Waterproof pop up gazebos: Stylish garden tents
Pop up tents and portable gazebos are designed for mobile use. Unlike marquees, gazebos can be assembled and dismantled in little time without tools. They are easily transported in a carry bag. At the House of Tents online shop, you can browse a wide range of affordable, solid pop up tents made of steel as well as lightweight, robust gazebos made of aluminium. All products are available in various colours and sizes. Moreover: at House of Tents, we guarantee replacement parts for 10 year from the date of purchase for the majority of our products.
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Pop up Gazebos in use
Pop up tents are an ideal solution for a variety of uses. We have gathered a selection of examples of private and commercial use. Draw on the inspiration and find your individual tent solution.
Our smallest instant tents are 3x2m, with larger models extending to a canopy area of 4x8m. Pop up gazebos are available with or without side walls - you can decide for yourself. Side walls come with either arched or square windows, including panoramic windows.
Pop up gazebos are great for outdoor parties. The shelter can be assembled by one person in minutes, it provides protection from sun and rain, and can be transported easily. You can pop it in the boot and take it with you. Good to know: at House of Tents, the storage bag is included in delivery.
As well as being very mobile, pop up tents offer great stability. They can be secured with guy ropes, pegs, sand bags or weighted foot plates and are built to withstand medium winds.
Overview of advantages
- Set up within minutes. Just pop the canopy open and stabilise with ground anchors
- Extremely stable, thanks to weighted base plates, ground anchoring and/or guy ropes
- Requires little space when packed away
- Easy to transport thanks to the included carry bag
Garden parties and trips to the beach
Do you want the flexibility to spontaneously host a garden party at the weekend? No problem. With a pop up gazebo you can act fast and even adapt plans if the weather turns sour. This way, no summer party will fall through.
Of course, you will get much more out of your purchase than weekend parties. For example, it makes a perfect canopy for barbecue dinners and can provide shade and shelter for children playing in the sandpit. Bring it along to the beach or to family get-togethers. Even if rain arrives you won't need to let it spoil your outdoor plans.
Get more all-weather space for your garden
Do you want to create more covered space? No problem! Gazebos are useful for this too. For example, you could place it on the terrace, directly in front of the living room as a canopy for your patio. Alternatively, you might want to use it as a canopy tent providing sunshade for outdoor furniture or deck chairs.
A further possibility is using your pop up tent as an awning for a caravan or van, as an instant tent while camping, or a home base at summer festivals.
A portable sales stand
If you're up at the crack of dawn for a market or event, you don't want to spend a long time assembling and transporting a sales stand. With a pop up folding tent, assembly is quick and easy, and can be achieved alone. It provides instant shelter for goods, and clearly distinguishes the sales area from other stands. If you know you'll be spending a long time outside, 100% waterproof and UV blocking (50+) canopies will be essential. Both factors are guaranteed by our Premium and Professional heavy duty pop up gazebos.
An Information stand that gets the public's attention
A pop up gazebo is perfect for fetes and festivals or large public events like elections or promotions in pedestrian zones and shopping areas. Direct contact with voters, customers or target audiences encourages communication and enables you to offer your support or reach your targets. Present your election programme and gain new voters, advertise a product and talk directly to your target group or increase membership of your organisation. The advantages of a pop up gazebo: If you're not getting the foot traffic you want, simply pop the tent under your arm and move to where the people are! It's lightweight and opens in an instant!
Economy, Premium and Professional : What does it all mean?
We have a broad range of products that are distinguished by differences in the canopy material, the frame metal, and for each material, its strength (e.g. pole thicknesses and tarpaulin weight). In addition, models may come with or without sides, including or not including windows. You can use the filters on this page to click through Economy, Premium and Professional quality pop up gazebos, select your desired canopy and frame material, and select for side walls and windows. A defining feature of our pop up gazebos is a practical, fast scissor mechanism, as well as adjustable height.
Frames are made of fully galvanised steel or brushed aluminium. All frame constructions are extremely robust and durable. Aluminium is advantageous in that it is lighter than steel, thus easier to use and transport. For Economy and Premium pop up tents, most frames are steel with a square profile. Some Economy pop up tents have square aluminium poles with a 32mm diameter. Professional aluminium frames feature extra-robust hexagonal poles. They are available in either 40mm or 50mm thicknesses, depending on the size of the pop up gazebo. Both Premium and Professional products can be adjusted to 5 heights. Economy gazebos are adjustable to 3 heights.
For Economy pop up tents, approx. 300 g/m² high-performance polyester tarpaulins are used. Premium and Professional tarpaulins are made of heavy duty, approx. 350 - 400 g/m² PVC coated, high-performance polyester. Due to the PVC coating, the tarpaulins are 100% waterproof and provide 50+ factor UV protection. Some Professional models also feature a 620 g/m² purely PVC tarpaulin, which is even more hard-wearing and weatherproof. They are 100% waterproof and provide UV protection of 80+.
|Steel||Aluminium||Pole diameter and profile||High performance polyester||PVC coated polyester||PVC||Weight (g/m2)|
|Economy (heavy)||✓||30mm square||✓||300|
|Economy (light)||✓||32mm square||✓||300|
|Professional (40mm)||✓||40mm hexagonal||✓||400|
|Professional (40mm - PVC)||✓||40mm hexagonal||✓||620|
|Professional (50mm)||✓||50mm hexagonal||✓||400|
|Professional (50mm - PVC)||✓||50mm hexagonal||✓||620|
Advice: 5 tips to consider when purchasing a pop up gazebo
In summer, we enjoy the outdoor life, pursuing our hobbies or meeting friends at the beach, in the park or the garden. As nice as it is being in the open, too much sunshine can be dangerous. That's where pop up gazebos are beneficial. They provide shelter from the sun and rain, assembly is quick, and they are very easy to fold up, transport and store. The flexibility and mobility of pop up gazebos is astounding. The following 5 tips will help you to find the right product for your needs.
