What is a pavilion

Which gazebo is the best for your garden?

How do you find out which pavilion suits you and your garden best? And what do a pavilion have in common with a butterfly?

You will get these and other fundamental answers here. Because our other questions, which we have carefully compiled for you, are even more important. Because with it you will find out everything you do not yet know about Pavilions and their diverse forms and possible uses. Because: There is definitely a plentiful selection of high-quality gazebos. For this reason we take you by the hand and guide you through the thicket of pavilions. How to find answers to the following questions in our article:

  1. What do you need for a pavilion?
  2. How can a pavilion serve you?
  3. What kind of pavilion variants are available?
  4. Fixed or free? You should consider this when choosing your garden pavilion
  5. That is the great advantage of an add-on pavilion
  6. Do you already know the charms of a gazebo or party tent?
  7. This allows you to securely fix your freestanding gazebo
  8. Why you should treat yourself to a barbecue pavilion
  9. Is a metal gazebo for you?
  10. Is a wooden pavilion a better choice?
  11. How to make your garden pavilion weatherproof
  12. How long can a free-standing pavilion stand in the garden?
  13. Can you leave your pavilion outside in winter too?
  14. What do you need to consider when maintaining a pavilion?
  15. Which pavilion do you choose?

What do you need for a pavilion?

You will certainly find a pavilion particularly often at exhibitions and trade fairs. Because many pavilions can be set up and dismantled again very quickly and easily. But we want to look into your garden - there are many options waiting for you.

What do you have in mind? Big tent? A building protected from the wind? A dry supernatant for grilling? A winter garden? You decide for yourself. A pavilion can be perfectly adapted to your garden. Flexibility is its great strength.

For example, a pavilion can lean directly against your house - as a kind of extension. The advantage: You can easily expand your living space. Like a winter garden.

Your pavilion can also stand freely in the garden - even if it is only for a limited time, for example if you want to host a party.

And a pavilion can have practical side panels and protect you from prying eyes. But this is not a must if you particularly appreciate the fresh air.

But despite these many faces, you have a certain picture in mind: a small, usually round or square-shaped, roofed building that invites you to linger in parks, for example. In the garden, the pavilion is often hidden in enchanted corners, in shady places or is specially set up for festivities. In the case of the garden pavilion, a distinction is made between freestanding strut structures, mostly made of metal, with a textile roof and side parts, which can be easily assembled and dismantled depending on requirements and purpose - and structures made of wood or stone that are firmly anchored in the ground.

For you, however, the most important thing is:

How can a pavilion serve you?

Rain, sun, wind - in short: Bringing the elements under your control: That is the main task of a pavilion. In addition, a garden pavilion provides Provides shade for a cool atmosphere and as Rain cover for dry parties

But a garden pavilion can do much more than just keep sun, wind and weather away from the hustle and bustle. Depending on the equipment, it also makes a design statement and visually enhances the garden. And he brings you a wonderful place - protected from prying eyes Of your neighbors. In addition, folding pavilions are particularly characterized by the fact that they space saving and can be set up in next to no time. This is not only practical in your own garden, but also when visiting festivals or when camping. A pavilion can be just as permanent as a Extension of the living space be used.

As you can see, there are many possibilities. But which pavilion is right for you? Find out: We'll tell you what types of garden pavilions there are, which materials are best and how you can turn your pavilion into trendy garden furniture quickly and easily.

What kind of pavilion variants are available?

Nowadays, thanks to social media, we see it in all walks of life: the number of possibilities is exploding. No wonder that the barely manageable selection of options then leads to persistent decision-making problems. After all, as you know, the budget is always tight.

That is why we would like to support you in choosing your pavilion and save you any agony - so that you know quickly and exactly what you need for your garden.

Fixed or free? You should consider this when choosing your garden pavilion

Permanently stable or do you prefer mobile? The disadvantage of the fixed pavilion is also the advantage of the free-standing pavilion - and vice versa. Both types differ, however, not only in that one can be set up and placed in the garden flexibly depending on the purpose of use and the other requires a well-planned, fixed space.

With a fixed garden pavilion, you should note that a building permit may be required. Ultimately, the respective municipal building regulations decide whether such a pavilion is permitted. Because: In order for your garden pavilion to stand securely, a foundation often has to be poured. This in turn usually requires a shaft permit - or even a building permit. At least if the pavilion should be made of stone and thus count as a building. However, these decisions are a matter for the federal states and are not generally valid. It is best to find out about your options in good time so that there is no nasty surprise. But once cleared, a fixed pavilion will give you a lot of pleasure over the long term.

