bob decided to use Kee Klamp fittings and pipe to make the project easier and cheaper to complete. You can follow the step-by-step instructions here if you want to create a similar project.

How to make an outdoor canopy

Tamer in New Jersey created this project to provide shade over an outdoor patio. You can easily drape fabric over the pipes to offer some shade for the seating area. Or, this could be used as a trellis if you wanted to grow ivy around the pipe. This project is mounted using Standard Railing Flange fittings. You will also need Single Socket Tee, Four Socket Cross, and Swivel Flange fittings to build a similar deck canopy.

How to Build Your Own Deck Canopy

Are you ready to start your own DIY deck canopy project? Now that you’ve seen some examples, let’s get to work!

Step 1: Design Your Deck Canopy

Think about what you want out of a deck canopy. Do you want the canopy to cover an entire patio space or just one section? Does the canopy need to be portable or mounted?

Not sure where to start? Our design team is here to help with free design assistance!

Step 2: Gather Your Materials

After designing your deck canopy, it’s time to gather the building materials. With over 100 different fittings, Kee Klamp is a great option for this project. You can design the perfect patio cover and build it quickly and affordably with pipes and Kee Klamp fittings.

Step 3: Build Your Deck Canopy

You’ve designed your patio and gathered your supplies. It’s time to start building!

The good news is you can complete this type of project in an afternoon. Kee Klamp fittings and pipe are easy to use and adjustable if needed. Plus, for most projects, the only tools you need are an Allen Wrench or hex key.

Step 4: Relax!

Once you finish your deck canopy, take a break and enjoy your newly shaded patio. Host a backyard BBQ or simply read a good a book under the shade.

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It can be difficult to know where to start with a project like this. Hopefully, this post gave you some inspiration and helped you decide the first steps to take. Before you know it, you will be enjoying your patio under the shade of a canopy you built.

If you need some assistance getting started, we are here to help! Check out our collection of projects for some extra inspiration. Or, receive free design assistance from our design team. Also, don’t forget to send us a picture of your completed project. We would love to see the deck canopy you create!

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How to make an outdoor canopyIt all started with an innocent Pinterest pin – a “Suntracking Shelter” that you could move along metal arches as the sun moved across the sky. I thought it would be great for the sandbox because it’s in full sun all afternoon, and normal “flat” canopies don’t help because of the sun’s angle.

Teacher saw the Pin and said “We can make that ourselves; it looks pretty easy.”

We didn’t have any directions so we had to figure things out as we went along.

First we had to decide what would hold up the canopy. We compared and contrasted the pros and cons of metal electrical conduit vs plastic PVC pipe, then we debated the pros and cons of an arch vs a square shape. Finally we decided we really preferred the arch shape, and chose PVC pipe – rigid for the “legs” and flexible for the arch. We also bought connectors. The rigid and flexible PVC had different outer dimensions so we couldn’t find connectors that would work on both, but the flexible tubing was just a tad bigger so Teacher planned to sand the extra off with his Dremel tool.

How to make an outdoor canopyFinding fabric for the outdoor canopy was much easier! We browsed the Outdoor Fabric section of our local fabric store and picked out one we liked. Since the sandbox is 8′ from inner corner to inner corner we bought 3 yards of fabric to make sure there would be enough to make the pockets for the arches.

The fabric canopy itself was super-duper easy to make – the hardest part was making sure my measurements were right! First I folded and topstitched the selvedges under. Sure, it’s an outdoor canopy but I did want it to look nice.

Then I made the pockets for the arches: I loosely measured around the connector, added 1/2″ for ease and hem, and cut the fabric to the right length. Then I measured and drew a line 4′ each way from the center of the fabric, ending up with two lines 8′ apart. I folded the fabric wrong-sides-together on those lines and pressed the fold, folded the raw edges under, pressed and pinned that fold, then I top stitched along the pinned fold to make the pockets. I sewed a second line over the first for reinforcement.

Meanwhile, Teacher was working on the harder part of the project – the arches. He cut the rigid PVC into 4 pieces, ground down the outside of the flexible PVC with his Dremel, then connected them with the connectors. They were gorgeous! We tried them out in the sandbox and were SO excited by the perfect arches.

Then I put the fabric on and our ballon burst – the weight of the fabric bent the flexible toward the center of the sandbox.

Back to the drawing board!

How to make an outdoor canopyAfter scrapping the PVC pipe idea we went back to Teacher’s original idea of making the outdoor conduit from electrical conduit. I wasn’t sure how he’d bend it, but I knew he’d figure something out. And of course he did.

He trapped the conduit between our concrete steps and a ten-gallon pail. I stood on the pail so it wouldn’t go flying while he pulled on the conduit, using the curve of the pail create an arch. It worked like a charm.

My man is a genius!

To get two similar arches we taped the flexible PVC to the driveway with the ends 8′ apart and used it as a pattern. We laid the conduit over the PVC periodically to compare, and made adjustments as needed. The finished arches weren’t perfect, but they were pretty darn close!

How to make an outdoor canopyWe tried the arches out in the sandbox and burst another balloon – they were so short that the children couldn’t stand up in the sandbox.

Luckily that was easy to fix! We bought a 10′ length of conduit and compression connectors. Teacher cut the conduit into fourths then connected them to the arches with compression connectors.

How to make an outdoor canopyWe slid the fabric canopy on the conduit arches and drafted the boys to help us hold the whole contraption up in the sandbox. It was perfect!

The boys dug deep holes into the corners of the sandbox and we were ready to put up the outdoor canopy. I couldn’t wait to see it completely done!

We sunk the “legs” deep into the sand, then Teacher screwed a conduit strap into each corner board to support the canopy. The legs should pull out for winter, and in the meantime we can push the fabric canopy all the way down to the ground when there are high winds.

How to make an outdoor canopyI think the outdoor canopy turned out great, and so do the boys. I can’t wait for the child care children to see it!

How to make an outdoor canopy

Canopy tents make a great addition to your outdoor space as it can serve so many purposes. It makes a great shade for camping or when you’re having a backyard party. It also allows you to host so many fun activities that will encourage your kids to play outside, far from their gadgets. A shade canopy can also be used to protect your car or other valuables from rain or too much sunlight.

While you can readily buy a canopy at your local store, there’s nothing more satisfying than building your own. Canopies made from tarpaulin are sturdy, lightweight (which makes them so convenient to set up), and are way cheaper covers than commercially built canopies. With a few materials, you can make your own canopy in no time!

What you need for a DIY Canopy

  • A good-quality tarp with grommets, the size depends on your canopy, blue tarps can be as small as 5’x7’ feet and as large as 30’x40’ feet tarps while the silver tarps come in sizes starting from 8’x10’ feet all the way to 20’x30’ silver tarps.
  • Four pieces of 7-8ft tent poles for the corners
  • One 8-10ft tent pole
  • 6-millimetre poly or nylon rope (approximately 40ft)
  • Tent stakes

Summer is almost there! Grab your pack of high-quality tarp and enjoy the shadow of your self made canopy

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How to Make a Shade Canopy with a Tarp: Step-by-Step

1. Prepare the area

Clear the area where you want to build the canopy shade. Spread the tarp flat on the ground.

2. Attach the poles to the corners

How to make an outdoor canopy

Place the 7-8ft poles at each corner of the tarp, fitting the end of the pole into the circular grommet of the tarp. Secure each pole with a rope.

3. Tie the corners

With help from another person or a family member, carefully lift the poles so that the tarp is held in the air. Ideally, you should have one person holding the pole at each corner. Yes, this is a teamwork and everyone in your family is welcome.

4. Secure the poles to the ground

Pull one rope towards the ground, away from the middle portion of the canopy. When the rope is already stretched, you can now attach it to the ground by hammering a tent stake and tying the rope to it. Do the same for all the other corners.

5. Attach the central pole

The pole in the middle will give the canopy shade better strength and support. This is where you will use the additional 8-10ft tent pole. Position the pole towards the center of the tarp and then push it upward to the desired height. Sink the pole to the ground as securely as possible.

6. Secure the canopy

Tighten the canopy until the surface is smooth. This ensures that no water or debris gets trapped on the tarp’s surfaces. The strength of your canopy shade is greatly dependent on how well you secured the tarp to the poles and how firm the poles were attached to the ground.