1. Tip: Selecting the right size
Our pop up tents are available in sizes ranging from 3x2m to 4x8m. Consider beforehand how you want to use your garden canopy. If you will only sit under it with 4 people, a 3x3m Pop up gazebo will be sufficient. If the gazebo tent will be used commercially, it would be a good idea to measure the area in which it will be used.
2. Tip: Open or closed sides?
You can purchase pop up gazebos with or without side walls. Models without side walls only feature a canopy. The advantage is that your view of nature isn't disturbed, and no heat gets trapped in the gazebo. Thus, the gazebo can be used for shade or as a simple shelter from rain.
Foldable gazebos purchased with side walls provide more flexibility. These provide protection from weather conditions, such as side winds and cold temperatures. In a closed pop up tent a gas heater may also be used (with caution!). The wall sections can be individually removed, allowing the gazebo to be assembled fully closed, half open or completely open.
3. Tip: The right material
The tarpaulins used for conventional gazebos are made of polyester. Often, polyester becomes less waterproof over time, even if a waterproofing spray is used. As a result, effective shelter from the rain can't be guaranteed. Once the material has become soaked, rain will drip through the canopy.
At House of Tents we offer high-quality polyester, PVC-coated high-performance polyester or PVC tarpaulins. While high-performance polyester provides better protection from sun and rain than most products on the market, we recommend models with PVC tarpaulins, which are 100% waterproof and provide a very high level of sun protection.
4. Tip: Pay attention to quality and features
Simple gazebos are inexpensive. However, they probably won't survive the first gust of wind, as the product isn't durable enough. If you would like to continue to enjoy the tent for years to come, you should invest in a higher quality model with better functionality. Improvements in pole thickness and material really do make a difference to the longevity of your pop up gazebo.
Even in our great value for money Economy pop up tents, we ensure stability and functionality. You can choose between an aluminium or steel frame, which can be adjusted to 3 heights. In addition, the pop up tent is compact when stored and can be comfortably transported in the storage bag included in the delivery.
5. Tip: Selecting the right design
In addition to size, colour and design also play a large role in selecting a pop up tent. A white canopy is much better suited for more formal celebrations such as weddings than a colourful one. In turn, black is less susceptible to stains, for example, if the pop up tent is intended for regular use.
If buying a pop up tent for commercial purposes, a coloured canopy may complement your company colours/logo as well as being a point of emphasis. A pop up gazebo with windows lets light in and provides a view into the tent. At trade fairs, a separate area without windows can limit distractions, enabling visitors to fully concentrate on your exhibited product.
Tips for assembly
Assembling a pop up tent is easy. Thanks to the heavy duty scissor mechanism, all it takes is 2 minutes with 1-2 people. No tools are needed. If you would like to secure the folding tent to the ground, a hammer may be useful.
To start with, if you're in an outdoor environment, inspect the area. Uneven ground should be levelled: if there are stones or scrub in the way, remove them in order to create a level base upon which the legs of the folding party tent will be stable. If necessary, paving slabs can be used to create an even surface.
Putting up pop up gazebos
Our pop up tents can be set up alone, but with a helping hand it is quicker and easier. First, pull the scissor mechanism apart slightly. Then place the roof tarpaulin onto the frame. Velcro fasteners in the corners are used to connect the roof to the scissor mechanism. Now gradually pull the frame further apart. If help is on hand, stand opposite each other whilst doing this. The pop up tent should be pulled out until the robust click-in system is locked - if necessary, simply push the scissor framework upwards so that it locks in place. Then adjust the legs to the desired height. Last of all, side panels can be installed. Finished!
Particularly in windy conditions, it is important to use the included guy ropes and pegs. These increase the stability of the heavy duty gazebo. The base plates attached to the legs can be used to quickly secure your tent using pegs.
If this is insufficient, special gazebo accessories are available for even better anchoring to the ground:
- Professional ground pegs and anchors: These are specially developed for hard or soft surfaces. They enable the gazebo to be secured using tension belts.
- Storm safety set: This is a special ground anchoring system. It includes tension belts and ground attachments. Soil anchoring pegs or concrete anchors can be selected depending on the surface.
Pop up gazebos are designed to be quick to erect and portable. They are lightweight, strong and durable, but you may prefer to consider a marquee or garden gazebo if you're searching for a more long-term or extra durable gazebo marquee. These are ideal where transport and fast set-up are less important. Check out our comparison of gazebos, including pop up gazebos, garden gazebos, and marquees here.
It is recommended to store the assembly instructions in a plastic pocket in the storage bag of the popup tent. Thus, if you haven't set up the tent in a while, you can quickly refer to the assembly instructions. Further advantages: the instructions will be where they're needed if you lend the garden tent to friends.
If the assembly instruction can no longer be found, visit the House of Tents website, where you can download a PDF of the instructions. Simply search for the applicable product there. Now you can print the instructions or simply keep a digital copy on your mobile phone or tablet.
Care and storage
If you maintain your pop up gazebo well, you will enjoy the product for many years to come. Dirt should be promptly removed with water, conventional detergent or special cleaner (depending on the material). Before storing, the Outdoor pop-up tent should be completely dry in order to prevent mould.
Contact us for more information
At House of Tents a vast variety of pop up tents for your garden or outdoor events are available in various price ranges. They are quick to erect and simple to transport using the carry bag included in the delivery. All models feature a practical scissor mechanism, are adjustable in height, and can be assembled with or without sidewalls.
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