Build your own pavilion – DIY ideas for your shade provider

own pavilion
own pavilion


Whether as a protective roof for the BBQ buffet or a cozy place for quiet reading hours – a self-built pavilion fulfills many purposes. If you provide it with a waterproof roof, you can enjoy your garden even in bad weather. In the following instructions we will show you how you can build a simple pavilion yourself. In addition, in the chapter “Planning & background knowledge” we explain, among other things, about suitable materials and the right location.

Let’s go – step by step: build your own pavilion

With these step-by-step instructions, we will show you how you can build a wooden gazebo yourself and what tools you will need.

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Pay attention to occupational safety at all steps to protect yourself and your health. In our overview of safety precautions for DIY you will find the most important tips.

to saw wood

When buying material, pay attention to suitable wood. Spruce/fir or Douglas fir are common and inexpensive. You can either saw the wood at home with a jigsaw or have it cut at the hardware store. Sand down the saw edges, for example with a multi -sander .

If you are new to using the tools, watch our saw tutorial videos and sander video tutorials .

Create the basis for the DIY pavilion

A self-made pavilion needs a suitable foundation, such as e.g. B. a point foundation. To do this, dig 12 holes with the minimum dimensions of 20 x 20 x 40 cm, 3 for each corner of the gazebo. The 3 holes in the corners should each be 50 cm apart. The distance between the 4 outer corner holes is 3.70 m each.

Fill the excavated holes with concrete and place the H-post supports in the still wet concrete. As soon as the concrete has hardened, use a cordless drill and the M8 x 80 mm hex head wood screws to attach the 2.50 m long beams to the post bases. Use a spirit level or a line laser for the exact vertical alignment of the posts .

Attach roof frame

In the next step, you assemble the roof frame from the 4 beams, each 3.90 m. So that they are flush with each other at the corners and do not lie on top of each other, first saw recesses measuring 5 x 10 cm at the ends of the beams (technical term: straight blade ).

Then place the beams of the roof frame on the support pillars and connect them using the cordless drill and the 8 x 80 mm countersunk wood screws. If you still need useful tips on how to use the device, check out our video tutorials for drills and screwdrivers .

Then you attach the roof frame to the support posts. Use the heavy duty angle brackets and M8 x 80mm hex head wood screws. You need two angle connectors for each support post and two screws for each angle connector.

Roof construction and decorative grille

Use the 4.20 m long rafters for the roof construction. Fasten them to the roof frame with the angle connectors and the M8 x 50 mm hexagonal wood screws. The distance between the individual rafters is approx. 50 cm.

Now take the cross boards, provide them with recesses for the rafters of 12 x 6 cm and fasten them to the rafters from above with long countersunk wood screws. Then you can attach the trellis by screwing them to the support posts. You’ve already built the basic framework for your simple pavilion.

cover the roof

If you want protection from the sun and rain, consider building a gazebo with a solid roof. Suitable for this are u. a. tinted sinus plastic panels made of acrylic, which still let enough light through. To avoid heat build-up, cover the upper edge of the cross boards with reflective tape.

Then screw the acrylic panels to the roof construction. You need the calottes and sheet metal screws. 8 pieces per square meter are enough. Never drill into the trough of the wave, as water can accumulate there and make the screws porous. Be sure to overlap the individual panels enough to make the roof watertight.