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Last summer we decided to have some hardscaping added to our backyard. We’d like to add a deck eventually, but that was well over our budget. It made sense to add a smaller patio area, then eventually attach the deck and patio with more hardscaping. It will be AWESOME when the whole thing is finished.
In the meantime, we finally got the gazebo set up on the new patio… but this brought up an IMPORTANT question…
How can I anchor a gazebo WITHOUT drilling into concrete or pavers?
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We didn’t want to ruin the new patio, but we get some wicked wind here. I don’t want the gazebo flying and hitting our home or car during a bad storm.
At our last house, we screwed the gazebo into the wood deck with no issues. This time, we decided to get creative.
Each leg of the gazebo is screwed into a cheap $3.19 paver from Home Depot. Then there’s two more pavers on top. The pavers each weigh 27.1 lbs, giving each leg 81 lbs holding it down, to a grand total of 243 lbs (along with the weight of the gazebo itself.
But this is obviously an ugly hack and we wanted it to look nice. We created these simple planters to go around the pavers and hide them. They look GREAT.
DIY Gazebo Box Planters to Anchor Your Gazebo
Here’s the video tutorial, or keep scrolling for the photo tutorial.
Here’s how to make your own gazebo box planters:
It may seem a little odd that there are pocket holes on the outside of the box, but we couldn’t have fit the screwdriver inside to attach those sides so we were sort of stuck with it. If you don’t like the look, you can insert plugs, cut and sand them, then stain or paint over the “patched” holes. You could also make the box a little larger so your screwdriver would fit.
When finished, these boxes were 15″ x 15″ and 21.25″ tall.
Now I just hope 243 lbs of weight is enough! So far, so good!
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