Tent canopies can be used for a variety of different things such as shielding an outdoor party from the rain or sun as well as providing a sheltered outdoor workspace. The assembly of the tent canopy is rather simple but can be awkward at times, and a person could struggle to lift the tent canopy into place on their own.

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Step 1

Compare the pieces you were given to the sheet included from the manufacturer. You do this to make sure that you have all the pieces required before getting started. You don't want to be halfway through and realize you are missing a crucial piece to complete the canopy.

Step 2

Lay out the straight tubing and corner to complete the framing of the top. End corner pieces will have one side without an opening, and middle corner pieces will have an opening on both sides. All of your corner pieces should be used in the step.

Step 3

Assemble the roof. Once you have the pipes laid out appropriately, connect them so that the roof is erected on the ground.

Step 4

Lay the roof tarp over the assembled roof frame and bungee it down using the bungee cords supplied by the manufacturers. The tarp should also have eyelets that should line up with the pipes so the bungee can grab the tarp. These bungees will often have a ball and loop. Place the loop end through the eyelet on the tarp. Wrap the bungee around the pipe and place the loop around the ball.

Step 5

Raise the tent. Raise the tent by inserting leg pipes on one of the side. This will support the tent evenly when you are inserting the pipes on the other side.

Step 6

Insert the leg posts on the opposite side. Here is where having an extra person comes in handy. One person should raise the side and support it while the other person inserts the leg posts. If you are doing this on your own, then raise and insert from the middle and work your way out. This will support the tent while you are moving from post to post.

Step 7

Make sure everything is secure and attach the walls if necessary. Most tent canopies will come with walls to guard from extra sunlight and winds. These aren't required to support the tent, but are there if you need them.