How to build a canopy roof

Written by chris moore
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How to build a canopy roof
A canopy roof can be used to shelter an outdoor party or protect cars and boats from the elements. (Getty Thinkstock)

A canopy roof can be used to shelter an outdoor party or protect cars and boats from the elements. You can build your own canopy roof using poles and a strong, durable canvas material. You need to assemble a frame that can stand by itself. Then, strap the canvas securely onto the upper part of the frame to complete your own simple canopy roof. The following is for a 3 by 3 metre (10 by 10-foot) canopy roof, but you can adjust to the height, length and width you want.

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Things you need

  • 8 3 metre (10-foot) poles, 3.8 cm (1 1/2 inches) thick
  • 4 3-way pipe/pole fittings
  • 4 3.8 cm (1 1/2 inch) flagpole stands
  • 4 15 cm (6-inch) square plywood pieces
  • Wood/epoxy glue
  • 9.30 metre (100 sq ft.) medium weight canvas
  • Adhesive tape

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  1. 1

    Insert 4 poles each pole into flagpole stands that will fit them snugly. Glue or screw each stand onto thick, flat plywood bases.

  2. 2

    Assemble 4 more poles into a square using three-way pipe or pole connectors. Each connector should have its third port pointing down. Turn this square frame upside down and insert a stand-up pole into each open port; the plywood stands on the poles will face upward.

  3. 3

    Lay a sheet of canvas flat on the ground. Place the assembled frame (still upside down) in the middle of the canvas. The canvass should extend 5-7.5 cm (2-3 inches) from the frame in every direction.

  4. 4

    Wrap each edge of the canvas around a pole and tape it to the pole with strong adhesive tape. Tuck in any corners of the canvas that stick out and tape them down.

  5. 5

    Flip the canopy roof right side up once the whole canvas is secure to the roof frame.

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