The 11 Best Gazebo Choices for Garden Relaxation

One especially hot summer afternoon I sought refuge in the A/C, where I caught a crazy old movie called “The Gazebo.” And while Glenn Ford sweated out the discovery of a corpse in its foundation, all I could think of was how nice it would be to have one in my backyard – a gazebo, that is!

You know, the whimsical, open-air shelter that’s all the rage as a backdrop for wedding and prom photos?

A white painted gazebo nestles into a woodland setting in a back garden.

So, to convince my still unconvinced husband, I did my homework and came up with 11 fun DIY gazebo kits, the best of what’s available to install a cozy structure of your very own in the backyard.

And if you need some pointers in narrowing down your selection and choosing the best model for your needs, we’ve included this handy buying guide:

11 DIY Gazebos to Love

1. Bayside Solid Wood

My top pick is the panelized octagonal Bayside 10’ x 10’ Solid Wood model by Outdoor Living Today.

Those of you who know me well are right in thinking that I am attracted to the natural wood and quaint Victorian style. However, what put it over the top for me is that this kit contains everything you see, from a functional cupola for ventilation to a deck floor, unlike some others that offer “accessory” items à la carte.

Bayside 10 Ft. W x 10 Ft. D Cedar Patio Gazebo in a garden setting with landscaped woody shrubs and flowering perennials.

Components of this product are constructed from durable pest- and disease-resistant western red cedar. Pieces are pre-cut and pre-drilled, and the upper rails, handrails, roof, and floor pieces come in prefabricated panels for ease of installation. And best of all, the roof shingles are already attached!

Assembly hardware is provided, including sturdy carriage bolts for structurally sound joists and rafters, and to secure the posts beneath the flooring.

The Bayside 10’ x 10’ Solid Wood model is available from Wayfair. If you follow the link, along with the product listing, you’ll find a specifications section with links to assembly instructions and additional details. Read both to determine the tools required and the overall scope of the project.

Bayside 10 Ft. W x 10 Ft. D Cedar Patio Gazebo in a park-like setting.

Bayside 10 Ft. W x 10 Ft. D Cedar Patio Gazebo via Wayfair

This product is made in Canada, and it comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer’s warranty against material and workmanship defects.

It also comes in a larger 12’ x 12’ size, available from Wayfair.

Selecting western red cedar is an environmentally responsible choice, and this product is PEFC certified to document its sustainability.

Bayside 12 Ft. W x 12 Ft. D Solid Wood Patio Gazebo in backyard setting with a male and female couple enjoying the evening.

Bayside 12 Ft. W x 12 Ft. D Solid Wood Patio Gazebo via Wayfair

With a hard top, 90 mph wind rating, and an 80-pound snow load capacity, it is suited for permanent installation and year-round use. But do note that the snow load and wind rating are only valid with the additional purchase of the appropriate rafter bracket, available from the manufacturer.

You’ll find it’s a beautiful wood that starts out a warm brown and weathers to a light gray, unless you paint it or apply an oil-based wood stain, like Cabot Australian Timber Oil, available from Ace Hardware. Choose “natural” to preserve the original color.

Key Features:

  • Victorian style
  • Western red cedar
  • 10′ W x 10′ D x 12′ 2 13/32” H
  • 1,200 pounds
  • Freestanding
  • Assembly hardware, cupola, flooring, and shingles included

Pros:

  • Year-round use

Cons:

  • Finish application required to preserve natural color
  • Freestanding installation may be unstable in strong winds; consider staking/anchoring

Check prices and read customer reviews on Wayfair now!

2. Acacia Aluminum

Here we have a contemporary style. Instead of entering through one doorway, it is accessible from all sides. Such openness allows for spillover into the yard, an especially nice feature for get-togethers.

ACACIA 12 Ft. W x 12 Ft. D Aluminum Patio Gazebo with a blue canopy top.

The Acacia 12-Square-Foot model is a Riverstone Industries product that is expertly crafted from rust-free extruded aluminum. The process creates an attractive vertical pattern in the heavy-duty legs. Each is weighted for stability and can support an impressive 1,000 pounds.

An electrostatic finish provides greater durability than standard powder coating. And the frame comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

Unlike similar products, there’s no need to use pea gravel for ballast. Instead, the built-in ground-anchoring system ensures maximum structural stability in windy weather. Assembly hardware is included.

