How Do I Set Up Sunjoy Gazebo? (PRO Tips)

Sunjoy gazebos are a great addition to your backyard. They provide a space to relax, and they also help keep you out of the sun so that you’re not frying on your patio furniture all afternoon. 

However, if you’ve never assembled one before or if it’s been awhile since you assembled yours, then setting up a Sunjoy gazebo can be quite confusing. 

Luckily for you, this article will guide you through every step of assembling your new Sunjoy gazebo so that it’s ready for use in no time!

Setting up a Sunjoy Gazebo can be easy and enjoyable with the right tools and tips.
Always read the instructions carefully before beginning assembly.
A level surface and sturdy anchor points are crucial for a safe and stable gazebo.
Adding accessories like netting and lights can enhance the functionality and ambiance of your gazebo.
Regular maintenance and proper storage can help extend the life of your gazebo.

Assemble Your Gazebo

To assemble your Sunjoy gazebo, follow these steps:

Assemble the frame. The most important thing in setting up your gazebo is to make sure that the frame is square. To do this, first measure from corner to corner on all four sides of the base and write down these numbers in order (with one being smallest). 

Then take each side individually and measure it against its corresponding measurement from step #1 and write down these measurements as well. 

Now, compare all of your side measurements to see if there are any difference between them. If there are none then congratulations! You have successfully assembled a square gazebo base so far!

Attach the frame to ground stakes or into concrete if possible for extra stability in windy conditions or for uneven surfaces like dirt/grass etc… 

Also note that attaching stakes will require additional tools such as shovels or pick axes depending on what type materials you’re working with! Good luck!

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Place Gazebo on the Ground

Make sure the ground is level.

Dig holes for the posts, and make sure they are deep enough to support them.

The ground should be dry and firm, so that it can hold the weight of your Gazebo without sinking into it. If you have loose soil, add more soil or gravel to fill in any gaps before installing your Gazebo.

Remove rocks, roots and other debris from the area where you will place your gazebo; these objects could damage or puncture important parts of your Sunjoy gazebo during installation and use.

How to install gazebo netting: Installing netting on a gazebo can be tricky, but it’s an important step to keep insects and debris out of your space. Check out our step-by-step guide on how to install gazebo netting for a hassle-free installation process.

Dig Deeper

It’s important to dig a deep enough hole if you want your gazebo to be stable. Digging deeper makes the whole set-up more stable, so if you have time and energy, digging another foot or two is best. But even if you can only get it a few inches down, that will help keep it from sinking in over time.

Hold Steady

Now that you have poured the concrete, it’s time to hold steady. First, use a level to make sure that your gazebo is straight. If it isn’t, this is a good time to adjust it before moving forward with the project. 

Next, position wooden blocks or bricks underneath each leg of the gazebo until they are all even with each other. This will keep them steady while you pour more concrete and give you peace of mind that they won’t move on their own during setup!

Pro tips for putting netting on a gazebo: Putting netting on a gazebo can seem overwhelming, but there are some pro tips that can make the process much easier. Check out our guide on how to put the netting on a gazebo for some useful tips and tricks.

Fill the Holes with Concrete

Now, it’s time to fill the holes with concrete. First, use a shovel to shovel some concrete into each hole. 

Then, go back and make sure that it all lines up evenly with your level. Afterward, leave the concrete to dry for at least 24 hours before moving on with attaching any other parts of your Gazebo kit!

Once all of that is done, you can use a trowel (or similar tool) to smooth out any lumps or bumps in your concrete foundation so that everything looks nice and neat again!

Level and Adjust

Now that you’ve got the frame assembled and all of the posts in place, it’s time to make sure that everything is level.

If you are using a spirit level, use it to make sure that each side of your frame is level with respect to the ground.

 If you don’t have a spirit level handy, use another flat surface (like your floor or table) as a reference point for checking if something is horizontal or vertical. 

You can also check with a straightedge a ruler will do just fine in this situation but bear in mind that any imperfections in your straightedge may affect how accurate your measurements are!

Once all four sides are square, use a spade or shovel and lift up one leg at a time until they’re at an angle where they meet perfectly flush with one another. 

This should result in an equilateral triangle when viewed from above: three equal sides meeting at 90 degree angles. Make sure there’s no gap between them either! Then secure them into place by placing something heavy on top of each leg (e.,g., bricks). 

Ideas for decorating a gazebo with lights: Adding lights to a gazebo can create a beautiful and inviting space for gatherings or relaxation. Check out our guide on how to decorate a gazebo with lights for some creative ideas and inspiration.

Finish Up Concrete Process

At this point, you have all of your materials and tools set up, and you are ready to start pouring concrete.

The first thing to do is mix your concrete. Use the shovel or trowel to break up any large chunks of cement powder before adding water slowly as directed on the mixing instructions. You want the consistency of potty pie filling or moose hockey!

Once mixed properly, pour the concrete into the formwork until it reaches just above the top edge (about 2”). 

