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How do I Choose the Best Folding Gazebo?

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  • Written By: Misty Amber Brighton
  • Edited By: Allegra J. Lingo
  • Last Modified Date: 10 October 2018
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Folding gazebos come in a variety of sizes and with a variety of features to meet a homeowner's needs. There are, however, a few features that should be standard on any folding gazebo. Make sure it has sturdy legs that do not collapse easily. The top should be constructed from waterproof material that will not tear or rip easily. Before purchasing, try to fold it up so you know how easy it is to do.

Think about what you want to use a folding gazebo for. This can help you decide what size you might need. A small might be around three feet (.92 m) long and wide. Larger ones can be approximately three feet (.92 m) wide and six feet (1.83 m) long. Smaller gazebos are ideal for people to sit under, while bigger ones work well for picnicking.

You may want other features, such as screens or floors, with your folding gazebo. Some models have canvas more mosquito netting sides on them. Models that are more elaborate even have a floor. If you plan on using the gazebo when camping, you might want to consider one or both of these features.

A folding gazebo may have steel or aluminum legs. Make sure they are sturdy and lock into place when fully extended. Find out if they need to be driven into the ground with a sledgehammer, or if they are simply have flat ends that are placed directly on the ground.

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Many people want to use the gazebo so they can be outside when it is raining. For this reason, you should make sure the canopy top is waterproof. Examine the material to see how thick it is, as flimsy fabric could rip or tear easily.

Before you purchase a folding gazebo, you may want to practice folding and unfolding it. That way you can be sure it won't be too cumbersome for you to do. This is especially true if you are likely to perform this task by yourself. If it comes with a storage bag, try to place the gazebo into it after it is folded. That way, you can be sure it will fit easily so you won't become discouraged when trying to do this.

If you want to enjoy the outdoors more often, you may want to consider a folding gazebo. These can provide shade and also protecting you from rain and insects. It is a good idea to look at several models before buying one. That way, you can find the one that meets your needs and budget.

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