ACACIA 12 Ft. W x 12 Ft. D Aluminum Patio Gazebo on a white, isolated background.

ACACIA 12 Ft. W x 12 Ft. D Aluminum Patio Gazebo via Wayfair

An attractive, removable dual canopy tops this sturdy structure. It’s stitched from UV- and fade-resistant Sun-Dura marine fabric, woven from yarn that’s dyed first for rich color saturation. The cloth is then laser cut for a custom fit.

You may easily remove the canopy for off-season storage in regions where it snows.

This product is made in the USA. Replacement canopies in 11 colors are available directly from the manufacturer.

If you’d like a larger model, there’s a 14 x 14′ Acacia option, also available from Wayfair. As with the 12 x 12, replacement canopies in 11 colors for the 14 x 14 are also available directly from the manufacturer.

Key Features:

  • Contemporary style
  • Aluminum
  • Fabric canopy
  • 12’ x 12’
  • 270 pounds
  • Ground anchored
  • Assembly hardware included
  • 11 canopy colors available, including teal, mist gray, and maroon

Pros:

  • Integrated anchor system
  • Removable canopy
  • Replacement canopies available

Cons:

  • Seasonal use
  • Floor not included

Check prices and read customer reviews on Wayfair now!

3. Cedarshed Hexagon

The Cedarshed 8-Foot Hexagon is much like our top pick, but the lack of a cupola gives it a more traditional, less Victorian style.

Cedarshed 8-Foot Hexagon Gazebo installed in a backyard setting.

The components are pre-cut and pre-drilled from durable western red cedar, and the kit includes shingled roof panels, flooring, and assembly hardware. It is made in Canada.

Installation is freestanding and best suited to level ground, paving stones, concrete, or decking. Over time, cedar weathers to a soft gray. If you prefer, apply a natural shade of oil-based wood stain to preserve the original brown.

The cozy Cedarshed 8-Foot Hexagon is available from Sheds.com. This model also comes in a 10-foot size and a 12-foot size.

Optional features including benches, cupolas, tiered roofing, and screening are available directly from Cedarshed.

Key Features:

  • Traditional style
  • Western red cedar
  • 8’ x 8’
  • 1,300 pounds
  • Freestanding
  • Assembly hardware, flooring, and shingles included

Pros:

  • Year-round use

Cons:

  • Finish application required to preserve natural color
  • Freestanding installation may be unstable in strong winds; consider staking/anchoring
  • No cupola for ventilation

Check prices now on Sheds.com!

4. Buffalo Round

The Buffalo Round model by Sunjoy is a 14.3-foot diameter rotunda-style structure crafted of rust-resistant aluminum and steel. It has open sides and a dual-vented hard-top canopy for wind resistance and comfortable air circulation.

Buffalo 14.5 Ft. W x 14.5 Ft. D Aluminum Patio Gazebo on a tiled backyard patio.

This product comes with dual curtain rods to accommodate mosquito netting and privacy curtains, though neither of these is included. It also has ground stakes for securing to dirt or grass.

For attaching to wood or concrete, anchor bolts are required. These are not included. This product has a 38 mph wind rating.

Buffalo 14.5 Ft. W x 14.5 Ft. D Aluminum Patio Gazebo on a white, isolated background.

Buffalo Round 14.5 Ft. W x 14.5 Ft. D Aluminum Patio Gazebo via Wayfair

It is made in China and comes with a manufacturer’s 1-year limited warranty against defective materials or workmanship.

Sunjoy Universal Mosquito Netting for Round Gazebos is available direct from the manufacturer, as is the Sunjoy Low-Maintenance Universal Privacy Curtain for Round Gazebos.

Key Features:

  • Rotunda style
  • Aluminum/steel
  • Hard canopy
  • 14.3’ diameter, 11.4’ height
  • 480 pounds
  • Ground stake installation
  • Assembly hardware and ground stakes included
  • Dual curtain rods

Pros:

  • Year-round use

Cons:

  • Floor not included

Check prices and read customer reviews on Wayfair now!

5. Sojag Verona Aluminum

The hard top 10’x14’ Verona gazebo from Sojag provides a permanent outdoor shelter with a modern design.