How to make an outdoor canopy

7. Decorate

Now the even more fun part – spruce up your shade canopy by decorating it with a specific theme or design in mind. What makes outdoor canopies so great is that you can easily change the décor depending on the occasion. Install some lighting too so you and your family can hang out and have a great time under the canopy even in the evenings.

How to make an outdoor canopy

Additional Pointers

Tarps come in various types, but choosing the right material is essential if you want your canopy to last for quite a long time and give you greater protection from varying weather conditions. For a canopy shade, you can use either silver or blue tarps. While blue tarps give protection from the rain, they are not UV Proof as silver tarp is. Thus, whenever you can, choose a silver tarp for your outdoor canopy.

Poles are another important thing. You can use wood/bamboo poles or metal poles (which are more popular). Stainless steel poles are ideal as they don’t rust. This is a good thing to consider because your canopy will be very much exposed to changing weather conditions.

Building a shade canopy is a fun DIY project for the whole family. There are only few materials needed – a roof tarp, poles, rope and tent stakes – to get started. When building the canopy, always work with care and caution. Make sure to secure the poles to the ground for a stable and sturdy shade canopy.

I guess you are trying to find out how to build an outdoor canopy frame. Probably, you have come to the right place to accomplish your queries.

You know, a canopy is a decorative fabric or metal used as an overhead roof. We use it to lock sunlight, rain, and hail or snowfall. The canopy may also be a tent without a floor.

However, we use the canopy for many purposes, like an outdoor party or backyard BBQ. For this, you need to consider several factors before building it, including the fabric quality, frame’s weight, leg angle, and durability.

Now, we will give you the complete instructions for setting up a proper canopy frame by the following guidelines.

How To Build An Outdoor Canopy Frame

Glad to know, building a canopy frame is more simple than you think. To begin, you just need to know the three basic components of a canopy. Each one is composed of four valances, four peaks, and a frame.

I think you will get a perfect idea about establishing an outdoor canopy frame from here. Let me prove to you how this article works for you.


First of all, you need some essential materials before starting your job. Those are:

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How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

Now, follow my steps to start making an outdoor canopy frame.

Step-1: Design for the expected one

First of all, decide and design what size of the canopy you want to build. By this, you will feel easy to figure out the number of PVC pipes you need. Also, this will guide you to do trouble-free work.

Now, outline or shape for your desired one. Then multiply the measurements by three after calculating the dimension. Go to the hardware store and take PVC pipes according to your size.

Step-2: Clear the ground

Clean out the area where you will build up the canopy. Cut the grasses if you need and swipe up them to a specific place. Pick out the surface materials such as concrete, stones, and different types of dirt.

Stretch out the cloth over the area. It will help you to find the outer corners of the selected space. Define the sides of the tarp corner and mark it with small holes. Again fold it and set it aside for next use.

How to make an outdoor canopy

Step-3: Prepare the pipes

Layout the PVC pipes on a broad flat surface to start with them. They will form a rectangular frame. Mark spots with a marker on pipes as your dimension. Make a hole with a drill at each of these spots. These holes will be slightly smaller than eight eye screws.

Use paint spray to paint the rods and the caps. Please keep them in an open place to dry out. It makes the canopy frame attractive and long-lasting.

Step-4: Attach the PVC pipe

You can join them now and connect the corners of the frame with elbow joints. Use T-joints to connect three pipes in the middle. Again, repeat the previous process. Make the middle portion and top portion in the same way. Join the three frames altogether using vertical rods.

However, use T-joints and continue the process until you have built all three frames. Put one on top of the other. Then secure everything in place after your canopy frame is ready by using rubber cement. This material can make your canopy permanent.

Step-5: Install the cloth

It’s time to install the fabric now! Decorate the tarp over the top of the canopy frame. Secure the corners of the frame with ball bungee ties. It will be best to work on X formation. Start from one corner side and go to the opposite corner.

Pull the corner sliders into position and make sure that the top peak is centered on the frame’s peak pole. Fasten each of the corner sliders into place. Push the sliders and level up until the thumb lock snaps into place. Finally, check all bungee ties and make adjustments if necessary.

Congratulations to you! You have just finished your outdoor canopy frame building. Now it is absolutely ready to use. Enjoy any outdoor event or fulfill other demands with this one.

How to make an outdoor canopy


You may avoid rubber cement as you want a temporary frame. Also, you can use stainless steel poles, bamboo, or wooden poles instead of PVC pipes. Moreover, if you wish, you can use canvas cloth in place of the tarp.


The primary purpose of a canopy is to protect from sun exposure or terrible weather conditions. So, we need special care to get the highest result from it. You should go after some safety tips to avoid unsafe practices while building a canopy frame.

First, tighten the corners properly so that the tarp can never fly away. Heavy wind can damage the canopy. That’s why we highly recommend you not to set up a canopy tent under severe weather.

Second, take help when you install the roof cover. This makes your task easy to run. Otherwise, building up a canopy is a bit more difficult for a single person though not impossible.

Third, youngers should employ canopy under the supervision of an adult who knows the safety guidelines. Always keep an eye for anything unusual that can make the canopy tent insecure.

Fourth, you can choose a stainless steel frame for more safety. This one is irresistible and also shining and beautiful. Remember, wooden or bamboo frames are vulnerable and can fall for the overweight of tarp.

How to make an outdoor canopy

Bottom Lines

The Exterior canopy enables you to spend quality time outdoors and enjoy raindrops without wet. You will get an opportunity to spend time in a touch of nature.

Since it offers you to stay out in a safe and controlled environment, you can make your party more enjoyable without any break. That also protects you from the harmful UV rays of the sun.

So, if you know how to build an outdoor canopy frame yourself, you will be able to save money and provide shelter. It would be trouble-free for you to arrange an occasion with that one.

Finally, I think you have known the details about setting up the canopy frame by reading this article. Spend outside positively as much as you want.

If you want to skip all the hassle of making it DIY, here are some great customized pop up canopies available for order online:

Are you thinking about making your own tent?

Do you have some DIY skills?

Do you want to learn how to make a outdoor canopy tent for your needs?

If so, this article is here to help!

There are several reasons why you might be interested in making a DIY tent, such as:

No matter why you’re interested in this project , the information below can help you figure out everything you need to know about how to get started. There are a lot of different ways to build a tent yourself, so be sure you take the time to check out our recommended videos for even more suggestions, too.

Now, let’s get started learning how to make a DIY outdoor canopy tent frame and cover you can use for just about any situation!




We hope this quick and easy how-to guide has helped you feel a little more confident in your ability to put together a tent without having to purchase a frame from a store. There are some instances when you might prefer to buy a tent that’s already premade and ready to go, including the following:

There are other times when a DIY tent may not be the right call, but you’ll have to determine what’s true for your specific situation based on your needs. There are plenty of times when a homemade tent frame and cover is an excellent alternative that can save you a lot of money, so don’t hesitate to give it a try if you feel like this may be true for you.

But is it possible for a tent you make yourself to really ever be as sturdy as one you buy from a store or online? Don’t you have to worry about the tent collapsing or getting blown away a lot more often if you’re using one you made yourself? In short, no—but you’ll need to take some extra precautions. For example, if you want to use your tent for sleeping in while outdoors, you’ll want to waterproof it unless you’re only planning to use it for a night and can be sure it isn’t going to rain. No matter where you choose to use your tent, you can use sandbag anchors or stakes and ropes to secure it to the ground and make it much safer and sturdier, just like you would with a store-bought tent.

With the right planning and precautions, there’s no reason why you can’t safely and successfully use a homemade PVC tent in place of a store-bought one.

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You have the option for an ‘off the peg’ standard tensile fabric canopy or bespoke canopy solution. You can select timber or steel for the frame of your canopy depending on which aesthetic best blends into your environment and the style to achieve the practical elements of your requirements, be it school, retail or healthcare.

Outdoor canopy styles

There are three different canopy styles which will suit your environment and your needs. These styles can be built using timber or steel & fabric.

  • Mono pitch canopies
  • Cantilever canopies
  • Barrel vault canopies

Fordingbridge’s design and build expertise qualifies to provide you with the most cost-effective and suitable design solution for your canopy needs.

Starting from your free site survey and briefing meeting to delivery and installation, Fordingbridge offer one point of contact throughout your canopy project to deliver on time and budget.

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Canopy tents are getting popular every day. All who used these, plus those who haven’t, claim it to be one of the most convenient tents out there. If you want to join in the hype and want to know how to make an outdoor canopy tent then you have come to the right place.

