Got a sizeable yard, and need furniture for it? Or maybe camps/picnics are habits for you, and you need the necessary gear? Whatever your situation is, there’s a long list of items you need to buy. You need chairs, ground mats, and outdoor game equipment. But one item you’ll need is a pop-up canopy. And it’s one many people forget… Today, we’ll discuss this item and its benefits. We’ll then give you a simple guideline on how to pick a good one!
First – The Benefits
A canopy is an open tent. It’s a “pole-supported roof” that you can pack into a car. And it’s highly useful, especially if your environment requires it!
Example – Sunny Environments
You almost always need a canopy in a sunny area. Excess sunlight and heat can destabilize a nice camp or picnic. And a canopy provides you a shield from sunlight. With a good design, you can reflect heat away, thus enjoying the outdoors with minimal heat worries. In a sense, it’s like an umbrella. And speaking of those…
They Work in Rainy Environments
This is a matter of quality. But sturdy models can withstand intense rain. It’s good if you’re outdoors – and you need a place to sit without getting soaked. And in that situation, a canopy is like a shield. You can use it as a “storing ground” for items that you don’t want wet. Those can be electronics, plates of food, or books you’re reading!
Protection Aside – It’s Easy to Pack and Setup
Tents are notoriously hard to setup (unless they’re inflatable). Most tents require pegs to setup them in the ground, with a supporting center pole, and rope extensions at each corner. And for the inexperienced user, this setup can be a nightmare. Fortunately, though, a popup canopy is easy to use. The setup uses 4 poles, each at a corner of the canopy. From there, the roofing is attached for a complete look!
How to Pick a Good Canopy
That depends on the brand. As a rule, you should look at the following items when considering a canopy for purchase.
Accidents and damages will happen when a canopy is open. Most of the time, those damages result from strong winds, blowing apart the canopy and causing roof damage. A warranty can protect your investment (Strike Tent is a good example). It ensures you can use the tent for years to come!
Standard canopy models give you a roof. But sometimes, you’ll find models that cover the surroundings of the canopy. Those models are good for privacy. They’re excellent for public outdoor spots with many surrounding people (like camp parks).
You should be able to adjust your canopy depending on the space available. Maybe you want to set it up for 2 people. Or, maybe you’re inviting over 5-6 people for a sit around the canopy. Here, size adjustment is excellent. And it works especially well if you lack room in your setup space (like having a small backyard).
Special Criteria: Custom Design
Fun fact – canopies aren’t just for private consumer use. Businesses can use them too! They work well for outdoor events. Those include fairs, seminars, and exhibition shows. You can have a custom canopy made to showcase your brand. You can have your brand colors and name placed elegantly on the roof. It’s a good (and cost-effective) method of signaling your presence. And you can always re-use that canopy in the future! But do note, a good designer is necessary for those types of canopies. You want designs that don’t wear out fast, especially in tough weather conditions!