Pavilion Placement 101: Picking the Best Spot For Your Backyard Gazebo


If you’re looking for a better way to enjoy your existing outdoor space, custom Amish gazebos can be the perfect solution. Not only will these gazebos look great, but they’ll last for years to come: over 92% of survey respondents indicated that they plan to keep wood furniture for at least 15 years. But once you decide which of our custom Amish gazebos, pergolas, or pavilions will work best for your needs, you still need to decide on the optimal location for it. Here are a few key questions homeowners should ask themselves when choosing the best spots for their custom gazebos.

  • What time of day will you use it most?
    One of the key advantages of having an outdoor structure like this is that you’ll always have access to shade. However, the placement of your custom gazebo impacts the amount of shade you’ll actually get to enjoy. The time of day you’re most likely to use your gazebo should determine where you put it. For mid-day use, go for mid-yard. By placing it in the middle of your yard, you’ll create a big patch of shade that you wouldn’t otherwise get at high noon. But if you plan on using it at all times, the middle of your yard might not be the best choice. Opt for a location that can give you shade coverage at any time of day.
  • Is the ground level?
    Ideally, you’ll want your custom Amish gazebo to be placed on a level spot of land. That will ensure that there’s even distribution of weight, making the gazebo more stable and supported. Putting your gazebo on an incline or on soil that’s primarily damp clay is not recommended. But you can place your gazebo on rockier ground; the supports of the gazebo just need to be level, in that case.
  • Are there lots of trees and plants around?
    Generally speaking, you want to put your gazebo in an area that’s away from plants and trees. First of all, placing a gazebo close to trees — which provide valuable shade — doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s better to put your pavilion in an area that doesn’t already benefit from shady areas. Secondly, the structure itself could actually impact plants’ ability to grow. Depending on the time of day, the sun could hit your gazebo at different angles and cause shade to fall on plants that don’t do well in those conditions. When at all possible, you should spread out your shade.
  • Do you want to stick close to home?
    If you have a larger property, you may want to install a custom Amish gazebo in a part of your yard you don’t normally get to enjoy. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, as it allows you to maximize your usable space. But some people may want to consider placing your gazebo a bit closer to your home so that you can enjoy the outdoors even when the weather isn’t optimal. If you live in a dryer climate, this may not be as much of a concern for you. However, if you have a small property, making your gazebo an extension of your home may be a better option.

Outdoor wooden structures can allow you to make better use of your space and enjoy your property to the fullest. To find out more about how our gazebos, sheds, barns, and other structural components can make your home even better, contact Amish Mike today.