In this article, we will take look at the different ways you can build your very own outdoor canopy tent with a detailed step-by-step guide. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the details, shall we? Even check out our article on how you can make a tent at home

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Steps Of Making Shade Canopy Tent Alongside a Wall

Here are the steps that you will need to follow to make an outdoor canopy tent

Step 1: Bringing A Grommeted Canvas-Drop Cloth

If you’re going to use this approach to make an outdoor canopy tent, you’ll need to start by carrying a canvas-drop cloth that has grommets with them. You can also use a tarp.

Ensure the material you’re carrying offers similar height and breadth as the area where your tent will be set up. After you’ve got the fabric, look over the measurements of clothes or trap for when you’re going to drill holes on the wall to construct a section for the tent.

Step 2: Drilling The Wall

After that, the wall must have two holes in them. When drilling the holes, make sure they’re about 1-foot closer compared to the separation between the two grommets. They should also be 7 feet above the surface.

These holes ensure that you can build a canopy peak for your outdoor canopy tent

Step 3: Place The Hooks

For the third step of making your own outdoor canopy tent , firmly insert hooks into the drilled holes. The fabric or sheet will be secured with the wall using these hooks.

Step 4: Tie The Cloth On Placed Hooks

It’s now up to you to secure the fabric with your hooks. Tie each corner of the fabric to the hooks using a rope. After you’ve done that, your fabric or tarp should hang to the wall.

Step 5: Sticking The Poles In The Ground And Tying The Poles To The Corner

After you’ve secured the corners of the blanket, you’ll need to ensure that the remaining two sides are also secured. As a result, take the tent poles and attach your rope’s end to one of them. Then, connect the other end of the string to the cloth grommets. Afterward, continue to stretch the material until it is tight.

Step 6: Stretch The Ropes & Tie Those To The Tent Stakes

You must straighten out the other end of the rope. Set the tent stakes in this location after stretching the rope to its maximum stretched state. The cover may then be secured by simply tying the rope to your posts.

Step 7: Placing The Long Pole To The Canopy’s Center

In the final stage to make an outdoor canopy tent, just place the long pole. It needs to be placed in the middle of the tent. Place the pole’s bottom section inside the earth. The other end of the pole should raise the material, and the outdoor canopy tent will be ready.

Steps of Making a Canopy Tent with Tarp & Four Poles

Here are the steps that you will need to follow to make an outdoor canopy tent using this strategy

Step 1: Bring A Good Tarp And Grommets

The first step with this strategy to make an outdoor canopy tent is to carry a good tarp for your tent. Find a tent that fits your campsite. It is suggested that you choose a silver tarp. As it gives the finest shielding from sun and rain. If the silver tarp is not available, you might choose the blue tarp.

Step 2: Make Sure To Clear The Site

Following the delivery of the tarp, the following step is to clear the camping area and place the tarp. As a result, ensure the tent location is free of garbage and other obstructions. Then, at the area where you want to put up the tent, loosely extend the tarp.

Step 3: Attach Your Tent’s Poles

Following the expansion of the tarp, use the rope to secure the poles in each corner of the tarp. The points of the tent pole should be inserted into the grommets in each corner of the tarp. Then secure the poles with your rope by tying them in a near as possible knot.

Step 4: Lift The Tarp

You’ve completed most of your journey to make an outdoor canopy tent. Now you must raise the tarp and insert the poles to the ground. You’ll need the assistance of four individuals for this. Solicit assistance from your friends and instruct them to carry the four poles at each end of your tarp. Then carefully raise and extend the tarp until it is taut. Afterward, extend the poles as much as feasible within the hole.

Step 5: Stretch The Ropes

You must now use the poles to fix your tent. For that, you’ll need to utilize the rope. So, from every point of the tarp, extend out the rope. Then, grab the rope and stretch it out with all of your might. Thereafter, drive the stake into the soil with a hammering and knot the rope to the poles.

Step 6: Put A Large Tent In The Middle Of The Tarp

You’re almost finished building your outdoor canopy tent. It’s an easy procedure to follow. Simply place a large pole in the middle of the tarp and secure it to the ground in this stage.

In comparison to other poles, you must use a long pole to hoist the center of the tarp. Once you’ve completed this, your own outdoor canopy tent will be ready to use.


If you have come this far from the article, then we strongly believe that you now understand how to make an outdoor canopy tent all by yourself. Make sure you follow the steps accordingly. Based on your experience, you may not get the process right on the first try, and that’s completely okay.

We recommend practicing this beforehand to those who are new to this. In this way, you’ll be able to ensure that you don’t waste any time when you’re camping. Check out all canopy tents that you can buy

How to make an outdoor canopyA canopy creates a dry and shaded area which can be used for many things, from a relaxing place to eat or drink in a restaurant or park to a sheltered outdoor learning area allowing children to be taught in a more informal classroom without the worry of what the weather is doing.

For Early Years and Primary school settings, creating an environment this is colourful and stimulating is key to making an area children will enjoying learning in.

Here are our top tips to creating an inspiring outdoor learning area under your canopy:

1. Bring the classroom outside – with the cover from a canopy you can bring furniture outside for the day and simply teach your normal lessons outside, giving children a new environment to learn in and a breath of fresh air.

2. Incorporate Fun seating – add some picnic tables, benches to encourage children outside on their break times. Fun seating choices such as mushroom or flower seat are also great for creating a inspiring seating area under you canopy- or anywhere else in your outdoor area. These can be used to create an imaginative storytelling corner.

3. Use nature – try to find free resources from nature, such as twigs, leaves and pine cones – these can be used in art lessons or children can use their imagination to make these items become anything they want them to be!

4. Make it colourful – an easy way to ensure your outdoor area has some colour all year round is to add some bunting or banners to your canopy. Our Rainbow package includes a colour bunting banner with a choice of colour schemes, post coloured to any RAL colour you wish and also a set of colourful post pads which are available in a range of colours to match your colour scheme.

Here are a few examples of our Rainbow Package:

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This package can be ordered with your canopy order or a banner and post pads can be retrofitted at any time after your canopy has been installed.

Find out more about our canopies and the Rainbow Package in our brochure – download you copy today by clicking the image below.

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Bamboo canopy design and striped white-pink curtains for seating area decorating in summer

Outdoor home fabrics are great for summer decorating with curtains, bright sunshades and canopy designs that add a splash of color to your outdoor decor. Outdoor curtains provide more privacy to your porch or balcony decorating and offer protection from the sun, making your gazebo or patio designs more comfortable and attractive.

Light outdoor fabrics are excellent for sunshades and canopy designs when you need a little extra shade. Bright diy ideas for summer decorating can inspire you to add a custom made sunshade to cover your pergola in the corner of your garden or patio designs.

Sunshades and canopy designs, made of outdoor home fabrics, are a creative and simple alternatives to awnings and traditional canopies that save money and personalize your outdoor decor. Bright and colorful homemade sunshades and canopy designs can be made in square, circle, oval, rectangle or triangle shapes. Grommets or D-rings can be added to outdoor curtains, sunshades and canopy designs for mounting them to light wood structures, fences or trees.

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How to make an outdoor canopyGarden bench with pink canopy made of outdoor curtain fabric, romantic summer decorating ideas

Outdoor curtains is an inexpensive way to add a little privacy to your porch, gazebo or patio designs. Modern outdoor curtain fabrics come in various colors and features exciting fabric patterns, perfect for adding some drama to your outdoor rooms.

Beautiful outdoor curtains, combined with sunshades or canopy designs create unique, cozy, private and comfortable outdoor rooms for dining and entertaining, reading or resting. It is a wonderful way to personalize your backyard decorating and add your favorite color to green surroundings, celebrating cheerful and colorful summer decorating ideas.

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Outdoor curtain fabrics can be used indoors in late fall and winter. Outdoor fabrics are suitable for many areas in your home where easy cleaning and stain resistance are high priorities. Family room furniture, kitchen tablecloths and pet bedding can all benefit from these durable, moisture and mildew resistant fabrics.

Summer decorating is not only about making your home interiors look light and breezy. Use your creativity for your porch or balcony decorating, and add beautiful custom made sunshades or canopy designs to your backyard design.

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Homemade sunshades and canopy designs, combined with light outdoor curtains, show off your personal style and create outdoor rooms that are as unique as you are. Outdoor fabrics and creative sunshades or canopy designs help turn your backyard into beautiful outdoor living space, where you can enjoy your bright summer decorating ideas and fully take advantage of the warm weather.

