How to Enclose a Garden Gazebo
Anyone that owns a garden gazebo has likely discovered that this is a perfect place for relaxation—except for the bugs. It is not hard to take care of that problem, and it is not that expensive either. You can simply turn your outdoor relaxation area into a bug-free haven in no time at all and at very little cost. All you'll need is some basic screening materials and the ability to hang a door to your entrance way. Then, you will be able to sit and enjoy your bug-free outdoor experience for years to come with very little maintenance.
Step 1 - First Mount the Outer Screening
The first thing to do to close in your garden gazebo is to apply the screening to the outside of your largest openings. Make sure that the screen you are using is tall enough to reach at least 1 to 2 inches on all of the edges, top, bottom and sides. Staple it into place with the staple gun and then trim off the excess with your utility knife. Once you have these secured, take your trim and nail it over the edges of the screening. You can cut these on 45 degree angles so that the ends come together by simply taking measurements. This will prevent bugs from creeping in under the screen and also make it more solid in case of an accidental impact from someone on the inside. This will make it last longer and require less maintenance over time.
Step 2 - Mount the Door and Frame it In
Next, you will add a door to your garden gazebo by measuring and fitting it to size onto the entrance way of the building. As in most gazebo designs, there are steps leading up into the seating area, so you will want the door to swing in and not out. This will allow a guest to easily open the door and enter, instead of having to step back and swing the door wide open, letting in insects.
Step 3 - Shore up the Edges of the Doorway
Depending on the size of the garden gazebo entrance, you may have to create an opposite door jam or door rest for it to come into contact with so that it can be latched. In this case, you can use 2 by 4 studs and make this framing without much effort. You can then paint and stain the door and the new door jam to match your gazebo. Once this is done, simply screen in the new section you added with your screen material and then add more trim to hold it securely into place. You should then test the tensile strength on all the screened areas to make sure that they don't simply pop out of place. Check your door and make sure that it opens and closes without difficulty, and you can even add a wooden door stop on the floor to prevent the door from opening too far and hitting the people who are seated.