Want to make sure you can still enjoy your garden this autumn? Adding a gazebo to your patio is a brilliant way to create a cosy spot for evenings alfresco. With Halloween and Bonfire Night on the horizon, why not invest in one now so you'll have a dry, sheltered spot to watch the fireworks or ghoulish goings-on?
Available in a wide range of shapes, sizes and materials, it's easy to find one that suits your space and budget. Forget about basic pop-up shelters that won't provide much protection from rain showers, however, we're talking sturdy, practical and stylish designs that can be used all year long. Some are freestanding, while others can be fixed to a garden wall, plus some designs may have sides as well as a roof to offer added protection from the weather.
Not sure which is the best option for your space? We've rounded up five great gazebos below to give you plenty of inspiration. Make sure you check out our stylish pergola ideas too for more ways to add shade, shelter and privacy to your outside space.
1. Create a sheltered spot
Not all gazebos needs to be temporary structures with a fabric roof. If you like the idea of creating a sheltered outdoor kitchen area, it's worth investing a little more and going for a more solid timber design that will last for several years. If you're pretty handy when it comes to DIY, a flatpack kit made from several timber panels will be easy to assemble. It's also easy to add extra personality by painting the timber in the colour of your choice.
2. Choose sturdy materials
The best gazebos are the ones that allow you to create an outdoor living space, whatever the weather. Go for strong, durable materials, such as a powder-coated aluminium frame to ensure the gazebo can withstand wind and rain during the autumn and winter months as well as provide plenty of shade in summer. If you want to leave it up all year to make the most of your outdoor living space, it's a good idea to look out for designs that come with sturdy ground anchors to keep it firmly fixed to the ground – no one wants to see their gazebo taking flight during windy weather after all!
3. Keep the chef dry
Let's face it, autumn weather can be a little unpredictable, even at the best of times, so adding a small gazebo to your patio area is ideal for creating a sheltered area for your BBQ or gas grill. It means that even if there's an unexpected rain shower, the head chef can stay dry without having to huddle underneath an umbrella while trying to grill the burgers. Need somewhere for your snacks? Look out for designs with bar tables on each side to give you plenty of space to keep your BBQ tools, sauces, snacks and drinks close at hand.
4. Design an outdoor space for year-round fun
Planning a larger garden makeover? If so, it's the perfect time to think about including a well-built gazebo structure in your plans to give you an outdoor room you can enjoy all year. It's also great as a garden privacy idea if your garden is overlooked. Made from pressure treated timber, this design is super sturdy and will offer year-round protection from the sun and the occasional rain shower. It's a great match for decking and would work well as an outdoor living area or even as a shelter for a hot tub (yes please!). Up your budget slightly and you can choose an option with sides for a little more protection from the wind and rain, which would definitely be a sound investment if you're using it as an all-weather hot tub space.
5. Choose a retractable style for maximum flexibility
If you want to create a sheltered outdoor dining spot next to the house, choose a design that can be attached to the wall with secure fixings. With its elegant detailing, this sleek canopy would suit both modern and traditional homes. The whole structure is secured to the wall with fixing bolts and it's height adjustable, while the showerproof canopy is retractable so you can pull it back to fully enjoy the sunshine during the summer months. The canopy can also be removed from the frame entirely, so you can store it away over winter if necessary.