Gazebo Designs and Placement Tips
Gazebo designs are available in a variety of styles, and make beautiful
Outdoor gazebos are stand alone structures. They vary in size, shape,
Gazebo designs usually have a roof with open sides. Sometimes screens
are added as a barrier to insects.
Climbing vines, clinging plants, and hanging baskets filled with
flowers are perfect adornments for gazebos. Strategically planted
flowering plants and exotic climbing vines will cling to columns or
posts as they grow.
These beautiful structures are a popular addition to outdoor weddings,
parties, and celebrations. The best design will complement the style of
your garden, home, and landscape.
Designs – What Are Your Choices?
Wood Gazebo - Traditional
Traditional gazebos are typically made out of wood. They have a round,
hexagon, or octagon shape. Wood gazebos can be painted (usually white),
stained, or left the natural wood color that will age with time. Cedar
is a popular choice because it is sturdy and resistant to rot.
Metal Gazebo – Simple or
Metal gazebo designs range from simple to elaborate. They come in a
variety of materials, such as steel, iron, and aluminum. If you’re
looking for a more permanent structure, steel or wrought iron is the
Metal gazebos require little maintenance, and do not need to be
painted. They are easy to assemble, and complement many outdoor
Vinyl Gazebo – Durable
Vinyl gazebos are a low-maintenance, long-lasting landscape structure.
The vinyl material has the look of wood and the durability of metal.
Vinyl gazebos are available in a variety of design styles. They can be
square, rectangular, oval, and many other unique shapes.
Vinyl gazebos can have square or round columns. Many designs can be
customized to your needs. Vinyl gazebo kits can be purchased online or
through home improvement stores.
Outdoor Gazebo Placement
Where you decide to place you
gazebo will depend on the style and
structure of your home,
Follow these tips for choosing the best location:
- Place near a water feature (waterfall, pond, or stream) to
enjoy the sound or running water that promotes peace and tranquility.
- A remote area of you property is an ideal place for a
gazebo. A perfect destination after a relaxing stroll.
- A gazebo near an area used for socializing and entertaining
adds style and beauty to outdoor celebrations and events.
- Create shade in an area that receives a lot of bright
sunlight by adding a gazebo for shelter.
- Add interest and style to an area that is boring and drab.
- Place over a hot tub or spa.
How to Build a Gazebo –
What Are Your Options?
be bought online or in stores; some are sold in ready-to-assemble kits.
Installation instructions should be included with any kit you purchase.
Small, simple gazebo designs are inexpensive to build, easy if you
enjoy do-it-yourself installation.
Large outdoor gazebos are sturdy, long-lasting, permanent structures.
Unless you have experience in the construction industry, consider
having these structures built and installed by a professional
You can also search for free gazebo plans, designs, and building tips
online if you want to learn how to build a gazebo from scratch.