Top Rated Wooden Gazebo Kits (Japanese, Octagon & Willow)… Reviewed for 2021

  • By: Brian Comstock
  • Date: November 9, 2021
  • Time to read: 7 min.

Given the surge in popularity of wooden gazebo kits, a lot of companies have jumped on the bandwagon of gazebo manufacturing.

They are a fantastic focal point of your garden and they provide the shelter you need to stay out of direct sunlight or rain.

There are so many uses you can get out of them ranging from BBQs, hot tub covers or even just a place to put some seats in and relax.

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Checo Home & Garden Octagon Wood Gazebo Review

This octagon wood gazebo that’s produced by Checo Home and Garden is from one of the best and most reliable wooden gazebo manufacturers in the UK.

It’s a very durable and stylish looking garden centrepiece that is perfect for most sizes of a hot tub, whilst it’s also ideal for housing garden and patio furniture to help you relax.

simple wooden gazebo with a roof

You can comfortably place a large table inside with several chairs which is ideal, especially if you plan on inviting family and friends around.

For the DIY enthusiasts amongst you, it is possible to create side curtains that can be closed, similar to mosquito nets, however, these are not sold by Checo.

You will either have to attach your own curtain rail to the frame or attach them in another way.

Build and Design

Made of premium quality pine/spruce.

The package comes with 11 side panels and 2 handrails, 8  posts of dimensions 70mm x 70mm, 1  protractor to set the posts, 8  wooden beams for roof binding, 10 wooden struts, 8 wooden rafters, wooden ending to the top 16 metal brackets, metal cross to connect the rafters, 8 finished wooden roof panels (cladding) and 16 finished slats for roof panel.

Moreover, the wood has been treated with Wolmanit C-10 for durability. The gazebo has one open side, two semi-open sides and four closed sides.

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  • Vintage Victorian appearance
  • Well ventilated
  • Fits large hot tubs
  • Durable materials
  • Quick build
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  • Floor panels not included

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Dunster House Heavy Duty Wooden Gazebo Review

If you’re looking for a multipurpose wooden gazebo kit with a simplistic design and strong build, then this is your best choice, it can even double up as a carport.

Premium in quality, this Dunster gazebo comes with a ten-year rot warranty and the reputation of the very popular Atlas ltd.

large shelter that can act as a car port

Whether you have a house party or friends over for some barbecue, or if you just want some cover for your hot tub, this one can do it all and more.

This type of wooden gazebo is also regularly known as a pergola with a roof.

Build and design

With an impressive external width of 3.20m (10′ 5″) / 3.20m (10′ 5″) and a ridge height of 3.04m, this gazebo splits the perfect difference between big and small. The world-class spruce is infused with the best of preservatives to make it last longer.

Atlas also offers a variety of roof panels such as half-height, full height and glazed panels for privacy, as well as, protection from all sorts of weather. The posts are strong and the framework is heavy-duty with high tensile strength and endurance for steam and rain.

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  • Decorative design
  • Easy to install
  • VERY Durable
  • Comes with flooring
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  • Not very private
  • Requires 2 people to build

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Rowlinson 6 Sided Willow Gazebo for Home Assembly

Rowlinson Willow Gazebo

Rowlinson has a large range of wooden gazebos that are stylish but very quirky and this Elizabethan inspired shelter is one of their very best.

This type of wooden shelter is perfect for relaxing at the bottom of your garden in pleasant weather and is big enough to hold a small table with chairs.

It is compact but sprawling in its sophistication and is especially good for small gardens.

It will sit in one corner of your garden and everyone that sees it when visiting will be drawn towards it.

Build and design

The hexagonal design and small size are deceptive; it is quite spacious inside.

The lattice sides are horseshoe-shaped, further making it eerily reminiscent to a 19th-century garden.

The setup is so light, it can be very easily shifted from one place to another. The roof and floor are made of solid willow.

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  • Very compact
  • Easy to set up
  • Sophisticated appearance
  • Intricate design
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  • Bit flimsy
  • Small space

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Dunster House Pressure Treated Utopia 200 Shelter Review

If you’re looking to buy a straightforward looking wooden shelter that is relatively simple to build then check out Utopia 200 by Dunster house.

large open wooden shelter

The pressure treated wooden uprights are extremely sturdy and the felt-covered roof ensures that you have solid structure that can keep you and your family or friends sheltered.

As you can see in the image, this type of wooden gazebo is less fancy than several others that you’ll see on this website but is very effective.

This product can be bought and erected without the need for planning permission.

Build and design

The Utopia 200 is not very flashy, but is very impressive in terms of the perfect symmetry it is made in. With an external width of 1.98m (6′ 5″) / 1.98m (6′ 5″) and a ridge height of  2.40m (7′ 10″), the gazebo is just how big you want it to be. The top of the class spruce is pressure treated.

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  • Very easy to set up
  • Sturdy build
  • Roof felt included
  • Good walkthrough height
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  • Not very private

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This wooden gazebo is simply unique, with its standout feature being the stunning historical Japanese inspiration.

It is aesthetically appealing to the most minute detail and will spruce up (pun intended) your garden.Checo home and garden Japanese style pagoda

A true focal piece for your garden, giving you a real “cultured” feeling, it would also be great for any Japanese themed event.

The Pagoda is not very big, so it can fit into any corner. The beige colour further adds to its old-worldly charm.

The timber is also pressure treated.

Pros and cons

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  • Durable and long lasting
  • Unique design
  • Floor panels
  • Pressure treated
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  • Tricky to build

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