How to Anchor a Screened Gazebo


A screened gazebo -- usually made of plastic or vinyl -- provides a setting for hours of relaxing with family and friends. The gazebo is similar to a screen house or screen room because it features screens on all sides. While it shares the same shape as a traditional gazebo, it is easier to move and you can use the gazebo for camping. If you want a more permanent gazebo and do not plan to move it in the future, you need to anchor the gazebo. Anchoring the screen house requires metal tent stakes rather than the plastic tent stakes that come with the gazebo.

Things You'll Need

  • Screened gazebo
  • Metal tent stakes
  • Rubber mallet or hammer
  • Pick the right location for the screen gazebo. The area should be free of any bumps or dips and should sit completely level. Check the area for any hard rocks or stones and remove them. Even small rocks might rip or tear the bottom of the gazebo.

  • Lay the gazebo flat on the ground and unfold it. When you first remove it from the box, it should look like a large plastic rectangle. Unfolding the sides lets the gazebo lay flat on the ground, showing you its overall size.

  • Locate the small loops on the sides of the gazebo. The gazebo should have a loop at each corner and one or two loops on each side for extra stability. Slide a metal tent stake through one of the corner loops.

  • Tap the top of the metal stake with a rubber mallet or hammer. Hold the stake against the ground as you hit and apply enough force that the stake goes through the loop and the top of the stake sits flush on the ground.

  • Grab one side of the gazebo and pull it across the ground. The side should sit flat on the ground without the opposite stake pulling out of the ground. Attach a second tent stake to this corner loop.

  • Repeat step five with each of the remaining corners. Slide stakes through the remaining loops and tap them into the ground. Slide the poles through the gazebo as you would when using plastic tent stakes. The metal stakes anchor the gazebo to the ground.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the ground is not level, try smoothing down the ground with a shovel. Scoop out the bumps and spread the dirt evenly across any dips or valleys.
  • For extra stability, consider digging a series of small holes underneath the loops. Fill the holes with concrete before slipping the tent stake into the hole. Keep in mind that this is a permanent anchor.

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