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I had wanted a gazebo for a long time as I do a lot of craft fairs and wanted one I could use for setting up my stall out of doors and keep it sheltered. I was telling my Dad about it and he said he had one that my son in law had bought the year before last and had only used it once so said I could have it if I could work out how to fix it up so I brought it home and tried it out at our next fair.
The gazebo comes in a bag with a zipper and it had a green room with cream bits that come down the sides.. It is quite heavy to carry, I managed to lift it from the car to the place but would not have been able to carry it around for long. When you unzip the bag it has the gazebo all folded up inside which looks like a bag full of poles joined together with ziggy zag bits. You need two of you to set it up but it is quite easy once you get the knack of it. You have to pull it outwards and the leg bits straighten up as you pull it, then the roof comes outwards too and it starts to resemble a gazebo shape. Then you have to extend the legs to raise it up in the air, then lock all the corners into place and there is your gazebo all up and looking lovely. There are hooks on the canvas bits that hang down to cover the legs and you hook these into the holes in the sides at the bottom so they are taught. There are ropes that you can fit to the roof corners to peg it out around the edges but we have not used these, we have just knocked a tent peg into the hole in the bottom of each leg and hammered it straight into the ground through there seeing as how we only have it up for the day and then need to put it away again after.
The gazebo measures 3m square so is a good size. You can get sides to go on it which I intend to buy next year but for this year I have just used the gazebo as it is. Once it is up and assembled it is very sturdy and if you do need to move it about before attaching it to the ground you can maneuver it about until its in the right place.
The bit I thought was going to be the hardest bit of all was taking it down. The first time we did this we had four of us working together, one at each leg. You have to lower the roof down first then release the leg extension and get it to collapse inside itself, then you can just squash it all together until it is folded up. This first time one leg got a bit stuck and we did fret over it for a while wondering if we had broken something but managed to get it down ok after a wrangle. The next time there were just two of us doing it and we managed to get it down as easy as anything. The only thing you have to watch is that you don't catch your fingers in the contraption as it folds down as it flipping hurts!!
I would highly recommend one of these fold up gazebos, they are such a good invention and so easy to put up and down once you get used to it.
I purchased this gazebo when I was living with my ex girlfriend as we had quite a lot of house party's and the house itself wasn't very big so was a major struggle to accommodate all our guests comfortably. It was down to the price which was the same as listed above at just £129.99 that encouraged me to purchase this specific design.
The garden again wasn't massive and we already had one gazebo up so this was an addition purely to try and increase the amount of space where people could relax without the weather being an issue.
The product was advertised as a waterproof design and in all fairness for a month or so the gazebo was 100% Waterproof without a single leak.
Im not sure whether it was my error for leaving the gazebo erected day and night but as it was a strong sturdy frame and I had joined it to my other gazebo I didn't think there was much chance of it falling down or for rain to get inside.. So much so that we had electrical products inside it, including a heater to keep in the heat!
For the first few weeks there were no issue's at all, we didn't have much rainfall anyway and due to the fact that it had now become a joint gazebo it was a fairly strong and secure "outbuilding" that was until we had a mild touch of stormy weather where one morning I woke up to the half of the frame being bent in half where it had been pulled across the garden, several leaks, and a huge hole through the plastic window where a chair had been forced through it from inside!
This was the first downfall of my purchase, I returned it to argos as it was still within the warranty period and they simply replaced it for a brand new one.
Again after setting up the second gazebo we were problem free for a few weeks again until yet again the weather took a turn for the worst, this time after a heavy all night rainfall the roof had collected puddles which had progressed to leak in through some air holes which are located in the centre of the roof despite these been tied together the gazebo had caused some considerable damage to furniture and electricals which would in the centre. Having dried all the gazebo down and re-pegging it to the ground I was confident that this would be the end of the problems, weather permitting!
However maybe I was too optimistic as it was only 3 days later that the whole thing practically fell to bits, where the roof had weakened from the previous weather it had clearly had an impact on the structure as I woke up to find the frame bent beyond repair with several of the loops broken of the side curtains.