That is the great advantage of an add-on pavilion

The extension pavilion is one of the fixed garden pavilions and is characterized above all by its seductive location: namely directly on the house wall. This means that it can be used primarily as a roofing over the terrace and thus as a Extension of the living space serve. So you can enjoy the comfortable advantages of a living room for the outside area. You don't always have to laboriously move or adjust your parasol - and you can decide whether you want to open the roof or side panels depending on the fresh air requirement or privacy. While the roof and side walls are mostly made of weatherproof plastic, the stability-giving posts are made of aluminum or steel. However, you should hire someone to set up a fixed garden pavilion if you cannot build on sufficient experience in the craft yourself.

Do you already know the charms of a gazebo or party tent?

In contrast to the fixed garden pavilions, folding pavilions are considered "flying structures" - a building permit is therefore not an issue here. Craftsmanship is also not a prerequisite for setting up a gazebo. The construction is too easy to do by hand - and even without tools. Basically, you only have to connect the scaffolding to the plastic side parts using a plug-in system. Depending on the model, the side walls can then be closed and opened at any time using buttons, zippers or cords. Such party tents are available in different sizes, so that your guests always have enough space to eat, drink, dance and celebrate. Alternatively, you can use a gazebo as a car shelter or as a mobile warehouse.

With a gazebo you are always flexible. He's just not back quickly dismantledbut also simple and Stowed to save space. This gives you more space in the garage for other garden tools.

This allows you to securely fix your freestanding gazebo

However, if you want a free-standing pavilion so that you can always remain flexible, you must also ensure that it is properly attached. Because of course your pavilion should be stable - and not suddenly fly away or collapse miserably.

There are several options for doing this, depending on your equipment and the conditions in your garden. For example, you can use the subsurface to fix your garden pavilion with pegs or ground anchors. In the case of a metal pavilion, it is best to screw the pavilion onto the terrace. With the help of cords, you can also secure your pavilion by tying it to trees, weighted buckets or other stable objects. This is an effective way of preventing your pavilion from ending up in the neighbour's garden in the event of a small storm.

Why you should treat yourself to a barbecue pavilion

Now guess what: who is a barbecue pavilion best suited for? The local grill master, of course. He doesn't want to get sunburn or have to watch out for a rain shower all the time. And the one that arises when grilling Smoke can immediately escape through the roof. Of course, a barbecue pavilion is only made of materials that completely fireproof are made. In addition, such a pavilion has practical storage areas on the sides that every barbecue grill will be happy about. Here not only the delicious sausages find a place, but of course also a cool blond one for the thirst in between. Such a pavilion is really completely tailored to the needs of passionate barbecues. So maybe just the thing for you - or a grill master you know?

Is a metal gazebo for you?

However, the function is not always decisive; other criteria sometimes also play a role in the selection of a pavilion, such as the material used. For a high stability and at the same time more flexibility in use, a metal garden pavilion is recommended, for example, which can be easily assembled and disassembled. The posts made of aluminum or steel, which also ensure a stable stand extremely robust are. The pavilion canopy can also be made of metal or semi-tinted glass or polycarbonate panels. The latter also provides shade, but also lets some daylight through.

But don't worry: these days you no longer have to choose between a chic look and solid robustness. In addition to the simple models made of several metal struts plugged together, there are also pavilions that look particularly exclusive in wrought iron, polyrattan look or wood. But this is not at the expense of the long-term use of the pavilions. You can enjoy it for a long time to come.

Is a wooden pavilion a better choice?

Metal has its advantages, but of course wooden pavilions as well. Wood is living nature. Smell that and you can feel it. The special feel of wood has been closely interwoven with us humans for centuries. This is why the material fits so well into any natural garden. However, in order for a wooden pavilion to stand solidly, you usually need a stable foundation. The wooden pavilion is then built on top of it. The roof, on the other hand, is often made of plastic, which is of course completely weatherproof.

However, you have to take care of a wooden pavilion. Regular painting once a year is a must. Then you will retain this natural beauty in your garden for a very long time.

How to make your garden pavilion weatherproof

You have to differentiate - normally all pavilions that are used outdoors are weatherproof. But not all garden pavilions can permanently survive a harsh winter outdoors without protection.

Wood in particular can react very sensitively to the cold - however, the protection that is absolutely necessary here also depends on the type of wood. Teak, for example, is so robust that apart from a change in the wood tone to gray (the so-called “patina look”) there are no consequences to be feared. Other types of wood, on the other hand, require regular maintenance.