Verona 10 ft. x 14 ft. Aluminum Gazebo in Dark Gray in a park-like tee covered backyard environment.

The dark gray powder coated rustproof aluminum rectangular construction is topped with a roof made of tinted and UV-protected weather-resistant corrugated polycarbonate panels, to create an outdoor space that’s perfect for multi-season use.

Nylon mosquito netting is included, for protection from pesky insects.

Users report that the roof structure is designed to let in some light, and it will withstand heavy rain. Snow must be removed from the roof panels.

Verona 10 ft. x 14 ft. Aluminum Gazebo in Dark Gray on a white, isolated background.

Verona 10 Ft. D x 14 Ft. W Aluminum Gazebo via Home Depot

This product must be anchored. Hardware is available via separate purchase.

Designed in Quebec, the parts are manufactured in China. The Verona comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Replacement parts may be ordered from the manufacturer. In fact, Sojac takes great pride in being able to provide a wide range of replacement options to add longevity to their products, stating, “We are proud to be at your service with over 400, 000 replacement parts in stock, thus extending the lifespan of your product.”

Verona 10 ft. x 14 ft. Privacy Curtains in Gray on a white, isolated background.

Verona 10 Ft. x 14 Ft. Privacy Curtains in Gray

Polyester gray curtains for privacy and shelter from the sun for summertime use are also available from Home Depot. These include four curtain panels and hooks for installation.

Key Features:

  • Modern style
  • Aluminum
  • Hardtop
  • 14′ W x 10′ D x 8.5′ H
  • 174 pounds
  • Permanent installation
  • Assembly hardware included

Pros:

  • Pre-drilled mounting holes
  • Established manufacturer
  • Parts for repair will be available for years
  • Mosquito net included
  • Thick polycarbonate roof keeps rain out but lets sunshine in
  • 3-season use

Cons:

  • Must be anchored
  • Floor not included

Check prices and read customer reviews on Home Depot’s website now!

6. Fifthroom Octagon

The Fifthroom octagonal model is a timeless structure that comes in a range of sizes from 10 to 30 feet. Choose from all-weather, rot and insect-resistant red cedar, white vinyl, or treated pine.

Fifthroom Markets’ 10-Foot Treated Pine Octagon via Amazon

Each kit contains standard railings, posts and L brackets, braces, Oxford gray shingles, all required hardware, and a cupola.

Fifthroom’s 10-foot white vinyl octagon via Amazon

There’s an array of options available to customize your structure, such as upgraded rails, braces, fascia, and roofing; ceilings; decking; staining and sealing; weathervanes; fans; windows and screening; and benches.

Additional shapes include a rectangle, 8-sided oval, and dodecagon in various sizes.

Fifthroom offers a limited lifetime warranty on its gazebos. They are made in the USA.

Key Features:

  • Traditional style
  • Red cedar, white vinyl, or treated pine
  • Shingle roof
  • 10-foot octagon
  • 1,500 pounds
  • Assembly hardware included
  • Railings

Pros:

  • All-weather construction
  • Cupola included
  • Multiple options for customization
  • Roof shingles included

Cons:

  • Floor not included

Check prices and read customer reviews now on Amazon!

7. Zina Steel

Reminiscent of a gilded birdcage, the Victorian-style Zina by Zaer Ltd. International has an airy and ornate iron dome atop four distressed and weathered steel pillars.

Zina 11 Ft. W x 11 Ft. D Steel Patio Gazebo in a green grassy lawn.

Two side gates define the cozy space within, and a delightful verdigris patina makes the structure appear to have been in place for ages.

Not a shelter from the weather, this romantic backyard destination is perfect for old-fashioned courting, stargazing, and staging photographs to cherish. It resists weather and rust for year-round use.

Zina 11 Ft. W x 11 Ft. D Steel Patio Gazebo on a paved patio.

Zina 11 Ft. W x 11 Ft. D Steel Patio Gazebo via Wayfair

This product has a 30-day manufacturer’s warranty. It is made in China.

Key Features:

  • Victorian
  • Iron and steel
  • Openwork roof
  • 11’ x 11’
  • 350 pounds
  • Assembly hardware included
  • Pillars
  • Side gates

Pros:

  • Year-round use

Cons:

  • No weather protection

Check prices and read customer reviews on Wayfair now!