Smooth out any bubbles or clumps with a trowel while still allowing some texture from its natural makeup. Let sit for about 30 minutes then remove form work carefully so as not to disturb your new patio slab!

Place Posts in Their Right Place

Now that you’ve got your frame assembled, it’s time to place the posts. Before you do this, make sure your gazebo is on a level surface and that the ground is flat. 

If there are any rocks or roots in the way, get them out of the way by using a shovel. 

Once that’s done, measure how far apart each post should be from one another and mark those spots with a level line with chalk or spray paint

Next up: making sure they’re straight! This is probably going to be the most important part of this step because if your posts aren’t straight then it’s not going to look right when we put up our canopy later on down the road (and trust me; if they’re crooked then no one will want to buy it). To check if they’re straight first use some string/twine around each corner post and tie them together so they form an X shape; then put two more lines across these X shapes (one horizontal line at eye level and another vertical line just above where my hand would go). 

Finally take out your tape measurer again – measure between where these three points intersect along both verticals and horizontals until all four corners have been measured twice each so we know exactly where everything should go without having any mistakes happen along during construction time later today when we build our canopy frame structure over this whole thing!

Tips for securing a Yardistry gazebo: Keeping a Yardistry gazebo secure is important for safety and longevity. Check out our guide on how to secure a Yardistry gazebo for some tips and tricks on anchoring and securing your gazebo.

Install Rafter Brackets in the Corner Posts

Attach the rafter brackets to the corner posts and beam.

Take a look at your plans, or follow this handy diagram to see where you’ll need to attach the rafter brackets:

Insert the Top Beam and Secure It in Position

Now you’re ready to attach the top beam. This is the last piece of your gazebo assembly and will be secured in place with a lag bolt. If you don’t have a lag drilling bit, you can usually buy one at any local hardware store or online.

To insert the top beam, follow these steps:

After making sure that all other pieces are secured in place, it’s time to insert the top beam. The best way to do this is by drilling through your post from underneath before inserting the lag bolt into it as shown below:

With your drill still running and centered on your hole, slowly feed in one end of your lag bolt until it reaches its full length:

Pro tips for setting up a Sunjoy gazebo: Setting up a Sunjoy gazebo can be a daunting task, but with the right tools and tips, it can be a breeze. Check out our guide on how to set up a Sunjoy gazebo for some helpful tips and tricks to get your gazebo up and running in no time.

Attach the Roof Panel to the Posts, Beams, and Brackets

  • Attach the roof panel to the posts, beams, and brackets.
  • Use a level to make sure it is straight.

Make sure the roof panel is attached to the posts and beams before tightening any screws or nails into place on either side of each connection point between pieces of wood or metal hardware that make up your gazebo structure’s frame work so nothing falls apart when you move later down this list!

Attach the Side Panels to the Posts, Beams, and Brackets

Attach the side panels to the posts, beams, and brackets with screws. Make sure that all of your screw holes are aligned with their corresponding holes on the frame before you tighten them down.

If you need to adjust the side panels, use a hammer or mallet to tap them into place until they fit snugly against each other and create a seamless edge around your gazebo.


If you need further assistance in the setup process, we’re here for you. We have representatives who are ready to assist you with any questions or concerns that might arise from using our products.

Further Reading

Sunjoy 13 ft. x 15 ft. Brown 2-Tier Cedar Frame Hardtop Gazebo with Ceiling Hook – A premium quality gazebo that is perfect for outdoor gatherings and relaxation.

Sunjoy 10 ft. x 12 ft. Brown 2-Tier Steel Hardtop Gazebo with Ceiling Hook and Netting – An affordable option that provides shelter from the elements while also keeping insects out.

Sunjoy Leaf Gazebo Replacement Canopy – A replacement canopy that fits the Sunjoy Leaf Gazebo, ensuring you can continue to enjoy your gazebo for years to come.

Here’s the FAQs section with 5 questions and answers:


What is a hardtop gazebo?

A hardtop gazebo is a gazebo that has a solid, non-fabric roof. Hardtop gazebos are typically more durable and long-lasting than their fabric-roofed counterparts.

What are some benefits of a gazebo with netting?

A gazebo with netting provides a barrier against insects, which can make outdoor gatherings and relaxation much more enjoyable. Netting also helps to keep debris out of the gazebo.

How do I know if a replacement canopy will fit my gazebo?

Before purchasing a replacement canopy, it’s important to check the dimensions of your gazebo and compare them to the dimensions of the replacement canopy. Make sure the replacement canopy is compatible with your gazebo’s frame and design.

How do I secure my gazebo?

To secure a gazebo, it’s important to anchor it to the ground using stakes or weights. You can also use sandbags or cement blocks to provide extra stability.

How do I maintain my gazebo?

Regular maintenance can help extend the life of your gazebo. Clean the roof and frame regularly, and make sure to check for any signs of damage or wear and tear. It’s also important to store your gazebo properly during the off-season.