Although the most popular place to find a pop up canopy is at an outdoor party, there are many other settings where they can be used. The basic construction of these units is a tarp-like covering attached to a sturdy metal frame. A canopy covering is typically made of a heavier material and more cloth-like than a typical tarp. This design allows it to withstand frequent use with very little maintenance. This simple design makes them highly versatile and great where a little make-shift shade is required.
As mentioned above, these units can be used in many other settings. One popular use of these units are at outdoor functions where vendors may gather for business of some sort. Since these can be transported just about anywhere and are extremely easy to set up, they are a popular item for picnics at the park or the beach. Plenty of people also set them up in their backyards and leave them up throughout the summer months for some added outdoor shade.
Besides color of the fabric used for the covering, you’ll find various sizes based on the application. Most general consumer users choose the ever popular 10 x 10 unit, but for some large outdoor applications you may find the 10 x 15 or 10 x 20 (largest pop up canopy size). Just about all of the major suppliers of pop up canopies offer multiple sizes, builds, and designs that will typically fit any need.
When it comes to vendors using pop up’s, sometimes there is a need for them to be fire-retardant; especially in the case of vendors using lots of design lights or preparing food. This is usually a standard feature of most of the reputable companies out there. It’s a good thing to look for when determining which you will purchase. Even a spark from a harmless campfire could turn into something worse if it lands on unprotected fabric.
Before you go out and dive on the “blow out special” on a pop up canopy at your local “big box” or “mom and pop” hardware store, do some research so you can make an informed decision. Ask yourself, “how many times per year will I actually use this?”, “where will I use it?”, “where will I store it when I’m not using it?” Be sure to consider the size as a priority when determining which pop up canopy model you will purchase. Lastly, cheaper is not always better; especially if you’re hoping to get many years of use out of your investment.