Sunshine and summer warmth are wonderful, especially if you’re relaxing in the cool shade under an outdoor canopy. The fabrics on our canopies give you very good protection from UV rays, and some shelter you from a light rain shower, so you can stay and relax under the parasol since the canopy repels water.

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What is an outdoor canopy?

A canopy is essentially a piece of fabric that is hung up to offer protection from the elements – especially sun, wind and rain. An outdoor canopy is easy to set up and install, giving you shade on demand. For instance, a canopy can be very useful over your patio table or your favourite outdoor lounger.

Our outdoor canopies come with 6 snap hooks, 3 springs and a 15-meter cord included, so fastening the canopy shouldn’t be an issue. However, in the unlikely situation that you can’t find anywhere to fasten a canopy, we have other wind- and sunshields to choose from. Have a look at our selection of balcony privacy screens that can be fastened to a balcony rail or in the ground.

What are outdoor canopies made of?

Canopies tend to be made from materials that offer protection against sun, wind and rain. Polyester is a good choice since it protects against both the sun’s UV rays and is water resistant.

All our canopies are made of 100 % polyester. Polyester har an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating of 25+, which blocks 96% of the ultraviolet radiation. This means that you can enjoy relaxing under a canopy without being worried about sunburn.

Are outdoor canopies waterproof?

A canopy can be waterproof if it’s made in a completely waterproof material. However, most aren’t, since there’s a risk they would look like a tarpaulin.

Our canopies are not completely waterproof, but they are water repellent. That means that you can rest easy underneath one without having to worry about an unexpected rain shower. However, a canopy will not withstand heavy rain without some water leaking through. Luckily, most of us won’t want to enjoy a nap outside in that kind of weather anyway.

How to make an outdoor canopy?

It might seem like a good idea to build you own canopy. How hard can it be, it’s just a piece of fabric fastened with some ropes! That is true, but there are some things you need to consider.

First, you need material that can withstand the elements and protect you against both UV rays and rain.

Second, you’ll need something to fasten the canopy with. If you can add some sturdy or reinforced holes to the fabric, you can easily tie some ropes through the holes. Adding hooks and springs to the ropes will make it easier for you to stretch the fabric when setting it up. This lessens the risk of having the canopy flapping noisily in the wind.

With just a few ingredients you can build your own canopy. But sometimes it can be difficult to find a fabric, ropes, hooks and springs that look good and match each other. If you don’t want the hassle of looking for all the parts separately, we’ve got you covered with our stylish garden canopies.

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What we liked best when we decided to move to our new apartment was the really wide terrace, although I would prefer to have a garden where I can plant directly on the ground, having our wide terrace is the next best thing. We just got ourselves some big pots that are now planted with fruit bearing trees such as cherries, apple, pear and peaches. I also made some planter boxes from palettes to plant some vegetables like spinach, radish, lettuce garlic and tomatoes. Outdoor tables and chairs are on their way too but it will not be complete if you do not have somewhere to lay down and really relax maybe while reading a book or just enjoy the scenery like a daybed or better yet, a canopy bed!

I finally finished our outdoor canopy bed and we are now ready for summer.

What we really did was convert a metal sofa daybed into a canopy day bed using only timber posts and thin fabric that dries really fast (we used flag fabric). As for the mattress/foam, we used water resistant taffeta fabric as cover and we also bought waterproof mattress protector just to make sure that the foam inside is kept dry when it rains.

Here are the materials I used:

Sofa daybed Size : 200×90 cm

7 Pcs. of square timber posts size: 2oox5x2 cm (or 200x5x5)

Wood Screw : 4 pcs size: 3 ½ inches long (at least) and

4 pcs 2 inches long (at least)

7 Pcs. of white flag fabric size: 200×100 cm

8 Pcs. cable ties/binders

(Electric) Screwdriver, saw, sewing machine, driller


Step 1: Cut 1 of the square timber post into 2 (100 cm each). Now you should have 6 pieces of wood with length of 200 cm and 2 pieces 100 cm.

Step 2: If needed, sand your wood for smoother surface. Apply wood stain then let it dry. Sand again if needed.

Step 3: Drill holes where the screw will be for easier screwing, but use the one How to make an outdoor canopysmaller (in diameter) than your screws.

Step 4: Screw together the wood frames. It would be easier and a lot faster if 2 persons can do this. As I was alone (and too impatient to wait for my husband to get home) when I assembled this, I had to screw the last 2 top posts (long ones) to the rest of the frame after step 5.

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Step 5: Bind the wood posts to the metal posts of the daybed using cable binder.How to make an outdoor canopy

Now your frame for the canopy bed is done. Next is the fabric.

Step 6: Lay down one of the cut fabric, this will be your top cover, then pin the short sides of the other cut fabrics to the sides of this one. Sew them together. See below.

Step 7: Cut 6 pieces of the cotton rope or string about 40 cm long. Fold one into half and sew one on every corner and also in the middle opposite edges of the top cover.

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Step 8: Now place the fabric over the frame and tie each string around the wood frames.

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Installation is quick and simple – planning permission isn’t required in the majority of cases. Your property won’t require any dramatic modifications, like it might for conservatories or other structural extensions. It’s the ideal all-round solution. They can provide shelter and shade from sun, rain and wind to make time spent outdoors all the more enjoyable.

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We are able to offer expert advice and installation, taking care of all your requirements from initial window shopping to project completion. One of our in-house engineers will visit your property to carry out surveys and will be able to carry out your installation quickly and efficiently. You will be left with the kind of high-end look that everyone dreams of for their property.

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Our installations are fully guaranteed and our excellent workmanship with leave you able to reimagine your outdoor space in no time at all.

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01 Aug The Benefits Of Having An Outdoor Canopy

Outdoor canopies are a great, and cost effective way for businesses to make the most of their outdoor space. There are a range of businesses that can benefit from outdoor canopies, including retail, schools, universities, offices and more. From offering shelter from the harsh elements to creating large outdoor spaces for children to play and learn. Miko Engineering offers a variety of different types of outdoor canopies that can be designed and adapted to fit the needs of your business, helping to make your outdoor space usable all year round.

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Different Uses and Types Of Outdoor Canopies

Outdoor canopies range widely in regards to both types and their uses. Miko Engineering are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of bespoke outdoor canopies, offering a variety of designs, all of which can benefit your business in a variety of ways. Adding a door to your outdoor canopy can change it from a sheltered outdoor space, to a safe and enclosed outdoor space. We offer a large range of doors, the most popular being sliding canopy doors.

Here at Miko we offer a range of outdoor canopies:

  • Entrance canopies
  • Covered walkways
  • Dining and teaching canopies
  • Playground canopies
  • Shade sail canopies
  • Social distancing covered walkways

Different businesses can benefit in various ways from outdoor canopies. Whether to be used at schools to provide sheltered areas for children to play and learn, or to offer protection from the weather for staff travelling between office buildings, Miko Engineering are here to help!

Why Have An Outdoor Canopy?

An outdoor canopy can completely transform any outdoor space, making it a usable and safe area regardless of the season. Our range of canopies incorporate everything that you need to create a usable, sheltered and aesthetic outdoor space. The benefits of outdoor canopies are numerous, and Miko Engineering can work with you to figure out the best one for your building or property. We’ve pulled together the top four canopy benefits to highlight how valuable of an addition they can be to your business:

Protection From Harmful UV Rays

Installing an outdoor canopy will help to provide protection and shade from the harmful UV rays for anyone using the outdoor area of your property or building. This will enable staff, customers or students to enjoy the benefits of being outdoors in the sunshine without any concerns, especially in the summer months.

Weather Protection

Another one of the benefits of outdoor canopies is how they enable outdoor spaces to be utilised all year round by protecting against bad weather conditions. Outdoor canopies are very popular in schools as they allow for children to be outside, whether it’s for play or outdoor learning. The reason why school canopies are often found in school grounds is because they create more space to be protected from the wet weather with many schools choosing to spend classroom time outdoors it widen pupils’ learning experiences. For offices or hospitals, an outdoor canopy enables staff to travel between buildings whilst remaining sheltered and dry, keeping both them and their equipment and documents dry. This can mean a more comfortable environment to work in, especially on rainy days.

Creates An Outdoor Shelter

Amongst the benefits of having an outdoor canopy is how they create a designated outdoor shelter. This space could be used as an outdoor classroom, playground or dining area allowing children to learn, play and eat outdoors. Outdoor lessons during the summer can reduce the need for air conditioning, helping to save energy and reduce your carbon footprint.

