Feel free to go straight to my review or scroll a little further down to find out more information about buying the right type of gazebo for you.
Choosing your preferred Gazebo
There are absolutely loads of different styles, brands, features, sizes, and price ranges on the market nowadays.
You can visit a local show, exhibition, campsite, sporting event or go into your garden and look over your fence and see a pop-up gazebo in someone’s back garden, they’re absolutely everywhere.
For the ones that have scrolled down to this section (Hi), we’ll attempt to answer some of your key questions that you have and will hopefully point you in the right direction before deciding to purchase.
We’ll take a look at large marquees, small gazebos, strong and also cheap gazebos, and all the varying sizes and features that are available to you and guide you into buying a suitable product that will last a number of years.
How big should it be?
This question is easier to answer once you have addressed to 2 further questions below.
- What are you planning on using it for?
- How many people will be using it at a time?
A garden gazebo must obviously be small enough to fit in your garden but big enough for your event. Whether it’s situated on a patio, tarmac, decking or grass you will need to measure the area in which you are planning to place it.
Next up is whether you’re planning on taking the gazebo away on holiday with you, check out the camping section below.
Taking a gazebo camping can be fun, whilst also very convenient. The extra storage, as well as additional eating area, will create a huge amount of extra room and will help you relax further rather than falling over each other.
When choosing a certain type of gazebo you must consider which size to buy, as well as the strength and colour of it too.
Your ideal gazebo for camping should ideally be strong, waterproof, windproof and a dark colour
Also, when camping it’s well worth checking whether you’re allowed a gazebo on the campsite. Sometimes, certain campsites don’t like you pitching one due to the possibility of it being blown around the site and causing potential damage to other campers’ belongings.
It does happen…. and it does happen regularly
If the site is ok with them, then you need to ensure it stays within your plot area that you have been designated as some sites are very keen on you staying within your boundaries.
Dry Work Area
If a dry work area is required at your home then you’ll know exactly what size you’ll need to order. However, if you plan on transporting it from site to site then you need to decide;
- How many workers will it need to keep dry?
- How much room your tools will take up?
- How much room do you need to work?
Once that’s sorted your closer to buying the right sized gazebo.
Over the years we’ve come to understand that certain sizes can regularly cover the requirements of certain users, for example.
Uses of a 2×2 gazebo
A small gazebo that’s generally used for home garden use. It can shelter 2 people sat down in relative comfort with a small table to hold drinks. They are also normally ideal as a children’s shelter or play area.
Uses of a 2.5 x 2.5 Gazebo
The 2.5m gazebo is one of the more popular bought sizes and basically, it’s ideal for those people where the 2×2 isn’t big enough and the 3×3 is just a little bit too big.
It can seat 4/5 people and 6/7 standing.
This size of gazebo is often taken camping, used in a back garden, small event or market stall and so on. It can be ideal for those that are wanting that something a little bit bigger than the smaller 2×2 gazebo.
This size is very popular as it can cover everything that the 2.5m x 2.5m gazebo can do but offers that little bit extra room. It’s normally used for small garden parties of 6/7 guests and where a few drinks are involved. It can shelter a few extra people but it would be standing room only.
It can shelter a few extra people but it would be standing room only.
It provides a much larger sheltered area and therefore more guests can be accommodated.
They are becoming increasingly popular for those who have enough space to cater for one. Larger parties such as; BBQ’s, small cocktail parties, children’s parties and similar events normally take place in this larger sized gazebo
6×3 Gazebos are becoming increasingly popular for those who have enough space to cater for one.
Over time the number of gazebos on the market has grown rapidly. You still see a gulf between the very best on the market and the ones that are best described as kites. You could apply the rule of law of
You get what you pay for…..
Below are some of the features that are most important.
The manufacturers that claim their high-end gazebos, the ones that come at a premium price, can normally be trusted that their gazebos are windproof.
Why else would you pay top price for something that is just ‘regular’? In my reviews I have included whether their claims are actually true, so it’s better that you actually read my reviews before you buy, especially if your gazebo must be windproof.
There are so many brands that claim their gazebos are waterproof and many buyers unknowingly are not, in fact, buying a waterproof gazebo, they are buying an inadequate water resistant or shower proof gazebo.
Shower proof gazebos will protect against a very short, sharp shower. Water Resistant materials will resist a slightly longer shower but will leak in a prolonged, heavy downpour.
Check this one out below in a downpour (It’s an All Seasons Gazebo)
If you’re looking for a gazebo to keep you dry then the minimum grade you should buy is a 180gsm grade. The one above is 260gsm from All Seasons.
Cheap pop up gazebos are notorious for their legs and frames breaking. Cheaper gazebos are generally based on the blueprint of a more expensive gazebo, however, the manufacturer will then look for an area where they could reduce costs for themselves and pass them on to the consumer.
Often the areas are – The canopy, the frame and any additional extras you may get like guy ropes and pegs. So pretty much all areas.
As previously mentioned further up in this post, a strong gazebo is normally classed as a ‘heavy duty gazebo’ and you’ll normally find this feature written in or around the title or description of the product on Amazon.