5 Great Gazebo Styles for Gracious Outdoor Living
A gazebo creates the perfect outdoor living space, offering you a semi-sheltered place to lounge or dine. Today’s various gazebo styles also let you create any look or mood, from a formal Zen garden to a Victorian summer room or a covered Tuscan veranda.
Types of gazebos
Gazebos come in many different sizes and shapes, including round, square, oval, rectangular, hexagonal and octagonal. They’re also available in different price ranges, making them affordable on any budget.
Traditional styles are permanent and constructed of wood, although some are vinyl. The Chesapeake 10-foot round gazebo from Colony Bay perfectly illustrates a traditional Victorian style. It’s crafted of tight-knot cedar, a wood that holds up well in all kinds of weather. Sold as a kit, this gazebo comes with decorative spindles, and you can stain and shingle the structure to match your house.
Contemporary gazebos typically are constructed of metal, such as steel or aluminum. The Vista hardtop aluminum and steel gazebo by Sun Joy is hexagonal and measures a spacious 14 x 12 feet. It has a handsome natural-slate shelf for holding drinks or snacks and has two planters to dress it up with flowers or greenery. All you need is some outdoor furniture and you’re all set to host a great party.
Less formal styles feature outdoor-rated fabrics that are tough enough to withstand hot sun and heavy rain. The Highland 10 x 12 foot Gazebo by Garden Oasis features a powder-coated steel frame and a canopy that has an attractive double valance at each corner. The built-in mosquito netting keeps bugs out, so you can dine or even sleep outdoors without being bothered. Plus, you can assemble this gazebo on your patio, deck or lawn in minutes; stakes are included.
If you like to grill outdoors year-round, a grill gazebo is an ideal shelter for you and your grill. Grand Resort Grill Gazebo with Lights provides the perfect spot for toasting marshmallows or roasting hot dogs well into the night. It comes with a hardtop roof and four lights. Leg posts are made of rust-proof aluminum, and a powder coating keeps the frame from fading, chipping and scratching. Two shelves on each side are ideal for setting out trays and platters. It also features a high-quality AC adaptor that’s UL compliant.
You have the option to close or tie back the curtains on Grand Resort’s Cedar River Lighted Gazebo. With a durable, powder-coated aluminum framework and a weather-resistant polyester-fabric roof, this charming structure is suitable for a patio or your lawn; stakes are included. It’s great for outdoor entertaining day or night with four LED lights, one on each pole.