8. Aspen Spa

And now for something really different. The Aspen Spa by Westview Manufacturing may look like a quaint Japanese teahouse, but it is intended for use over a hot tub. Take in the view in comfort and privacy while enjoying a soothing soak all year round.

Aspen 19.5 Ft. W x 11.5 Ft. D Solid Wood Patio Gazebo. Raised, oblique view in a backyard setting.

The building itself is made of ULTRAWOOD™, a 100% recycled composite material that is weather resistant and virtually maintenance free. The roof is crafted from Duraflex®, a long-wearing plastic, and has an attractive skylight.

Aspen 11.5 Ft. W x 11.5 Ft. D Manufactured Wood Patio Gazebo

Aspen 11.5 Ft. W x 11.5 Ft. D Manufactured Wood Patio Gazebo via Wayfair

Tempered glass windows and a “patio-style” sliding entry door adorn the sides. The door may be placed on any side you like. Both the doors and window may be locked.

The Aspen Spa comes in various sizes including 11.5’ x 11.5’, 11.5’ x 15.5’, 11.5’ x 17.5’, and 11.5’ x 19.5.’

The 12’ x 12’ model is perfect over a hot tub of up to 8 feet, with room to spare. It has a snow load capacity of approximately 243 pounds and is able to withstand winds of 100 mph. A foundation is required.

Key Features:

  • Asian style
  • ULTRAWOOD™
  • Duraflex® PC plastic roof
  • Available in various sizes
  • Assembly hardware included
  • Entry door
  • Tempered glass locking windows

Pros:

  • Assembly available for an additional fee
  • Upgrades available
  • Year-round use

Cons:

  • Plastic roof may deteriorate with temperature extremes
  • Foundation required

In addition, optional upgrades are also available directly from the manufacturer. These include a screen kit, roof bracket support, and French doors.

This product has a standard 1-year warranty. It is made in Malaysia.

Check prices and read customer reviews now on Wayfair.

9. Phuket Soft Top

For impromptu backyard get-togethers, you can’t beat the Phuket by Sojag. It’s a lightweight model that’s easy to set up.

Sojag 10' x 12' Phuket Fabric Soft-Top Gazebo Outdoor Sun Shelter on a white, isolate background.

Phuket Soft Top via ShelterLogic

A rectangular powder-coated steel frame supports an umbrella-like polyester canopy that provides ample shade on warm days. Open sides afford maximum airflow and ample room for entering and exiting.

Mosquito netting is included with this model, so you and your friends can party on into the night without the nuisance of pesky insects. There’s a “one-pole system,” or a single rod, for hanging them up with ease.

Key Features:

  • Contemporary
  • Steel
  • Polyester fabric canopy
  • Nylon mosquito netting
  • 10’ x 12’
  • 91.5 pounds (including shipping box)
  • Assembly hardware included

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Economical
  • Established manufacturer
  • Parts availability will lengthen useful life of product

Cons:

  • Not year-round
  • Canopy and netting must be removed for winter
  • Lightweight, unanchored structures may be unstable under windy conditions; consider staking/anchoring

This product meets CPAI-84 flame-resistant international safety standards. The manufacturer provides a 1-year limited warranty. This product is made in China.

Check prices at ShelterLogic now!

10. Dakota Hardtop

The Dakota Hardtop by Sojag invites you to come out into the yard in all kinds of weather.

Sojag Dakota Gazebo in a backyard setting.

The roof consists of long-lasting galvanized steel panels that are colorfast and waterproof. A sturdy powder-coated aluminum frame has pre-drilled posts suitable for anchoring to the ground.

Mosquito netting is included for those buggy summer nights. Privacy curtains (shown below) and a winter cover that turns your gazebo into a frame tent are available separately.

Sojag Dakota Gazebo Privacy Curtains installed.

The manufacturer recommends the removal of accumulated snow from this product, and suggests using your winter-covered structure as extra storage for items like grills and lawn chairs.

The 10’ x 10’ model provides ample room for garden parties, with open sides for easy access and optimal airflow. A smaller 8’ x 8’ and rectangular 10’ x 12’ model are also available.

