Can You Put A Gazebo On A Deck? (Find Out Now!)

Ossiana Tepfenhart
by Ossiana Tepfenhart

Gazebos are one of those backyard items that seem to attract people naturally. Their beautiful round appearance and shelter from the elements make them an ideal gathering place in any yard. But, what if you don’t want a gazebo on the grass? What if you want it on your deck? Is that doable?

It is absolutely possible to place a gazebo on a deck. This is true for affixed gazebos as well as pop-up gazebos. The key to making your gazebo stable on a deck is to affix it properly and make sure your deck has ample support.

Putting a gazebo on your deck is a good way to conserve space and add a little extra shelter to your home. However, it’s all about how you get your deck on there. Let’s discuss your options.

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Is It Possible To Put A Gazebo On A Deck?

Whether it’s for a pop-up or an actual wooden gazebo, the answer is still the same: yes. Yes, you can put a gazebo on a deck. This is true for both the long-term and short-term. However, there are a couple of “catches” you need to make sure of:

  • Your deck has to have the right support for your gazebo. If your deck is not built to hold the weight of the gazebo plus an additional 800 pounds, you may need to add additional support.
  • The gazebo should be away from plants and trees. Both can pose a threat to the structure of the deck, which can cause an issue later on in life.
  • The gazebo has to be anchored to your deck. This is not unlike what would have to be done for a gazebo in the grass. Anchoring matters.
  • You have to make sure that the gazebo is small enough to fit on your deck. I’ve seen some positively massive gazebos. You should have at least a 1-foot berth for all sides of your gazebo in most situations.

When Does It Make Sense To Put A Gazebo On Your Deck?

Honestly, it make sense more often than not. A lot of us don’t like having structures on our yard that aren’t attached to the house. All gazebos, regardless of type, need to have appropriate flooring for it. They don’t just go on bare grass. This is why having a deck gazebo makes a lot of sense.

The deck portion of your gazebo will make for an amazing floor. It already has a sturdy wooden bottom and is on an even ground. That’s basically the perfect gazebo floor. Having a gazebo in your deck is a great way to add a little more flair to your home. Fans of sitting in the shade on a deck might find this to be the perfect way to make it happen.

How Do You Anchor A Gazebo To Your Deck?

Anchoring your gazebo to a deck is something that has limited options. Here’s what you need to know about each:

  • Drilling. Drilling and bolting the gazebo to the deck is the most common and most traditional way to secure it to a deck. This is a highly reliable method and will usually ensure that it’s permanently there. Make sure you drill into the joists, and not just the boards under the gazebo. Otherwise, this could damage the deck!
  • Leg Weights. Putting the gazebo in concrete pitchers, having sandbags tied to the legs, and similar methods of weighing down the structure can work too. The issue, of course, is that this tends to be rather unsightly. Many people switch things up by using potted plants as an anchor.
  • Metal Straps. Perhaps the most unsightly of all options, this involves tying metal straps from the bottom of your gazebo to the fencing that is located on the outside of your deck. The upsides are that it’s cheap and easy to do. We do not suggest metal straps for wooden gazebos.

How Much Does It Cost To Install A Gazebo On A Deck?

The range varies based on the size of the gazebo as well as the features you want it to have. Most gazebos will cost between $5,500 to $9,500 to install on top of a deck. This includes the act of reinforcing the structure (if need be) as well as the cost of actually putting the gazebo together.

With that said, most people who pay for this upgrade to their home find it to be well worth the money. It’s an upgrade that will definitely pay off when summertime hits. Your friends and family will love it.

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Related Questions

Can a gazebo add value to a home?

Absolutely. Gazebos are one of the fastest ways to add a serious increase in value to a home. Most people will see an increase of at least $1,000 to $5,000 in their home. Or rather, it’s an increase of around 1 to 2 percent. That’s not a bad ROI.

How much weight do you need to hold a gazebo down?

While this can vary slightly from gazebo to gazebo, it’s generally assumed that you should have at least 24 pounds per leg. A four-legged gazebo, then, will need at least 96 pounds in order to be properly weighted. However, larger gazebos will be able to distribute the weight more evenly through multiple additional legs. When in doubt, ask how much weight you would need to prevent it from blowing over on its side.

How far away should your gazebo be from your house?

Though you can put your gazebo on your deck, you still need to give it a somewhat wide berth from your home. Experts agree that a gazebo should be at least 1 meter away from your home. This is 3.2 feet in American terms. The reason for this is that you don’t want your gazebo to act as a part of the house’s structure.Should it blow onto its size, that extra space will keep your house safe in the event of extreme weather. No space? That means you may have part of the gazebo entering your home’s window or worse.

Ossiana Tepfenhart
Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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