Do you have a garden gazebo gathering dust in your shed or garage? We tend to think of these portable structures as a temporary solution on a specific occasion, such as a garden party or camping trip. But there are actually lots of ways you can use a gazebo outdoors. Whether you’ve got a gazebo that’s being neglected, or are wondering whether it’s worth investing in one, here are six ways you can put it to good use.
Protection from the elements
This is probably the most obvious reason to use a gazebo; they’re ideal for providing temporary shelter from sun, rain and wind. If you’re planning an outdoor gathering and are worried about the weather spoiling it, a gazebo is a great backup option to have in place.
You can position them exactly where you need them, and with most sizes packing into a relatively small space they’re also great for a day at the beach or a campsite that’s exposed to the elements. You could even use it to make sure your car is parked in the shade!
Pop-up designs are brilliant when you’re in a hurry for shelter, as they go from packed to erected super-fast.
Outdoor play area
It’s great to get the kids playing outdoors all year round, but the weather doesn’t always co-operate! Using a gazebo to create a designated play area is a great way to make sure there’s always somewhere sheltered that the kids can play. You can also leave their outdoor toys in there, rather than having to tidy them away every time the weather forecast is looking less than glorious. Another great way to put a gazebo to use for the kids is to turn it into a den, with comfy beanbags and throws. And if your kids enjoy putting on shows it will make a great stage too.
Al fresco movie theatre
There’s something really fun about taking what is usually an indoor activity outside, and a family movie night outdoors is sure to be a hit – especially if you can all cosy up under some shelter. Take the DVD player and TV outside, get the deckchairs out, and have some blankets ready to take the chill off. Don’t forget the popcorn!
If you’re doing major work indoors and need somewhere dry to temporarily store household items, a gazebo is a good option. This works well in warmer months, but bear in mind that during cold or very wet weather you will need to make sure your gazebo has solid walls to provide adequate protection.
We don’t all have room in our gardens for a permanent greenhouse, but you can use a gazebo as a temporary greenhouse during the winter months when you don’t use the garden as much. Providing shelter for plants throughout the colder seasons allows you to grow tender varieties, and you can also get busy growing your own fruit and vegetables earlier in the year when it’s still chilly outside. You need a gazebo with solid, transparent walls to allow light in and keep the interior nice and warm.
Central point for the party
If you’re hosting an outdoor gathering, consider having a gazebo as your central point. It’s a great place to position drinks and food, and for kids’ parties you can setup the gift table and party bags in there too. And if your celebration involves a disco or Showtime Photo Booth, a gazebo is the perfect location for guests to let their hair down!
Have you got any gazebo uses to add to this list?