Frequently Asked Questions


What is a gazebo
What does gazebo mean
What is the difference between a gazebo and a marquee
What is the standard size of a gazebo
What is the difference between a pergola and a gazebo
What are gazebo weights?

What is a gazebo?

A gazebo is an outside structure that is normally found in a garden, park or public space that protects people from both hot, cool and wet weather. Traditionally, they’re positioned where people can sit and enjoy the views.

They should be octagonal in shape, however, these days they come in all shapes and sizes. In the past, they would have been a permanent fixture, made from stone, brick or wood. These days you can choose between something more permanent or a pagoda that can be put up or taken down. The portable versions usually require gazebos weights.

What does gazebo mean?

No one really knows. The best guess is that it’s a combination of Gaze with the ending “ebo” which is used in Latin to express the future. The first use of the words, that we can find goes back to the 18th century, where the word appears in a book on new architecture influenced from China.

What is the difference between a marquee and a gazebo?

They have very different uses. Usually, a marquee will be used for events outside to protect larger numbers of people against the weather. This means although they can vary in size, they are generally pretty big.

In comparison, a gazebo is a lot smaller and is not used for gathering or parties, unlike they are more intimate occasions. Whereas marquees are nearly always temporary events and built to be used for short periods of time, gazebos can be made out of more durable materials, often wood. Even pop-up gazebos are likely to be put up at the beginning of summer and left up till Autumn.

What is the standard size of a gazebo?

There is no one standard size for gazebos, however as gazebos are traditionally octagonal in shape, they will have a width and length that is the same size, the most common being: 8×8 ft, 10×10 ft, 12×12 ft.

What is the difference between a pergola and a gazebo?

A pergola is often described as an outdoor garden feature that forms a shaded walkway, sometimes considered a passageway, or even a sitting area. They commonly have vertical posts or pillars that support the cross-beams that make up the roof.

Essentially, it would be fair to suggest that a pergola is designed to protect you against the sun, and wouldn’t really give much protection against other weather. They tend to be found in hotter climates.

If you want to sit out in the sun and feel like you’re part of the garden, but need a little protection against the hot sun, then a pergola is what you are looking for. If you’re looking for an indoor and outdoor space, that is part of the garden and protects you against potential rain showers and wind then you should be looking at gazebos.

What are gazebo weights?

If you have a portable gazebo then it isn’t fixed into the ground and it isn’t made out of heavy materials such as wood. This becomes a real issue for us Brits that have to endure the great British weather.

The British summer is prone to rain showers and being an island, it can be windy at times. For that reason, you’ll want to weight down your gazebo so it doesn’t blow away or tip over and damage your garden or the gazebo itself.