Due to the seasonal nature of our product, we are unfortunately unable to accept returns. Of course if extenuating circumstances occur, we will be happy to work with you.
Care and Use of the SukkahSoul sukkah
You can enjoy your SukkahSoul sukkah year after year with proper care and common sense. Make sure to read all of the Additional Information to learn about using and storing your sukkah.
- What is included / What is not included
- Intended Use for What and for How Long
- Size of Packages / Delivery Information
- The Nature of Cedar
- Storage of the Sukkah
- Care / Storage of the Fabric Netting
- Requirements for Safety, Decorations and Roofing (schach)
- Secure the Sukkah to the Ground Surface
- Miscellaneous Notes
- Assembling the Sukkah with or without assistance
- The SukkahSoul sukkah kit includes wood, fabric netting and fabric netting connectors for your sukkah along with directions for assembly. Wood rafters are included. Rafters support your schach.
Decorations and roofing material (schach) are not included.
(The schach must be of organic material meaning something that has grown and then detached. Typically people use the following for schach: branches from trees or bushes, cornstalks, evergreen boughs, bamboo poles or bamboo mats.)
- This sukkah is intended to be used for meals and study during Sukkot. Obviously, it does not provide security for people sleeping inside it.
- This sukkah is intended as a temporary structure, erected for about 2 weeks of the year during Sukkot.
- Your sukkah will be delivered in 4 packages, each 8’-5” long and about 6” wide x 5” high. Each package weighs about 23 lbs. Fabric sides will be delivered in its own lightweight box.
- Deliveries outside the St. Louis metropolitan area will be delivered by UPS Ground.
- Local deliveries in the St. Louis metropolitan area will be delivered by a local delivery service.
- The cedar is unfinished and does not require sealing. Cedar naturally turns silver/gray in the weather. Because the sukkah is outside only 2 weeks of the year, it will take quite a few years for it to turn silver/gray. Silver/gray is considered visually appealing to many people. If people want to retain the cedar color, the silver/gray can be sanded off by hand with fine sandpaper.
- The color of cedar naturally varies and the sukkah or chuppah might have a range of the natural cedar colors.
When cedar is initially exposed to direct sunlight, it will lighten a shade. Eventually it will turn silver/gray.
- The cedar might have knots. The knots are part of the nature of the wood and are considered visually appealing.
The cedar might have checks or small splits and they will not affect its performance.
- You might receive the sukkah or chuppah with the wood slightly warped. Slight warping of the wood is not uncommon and will not affect the erection of the sukkah.
- If the sukkah is left outdoors beyond the recommended 2 weeks, the cedar is at greater risk of rotting. Please read notes on “Storage of the Sukkah” below.
- You can enjoy your SukkahSoul sukkah year after year when stored properly
- If the sukkah is left outdoors beyond the recommended 2 weeks, the cedar is at greater risk of rotting.
After taking the sukkah down, dry it off and let it sit horizontally on a continuous, smooth surface in a dry, protected area to dry out for 4-5 days before covering.
After it is dry:
- Store the wood horizontally in a dry, protected area.
- Horizontal support should be continuous underneath the wood.
- Cover the wood to protect from dust.
- Do not cover the wood so it is airtight.
- Do not stand the wood vertically
If the fabric gets leaves and dirt on it while taking it down, the fabric can be gently hosed.
Let fabric dry before storing. Then fold and store.
Store in a dry place on a shelf. Do not cover fabric so it is airtight. Do not store in cardboard or plastic.
- The sukkah is designed to hold typical light loads of schach materials including bamboo poles up to 2 inches in diameter or light tree branches.
- Do not load the roof with over 5 lbs. per square foot of any material.
- If you decide to hang fabric on any side, the following is recommended to prevent the sukkah from catching the wind and being blown away from its location.
- Do not cover any side over 50% of its area with fabric or stretched paper or other material that can catch the wind.
- Most decorations for your sukkah are very lightweight and your sukkah will be able to support them. There are weight limits, however, on how much can be attached to each of the four sides.
- Weight limits for attaching material(s) on any one side:
You can attach a maximum of 25 lbs. / linear foot of material(s) to the top rail
You can attach a maximum of 10 lbs. total of material(s) to a diagonal.
- Do not attach the maximum load to both the top rail and the diagonal simultaneously. You can attach 50% of the maximum loads to each, or 25% of the maximum load to one and 75% of the maximum load to the other, etc.
- Do not hang fabric as a ceiling.
- Do not let snow accumulate on the roof.
Do not make any modifications to the sukkah.
- Do not drill additional holes into the wood as that would affect the integrity of the structure.
- If high winds over 50 mph are anticipated, it is recommended that the sukkah be disassembled.
- Secure the sukkah to the ground surface. See “Secure the Sukkah to the Ground Surface.”
- To prevent the sukkah from moving from its location, attach each side at the bottom to the ground surface with the enclosed lines (and enclosed stakes if the sukkah sits on dirt).
- The sukkah is to be staked to the ground with the enclosed stakes and lines attached to each side at the base.
- If assembled on wood, install drywall screws into the wood for attachment of the lines.
- If assembled on concrete, install anchor and hook into the concrete for attachment of the lines.
- It is our intention to follow the laws of sukkah construction. For Halakhic questions, please consult your local rabbinic authority.
- It is the responsibility of the purchaser to determine the local building code requirements. This sukkah is intended as a temporary structure, erected for about 2 weeks of the year during Sukkot.
The sukkah kit includes really good instructions for people who are handy and comfortable reading instructions.
But, if you hesitate to assemble things and read instructions, hire or ask someone to help you who is handy and comfortable with instructions. See the Assembly web page.