The waterproof side parts and roofs of gazebos, on the other hand, are usually made of UV-resistant plastic, which is why you are here do not invest time in the maintenance of the materials have to. However, before dismantling the pavilion, you should remember to let the fabrics dry carefully so that no mold develops during storage.

How long can a free-standing pavilion stand in the garden?

The crisp answer: up to For 3 months. After that, a temporary building permit is often required. You can of course also use a little trickery here, because the deadline starts again every time the mobile pavilion is dismantled. This then only costs a little effort on your part. However, this 3-month period only applies if you Garden pavilion less than 5 meters is and does not exceed a size of 75 m². To be on the safe side, you should still seek advice from your authority, as every federal state has different regulations.

Can you leave your pavilion outside in winter too?

Basically are all pavilions weatherproof designed. However, heavy snowfall can of course also occur in winter. And you shouldn't put this burden on all garden pavilions. The mobile folding pavilions and party tents in particular would quickly collapse under heavy snow loads. However, since these pavilions are usually only set up for a short period of time or for a specific event (rarely in winter), the risk here is low.

If you have a garden pavilion with a fabric roof, you should simply remove the roof in winter. The same applies to curtains. Otherwise you have to contact fixed pavilions don't worry. These can stand outside all year round. In extreme snowfall, you may want to remove the snow from the roof. You can usually read in the product description how much snow your pavilion can handle.

What do you need to consider when maintaining a pavilion?

That clearly depends on the materials from which the pavilion is made. Without a doubt, the most maintenance-intensive are wooden pavilions. But even with wood and strong weather, it is sufficient to freshen up the glaze and clean it once a year. Pavilions with a roof or side panels made of plastic, on the other hand, do not have to be specially treated in order to retain their color and structure. A simple hand wash with soap and water is sufficient here. The situation is similar when treating pipes made of steel or aluminum. These are usually powder-coated and therefore extremely tough.

Which pavilion do you choose?

Wedding couple? Party mouse? Luxury lover? Grill master? There are so many good reasons to put a gazebo in your garden. But what is your reason?

Do you like being flexible?

If a gazebo is above all a design element for your garden ambience, then the expandability of a gazebo is a big plus for you. Depending on the range, you can design the side walls and roofs in different materials and colors. The last barbecue party quickly turns the shelter into a white festival pavilion, which welcomes the wedding party wrapped in silk and linen and accompanies the evening with atmospheric lighting.

Do you like something exotic in your garden?

For lovers of the tropical spheres, a pavilion made of bamboo or a side panel made of linen, which is reminiscent of a safari accommodation, creates a holiday feeling. Terracotta-look pavilions seduce you with their Mediterranean flair. And there is also the right pavilion for the little ones, offering bathing fun and sun protection in one. Depending on the intended use, you can choose between different sizes. Whether the simple seating area or an entire dining table set or bar furnishings are to be accommodated - every luxury is conceivable with a pavilion in the garden.

Do you like to just love it?

Folding pavilions can be set up wonderfully quickly - even without tools or special manual skills. All you have to do is put the pieces together. So you can easily celebrate a garden party spontaneously at any time. After the celebration, dismantling is also limited - and the folded pavilions can always be stowed away to save space. Also very useful for a camping trip in the direction of Mother Nature.

If you like it cozy

But not everyone needs a pavilion to receive guests or to celebrate lavish parties. For example, you prefer to relax - either alone or in good company with your partner. A nice book invites you to read or you want a shadowy spot for a nap. Then, for example, a gazebo in a quiet corner of your garden is ideal for you.So you can spend the summer in the fresh air the way you like it.

Would you like a second living room?

If you own a terrace, you have probably caught yourself doing it many times: You felt like you were being watched - especially when you can't see your neighbors at all. But the weather is just too beautiful outside to waste the time inside. For such cases, an add-on pavilion offers exactly the space you need: a second living room in the fresh air. Nestled right on the wall of your house. This is how you create a space with sufficient privacy.

What sausage lovers still need

Fresh air, but protected from the sun, fireproof and provided with valuable storage space - the perfect place for grilling. If sausages and skewers are often on your menu in summer, is a special barbecue pavilion worthwhile for you? Find out

The bonus question: Why does the word “pavilion” stand for “butterfly”?

No, we haven't forgotten that. And now we would like to make you a little bit smarter: “papilio” is the Latin root of our today's “pavilion”. And that means “butterfly”. But why was “papilio” chosen as the term for a tent? Allegedly because the folded ends of the tent exit are reminiscent of the appearance of a butterfly.

In contrast to a butterfly, however, your pavilion shouldn't fly away happily and should rather remain stable on the ground. But who knows, maybe a pavilion will turn out to be exactly the right addition to your garden?

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