13 Stunning Gazebo Ideas for a Relaxing Backyard Retreat

Gazebos aren’t just for poolside shade or privacy from prying neighbors. Whether for a deck or an outdoor kitchen, here are some gazebos ideas to jazz up every outdoor space.

By Alexa Erickson | Published Mar 29, 2021 01:18 PM

Freshen Up the Backyard

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A backyard space is full of opportunity. It can be a place for cozy outdoor lounging, decadent dining, and other modes of al fresco entertainment. One way for backyard entertainers to “wow” is by building a gazebo.

Gazebos provide a stylish focal point for the backyard where family and friends can gather. They shelter friends and family from the elements, so a party doesn’t have to break up because of a thunderstorm or blazing midday sun. No matter your entertaining and decor styles, these terrific gazebo ideas can help you make the most of your outdoor space.


Fully Furnished

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For a patio setting that’s always protected, place outdoor furniture beneath a gazebo. This fully furnished, cozy-couch aesthetic is comfortable and modern. Installing plank flooring levels potentially uneven earth, and adds to the “I’ve moved my living room outdoors” vibe.


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Gable Roof Gazebo

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A gazebo with a gabled roof is a classic, and looks as at home next to a farmhouse as it is adjacent to a colonial. For an even more welcoming atmosphere, pair it with an outdoor rug and floor lanterns.


Backyard Patio Gazebo

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Here’s an idea for those looking for gazebo ideas that add a touch of luxury to the backyard: Place the gazebo’s legs in large planters and fill the planters with crisp white rocks. This detail doesn’t just look first rate, the rocks will also help hold the gazebo in place. Top off the luxe look by hanging a chandelier over the patio dining table.

Related: 10 Ideas to Steal from Picture-Perfect Patios


Poolside Gazebo

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A poolside gazebo offers a place for friends and family to gather while keeping a close eye on kids in the pool. Stock the table with refreshments (and maybe some sunscreen and towels), and relax in the shade. It sounds like a perfect day to us!


Outdoor Kitchen Gazebo

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In our book, the best gazebo ideas are those that are fully equipped and involve food. Add a gazebo to an outdoor kitchen that’s complete with seating and a fire pit, and you’ll never want to leave.

Related: 9 Pro Tips for Building an Outdoor Kitchen


Wooden Gazebo

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This gazebo is made of Western cedar, and features a wooden finial for supreme durability that ensures years of use. The cedar can be stained to complement your home, too (stain sold separately). The decorative spindle styling offering an eye-catching, elegant look.


Octagonal Gazebo

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Add layers of style to an outdoor space with this octagonal gazebo. Drape curtains for privacy and aesthetics, and add a rug and patio set to finish off the look. Its vented dome roof draws the eye up while providing plenty of shade and comfort.


Industrial Chic

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Palram’s gazebo looks sleek and modern, and provides a nice contrast to the natural environment. This gazebo is made of powder-coated, heavy duty aluminum that industrial decor enthusiasts will love.

Related: 10 Smart Ways to Bring Shade to Your Outdoor Space


Back Deck Gazebo

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A gazebo isn’t just for the yard! Outfitting your home’s deck with a gazebo feels like you’re adding an extra (albeit outdoor) room to your house. The shade a gazebo provides is a bonus, too.


Minimalist Gazebo

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For a look that’s modern and minimalist, check out gazebo ideas like this one from Coolaroo. It blocks 99 percent of UV rays and its all-weather, fast-drying Xceltex fabric is super durable.


Pergola & Gazebo Combo

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Extend outdoor living space (and protection from the elements) by combining a pergola and gazebo. With its classic white paint and shingled roof, this inspiring example is a breath of fresh air. Train some climbing vines up the pergola for added visual interest—and shade.

Related: 13 Beautiful Ways to Use a Backyard Pergola


Deluxe Enclosed Gazebo

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An enclosed gazebo is one of the best gazebo ideas we’ve seen in a while. It provides privacy, and protection from wind and sun. This one is made of extruded aluminum and features a reinforced polycarbonate roof for a modern, sleek appearance. It also comes with a double sliding door and five-position wind panels.


Spa/Hot Tub Gazebo

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Visit a stylish spa—in your own backyard—by adding a gazebo to your hot tub setup. You can relax knowing that you’re shielded from neighbors’ views, and use the spa even when the weather isn’t optimal.

Related: 11 Ideas for Better Backyard Privacy


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