Key Features:

  • Aluminum and steel
  • 10’ x 10’
  • 200 pounds
  • Assembly hardware included
  • Mosquito netting

Pros:

  • Year-round
  • Optional curtains
  • Optional universal winter cover
  • Pre-drilled holes for anchoring

Cons:

  • Anchor bolts not included

The Dakota Hardtop is available from Shelter Logic. This product meets CPAI-84 flame-resistant international safety standards. Select from 8’ x 8’, 10’ x 10’, and 10’ x 12’ sizes. The manufacturer offers a 1-year limited warranty on this product. It is made in China.

Check prices and read customer reviews at ShelterLogic now!

11. Bali Retreat

The Bali Retreat by Exaco is an exotic cabana-style structure right out of the tropical isles of Southeast Asia.

Exaco Bali 10 x 10 ft. Gazebo Retreat set up in on a stone patio and establishing an outdoor room.

It’s crafted from a strong hardwood called Bengkirai, or yellow balau, that resists weather, insects, and rotting. The roof consists of two tiers of durable, weather-resistant Sunbrella® roof covers, for cooling airflow.

Per the manufacturer, the fabric roof covers will withstand winds of up to 80 miles per hour. You may remove them in inclement weather and for winter storage.

Exaco Bali 10 x 10 ft. Gazebo Retreat, oblique view, on a white, isolated background.

Bali Retreat via Hayneedle

Walk up the stairs and step into your garden oasis. Upon the wooden floor, you’ll find a luxurious seating arrangement consisting of two 8-foot benches covered with bolsters, cushions, and pillows, as well as a convenient coffee table. There’s mosquito netting and LED strip lighting for evening comfort.

The Bali Retreat may just be the gazebo of your dreams!

Key Features:

  • Asian-Inspired
  • Bengkirai wood
  • Floor
  • Acrylic canopies
  • 10’ x 10’
  • 2,200 pounds
  • Assembly hardware included
  • 2 8-foot benches
  • Coffee table
  • Sunbrella® fabric canopies
  • 4 bolsters
  • 2 bench cushions
  • 10 pillows
  • LED lighting
  • Mosquito netting

Pros:

  • Luxurious comfort
  • Removable, washable cushion covers
  • Removable canopies

Cons:

  • Expensive

The 10’ x 10’ Bali Retreat is available from Hayneedle. The wood in this product is sustainably harvested, and is certified and approved as such by Sucofindo.

This product includes a 5-year limited manufacturer’s warranty on the roof cover, and a 15-year limited manufacturer’s warranty on the wood that is prorated after 8 years. This product is made in Indonesia.

Check current prices at Hayneedle now!

How to Choose a DIY Gazebo Kit

There are many DIY gazebo kits on the market. In the buying guide below, you’ll learn about the styles, materials, and options you’ll find when shopping for one of your own.

Let’s get started!

What’s Your Pleasure? Qualities to Consider

Take a few minutes to think about what you want in an outdoor structure.

Do you already have a deck? Are you looking for a large structure that can accommodate the whole family down in the yard where it’s shady?

Or, are you looking for a nook for two where you can have a romantic dinner surrounded by the scent of flowers from your gardens?

Wooden hexagonal gazebo in landscaped garden with interlocking stone patio.

Some people want a structure that they can put up for a party and take down and store for future use. Others want a building that will stand permanently as a year-round attraction.

Think about what you’re looking for and read on to find out more about what will work best for you and your space.

When selecting a gazebo kit, it’s important to first ask yourself about:

We’ll explore each of these below, to help you make the best decision.

Function

Do you want your charming new seating area to be a secluded spot for a romantic rendezvous, or a shelter for a large dinner party? It could be on the fringe of your property, away from the deck and the commotion of a large party. With some fairy lights, you could create a little hideaway for you and a special someone.

Maybe you’d like to create a shady oasis on your sunny deck. Many models can be bolted down, creating a cool sitting area, or a grazing station for hungry guests.

Also consider whether you are looking for a year-round structure, or one that will be removed when not in use.

Location

Take a walk around your yard. Is there a central vantage point that shows off your lawns and gardens to their best advantage? This is the perfect placement for any model you choose.

A white wooden gazebo overlooks a large lake. Blue skies with white, puffy clouds are in the background.