The space could also be used as a safe and covered waiting area for pupils, customers, staff and any visitors. Additionally, the outdoor canopy could be used for outdoor storage, where outdoor toys and furniture can be kept, meaning they don’t need to be brought indoors at the end of each day. In regards to retail, and with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor canopies can work to implement a social distanced queuing system for customers waiting to enter the store.

Add Value To A Property Or Building

Another benefit of having a canopy is how they can increase the value of a property of a building, without the hefty cost of an extension. An outdoor canopy allows a building to be extended creating a larger area of usable space, and can also be an aesthetic addition to a property or building. In residential properties, garden canopies are particularly popular as they allow people to be outside in the garden however still be protected from extreme harmful UV rays or any form of precipitation.

Miko’s Outdoor Canopies

Miko Engineering offers a range of outdoor canopies with a range of stunning designs! We can also manufacture bespoke canopies, so we can create an outdoor canopy that suits your setting. Our most popular designs include our Mono-pitched Canopy and our Wave Canopy – we can incorporate these designs as either covered walkways, or entrance canopies!

All of our covered walkways and entrance canopies are manufactured from certified British Steel and adhere to the highest quality control and safety measures. All of our steelwork is galvanized and then powder coated by any standard RAL colour, giving us the ability to offer a wider range of colours compared to our competitors. Get in touch with Miko Engineering to find out more!

Creative gardening tips, ideas, & DIY projects

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It’s pretty tough to enjoy summer activities in a backyard that bakes in the afternoon heat. We all need a way to get out of the sun, but still be able to spend time outdoors. We found these 9 clever DIY ways to create an oasis of backyard shade, to help turn your space into a retreat! We didn’t want to just share the same ol’ wood pergolas (though if thats what you are looking for, check out our post on DIY pergolas!) so we hope these unique and creative backyard shade ideas hit the shady spot!

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Backyard Shade Ideas

DIY Patio Shade Ideas

Our first project is a DIY drop cloth patio shade cover made by ‘Anything Pretty’. Check out her tutorial, it took them just a couple of hours to get this up, and made over their old pergola! LOVE the globe lights woven through the shades. Update: That blog no longer exists, but you can find a similar project at ‘Thirty Handmade Days‘.)

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Here is another backyard shade idea for a fabric shade by ‘Koiphen’. Good close up photos here with this tutorial to help you understand the wire system for holding the shades.

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From ‘J and B Marvin‘, this DIY fabric pergola has a quick tutorial, and a lot of good tips. Same type of backyard shade system as the project above. This is fully retractable too!

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Ok, so you need Google Translate for this one, unless you read Dutch. At least, I think it’s Dutch! But I love this one, because it’s a freestanding homemade fabric pergola that can be put up even where there is no existing structure. You can have backyard shade anywhere! From ‘VT Wonen‘.

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DIY Backyard Shade Canopy

Learn how to make a slide wire DIY shade canopy with this video from ‘Sailrite‘. They even have lots of home do it yourselfers loading up photos in the comments of their finished shade project!

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Hope you were paying attention to those tutorials, ’cause these next few backyard shade ideas don’t have instructions, but they follow the same principles of the ones you’ve seen so far! This space from ‘InDecora‘ has a simple wire mounted fabric shade, with grommets to string the cable through. Grommet kits can be bought at craft and sewing stores, and this could be made out of sturdy canvas drop cloths from the hardware store.

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Same patio shade idea as some of the projects above with this slide wire canopy from ‘Superior Awning‘.

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Creative Outdoor Shade Ideas

From Jamie Durie of ‘HGTV‘, these sliding canvas panels are mounted and slide the same way as the fabric ones above. There are eye hooks mounted on the frame of the panels, and the wire cable slides through the hooks, over the top of the panel. These DIY sun shades can be moved to add backyard shade to different areas of the space as the sun moves.

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Also from ‘HGTV‘, covering sections of your existing pergola with canvas cloth makes a more permanent outdoor shade structure. Clever!

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Backyard Shade Ideas with Shade Sails

Finally, if you want a cool look for over your patio, or even your pool, think about using shade sails. They come in triangular and rectangular shapes of different sizes, and are attached to posts, trees or buildings with hooks and cables. Check out our post on how to hang shade sails for more info on this project! We used Coolaroo shade sails in our backyard. Photo by

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So have your got lots of backyard shade ideas now to create your own shady oasis? Good! Now check out our posts on DIY Patio Flooring Ideas and How to Build DIY Floating Deck!

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Are you wondering how to make a shade canopy with a tarp? Great news! We’ll teach you how; all you need to do is follow simple steps, which you will find out later on.

Without a doubt, having a canopy tent at home is an excellent addition to your space outdoors. It can certainly serve numerous purposes.

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And you’ll love it, for sure. You can use it whenever you have a family backyard party or simply camping during weekends.

Not just that, but it can also permit you to host a lot of fun activities, encouraging your children to play outside.

More excitingly, a shade canopy with a tarp can be used as a carport, protecting your vehicle or any other essentials from too much sunlight or rain.

Yes, there are a lot of canopies you can find on sale, but it’s a good idea to have one made from tarp; it’s undoubtedly lightweight, sturdy, and more affordable.

Things Needed To Make A Canopy With A Tarp

Using a few materials, I’m sure you can build your own canopy.

Here are the things that you need:

  • A high-quality tarpaulin with grommets (size may depend upon the tarp used)
  • A tent pole (8 to 10 feet)
  • 4 pieces tent poles for the corners (7 to 8 feet, depending upon your desired height)
  • Tent stakes
  • Nylon rope or 6mm poly (around 40 feet)

Step By Step Guide On Making A Shade Canopy With A Tarp

I know why you want to know how to make a shade canopy with a tarp.

The steps are straightforward; you can save time and money.

Step #1. Preparing the area

Where do you want to build the canopy shade? In the backyard? Sure. It all depends on you!

First and foremost, you need to clear the area. Make sure that it’s clean.

Take note that you will be spreading the tarp on the ground, so there should be no sharp objects in the area.

Of course, you also have to be careful; the tarp may get damaged or scratched.

Step #2. Attaching the poles into the corners

Now, it’s time to make the corners of the canopy.

Grab four pieces of poles with a height of 7 to 8 feet (depending upon you).

Then, connect the pole’s end into the tarp’s circular grommet.

Are you wondering how to secure the poles?

Use a rope. As simple as that!

Step #3. Tying the corners

Although the steps are easy, it’s always a good idea to ask for help from someone.

When you tie the corners, do it with a partner (the more, the better).

Gently and carefully lift the poles.

Assign a person to hold one pole at each corner.

Well, this process requires teamwork, which means that everyone can help.

Step #4. Securing the poles

Okay, you need to know how to secure the poles to the ground.

In this process, you are required to learn how to anchor a canopy or concrete or dirt (depending upon the ground where you’ll be placing the canopy).

Anyway, in securing the poles, you need to pull a rope to the ground. Make sure that it’s far from the middle part of the canopy.

Stretch the rope, and once done, attach it to the ground.

This is true if you’ve placed the canopy on dirt.

How can you attach it?

Get the tent stake, hammer it through the ground, then tie the rope to it. Easy, right?

Do the same thing in all corners of the canopy.

Anyway, learn how to hold down a canopy tent on concrete here!

Step #5. Attaching the center pole

If you want to give your canopy optimum support and strength, then you should place a center pole.

It’s time to get the pole, around 8 to 10 feet high.

Now, place the pole at the tarp’s center. Depending upon your desired height, push the pole upward.

Then, of course, you should secure the pole to the ground.

Step #6. Securing the canopy

Make sure to have a smooth surface after you’ve secured the poles to the ground.

It’s a manifestation that the canopy is already tightened.

Through this process, you’re sure that there’s no debris or water stocked on the surface of the tarp.

Take note of this:

Your canopy shade’s strength greatly depends on how the tarps are secured to the poles and how these poles are attached to the ground.

Step #7. Decorating

Who wants a plain and boring tent?

Of course, you can decorate it. But, take note that it’s only optional.

Have more fun, and make the canopy even more attractive.

Think about a specific design or theme.

Well, it’s a great feeling to have an outdoor canopy because it’s easy to decorate.

And you can use it on any occasion, thereby helping you save from the cost of the venue.


Now that you know how to make a shade canopy with a tarp, it’s time to do it yourself.

