Pool Cabanas
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OK, we said yesterday that we’d bring you something a bit more traditional today, and although it may not be a gazebo, it is a sort of gazebo-like structure.

Now, all of these different little buildings may look the same to you, but here’s one that we didn’t actually cover when we discussed the difference between gazebos and pergola – it’s actually an outdoor cabana.

A cabana (or, more strictly, cabaña, as the word comes from the Spanish for “hut”) can take one of several forms, so all of these definitions are valid:

  • a small tent used as a dressing room beside the sea or a swimming pool
  • a small hut built with a thatched roof, most commonly built in tropical climates near bodies of water
  • a shelter on a beach or at a swimming pool
  • a small cabin, simple enclosure, or tent-like structure erected at beaches or swimming pools as bathhouses.

If you’d like to listen to the relaxing sounds of waves lapping against the sea shore while you read more about cabanas, then please click the Audio MP3 icon below:

Ocean Waves

If you’re looking for a pool cabana that is more like a cabin vs. a small hut or a tent, then you’ll find that they come in these three popular materials as described.

Firstly, there are the vinyl cabanas, such as the one shown above. Now, that doesn’t mean that the entire cabana is made of vinyl – only that vinyl sidings are used to protect your cabana from the elements.

Red Cedar Rectangular CabanaSecondly, there are the wooden cabanas, and one very popular wood used in their construction is red cedar, as its natural oils help protect it from both age decay and insect attack.

The one shown to the right also has optional cedar shingles, a cupola, custom French double doors, louvered shutters and a cedar tone stain/ sealer.

Dura-Temp Standard Rectangle CabanaAnd finally, there are the Dura-Temp cabanas. Dura-Temp is an economical choice that still gives the appearance and feel of real wood – because it is real wood.

It is made to resemble wood slats and is a heavy-duty plywood-based siding, with grooves every 8 inches. Duratemp is easily painted, and holds up to the harshest of weather conditions.

So, although pool cabanas are intended for use by a pool (or maybe down on the beach, by the waterfront), you can, of course, find plenty of other uses for them.

Larger cabanas can be used as a guest house, if you have family or friends staying with you for a while. This means that they can have their privacy when they want it, but you can all get together at meal times (either indoors, or maybe in what they now call an outdoor room).

If you have kids, then a backyard cabana would make a great playhouse for them, and with it being enclosed, they can even play if it’s raining outside.

If you need a bit of peace and quiet – perhaps to practise yoga, meditation, tai chi, etc, or maybe just to chill out and read a book without being deafened by screaming kids, barking dogs or a TV blaring away, then a cabana would make an ideal hideaway for an hour or two.

Red Cedar Rectangular Cabana With Massage TableIn fact, if you run (or are thinking of running) a massage or aromatherapy practice, for example, then a cabana would make a great treatment room!

With some suitable music playing and maybe some incense burning, what a fantastic, stress-free atmosphere this would create for your clients!

There are even pool cabana designs that would actually work out great as a potting shed, should you have green fingers (and therefore not need the AeroGarden devices we recommended for use in the attached sunroom).

Red Cedar Rectangular Cabana With Hot TubAnd of course, whether you have a pool or not, your cabana can house a hot tub, where you can go for a relaxing soak.

We’re sure you’ll think up many more uses for your cabana, so remember that all of the backyard cabanas shown in this article are available in several different sizes, depending on the space you have and what you want to use them for. The smallest is 10 feet x 12 feet, while the largest is 14 feet x 36 feet.

Whatever your needs are, start customizing your very own cabana today!

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26 Responses to ““Pool Cabanas”

  1. These are absolutley lovely!

    And thanks for explaining and giving such a marvellous selection of cabanas… there’s one I see I must have!

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  2. Alam Ghafoor says:

    Thanks for explaining the difference between the 3 types of constructions,I’ll no longer be confused.


  3. When it involves a pool, the ocean or any significant body of water I’m a fan. Nice gazebos and gazebo like structures.


  4. eva says:

    Patio Gazebos, you make very cool stuff. I think that the next gazebo is going to be almost a house! I would be happy with one of this cabañas!

  5. Rob Northrup says:

    At the Copa, Copa Cabana…

    Looks like an excellent choice for next to a pool or small pond…

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  6. Those things are great. Now I just need a pool!
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  7. this is just too cool. My sister has a pool that one of these cabanas would be perfect for.

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  8. kevin hogan says:

    great cabanas and well built. what are you most popular choices?

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  9. Dennis Perry says:

    I can definitely see myself in a hot tub inside one of these. Very cool!

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  10. Don Hill says:

    Wow… I really like the Red Cedar one. It would look really nice next to the log cabin by the lake.


  11. Dual purpose cabana – pool house and guest house. I like it!
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  12. G.E. Moon II says:

    A dear friend of mine has a cabana similiar to this that he allowed his niece to live in for the summer. It was probably bigger than most New York City apartments.

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  13. Hi Rae and Mark,

    One after the other, all of your gazebos are so gorgeous that I admire them all. How are we to choose? OK, so I have a slight visual preference for the 2 wooden cabanas. And thank you for providing the audio element. I’m playing it and enjoying it right now! (And I’m even near the ocean this weekend!)

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  14. That is quite the selection of cabanas.

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  15. Bryan says:

    I don’t have a pool yet…but when I get one …thsi is a must.

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  16. Andrew Russell says:

    looks like a mini house very cool!

  17. Ricky says:

    wow this is such a great Cabana, and i think this would be a great playhouse for my kids as it rains every time here…

    Thanks a lot

  18. Nick says:

    Great selection! They all look so nice.

  19. William Shallom says:

    Oh man! How I wish I have a pool so I can have one of these beauties built! Man, living in an overcrowded city has its downside.

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