People like to entertain in a variety of ways. When hosting people out of doors, it’s nice to have sunny and shady seating available. Consider placing several canopied structures around your property to encourage groupings of guests to facilitate conversation.

Size

Product sizes vary, so if you are working in a tight space, or planning to place your structure on a concrete slab or deck, consider the dimensions of your choice very carefully.

More than one customer has underestimated the proportions of the model selected, only to be disappointed when attempting installation. Be sure to measure accurately and purchase an appropriately sized model.

Style

Styles range from traditional wood lattice and pickets to contemporary steel, so decide if you’re going for charming or sophisticated when selecting a model.

The form of a structure is just as important as its function. Choose one that reflects your personal design preferences, and outfit it with seating and accessories that further set the mood you desire.

Skill Level

Are you ready for a DIY project? Even if you’ve put things together before, I recommend that you bring in some sandwiches and a couple of strong friends for this one. Have your tool kit handy, and read all of the instructions before you get started. Give yourself plenty of time.

What’s that? You’re not the DIY type? No worries. You can easily hire a local installer or carpenter.

Budget

Prices vary, and you don’t always have to spend top dollar to get a model that will make your family happy. The key is to ballpark your budget and then explore your options.

Materials, Style, and Size: Wading Through the Options

Your search is going to yield a number of different versions in a variety of styles and materials. We’ve narrowed down the search a bit for you with our roundup above.

Available models range from the traditional bandstand-style to contemporary open-sided umbrellas. There’s something for everyone, and it’s really not that complicated once you have a handle on the basics.

Materials are an important consideration. Gazebo structures are made of wood or metal.

Wood

Commonly used woods are redwood, cedar, Chinese fir, or pressure-treated lumber.

A wooden gazebo made of cedar in a park-like setting.

Redwood

The most beautiful and durable of the wood types available, this option is often the most expensive. Redwood takes a long time to mature, so expect to pay more for its strength and beauty, and plan to stain it every few years.

Naturally insect and decay resistant, this is the Cadillac of the available options.

Cedar

Second to redwood, cedar is also rot and pest resistant. It’s softer, and there are numerous varieties and prices available.

With an aromatic scent and variety of color choices from red to yellow, this is an attractive option that also requires periodic re-staining or painting. If unfinished, it will weather to gray.

Cedar is considered the most cost effective choice for the performance it provides.

China Fir

A durable type of cypress, this option is also known as Chinese cedar. Reasonably priced, it is often yellow, but may be gray or white with hints of red.

Known for its smoothness and small knots, this wood matures quickly and it resists decay and pests.

Pressure-Treated Lumber

This is wood that has been chemically enhanced to resist deterioration and infestation. Look for top-quality premium preserved pine to ensure maximum strength and durability.

Metal

Metal poles and frames support models with fabric canopies. The main posts come in an array of styles and shapes, and are constructed of steel for strength and durability.

An intricate gazebo manufactured from aluminum in a park-like residential garden.

Tubular steel or aluminum is often used for structural support in portable and tent-type models.

Roof and Canopy

Roof and canopy materials include:

  • Hard Top – metal shingles, asphalt
  • Soft Top – weather-treated fabrics like polyester and polyethylene.

If you plan to go with a soft top model, look for heavy-duty stitching, reinforced seams, and tensile gridlines for durability.

A gazebo constructed from aluminum supports with a fabric covering. Beach setting with ocean ships in the background.

Style and Size Options

Styles available include:

  • Traditional – railed hexagonal (6-sided) and octagonal (8-sided), with or without doors and windows.
  • Contemporary – round, square, hexagonal, octagonal, or rectangular, with or without screening or curtains.
  • Pop-up/Portable – round, square, hexagonal, octagonal, or rectangular, with or without screening or curtains.

You’ll also find a number of sizes on the market.

Some of the smallest are intended to shelter barbecue grills and measure 8 x 4’. Standard square models include 8 x 8’, 10 x 10’, and 12 x 12’. Rectangles may be 10 x 12’, 10 x 14’, 12 x 14’, 12 x 16’, and 12 x 20’.

Pay close attention to dimensions when selecting the model that’s right for your location.

