have universal appeal for those who want a canopy that is lightweight, easy to
set up and take down, inexpensive, easy to transport, durable, and attractive.
Whether you are preparing a craft booth or backyard barbeque, the last thing you
want to do is spend time connecting all the pieces on a cumbersome shelter.
canopy pop ups, also called ez up, instant, or quick shade canopies, can be erected
with very little effort within just a few minutes. With some styles, the frame
and legs are controlled by an accordion style slider action that eliminates the
need for positioning each leg.
also makes canopy take-down a breeze - just release the pins or locks, and close
it up. Some even have telescoping legs for coping with uneven ground situations.
canopies are designed for both mobility and stability. The frame is either heavy-gauge
aluminum or a light-weight steel. And although they weight only about 50 pounds
or so, reinforced truss bars and foot anchors make them very stable. Just keep
in mind that they are not intended for use in heavy winds or harsh weather conditions.
The fabric top always stays attached
to the frame, again adding to the speed and ease of setup. The most common material
is 250 or 500 denier polyester which has been treated to be waterproof, UV resistant,
and fire retardant.
is important for those using their popup canopies in fairs, craft shows, and other
public events. Most communities have codes which require some level of fire resistance.
Selection Criteria For Pop Up Canopies
selecting your popup canopy shelter, you must first consider how it will be used
and which features are most important to you. Here are the most important characteristics
- Footprint &
Coverage: How much shaded area or 'wall' space do you really need? How many
people will sit or work side-by-side ? Do you need additional space beyond your
normal display area? Be realistic about your needs, but don’t skimp.
- Weight & Portability: All
pop-up canopies are relatively light. But even at 50 pounds, they can be too much
for someone who travels alone or has physical limitations. Most popups come with
storage bags and will fit in the trunk of your car. But will you need help getting
it to the setup area ?
& Durability: You can certainly buy a cheap canopy from your local discount
warehouse, but I stringly recommend against it. Their portability and extra handling
also means lots of extra wear and tear. Spend a few extra dollars for quality
materials made by a well-known brand. An instant shade canopy that lasts only
a couple seasons will be the most expnsive of all.
Denier is a measurement the denotes the coarseness of the thread – a higher number
means more strength. For the same durability reasons mentioned above, opt for
the 500 Denier if possible, and pass on anything less than 250 Denier unless you
plan on only a few uses. Some canopy tops have a silver UV-protective lining to
reduce the temperature - a very nice option in hot climates.