Though the attractive, iconic, ornamental pavilion structure known as the gazebo (also commonly known as a “rotunda”) is most commonly associated with public parks and outdoor event venues due to its architectural vibrancy, there is no reason not to have your very own in your home outside the home. It is truly a terrific addition to any outdoor space, especially gardens, ponds, patios, and backyards. If you’re looking for a cool, new way to turn your backyard into an outdoor oasis of charm, this goes double. After all, you do live in South Florida, so you can use your gazebo year-round!
As a garden structure that comes in many shapes and styles (freestanding, attached to a garden wall, roofed, and the traditional open-on-all-sides, just to name a few), the gazebo is more than just a tool that will help keep your lawn looking as attractive as ever. In fact, it will also provide you with much-needed shade, shelter from the elements (wind, rain, you name it), protection from insects (if netted), and a place to just be able to rest and enjoy the fresh air.
GAZEBOS VS. PERGOLAS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Pergolas look similar to gazebos. However, these outdoor structures have no roof, tend to be rectangular or square, and can often be joined along with other pergola structures.
Gazebos, meanwhile, always have a roof, tend to be octagonal or round, and are standalone structures through and through.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT GAZEBO FOR YOU
When it comes to choosing the right gazebo for your outdoor space, there a number of factors to consider. Location (in relation to how much total free space you have), intention (whether you plan to use your gazebo as a decorative space, an entertainment hub, a spot for quiet relaxation, or all of the above), size (if you plan to utilize your gazebo for entertaining, you’re obviously going to want a larger one), material (wood, vinyl, and aluminum are all popular choices), and, of course, type (from deck gazebos, to garden gazebos, grill gazebos, soft top gazebos and hard top gazebos, there are gazebos than you can imagine) – these all come into play when it comes to finding your perfect gazebo match. The even better news here is that there exists a functional, high-quality, and aesthetically pleasing gazebo for every budget and taste.
You’re already this much closer to your perfect home outside the home, so let’s take a look at some of our favorite gazebos already!
THE HARDTOP GAZEBO FROM KOZYARD ALEXANDER
This reputable, classy, dark brown permanent gazebo is known far and wide for its ability to instantly transform any outdoor space into a den of sophistication and luxury. Made from a sturdy combination of non-rusting aluminum, metal, and alloy steel, this gazebo stands out for a number of reasons, including its privacy sidewall, mosquito net, as well as its smart water gutter design which ensures that all rainwater always goes straight to the corner. Though this strong gazebo takes longer than most to put together, it is extremely durable and built to last. In other words, once you’re done assembling it, you can be sure that you’ve boosted your property’s value (for good)!
Get yours in the size (it comes in 10’X12’, 12’X12’, 12’X16’, and 12’X20’) that works best for you right HERE.
THE SONOMA OUTDOOR GAZEBO
A simple albeit highly functional beige and light brown garden gazebo, this one is notable for its versatility, as it works great as a nap spot, a place to entertain guests, or simply as a tool that will no doubt liven up your outdoor space. Though it’s a bit pricy for a polyester gazebo, it comes with adjustable netting as well as canvas wall panels and curtains (it should be noted that air can still flow through the bottom due to the absence of curtain support) that can be attached and zipped in order to make the gazebo look and feel like a true escape. Easier to assemble than the Hardtop Gazebo from Kozyard Alexander, this classic-looking gem is available right HERE.
THE OUTDOOR DOUBLE ROOF HARDTOP GAZEBO FROM EROMMY
With a featherweight polycarbonate roof, the lightweight, sturdy, aluminum-framed 10’x13’ Erommy outdoor double roof hardtop gazebo is perfect if you’re looking to set up your new gazebo on your deck or stake it into the ground in that perfect home outside the home location. Though it takes a few people and about 5 hours to assemble, this Erommy is more affordable than other hardtop gazebos. Plus, it has a double-layered canopy that filters sunlight and circulates air simultaneously (even when the netted, zippered curtains are closed shut).
Get your cozy, long-lasting Erommy HERE.
THE BBQ HARDTOP GRILL GAZEBO FROM MESSINA
Barbecuing in style takes on a whole new meaning with this 6’x8’ dark gray powder coated aluminum grill gazebo. With a galvanized steel roof and 2 shelves, this mini gazebo is perfect for any grillmaster.
Get your grill on with this awesome structure HERE.
THE WOOD ROUND GAZEBO FROM HEARTLAND
If you’re looking for a traditional wooden outdoor gazebo, this durable, pre-cut (i.e. easy to assemble), and decay-resistant 10 ft. round tight-knot cedar gazebo is the one for you. Perfect as a decoration (vines and other plants look great on this one) vessel, it also glows with a stunning tone that ensures smooth and effective blending-in in no matter what your backyard landscape situation is.
Get yours right HERE.
THE GILDED GROVE GAZEBO FROM BETTER HOMES & GARDENS
The 12’x12’ Gilded Grove Gazebo exists at the intersection of affordability (especially for a vented, breezy double roof) and quick setup. Its heavy-duty steel frame is scratch and rustproof, while its fireproof, weather-resistant polyester canopy top is easy to clean and carry. With its stylish hexagonal look, adjustable netting (zippers on each side join in the middle to close this one), steel frame holes (for easy anchoring), and included tie-down ropes (for additional stability), this one’s a winner for sure.
Get yours HERE.
THE COOL SPOT POP-UP INSTANT GAZEBO TENT FROM COOS BAY
While most gazebos on the market are permanent, there are plenty of great portable, temporary ones out there, including this lightweight, flame-resistant, and hassle-free spot pop-up from Coos Bay. With straight steel legs, a UPF 50+ Oxford Fabric COOL spot top vent that provides excellent airflow/shade, and an extended cornice structure around the tent’s eaves, this 11’ x 11’ pop-up provides a whopping 121 square feet of coverage so that it can easily hold up to 6 people. If insects aren’t your thing, this gazebo tent also features zippered mesh sidewalls.
Get your COOL Spot Shelter right HERE.