It takes only a few steps to finish one.

I know you’ll have fun having a canopy at home; you can decorate it whenever you want.

Try to add a little lighting, and make it a place where you and your family can hang out.

I found an inexpensive solution to our outdoor curtain needs for our 10×10 gazebo that is similar to this one.

Our deck can get very hot in the summer.

The angle of the sun makes it hard to sit under the canopy many times.

We needed curtains that could be drawn across to block the sun or be tied back for a cozy feel.

Gazebo curtains are quite expensive and if your gazebo wasn’t fitted with curtain rods, it makes hanging curtains very difficult.

After searching around for a while I settled on a set of curtains from Ikea.

They are light weight, cotton, and best of all inexpensive.

The curtains come in a pack of 2 panels and for this project I needed 2 packages.

I am not going all the way around my gazebo because 2 sides of mine are against my house.

These are the Ikea curtains I used but I would not hesitate to use any kind of light, white cotton curtains.

This is a solution that should be taken down at the end of the season and washed.

And these are the simple shower curtain rings I used to attach them to the top gazebo poles.

The top of these curtains not only have a rod pocket, it has straps on the back you can thread the rod through.

I used these straps to hang the curtains.

They worked perfectly holding each ring onto the bar.

The shower curtain rings can be clipped or unclipped as necessary to move the curtain along the rod.

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The curtains look beautiful tied around the corners of the canopy and can be moved across to block the sun or protection from a light rain.

At night the lights go on and it’s a great place to hang out.

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

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Our client had a first floor tiled deck which he wanted to enclose. This was an L shaped deck, but rather than doing a step design canopy, the brief was to make two separate canopies, with a division between, so that BBQ smoke from the smaller deck didn’t drift onto the main deck. This project required a bit of creativity to make the “together but separate” canopy idea work, not to mention the physical constraints we were working with Creating two separate canopies that joined up with a divider (internal curtain and internal end fill) was a first, and worked well to separate the BBQ area from the rest.

Access was a nightmare – the deck was up to 6 metres off the ground in places, and had a glass balustrade all around it. The installers struggled moving around the canopy and even to get to the roof involved going to the other side of the house and crossing the roof to get to the right spot
Two types of scaffolding were required, we used our cantilevered scaffolding on the deck as in places exterior scaffolding was not possible due to obstacles. Where possible we also used our mobile scaffolding for the main canopy.

The existing tiling on the balcony was already cracked in places (and possibly leaking already), and there was special waterproofing joining the tiles, so drilling into the deck floor was not an option. Our solution was to create custom brackets to fix the structure to the outer face of the balcony, and avoid the glass balustrade. Some of these brackets had to be angled as part of the wall flared out Special base plates were also needed to avoid blocking the drain.

Our client is very happy with his balcony set up now, and uses the area constantly. The curtain divider worked well to block the BBQ smoke. Further he has referred us to others resulting in 2 other projects through his contacts.

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Our aluminum pergolas, carports and canopies
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SUNVUE covered pergolas are designed
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A pop-up canopy is a great way to get shade and comfort wherever you go. They’re easy to assemble and transport which makes them perfect for sporting events, outdoor parties and gatherings, crafts fairs, and farmers markets. However, the pop-up canopy does have one mortal enemy: wind. If the wind is strong enough, it can take your canopy up, up, and away. So how do you know how much is too much wind for your canopy to take and how can you help keep your canopy grounded? This article is here to help!

How Much Wind Can a Pop-Up Canopy Take?

Although the amount of wind a pop-up canopy can take varies by brand and model, generally speaking most pop-up canopies can withstand up to 30 MPH wind (assuming they are assembled and anchored correctly). For perspective, according to an article by the National Weather Service, a light breezy day can experience 0 to 12 MPH winds while a moderately windy day can get 13 to 30 MPH winds. Before choosing to use your pop-up canopy, check the weather forecast to ensure that the winds will stay under 30 MPH. If it is going to be windier than that, choose a different day to set up your canopy.

8 Tips to Secure Your Canopy Against Wind

Tip #1 Choose Sturdy Construction

When selecting a pop-up canopy, the right materials can make the difference. A pop-up canopy made from a sturdy material like steel or fiberglass is better able to resist wind than one made from aluminum.

How to make an outdoor canopy

Tip #2 Select a Canopy with a Vented Top

Another useful feature to look for when choosing a pop-up canopy, is a vented canopy shade. This type of shade features a designed hole in the top of the shade which allows air to escape from inside the roof of the canopy during windy conditions. Canopies that do not have this feature can fill with air during windy days which can cause them to be lifted off the ground.

Tip #3 Find the Right Location

When setting up your pop-up canopy, try to find a place that experiences the least amount of wind. Look for an area that is partially sheltered by trees or structures and be mindful of the wind direction. You must also consider the terrain. The ideal location will have even ground with firm soil so you can use stakes to anchor the pop-up canopy properly. Avoid areas that have soggy ground.

How to make an outdoor canopy

Tip #4 Carefully Read the Instructions

It is always important to read the assembly instructions before setting up your pop-up canopy. Failing to set up your canopy according to the supplier’s instructions can compromise the structural integrity of the pop-up canopy. Always use the recommended tools and ensure that you have the proper amount of people required to help set up the canopy.

Tip #5 Anchor Your Canopy

Once your canopy is assembled, use ropes and stakes to securely anchor your pop-up canopy if possible. Many canopies include stakes with the pop-up tent, but if you need to purchase them separately, look for durable stakes made of steel with a hooked head so you can secure the rope to them more tightly.

Using the right knot can also help. According to an article by Rolling Fox, one of the best knots to secure a tent is called the taut line hitch knot. This type of knot allows for optimal line tension while keeping the rope securely attached to the stake.

Attach the ropes to each corner of the canopy shade and use stakes to secure them deeply in the ground. Many canopies also feature feet with holes where additional stakes can be placed. If it is a windy day, more is better.

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Tip #6 Use Weights

In addition to using tent stakes, try attaching sandbags or weights to the legs of your canopy. Canopy sandbags can be filled with a material like sand or pebbles and provide additional weight to help your canopy resist the wind. Weights are a must-have if you plan on using your pop-up canopy on asphalt or concrete and you are unable to use stakes to secure your canopy in the terrain. If you don’t have access to true canopy weights, try filling an old pillowcase with sand and tying it securely to the leg of the canopy.

Tip #7 Remove Sidewalls

Certain types of canopies feature sidewalls and while they provide additional privacy and refreshing shade, they can also make your canopy more susceptible to strong winds. Once the wind enters through the pop-up canopy opening, sidewalls can catch the wind like a sail and cause your canopy to slide across the ground or topple over. If it is possible, remove any sidewalls until the wind has passed or save them for a sunny, calm day.

Tip #8 If All Else Fails… Take It Down

Some days are simply too windy to use a pop-up canopy tent. If you have tried all of the previous tips and you’re still having trouble keeping the tent properly anchored, there is no shame in packing up your tent, especially if you are surrounded by other people. Remember, the only thing worse than having your canopy tent blow away, is having someone else’s canopy tent blow through your picnic or outing.

Hold Down Your Pop-Up Canopy and Enjoy Your Time Outdoors

A little wind does not necessarily mean that you need to cancel your outdoor canopy time. With a few precautions and taking the time to set up your pop-up canopy properly, you can enjoy your time relaxing beneath your canopy despite the wind. Just be prepared to move and pack up your canopy if a refreshing breeze turns into a mighty gust of wind.

Are you looking to transform your property with an all-important feature that’ll provide much-needed shelter when sat outdoors? Then consider getting in touch with Shutters & Blinds to enquire about an outdoor canopy. We supply and fit a wide selection of canopies, so there’s sure to be an option to suit your property and tastes. And our entire service is affordably priced, so this welcome change won’t break the bank. To make enquiries, call us on 01722 443 246.

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If your home has a patio or decked area, you’ve already got the perfect place to sit out on a warm sunny day. Add in a BBQ and some patio furniture, and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice setup. But when it’s hot, and the sun is glaring down, it can be tempting to seek shade indoors. With an outdoor canopy, your problem is solved. Supplied and fitted by Shutters & Blinds, canopies are a simple yet effective solution.

An exterior canopy will shield you from direct sunlight, keeping you cool while protecting you from sunburn and UV exposure. Not only that but if it rains, it’ll keep you dry too. It’s a versatile experience that any homeowner would be remiss for not adding to their property.

