Gazebos for Your Deck

Learn all you need to know about gazebos for your deck, and decide on the design that's right for your outdoor living space.
A Gazebo for Gazing

A Gazebo for Gazing

This backyard deck was perfect for adding a modern, curved gazebo. With plenty of seating and planters for growing flowers, this gazebo is as functional as it is gorgeous.

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Gazebos and decks are popular features of many backyards, but it's also an option to combine the two and create an attractive and highly functional outdoor living space. As you consider deck and patio design ideas, you should explore the main options available for deck gazebos.

A good place to start when planning a gazebo for your deck is with the question of whether or not you want to match the overall style of your home and the deck itself with the gazebo, or go in a slightly different or contrasting direction. In general, because gazebos are larger structures, the preference seems to be to keep them at least marginally in line with the overall design of the home, or at least its accents. But with many styles to choose from, ranging from traditional "Victorian garden" to more modern designs, you should have no problem finding the one that best suits the overall aesthetic of your property.

Gazebo, Pergola, Canopy Ideas

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Shade to Grow On

This traditional white pergola serves as both a shade-maker and a place for flowering vines to flourish. The more the plants grow, the more shade they'll provide. Design by Jamie Durie

Romantic Patio

Skylights on the roof of this chartreuse covered porch let a little sunlight in, while flowing, romantic curtains can close to create filtered light and additional privacy. Design seen on HGTV's Going Yard

Poolside Pergola

A dark wooden pergola frames this outdoor living area and creates filtered light during sunny afternoons. Image courtesy Viceroy Hotels and Resorts

Relax in the Shade

This poolside cabana in toasty Palm Springs, Calif., provides total shade for tired swimmers. Image courtesy Viceroy Hotels and Resorts

Photo By: Courtesy of Viceroy Hotels and Resorts

Cool Off the Dinner Table

Designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz used thin panels of wood to create a woven covering for this urban outdoor dining room. It provides both moderate shade and a barrier from nosy upstairs neighbors.

Two Layers of Cool

This triangular pergola next to the pool provides much-needed shade in between laps. Two layers of wood provide shade from multiple directions, and create a lattice pattern on the patio. Design seen on HGTV's Going Yard

Natural Shade

Building this patio around an existing lemon tree provides color, interest and Mother Nature's favorite form of shade. Design by Jamie Durie

Modern Comfort

Designer Jamie Durie used long strips of canvas to create shade and to echo an interior feature in this modern home.

Anne Heche's Shade Solution

When actress Anne Heche and her husband asked Jamie Durie to create more shade in their too-hot backyard, he delivered with this house-length pergola fitted with adjustable Roman shades on the top and sides.

Sliding Panels

These canvas panels are easily moveable, so you can block out the sun (or let it in) as it shifts throughout the day. Designer Jamie Durie mounted the panels on heavy-gauge wire for durability and maximum adjustability.

Spider Web-Inspired Shade

The macrame design on this gazebo blocks just a bit of light, but creates interesting shadows on the floor below and provides an ideal spot to suspend bright hanging baskets. Design by Jamie Durie

Modern Canopy

From below, this modern canopy looks like a piece of art. Designer Jamie Durie filled triangles where wood pieces met with blue and yellow fabric, leaving lots of negative space to allow some light to get through.

Temporary Shade

For small gardens, temporary shade solutions take up less space and allow more flexibility. This sail-like screen creates shade and makes the garden feel more intimate. It can be taken down when not in use.

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Made for Shade

A custom canopy and draperies made from Sunbrella outdoor fabric help keep the elements (and the sun) out while also softening the space.

Your Own Personal Cabana

These private lounge spaces are artfully immersed into the pool; the infinity edge merges the cool waters with the private cabana, creating a unified, harmonious experience. Bamboo roof slats and white linen canopies provide shade while creating a well-defined private retreat.

Photo By: Jamie Durie

Modern Country

Dan Berger put a modern twist on rustic-country style when he designed this gazebo that sits alongside a babbling brook. Latticed vertical screens provide privacy and additional shade.

Billowing Curtains

This airy space is large enough to house summertime parties but intimate enough for an afternoon nap. The linen draperies and overhead sails add romantic style and help bring in cool shade. Design by RMS user SanDtexs

Green Roof

Wisteria blooms create the "ceiling" of this patio and a moderate amount of shade. Design by Patricia Wagner

Once you've decided on the style for your deck gazebo, you'll need to decide whether you're going to hire a contractor to build it, build it yourself, or purchase a pre-fabricated model from a home improvement or garden store. Each path has potential advantages and disadvantages. If you hire a contractor, you're likely to end up with a sturdy and beautiful design, but you'll pay more for the labor and expertise. If you construct the gazebo yourself, expect to spend money on material and time on preparation and construction. And if you purchase a pre-fab model, you'll be more restricted in terms of design, but you won't have to lift a hammer or pay someone else to.

Whichever direction you choose, understanding your choices when it comes to gazebos for your deck should help you decide which design approach is right for you.

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