Canopy/Gazebo (also Known As a EZ-UP) Float for the Pool or Lake for Cheap




Introduction: Canopy/Gazebo (also Known As a EZ-UP) Float for the Pool or Lake for Cheap

Here's how to make floats so that you can use your E-Z Up to keep you cool in the pool (or lake)

Step 1: How to Make a Canopy/Gazebo (also Known As a EZ-UP) Float for the Pool or Lake for Cheap.

We live in Arizona and we love to get in the pool to cool off. However, when it’s 110 outside sitting in the pool with the sun beating down on you is now always the paradise we’d hoped it be. My wife asked for an offset umbrella to get some shade but at $300+ I figured I could solve the shade problem for a lot less.

So I thought what about using our shade canopy in the pool but since the bottom has a weird slant I couldn’t just set the legs on the floor of the pool.

I had seen these floats Water Shade Canopy Float Kit that looked pretty cool but still over $100.

So I came up with this:

Step 2: Here's What You'll Need to Make 1 Float. You'll Need 4 All Together.

  • 6 ft of 1" PVC Schedule 80 pipe.
  • 4 -1" Tees
  • 4 - 1" 90 degree elbows
  • 1 - 1" Cross
  • 4 - 3" drain cap
  • 1 - PVC Pipe Cutter (optional) You will need to make many cuts on the PVC pipe so using a

    HDX Ratcheting PVC Cutter makes the job a lot easier. Or you can use a hacksaw.

  • 1 - Ice cold beverage (optional)

You can get most of these parts at your local hardware store but if you would like to get fancy you can order Furniture Grade PVC in different colors like red, yellow, purple, clear, etc. on Amazon as shown in the images.

Step 3: Cutting the Pipe

  • Now you want to cut your PVC pipe in 6" pieces.
  • You will need 12 - 6" pieces for each float.
  • Like I said before the ratcheting cutter will make this job a lot easier.

Step 4: Cutting the Pool Noodle

  • Next cut your pool noodles in to 6" pieces.
  • I used one of our good kitchen knives much to my wife's dismay.
  • It will cut pretty easy

Step 5:

  • Now you can assemble the pieces as shown in the pictures.
  • I choose not to use glue and just pressed the pieces together. This is because I figure the noodles will probably start to disintegrate due to the chlorine and sun. So without gluing I can take the floats apart to replace them.
  • I had little pieces of noodle left over so I put them in the center sections although you don't really need them.

Step 6: A Place to Put the Feet

  • So I needed a place to set the feet of the shade in so I came up with using 3" drain caps.
  • I zip tied them to the frame of the floats.
  • Although this works OK I'm looking to come up with a better way to hold the floats to the shade.
  • Also, it would be easier to put the shade on the float if there was some way to lock the feet in.
  • If I come up with a batter design I'll post it in the comments.

Step 7: Enjoy the Shade



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    16 Discussions

    I just moved from Atlanta to Gilbert,AZ this is the first thing on my to do list! Great idea. Side note: I think you meant to put 4 drain caps instead of 1.

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    I am not sure that was a typo. Your list is materials enough for 1 float. You even mention it in the title of that step. Therefore, it only needed to list 1 drain cap. I was confused when I read 4.

    Welcome to AZ. You came at a good time as we should be having record high temps this weekend :)

    Thanks for pointing out the error. I'll fix it soon.

    hi i love your idea however as a crafter my wife and i have a lot of experience with canopies of this type .The fact that in a wind they can become a giant kite we have personally seen 2 picked up and taken over 100 feet into the air and turn turtle and drop on the top of 2 cars!!! SO it is my suggestion that you find out a way to put a weight or anchor to keep your canopy from flying over to the neighbors front yard a 2 or 3 ft piece of 6 in pvc attached below the surface and allowed to fill with water might be a good stabilizer just in case you get an wind (we live in Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the Plains and right through our yard) I still love your design though keep on canopying

    This is just what I've been looking for. One question...I'm having problems finding Schedule 80 PVC at Lowe's and Home Depot. Can I use Schedule 40?

    Instead of the 4-way cross and drain cup, could you use a 5-way cross and put the canopy pole in the extra (5th) hole?

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    That would work but you would have to use a bigger diameter pipe for the center piece.

    I forgot to mention that when not using these to hold up your canopy they make a great floating drink holder.

    Hello Chris - wanted to thank you for the mention of the Water Shade Canopy Float Kit - we actually went through a similar design to this when we first started our research and development here in Arizona. Yours looks really great for the individual who has the same skills and ingenuity you do. I hope you don't mind if we tout our great product for any readers who might be looking for something that doesn't require assembly - but works great with that cold beverage :) I invite any of your readers, who do not feel comfortable assembling this on their own, to visit the web site to learn more. Thanks again.

    Cool idea.

    I'm thinking you could also use 4" pipe, glue it together so it's air tight, and eliminate the noodles.

    Each 6 feet of pipe will give you just over 8 lbs of flotation.

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    Let me know if you do it. I'd like to see.


    2 years ago

    I never would've thought that would be enough noodle to hold up all that weight. Thanks for proof of concept and the inspiration!

    Love it...but, question: How do you keep it from going airborne with a gust of wind?

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    Haven't had that issue yet but I was planning on using weighted bags on the bottom of the pool. That would also keep it from drifting around as well.

    This is a great idea! Excellent way to keep cool in the summer!