Come to Us for a Quality Outdoor Canopy Bespoke to You

At Shutters & Blinds, we supply and fit a bespoke range of canopies with options to suit all properties and tastes. There are various designs and all our easy to clean fabrics are highly durable. With more than 200 options to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice. And when acquiring an outside canopy from us, you can rest assured that’ll be a practical, reliable investment that you’ll benefit from for years to come. And that’s not all; an outdoor canopy from Shutters & Blinds can be further enhanced with optional features. For instance, why retreat indoors when it gets dark? Instead, add some lighting, and you’re good to go even when the sun goes down. And for when it’s cold, there are integrated heating solutions available – even in the winter, you’ll be nice and comfortable while relaxing under your canopy.

Plus, as each exterior canopy is fully retractable, it folds up neatly into its housing when it’s not in use. The housing also serves to protect the canopy from harsh weather which could otherwise damage it. Remember, that as well as our FREE estimation service, we supply and fit all bespoke canopies ourselves. And there’s no obligation to commit when you enquire with us today. Plus, if you’ve looked elsewhere, let us know as we’ll beat any genuine, like-for-like quote by 10%!

Kensington designs, manufactures, and installs a variety of outdoor canopies for schools across the UK. Our installation services are available for all types of schools including early years to primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities. We take pride in the quality of our canopies, and the reliability of our installation work. Call us today and we can talk about the best type of canopies and playground shelters for your school, or see the further in-depth information and videos on this page.

Providing a safe, comfortable and stimulating environment is one of the primary goals of every school. Students need a great place to study, rest and have fun. Our canopies make ideal extensions of the classroom or canteen. They provide a relaxed and interesting environment, make full use of space and add interesting dimensions to teaching.

The Great Outdoors

At Kensington, we ease the strain on classrooms and promote outdoor learning with school canopies. Ideal for nursery, primary and secondary schools, our range of canopies allows schools to make the most of their outdoor space and create a diverse, fun learning environment for their students.

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Our best-selling school canopies are built with aluminium fixed-frame triple-wall polycarbonate systems. They are durable and low-maintenance, making them a good alternative to steel or tensile fabric options. Available in three configurations, SpaceShade canopies give outdoor learning spaces great flexibility and excellent UV and weather protection.

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Benefits of Our School Canopies and Playground Shelters

Outdoor Comfort

Kensington’s school canopy protects students and teachers from glaring sunlight allowing them to enjoy being outdoors. This promotes outdoor learning. Ensure the comfort of students and teachers today.

Bespoke Options

At Kensington, customisation is key. We tailor canopies for schools based on what each education centre needs. We provide canopy solutions that make the outdoor environment conducive to learning throughout a longer part of the academic year.

UV Protection

Primary school students enjoy playing outside while older students like to take a break outdoors. So, we provide shelter roofs that protect all students from the harsh glare of the sun and the harmful ultraviolet exposure that comes with it.

Total Weather Protection

Our school canopies not only provide shade from the sun. They also protect students and teachers from bad weather. This means enhanced protection from strong winds and rains while people move from different buildings along school grounds.

Unmatched Quality

Our success comes from the quality of our canopies and the service we provide. Our team conducts market research and gathers case studies to find out what type of canopy schools need the most.

Versatile Usage

Our school canopies go beyond providing shade for students and teachers moving across school grounds. Our shelter roofs can be used to create an outdoor dining space or to provide cover for outdoor equipment storage. Explore their versatility now.

Long-Lasting Materials

At Kensington, our school canopy is made of lacquered aluminium that’s tough and long lasting. It’s also very low maintenance. It can be powder coated in any colour to match the existing school building and grounds.

Stylish Looks

A good looking school canopy makes a stunning first impression and is a pleasing welcome to students. This is why we create a clean stylish look that complements the school buildings and the overall design of the school grounds.

Canopies for Early Years or Nurseries

Our school canopies can transform unused outdoor space into an ideal shelter for young children. Our shade and shelter products protect nursery students from harmful UV radiation so that they can comfortably spend time outdoors. These canopies also protect them from strong winds.

Canopies for Primary Schools

As children grow older and become more curious of their surroundings, their schools have the responsibility to make outdoor spaces safer and more comfortable. This includes the installation of high-quality primary school canopies that give students a space to learn and play outside the four walls of a classroom.

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

Canopies for Secondary Schools

At secondary school, students want to socialise with their friends and have some fresh air in between classes. There is no better and safer place for them to do so than on school grounds. Our canopies for schools provide shade and shelter so students can comfortably spend time outdoors while on lunch break or after classes.

Canopies for Colleges

College marks the beginning of more rigorous preparation for the real world. Students would certainly appreciate college grounds which are both visually pleasing and functional. Our school canopies find the perfect balance between design and functionality.

Canopies Universities

Universities have various people, from students, professors and visitors all moving around at all the times. Our canopies for schools provide shade to make the outdoors more comfortable for them all at whatever time of day and whatever the weather.

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Adding a shade-casting canopy to your next tailgate or backyard BBQ gives you instant relief on sunny days. You can set it up in your lawn, maybe have one set up in the kids’ room, or get one just so you can head out for camping at your favorite hill station with your friends and family. The bottom line is, the whole act of setting up a canopy speaks of leisure and amusement. However, choosing a canopy can be a bit bewildering, especially if you haven’t bought one before and you’re overwhelmed amidst all those fancy options and opulent branding. That’s why we’ve put together a list of top-of-the-line canopies out there – so you can discover the required features prior to buying the best canopy in 2022. Therefore, just sit tight, read along, and watch our experts save you both time and money in your buying pursuit.

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

How to make an outdoor canopy

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Finding a High-Quality Canopy: A Buying Guide

Whether you are planning a backyard BBQ, camping trip, or just a weekend getaway on the beach, more often than not, having a canopy within your reach can help you have a roof over your head to protect you against the sun or unexpected rain. From recreational activities to organizing a job fair in a technology park, canopies provide the relief you need to go about your activities seamlessly! However, in order to choose the best canopy out there, there are a few things you’ll have to consider in addition to paying heed to your needs and group size. We’ve put together this buying guide to help you cover all ends in this regard without you having to break a sweat. So, without any further ado, let’s begin!

Why Should You Buy a Canopy?

While it’s inarguable that canopies provide you shade in both summertime and rain, there’s more to this avocation utility. The most durable canopies in the market are made with vinyl, polyethylene, and polyurethane. These materials provide you protection against all kinds of unexpected weather conditions, let alone rain.

While the term ‘canopy’ is generally referred to a fabric/metallic roof or ceiling, there are canopies with sidewalls that protect against winds and bugs. The pop-up canopies and especially the ones with flooring base can even protect you against insects and offer increased privacy.

Besides these, a reliable canopy can easily offer you the following benefits:

  • Shade on hot days, especially at the beach or while you’re out camping.
  • The large canopies can provide ample space for setting up events, fairs, farmer’s markets, and stalls.
  • Even if you don’t have much use of them, canopies can offer you extra space in times of need and light up a recreational vibe.
  • They are quick, convenient to pack, and easy to transport.

What Are the Primary Types of Canopy Tents?

Understanding the difference between primary types of canopy tents will not only help you put them to the right use but also enable you to make an informed decision during your purchase. Here are the three primary types of canopy tents along with their benefits:

Pop-up canopy

A pop-up canopy, aka Instant Canopy, is very user-friendly. These canopies are lightweight, portable, and super convenient to set up – a single person can set these up without breaking a sweat. Ideally, a pop-up canopy is designated for short-term use. Perhaps, for a camping trip, beach day, or maybe even a themed surprise date for your significant other. A pop-up canopy is the cheapest type of canopy out there, hence the most convenient option.

Frame tent

The frame tents do not have a center pole but do have poles on the sides. They’re meant for temporary usage as well. Many people tend to use these for carports or garages. They’re convenient to carry but not as ideal as pop-up canopies for transportation purposes.

Pole tent

These are large tents and are used for outdoor events like circus or wedding receptions. The pole tents come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. While they’re durable and long-lasting, settings these up diligently is no child’s play.

What Do You Look for When Buying a Canopy?

Besides choosing the right type, it’s important that you keep a few other key factors in consideration as well before choosing your ideal canopy. Here are a few to get you going:

The size of the tent is what you should be paying most heed to. It’s also ultimately the key to choosing your type of canopy since pop-up and instant canopies measure anywhere between 4 by 6 feet and 10 by 10 feet. However, the larger options that are the frame or pole tents can be much larger. The latter is designed for larger events and could be around 10 by 20 feet.


