Backyard Gazebos Bolster Outdoor Living

By Laura Miller | April 17, 2021
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by Laura Miller
April 17, 2021

After a long day working in the yard, hubby and I love to sit and relax as the sun sets on our little corner of the world. Nothing seems to cure the aches and pains from a day of yard work like watching darkness descend on the fruits of our labor, whether it’s a freshly mowed lawn or a weed-free flowerbed. Unfortunately, these evening sessions were always cut short. 

It seemed no sooner than we got comfortable, we would be chased inside by biting mosquitoes. Then one spring, a local discount store offered backyard gazebos for sale. As I studied the pictures on the box, I became intrigued. The 10 by 10 foot (3×3 m.) canvas-topped gazebo was reasonably priced and included a bug screen.

Shelter With Benefits

What really sold me was the small triangular shelf attached to each corner of the metal and cloth gazebo. I knew they were there for support, but to me the shelves were the perfect summer-resting place for my indoor plants. I immediately envisioned myself sitting bug-free in this gazebo, surrounded by luscious houseplants.

Needless to say, I left the store that day with one of the backyard gazebos in my cart. As a totally impulsive purchase, I couldn’t help but wonder if the long heavy box would even fit in the car! Luckily it did and with Father’s Day right around the corner, I told my husband the garden gazebo was a gift was for him. 

The metal and cloth gazebo didn’t stay in the box for long. It was fairly easy to assemble and we were soon sitting in plastic lawn chairs enjoying a bug-free evening for the first time since we bought our house. Yet as I sat there, I made an unexpected realization.

And Even More Comfort

We needed gazebo furniture! Never having the opportunity to sit outside and really enjoy our patio, we hadn’t invested in comfortable outdoor seating. It didn’t take long for me to convince hubby of the need to spend 10 times the cost of the garden gazebo for a nice set of patio furniture. (Or did it?)

The canvas-topped gazebo soon became our hub of outdoor living. Not only did we seek refuge from evening insects, but it was a cool, breezy spot to escape the hot, midday rays of the sun. It was also the perfect complement to grilling outdoors. No flies hovering around our plates as we ate and no need to check the beverage cans for bees before drinking.

The Gazebo Evolves

The metal and cloth gazebo became a true outdoor room, complete with a rubber paving-tile floor and a decorative rug. And hubby hung strands of battery-operated string lights around the inside perimeter. We not only have a wonderful place to sit and enjoy the outdoors, but also to entertain our guests.  

And of course, my houseplants loved it too! The canvas top provides shade from above and the bug screen filters the sunlight streaming through the sides. When I think back to the day I bought it, I would never have imagined a simple canvas-topped gazebo could be the perfect addition to our backyard. Score one for impulse buying!

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  • Merchan's Landscaping
    Comment added May 3, 2022Reply

    The metal and cloth gazebo was transformed into a full-fledged outdoor room, complete with a rubber paving-tile floor and a decorative rug. And hubby strung strands of battery-operated string lights around the inside of the house. We not only have a great place to sit and enjoy the outdoors, but we also have a great place to entertain our guests.

  • Merchan's Landscaping
    Comment added January 15, 2022Reply

    The canvas-topped gazebo quickly became our outdoor living hub. Not only did we seek shelter from the evening insects, but it was also a cool, breezy spot to escape the hot, midday sun. It was also the ideal accompaniment to grilling outside. There were no flies buzzing around our plates as we ate, and there was no need to check the beverage cans for bees before drinking.

  • Autumn Feldpausch
    Comment added October 16, 2021Reply

    We finally got one. I loved having it. Until we had to take it down for the winter. But my husband & I convinced ourselves that the snow would & should slide right off. LOL!! Big mistake. Snown did not slide off the canvas. The snow piled on & on. We tried to brush it off, what we could. One morning we woke to the gazebo bent & folded & leaning in several directions. My frustration turned on my husband who reminded me it was also my choice to leave it up. Well..yes & no. I had known you're supposed to take down the canvas but metal you can leave. We already had disagreements over taking it down. The more I listened to him the more I felt I needed to let him make the decision because he wasn't going to be convinced. Low & behold ive seen a nearby neighbour put his up and they've reinforced that sucker like I had mentioned we COULD'VE done. My point is, dont give yourself more work of frustration unless you know EXACTLY what your up against lol. So how has yours held up? Or you not live in climate w snow? We're in southern-mid Michigan. It's interesting when you get something new & then you find yourself really enjoying it by adding items or projects to it.

    • Leah
      Comment added August 9, 2022Reply

      I was wondering how the gazebo could be reinforced so it could be left up?

  • Jigisha
    Comment added September 15, 2021Reply

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  • Merchan's Landscaping
    Comment added June 4, 2021Reply

    Great tips we should use high quality fertilizers and minerals.

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