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Welcome to our large wooden gazebo test 2021. Here we present all the wooden gazebos that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best wooden pavilion for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a wooden pavilion.




The most important facts

  • Wooden pavilions can provide shelter from the sun, rain and sometimes snow and also serve as a place to rest.
  • In general, a distinction can be made between open and closed wooden pavilions.
  • The type of wood used can influence the durability and stability of a wooden pavilion.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a wooden pavilion

Where can I set up a wooden pavilion?

The choice of location for a wooden pavilion is very important. This can determine the comfort and possible uses of the gazebo.

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With a wooden gazebo, you can create a comfortable place where you can relax, especially in summer. (Image source: pixabay.com / KristenSV)

In general, it is advisable to place the wooden gazebo in a sunny corner. Wood is a good heat accumulator, so the pavilion stays at a pleasant temperature for longer.

Open wooden pavilions can also be used as sun or rain protection. Therefore, they can also be placed near the house.

Closed wooden pavilions, however, should be set up a little further away from the house. Then they can serve as a perfect resting place.

Which wood should I use for a wooden pavilion?

To ensure that your wooden pavilion lasts a long time and withstands the weather, the choice of wood is very important. Basically, spruce, larch and pine are particularly suitable for building a wooden pavilion.

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Conifers are widespread in Europe and therefore easier to obtain. (Image source: unsplash.com / Matthew Kosloski)

In the following table, we show you the respective properties of the wood types.

Wood species Properties Disadvantages
Pine Belongs to the coniferous woods. Because it is soft, it is easy to work with. In addition, it is also quite cheap due to the short transport routes This wood can contract quickly in dry conditions. It also has large knotholes, which can lead to leakage, and has a high resin discharge at high temperatures.
(Nordic) spruce Spruce is the most widespread tree and is therefore also the most widely used. It has very dense annual rings and is therefore very durable. It is also very light and elastic however, it is susceptible to fungal and insect attack.
Larch It has a high strength condition and is therefore very stable and durable. It is also resistant to fungi and insects. It is particularly suitable for ornaments due to its twisted growth, it is more difficult to work with. This can possibly also affect the durability.

On the other hand, ash and beech in particular are not well suited. These types of wood are not very weatherproof and not stable enough.

Do I need a building permit to build a wooden pavilion?

As a rule, you do not need a building permit to build a pavilion. However, wooden pavilions are usually anchored to the ground, so it is advisable to check with the municipality to find out more about the legal situation.

It also depends on the size of the pavilion, where it is to be placed, the nature of the ground and what use the pavilion is to have.

In addition, the laws and restrictions differ from state to state. If you are not sure about the law, you should always inform yourself and get a building permit.

What does a wooden pavilion cost?

The price of a wooden pavilion can vary greatly. It depends mainly on the size and the design of the pavilion. In general, the price can range from €300 to €6,000.

Therefore, you should think carefully before buying a wooden gazebo, as it can be a large investment.

For €300 you can usually get just a simple roof. If you want something more along the lines of a garden shed, prices can quickly climb into the four-digit range.

Generally, closed wooden gazebos are more expensive than open gazebos.

Type Price range
Open wooden pavilion 300 € - 3,000 €
Closed wooden pavilion 600 € - 6,000 €

What are the alternatives to wooden gazebos?

Most alternatives to a wooden pavilion are other pavilions. These are usually made of metal, plastic or a fabric tarpaulin.

Another high-quality alternative is a gazebo.

In contrast to wooden pavilions, metal gazebos are somewhat more robust and durable. In addition, they offer a more modern look and are usually somewhat less expensive.

A plastic gazebo is also very weatherproof and easy to move. After use, they are easy to recycle. However, they stand out a little more from the surroundings.

A gazebo is very similar to a wooden pavilion. It is usually simply larger and of higher quality, but therefore usually also significantly more expensive.

Decision: What types of wooden pavilions are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between two types of wooden pavilions:

  • Open wooden pavilion
  • Closed wooden pavilion

These different types have individual characteristics, which come with their respective advantages and disadvantages.

In different situations, other types of wooden pavilions are more suitable. In the following section, we will help you find the right variant for you.

For this purpose, we will present the types just mentioned in more detail and explain their advantages and disadvantages.

What distinguishes an open wooden pavilion and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

An open wooden pavilion consists only of a roof and supports. It can be placed in the garden without any problems because it does not divide it. As a result, it hardly takes up any space.

This type is especially ideal for the summer. You can enjoy the beautiful summer weather while being protected from the sun's rays and rain.

However, it cannot protect you from wind and cold and is therefore not suitable for winter.

Advantages
  • Space-saving and inconspicuous
  • Provides protection from rain and casts shade
  • Less expensive
Disadvantages
  • No protection from wind or snow
  • Only supports with roof

What distinguishes a closed wooden pavilion and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A closed wooden pavilion has a roof and closed walls. Therefore, it should rather be erected at the edge of the garden, unless you want to use it as a room divider.

You can use this gazebo all year round, but it is especially ideal for autumn and winter. It protects you from rain and snow and can be heated with a gas heater.

To optimise its use in summer, it is recommended to install windows.

Advantages
  • Protection from rain, snow and wind
  • Can be heated
  • Can be used all year round
Disadvantages
  • Requires more space and is more conspicuous
  • More expensive

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate wooden gazebos

In the following, we will show you which factors you should consider and help you decide between the many different wooden gazebos.

The criteria you can use to compare wooden gazebos include:

  • Wood type
  • Shape
  • Weather protection
  • Size
  • Condition of the roof

In the following sections, we explain in more detail what each factor is.

Wood type

The type of wood can determine the lifespan of a wooden gazebo. Some types of wood are very weatherproof and stable, whereas others can warp easily.

Most wooden gazebos are a type of high-quality softwood. As mentioned above, pine and especially spruce are often used.

To be environmentally friendly and sustainable, you should make sure that the wood you choose is FSC-certified. This means that trees are not only cut down, but new trees are also replanted.

Shape

You can buy a wooden gazebo in different shapes. Most models are either square, pentagonal/hexagonal or pergolas.

Which shape you like best is a subjective matter, and therefore entirely up to you.

Pergolas are open constructions that are often decorated with plants. This can give them a special charm, but they do not offer much protection and can only be used for sitting.

Square and polygonal gazebos can be closed or open. Therefore, they are well suited for the entire year. Square gazebos present a little more surface area.

Weather protection

Robust wood should be used to ensure good weather protection. Above all, protection against rain and UV radiation should be guaranteed.

Many closed models also provide reliable protection against wind and snow. In addition, these gazebos can store the heat inside for longer.

It is important to note that not all gazebos are directly impregnated and are still natural. Therefore, you have to paint some products yourself first to make them weatherproof.

Size

The size of a wooden pavilion plays an important role when it comes to the price. Therefore, you should consider beforehand how many people should have room in the pavilion.

Since many gazebos are either square or round, the standard size is 3x3 metres and 4x4 metres. In this size, there is room for about 8-10 or 15-17 people.

In addition, you should consider whether other accessories should be accommodated and what the pavilion should be used for.

Condition of the roof

In addition to weather protection, the quality of the roof should also be considered when buying a gazebo. The load-bearing capacity of the roof is particularly important. This is specified in kilograms per square metre.

A high-quality pavilion should also be able to withstand high amounts of snow. On the other hand, in the worst case, the roof can collapse in winter. Therefore, it is advisable to choose a robust wood.

In addition, the roof of some gazebos is not yet impregnated, so you have to paint it yourself with impregnation.

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