By Rick Lazurus

A gazebo can totally transform the look of your outdoor space. However, you may need to add a few things if you'd like to be able to use it at your leisure. So here are the top 4 things you need to consider so you can get the absolute best use from your structure.

If you add some lighting you will have the chance to use your structure whenever you please and at any hour. Lights can be extremely handy if you would like to be able to eat meals in your gazebo. They can also be used to create a romantic feel that will make it a pleasure to sit and enjoy yourself. There are quite a few options when it comes to the types of lights you can use; hanging, string, and built-in lights all can look fabulous.

One of the biggest threats to your outdoor fun is always annoying insects that bite. This especially true when talking about mosquitoes which can actually also carry a range of diseases. A screened in gazebo will make sure not only insects but things like falling leaves don't get in and you won't have to worry about your view being obstructed either. A lot of homeowners start out with screens and find them so convenient that they end up installing windows so they can use their structure as a year-round gazebo in any weather.

It doesn't matter if you have a patio or garden gazebo you will definitely need some comfortable furnishings inside. You should consider chairs with comfy padding so that you can sit on them for hours on end. It's also worth investing in something which can recline so you can even take naps if you feel like it. A coffee table for placing drinks, food, and books is also a smart idea. And if you are planning on having meals for multiple guests a dining table will make things easy.

While gazebos are known for their open field of view, sometimes you may want some privacy. This is often the case if you have neighbors which are extremely close to your home or structure. You may want to have a romantic dinner for two or if you own a hot tub gazebo you may not exactly want neighbors to see you in your bathing suit. Adding curtains will provide you with the privacy you need and they can also be used to block out the sun's harmful rays when they get too strong. Or you can simply leave them open, until you really need to or feel like using them. At least with them you always have the choice of using them.

Each of these choices can help you to improve your gazebo. Whether you pick all four, only one, or a combination you will be investing in your future outdoor fun.

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