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Cabana vs. Gazebo: Which Is Right for You?

by | Oct 5, 2023 | Blog

You’ve decided to add a place for relaxing and entertaining guests in your backyard, and you’ve got two options: a  cabana and a gazebo. These structures have similar functions, but there are several differences between the two. 

Which one should you choose for your outdoor living space? Van Nuys Awning is your go-to if you want a custom pool cabana in Los Angeles. In this post, we compare a cabana vs. a gazebo to help you pick the best one for your needs. 

What Is a Cabana?

A cabana is a freestanding outdoor structure you can erect near a swimming or outdoor entertainment area. It often features a solid roof and open sides, providing a shaded and private area for relaxation, socializing, and other outdoor activities.  

What Is a Gazebo? 

A gazebo is an open-air pavilion structure with a roof supported by posts or columns, often located in a garden or outdoor area. It provides shade and protection from the weather elements, and you can use it as an outdoor room, dining area, entertaining space, and more. 

Choosing Between a Cabana and Gazebo

When it comes to deciding on a cabana vs. a gazebo, you’ll need to understand the differences between these two structures. Both provide exceptional shade and privacy options and can serve as elegant additions to your outdoor space, but what sets them apart?

Structure & Design

A cabana has a solid roof that provides consistent shade and protection from the scorching sun. Its open or partially enclosed sides allow for a customizable level of privacy and protection against the elements or pesky insects. 

On the other hand, a gazebo usually features an open-air design with a roof supported by posts. The roof can come in various materials like fabric, metal, or wood, providing full coverage or partial shade depending on your needs. 

You may have additional features on your gazebo, like lattice-work walls or screens for added privacy or protection against the elements. 


Gazebos often cost less than cabanas. We can attribute this to several factors, such as the size of the structure and materials used. Gazebos usually feature cheap, lightweight materials like vinyl, whereas cabanas use more expensive materials like stone or brick. 


Cabanas are often installed as permanent structures. Once installed, you cannot easily disassemble the cabana or move it to another location. Conversely, a gazebo can be permanent or temporary. 

Temporary or portable gazebos are quite easy to assemble and disassemble. Like changing a flat tire, you can easily move and reposition these gazebos as desired. This makes them flexible for various outdoor areas and events. 

Get a Custom Cabana for Your Outdoor Space

After comparing a cabana vs. a gazebo, your choice will depend on what you want to use it for.  If you want a place to relax and entertain outdoors with some privacy, a gazebo is excellent. If you want something more structurally sound with a touch of elegance, consider getting a cabana

The experts at Van Nuys Awning can help you make a more informed choice. Contact us at (818) 782-8607 for a quote today!

<a href="" target="_self">Don Powell</a>

Don Powell

Hi, I’m Don Powell! I am the 4th generation of the Powell family that started Van Nuys Awning. I am an IFAI Master Craftsmen, served on the board of the WCPA and now CEO of Van Nuys Awning. I worked my way through Van Nuys Awning learning how to install, design and manufacture awnings for the last 48 years. I handle the sales for most of our large and corporate accounts. I take great pride in our client’s happiness and successful installation and manufacturing to our client’s design. One step I take to maintain our company’s quality and client’s request will align is to personally oversee each project’s work order. Thanks for taking time to view, read, and consider working with Van Nuys Awning.
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