It was at this stage that I returned my purchase for a full refund and then invested in a slightly more expensive but more reliable gazebo. However I do feel that its not all negative about the product as the design is truely waterproof providing its not been used on a prolonged basis.
Its dimensions are 3metre x 3metre so there is considerably enough room to get a table and chairs inside, or several inflatable chairs with a side table, and it was also fairly easy to unpack however in the box it was quite heavy so wouldn't recommend transporting without a vehicle. You will need two people to unpack properly other wise damage can be done easily to the frame as it has to be pulled outwards at the same time!!
So overall a good design, which in all fairness is good value for money. However in my experience it has being nothing but a nightmare, and costly including the 3 trips back and forth to argos!
This is an excellent product and after having spoken to others who have them, we invested in a 3m x 3m model in dark blue with a sturdy but lightweight metal frame at the top and easily adjustable metal legs which allow you to have the gazebo at different heights from very tall to very small.
We opted to have three plain sides and one window side and we were particularly enamoured with the claim that this could be erected quickly and easily by one person. Well, I'm the guy who deals in erections at our house and I can confirm that I can get it up in no time at all (given the motivation)
We have a lovely south facing garden and it's a real sun trap on those rare hot days that we laughingly call summer. We bought this to give us the opportunity of some shade in the garden, to give us some options for eating out and for our dear old Boxer dog who loved to be with us but who panted and drooled incessantly when he quickly became overheated in the hot weather.
The whole thing concertinas up or down into a matching bag which allows you to keep the whole thing protected out of season. It also allows you to easily transport it for days out, camping breaks or the like.
We are generally quite happy with our gazebo but there are a couple of things worth noting:
Make sure your gazebo is well tethered. If you fail to fix it to the ground securely (and the supplied pegs are not very long or substantial) the whole thing can be caught by a gust of wind and sent flying across the garden. This happened to ours at a fairly early stage and it crashed into a fixed garden arbour and it bent the framework, although it is still usable.
Don't leave it up all the time - it will fade in the sun and any bird doppings can burn through the fabric so it's best to clean it off each time before you tore it away.
It's a fairly sturdy item and is shower proof, but it isn't a good idea to leave this out in adverse weather conditions. Make sure it is fully dry before you put it away or you risk getting mildew and ultimately rot as well as a nasty smell next time you use it.
Visiting kids love it and we have had a couple of 12 year olds sleep out in it, albeit on a very balmy night. I served them beans on toast in there at bedtime and was quite jealous of them having such fun when I had to go into the boring house.
It's lovely to have a big gazebo if you've got the space for it. We generally leave the sides off until the evening and then, when it gets a bit cooler, we put on one or two of the sides as protection against any prevailing breeze. We may only use it for 15 or 20 days a year but it's in its third season now and going strong.
We bought ours on special offer for only £59.99, a saving of £40 on the published list price. Ebay is a good place to hunt for a bargain gazebo. They're often popping up.
I got this item in the summer, in preperation for the autum and winter, as a shelter for me when I work-out and exercise outside.
I thought what a great idea this would be, to keep out of the wifes way whilst working out outside, but sheltered form the rain.
It comes in a box, and I was intrigued by the pop-up nature of it. It must be said it does require two people to put this up, as you have to pull it out from the corners. The main frame seems strong enough, and it has adjustable feet, so the height can be adjusted. The side are very easy to attatch, as they are only attatched by velcro, but they do the job. The tent pes supplied arent up to mch to be honest, and the string is very thin, and Ive had to replace it with ticker stuff as the string supplied literally broke after about a week.