There may also be add-ons available, such as:

  • Mosquito netting
  • Walls (screen or vinyl)
  • Floors
  • Light hooks
  • Seating
  • Shelves
  • Plant rings
  • Privacy panels

And additional desirable features to look for include:

  • Powder-coated to resist rust
  • Ground stakes/anchors
  • Vented roofs
  • Water resistant
  • Fire resistant
  • Can be anchored to patio or deck
  • Replacement parts available
  • UV protected fabric
  • Velcro fasteners to tie back mosquito netting

If extra sun or insect protection, built-in seating, and other extra features are at the top of your list, keep these in mind when choosing the kit that’s right for you.

Handy Tips

Are you ready for a new gazebo? Here are some quick tips to review before shopping for the perfect addition to your outdoor living space:

Selecting and Prepping a Site

Before you build, select a level site that is free of roots, rocks, and debris. Chances are that you may not find a site such as this ready to go, but you can make one!

The area should sit slightly higher than the ground around it, so rainwater drains well. A 10-foot perimeter that slopes gradually by about 1/8 inch per foot is ideal.

Alternatively, you may excavate your site to a depth of 4 inches and fill it with gravel.

If you want to use a poured concrete base, excavate to a depth of six inches, fill with gravel, and top with a 4-inch slab.

A custom garden gazebo being constructed in a terraced lawn.

Remember that some gazebo kits do not include a floor, and all should be built on level ground. Whether this is dirt, paving stones, decking, or cement, be sure that the area is of the appropriate size, with the appropriate components for anchoring available.

Immature trees are going to grow, so do your best to choose an installation site that is free of future obstructions as well.

Structures under 100 square feet do not typically require building permits to install. But it’s always better to be on the safe side. Before adding a recreational structure to your property, do your research to be sure it meets with the approval of your local township, homeowners’ association, or other applicable governing bodies.

When Your Product Arrives

If you order a big-ticket product, you’ll likely have to be home to sign for the package and accept the delivery.

Be sure to inspect your package carefully. Don’t hesitate to refuse delivery of a damaged box, and call customer service to report it immediately.

When you open the box, don’t be surprised by a few nicks and scratches. This is almost inevitable with delivery of products of this nature. Evaluate their likely impact on the product’s performance, and decide whether or not they are acceptable.

Additional components are often available via separate purchase, and some parts required for installation may not be included with your gazebo kit. Make sure you have everything you are going to need before you start building.

Assembly

Invite some friends over to help, and have basic tools handy.

Review the parts list and make sure you have everything you should have. Then thoroughly read the directions.

Keep all screws, nuts, and bolts loosely fastened while your project is in progress. When you’re sure you have everything in place, tighten all fasteners with the appropriate tools as per the instructions.

When tightening, take care not to over-torque.

Canopies

Pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations for use in wind and rain.

A soft topped gazebo with fabric curtains in a residential courtyard garden.

Many fabric canopies are prone to water retention, which can saturate and stretch material, and standing water can make supporting structures prone to rust.

Removable canopies and structures that can be disassembled should be stored indoors during inclement weather.

Anchors

When adding a substantial structure to your property, consider safety first. Plan to anchor any unit that will become a permanent fixture.

Replacement Parts

Keep a record of the model you decide to purchase, noting model numbers and style information.

If you need replacement parts, try to get materials made for your particular product. There are standard replacement frames and canopies available, but as models vary by size and style, they should be purchased with caution.

Ready, Set, Build

Have you chosen your favorite?

When your gazebo kit arrives, inspect all packages carefully and don’t hesitate to call customer service to report missing or damaged items.

A sunset view from inside a white-painted gazebo overlooking a sunset.

While you’re building, keep all screws, nuts, and bolts loosely fastened. When you’re sure you have everything in place, tighten all fasteners with the appropriate tools, and take care not to over-torque.

What’s your favorite model or style? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Once it’s built, why not furnish your new favorite outdoor living space with a few inviting additions for extraordinary outdoor relaxation? Read more:

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About Nan Schiller

Nan Schiller is a writer with deep roots in the soil of southeastern Pennsylvania. Her background includes landscape and floral design, a BS in business from Villanova University, and a Certificate of Merit in floral design from Longwood Gardens. An advocate of organic gardening with native plants, she’s always got dirt under her nails and freckles on her nose. With wit and hopefully some wisdom, she shares what she’s learned and is always ready to dig into a new project!

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