Mosquito netting isn't a safe way to keep your toddler contained in his crib.

How to Replace a Gazebo Canopy Top & Mosquito Netting

by Amie Taylor

A gazebo with mosquito netting provides overhead refuge from the sun and rain and an outdoor haven where you and your family can escape biting, buzzing insects. Over time, however, wind and sun take their toll on a gazebo cover and netting and may render them useless. Once you've located and purchased the appropriate replacement cover and netting that fits your model of gazebo, removing the old ones and installing the new ones is fairly simple. The process requires climbing a ladder, so take care and recruit a helper if needed.

Set up a folding ladder next to the gazebo that allows you to easily reach the hooks or ties that hold the old canopy in place. Unhook or untie each fastener, working your way around each size of the gazebo. Gently remove the canopy from the gazebo, taking care not to catch it on the metal parts.

Remove the hooks that hold the mosquito netting to the horizontal rails of the gazebo. Place the old gazebo cover and mosquito netting in a large trash bag, tie it closed and place it in the outgoing garbage.

Open the new canopy, and shake outall the folds. Climb the ladder with the canopy, and spread it over the support bars that create the ceiling of the gazebo. Fasten the hooks or ties that hold the canopy to the framework. Fasten one corner on and then attach the opposite corner. Attach the remaining two corners, one at a time, ensuring the canopy is taut and fits correctly.

Open the new netting and shake it out. Begin at one corner of the gazebo and attach the hooks that hold the netting to the horizontal rails from which you removed the old netting. Work your way around, one side at a time, until the netting is installed on each side of the gazebo.

Items you will need

  • Folding ladder
  • Trash bag


  • Ask one or two friends to help install the new canopy to make the job easier.


  • Never use an extension ladder that must lean against the framework of the gazebo.
  • Don't stand a ladder on soft ground that may give or make it unsteady.

About the Author

Amie Taylor has been a writer since 2000. Book reviews, gardening and outdoor lawn equipment repair articles and short fiction account for a handful of her published works. Taylor gained her gardening and outdoor equipment repair experience from working in the landscaping and lawn-care business she and her husband own and operate.

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