So does it do the job? Well since the summer, the rain hasnt leaked inside from the top, and is a nice dry place to exercise in. Althogh one major downfall of this is that if it rains too heavy, the rain pools on top of the roof, and the roof materail sags, causing water to sit on the roof, stretching the fabric. This then puts a lot of strain on the structure due to the weight of the water, which has meant i have had to re-strengthen the inside of this myself with wood. This may sound like a downside, which it is, but I guess a gazebo is really only intended for summer use, and not to be kept up in the winter, so these tings should really be expected. Having said that, if you do get a lot of rain when you ave it up in the summer, it may take a bit of a pounding, but then again so would most of the temporary gazebos on the market.
I do regular outdoor events as part of my work and up until this summer have used the cheaper "pole" type of gazebo from Argos. This year I treated myself to this gazebo from Amazon for £70 and what a difference!
It can be put up by yourself although is quicker if someone else just helps you pull open the top but now I've had a pop up gazebo I'll never go back.
This gazebo, in smart navy blue, has its own carry bag, sides included and all ropes and pegs included. It is simply a case of opening the bag, taking out the folded gazebo - opening the the "roof" to its fullest, raising the height by pressing in a press stud on each leg and pegging down the feet. the roof material is already attached to the frame and the side panels are easily attached with strong velcro.
I have used this gazebo in rain, win and baking sun and it has stayed firm, provided better than adequate shelter and provided an attractive area for displaying products. I've also used this is the garden and its a fab addition to a family get together.
Very easy to collapse and put away again.
Very highly recommended!
I'd always thought of gazebos as useful but awkward items, great for when you want a bit of outdoor shade or cover but a pain in the backside to erect and dismantle. However, with a fully south-facing garden, little shade and a young baby I perceived that a gazebo really would be a useful thing to have. Thankfully I could have my cake and eat it thanks to a relatively new idea - the pop-up gazebo.
We bought our gazebo from Argos and, although it was significantly more expensive than the regular poled gazebos of the same size (we paid around £80 compared to between £15 and 30 for a poled gazebo) it is worth its weight in gold.
The gazebo operates rather like an umbrella with the roof poles folding up in a concertina action. The length of the legs can then be adjusted and a push-pin system keeps them fixed into place. There's none of that faff trying to work out which pole should go with which or putting up the frame only to find that you can't get the fabric on straight.
To erect the gazebo you really need two people. Standing on opposite sides of the gazebo you simply hold on and walk apart and the gazebo will open out between you. I have managed to put the gazebo up single handed although this is a little awkward as you have to move from side to side to ensure that the gazebo goes up evenly. When the canopy is open (and it's fixed to the frame) all that's left is to extend the legs. Again, this is easier to do with two people simply due to the geometry of the frame but again it can be accomplished solo. The sides then clip onto the frame of the gazebo with rings rather like open curtain rings (if you want to use them) and toggle together at the edges. To take the gazebo down you simply reverse the procedure, releasing the safety clips that automatically locked when you erected the gazebo. Taking down can be done more easily with one person if necessary.
The legs of the gazebo have small plastic feet which can be pegged into the ground. There are also guy ropes provided but, as yet, we've not had cause to use them.
The gazebo is very sturdy, yet not desperately heavy (it is much more substantial than a plastic poled gazebo though). You don't get the feeling that this would take off with the merest puff of wind nor buckle if it caught a gust (and use confirms this!). The fabric used for the covering is shower-proof (and I can confirm it holds off the rain) but it should not be put away wet. I like the fact that it can be used with or without side panels as this allows maximum flexibility in terms of shade or shelter creation. The PVC window in one of the sides is also useful, allowing light through.
We have found the fact that the legs can be height altered useful although I'm not sure that the gazebo is marketed as being height adjustable. When we use this for shelter over a paddling pool or sand pit the fact that we can lower the canopy allows us to maximise shade as the sun moves without having to move the whole set up. Great for small kids!
When stored the gazebo fits into a fabric bag making it easy to store and transport. I was very surprised at the quality of the bag and the ease with which it packs away each time. In my opinion it's easier to put away than it is to get an umbrella into an umbrella cover!
Worth the money!
Height 270cm. Size of side panels 3 x 2m. Foldable gazebo can be put up or folded down quickly.