It’s important that you choose a tent with reliable fabric. You’ll be exposing your canopy to rain, intense winds, sun rays, and the wear and tear of unexpected transport and weather conditions. Therefore, choosing a long-lasting and durable canopy is important.


When it comes to weight, the key is to find a canopy that is heavy enough to withstand weather conditions and light enough to carry around. You don’t want to be stressed out because your canopy gets knocked out by a breeze. And you certainly don’t want to fret about its transportation to the point that it stresses you out.

Easy setup

The pop-up canopy tents come with a quick, breezy installation process and that’s why we love these! Even with the frame and pole canopies, you want to choose a tent that doesn’t operate on complex rocket science for its setup.

Frame material

The frame material of most canopies is either metal or aluminum. If you are going in a large tent, it can be hard to carry all those metal poles around. So, make sure you’re not biting off more than you can chew.

How Much Do Canopies Cost?

The canopy tents may range anywhere between $50 and $400—even higher in some cases. However, we don’t regard the cost as a deciding factor in your pursuit of finding the right canopy.

Look, you can get your hands on a pop-up canopy even under $50. However, more often than not, it’ll be a below-par accessory to have. The material won’t withstand the wear and tear of regular rain, let alone hard weather conditions.

Although budgeting is important, the key here is to examine the product carefully and go for the option that will best suit your requirements and not the one that best suits your pocket.

How Do You Decorate a Canopy?

If you’re wondering how to style up your canopy a bit, check out this video by Living Luxuriously for Less.

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Attractive shade canopies can combine the beauty of living plants with the practicality of outdoor fabric to create an eye-catching refuge from the sun. When you use an existing tree as an anchor, this project takes on an interesting look that ties nature with man-made decoration. Ideal for that special outdoor living space, a shade canopy beckons you to pull up a chair, open your favorite book, or sip some lemonade and relax.

Measure out a 12-by-12-foot square on the ground with your desired tree in the corner. Mark the remaining three corners of the square by placing a large outdoor planter on the ground. Put a little gravel in the bottom of each planter. This will help with drainage later.

Put water in the bottom of a large bucket and add concrete mix per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Mix the concrete until it reaches the consistency of pancake batter. Place one of the 24-inch pieces of PVC upright in the center of one of the 5-gallon buckets. Carefully pour or scoop the concrete mixture around the pipe to hold it in place. Repeat with the remaining two buckets. Allow the concrete to set overnight.

Place the 5-gallon buckets inside the large planters with the help of an assistant. These will be your three other anchor points for the canopy.

Place each of the poles in the PVC pipes. Make a small hole, using a drill, near the top of the three wooden poles, 8 feet from the ground. Drill a hole in the side of the tree, 8 feet off of the ground. Remove the poles from the pipes and screw an eyelet into each hole. Screw an eyelet in the hole in the tree.

Stretch out the outdoor fabric on the ground. Use the grommet kit to install a large heavy-duty grommet in each corner of the piece of fabric. You will use these grommets to attach the canopy to the anchor points.

Attach the fabric corners to the eyelets by threading a cable tie through each eyelet and the grommet and pulling it tightly. Attach the fourth corner of the fabric to the eyelet in the tree in the same manner.

Place the wooden poles inside the PVC in the center of the buckets. This will stretch the canopy out, and hold it up. It will drape over the area below.

Fill the planters up with potting soil to hide the 5-gallon buckets and the base of the poles. Plant flowers in the planters to give the canopy a finished appearance.

Etsy предоставляет возможность прямой связи покупателей и продавцов со всего мира. Когда вы используете сервисы Etsy (мы будем называть, Pattern by Etsy, наши мобильные приложения и другие сервисы нашими «Сервисами»), вы несете ответственность за соблюдение этой политики, независимо от вашего местоположения.

Эта политика является частью наших Условий использования. Используя любые наши Сервисы, вы соглашаетесь с этой политикой и нашими Условиями использования.

Как транснациональная компания из США, ведущая деятельность в других странах, Etsy должна соблюдать экономические санкции и торговые ограничения, включая введенные Управлением по контролю за иностранными активами (OFAC) Министерства финансов США. Это означает, что Etsy или кто-либо, пользующийся нашими Сервисами, не может участвовать в транзакциях, в которые вовлечены определенные люди, места или изделия из этих мест, указанные государственными органами, такими как OFAC, в дополнение к торговым санкциям, предусмотренным соответствующими законами и нормами.

Эта политика действует в отношении всех, кто использует наши Сервисы, независимо от их местоположения. Решение об ознакомлении с такими ограничениями остается за вами.

Например, эти ограничения в целом запрещают, кроме прочего, транзакции, в которых участвуют следующие стороны:

  1. определенные географические регионы, такие как Иран, Крым, Куба, Северная Корея, Сирия, Россия, Беларусь, Донецкая Народная Республика («ДНР»), Луганская Народная Республика («ЛНР»), а также любые физические или юридические лица, ведущие деятельность или находящиеся на этих территориях;
  2. физические или юридические лица, состоящие в санкционных списках, таких как Список лиц особых категорий и запрещенных лиц (SDN) или Список иностранных лиц, уклоняющихся от санкций (FSE) организации OFAC;
  3. граждане Кубы независимо от их местоположения, не имеющие гражданства или вида на жительство за пределами Кубы; и
  4. изделия, из Ирана, Крыма, Кубы и Северной Кореи, за исключением информационных материалов, таких как публикации, фильмы, постеры, грампластинки, фотографии, кассеты, компакт-диски и определенные произведения искусства.
  5. Любые товары, услуги и технологические решения из ЛНР и ДНР за исключением информационных материалов и сельскохозяйственной продукции, в том числе продуктов питания для людей, семян сельскохозяйственных культур или удобрений.
  6. Импорт в США следующей продукции российского происхождения: рыба, морепродукты, алмазы непромышленного назначения и любая другая продукция, согласно периодическим указаниям министра торговли США.
  7. Экспорт из США либо гражданами США предметов роскоши и любых других товаров, согласно указаниям министра торговли США, любому лицу, находящемуся в России или Беларуси. Список и определение «предметов роскоши» приведены в «Дополнение № 5 к Разделу 746», опубликованном Федеральным реестром США.
  8. Изделия, изготовленные за пределами США и попадающие под действие Закона о тарифах США и связанных с ним законов о запрещении принудительного труда.

Для защиты нашего сообщества и торговой площадки Etsy предпринимает меры для соблюдения режимов санкций. Например, Etsy запрещает участникам пользоваться своими аккаунтами в определенных географических регионах. Если у нас есть основания полагать, что вы управляете своей аккаунтом из места, находящегося под санкциями, например, любого из перечисленных выше санкционных мест, или иным образом нарушаете какие-либо экономические санкции или торговые ограничения, мы можем приостановить или прекратить использование вами наших Сервисов. Как правило, участникам не разрешается выставлять на продажу, покупать или продавать изделия из регионов, находящихся под санкциями. Сюда входят изделия, появившиеся ранее санкций, поскольку у нас нет возможности проверить, были ли они вывезены из запрещенного места. Etsy оставляет за собой право обращаться к продавцам с запросом предоставить дополнительную информацию, раскрыть страну происхождения изделия на странице товара или предпринять другие шаги для соблюдения обязательств. Мы можем отключить товары или отменить транзакции, представляющие опасность нарушения этой политики.

Кроме соблюдения требований OFAC и применимых местных законов, участникам Etsy следует иметь в виду, что другие страны могут вводить собственные торговые ограничения и что определенные изделия могут не допускаться к экспорту или импорту согласно международным законам. Когда в транзакции участвуют лица из разных стран, вам следует изучить законы любых соответствующих стран.

Наконец, участникам Etsy следует иметь в виду, что сторонние платежные системы, например PayPal, могут самостоятельно отслеживать транзакции на предмет соблюдения санкционных требований и могут блокировать транзакции в рамках собственных программ, обеспечивающих соблюдение требований. Etsy не имеет власти или контроля над процедурами независимого принятия решения в таких системах.

Экономические санкции и торговые ограничения могут применяться к порядку использования вами Сервисов и могут изменяться, поэтому участникам следует регулярно проверять источники информации о санкциях. За юридической консультацией обращайтесь к квалифицированному специалисту.

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