Asked on Sep 12, 2017

How to 'winter-over' a gazebo

We live in the Chicago area and winters can be harsh. I love my gazebo but can't figure out how to close it up to protect furnishings from rain and snow. Wind is also a problem, with screens blowing in. Has anyone solved this problem?

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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 12, 2017
    You must remove the canopy,then if possible tie the gazebo down or unfortunately dismantle

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    • Debbie Alaniz Debbie Alaniz on Sep 25, 2018

      I too have a wood gazebo...I am planning to have it shrink wrapped. The company that stained my gazebo told me about it. Same way people shrink wrap their boats in their driveway. Hope this was helpful for you...

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Sep 12, 2017
    For the furniture, get the plastic painters drop cloth and stack all the cushions on one piece and wrap it real well and secure. The rest of the furniture if you can stack a couple of pieces together, do it and cover all the furniture. You don't want to cover the gazebo as that would catch the wind and make it at a higher risk of blowing over or damage. If you can remove the screens that blow in, that would keep the wind from damaging them and having less risk of catching the wind.

  • Emily Emily on Sep 12, 2017
    We live in Maine and while not a gazebo this grape arbor has wintered over for many years. We did as Nancy suggested and stacked and covered the chairs but for greater protection to them we put behind our tool shed. The table we just leave uncovered. I always wanted a gazebo and I bet your is pretty. Which reminds me there is one in Fort Williams which is nearby (where Portland head light is) they just leave that as is.