Outdoor Cabanas & Pavilions

Outdoor Cabanas & Pavilions

Elegant sun shade structures

Some outdoor settings and occasions require more protection than a standard patio umbrella can provide. Large outdoor gatherings have more people and typically take up more space with seating and tables to accommodate them. That's where gazebo and tent-style shade structures come into play.

A canopy can provide your outdoor space with the shade needed to truly enjoy your setting. Whether you have a large family or want sun protection for yourself, this is a great option. Outdoor cabana and outdoor pavilion options are the perfect solution for sunny outdoor living spaces.

There are a wide variety of spacious canopies. Each, regardless of their style, can protect big areas from harmful UV rays or inclement weather. Many high-end brands offer shades with multiple configurations to satisfy your space and functional requirements. And with countless material types to consider, they can align with nearly any space’s aesthetic.

These are modern outdoor cabanas that are sure to suit your style preferences. They offer shaded peace of mind under stylish canopies.

Discover Decor Outdoor’s temporary and permanent canopy structures to enjoy luxurious shade in style. We have countless models to consider:

Outdoor Cabanas - classic beach tents to customizable outdoor canopies

Traditional four-poster patio cabana versions usually have a vaulted roof with curtain walls. They typically tie back for an open-air space or close for privacy. While some may be suitable for sandy beaches, most require substantial mounting to ensure stability in windy conditions.

Modern cabanas may have flat retractable roofs or pergola style panels that can also be used on the walls. Optional curtains add a touch of privacy. The ability to double the width with extensions makes these highly configurable shade structures.

Consider a patio cabana to give your sun-drenched deck a touch of tropical sophistication. Small outdoor cabanas will suit even the smallest deck space. Meanwhile, our large cabanas for patio spaces are perfect for large families.

Enjoy the epitome of luxurious outdoor living with outdoor cabanas designed for every space and lifestyle.

Outdoor Pavilions - spacious open-air canopy tents

Unlike outdoor cabanas, outdoor pavilions prioritize air flow over privacy. They are perfect for casual and professional use alike.

These large-scale shades are traditionally square or rectangular with four static support poles. A peaked tent-like fabric canopy and open sides complete the look. However, contemporary models may have only two supports and a flat roof. Optional fabric walls and rain gutters that bridge multiple pavilions provide additional protection and privacy for some versions.

These tents have a casual feel that may be due to the permanent park and farm pavilions that inspired them. They're great for backyard gatherings or events held in wide open spaces where you may need shade or protection from light rainfall.

Key features to compare – Outdoor cabanas & pavilions

  • Roof Options - Peaked or flat fabric canopies, pergola-style trellises or Roman shade are all available
  • Wall & Curtain Options - Privacy curtains and a variety of walls and configurations provide endless customization
  • Technology - LED lights, Bluetooth enabled sound systems and electric heaters bring indoor conveniences outdoors
  • Base & Mounting - Locations and environments may have different requirements for securing these shades
  • Wind Resistance - Check the Beaufort rating to determine how much wind a cabana or pavilion can handle safely

Helpful articles on our outdoor structures

Browse our blog articles below when considering an outdoor cabana or outdoor pavilion. There, you will find helpful insights into our outdoor shade structures.

Frequently Asked Questions - Cabanas & Pavilions

What's the difference between a cabana, gazebo and pergola?

Cabanas and gazebos are both shade structures with closed roofs. However, gazebos and pergolas have all four sides open, while cabanas have only one. The other three sides of a cabana may be covered by movable curtains or more permanent walls. Pergolas are different from gazebos in that their roofs are slatted to allow some sunlight through.

Are outdoor cabanas easy to assemble and disassemble?

Obviously, every model is different and is going to have different assembly instructions. However, these are structures generally meant to be used in different spaces and during different weather conditions. They truly are the perfect outdoor shade companion.

Unlike our permanent canopy structures, our outdoor cabanas can be placed nearly anywhere. This includes on your deck, in your yard or on the beach with relative ease. But, when in doubt, look at each product’s documentation for assembly specifics.

Are pavilions permanent outdoor shade structures?

Shade pavilions with wooden or metal roofs and thick support posts may be permanently mounted in concrete or to decking. These typically cover large or multiple picnic tables and seating. These permanent canopy structures do not need to be taken in at the end of the season (when properly installed).

Smaller versions with slender telescoping posts and fabric canopies are more mobile with freestanding bases. They tend to protect a single dining set or seating area.

When considering a permanent outdoor shade structure, it’s best to consider your long-term plans. Do you plan to use it just at home, or will you also want cabana shade on the beach? Due to the need for professional installation, permanent canopy structures are only ideal in certain circumstances.

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