How To Screen In A Gazebo (Easy Guide)

If you’re looking to add a little privacy to your backyard and want to do it cost-effectively, then building a screen for your gazebo might be the answer. 

Typically, screens are made from PVC piping or wood lattice panels that attach to the side of your gazebo using hooks and clips, but there are other options for materials as well. 

In this blog post we’ll walk through how to build a simple wooden screen for your gazebo.

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Screening in a gazebo can enhance privacy and protect against insects.
It is important to choose the right screening material for your gazebo.
Proper installation techniques ensure a tight and secure fit for the screens.
Regular maintenance and cleaning of the screens help prolong their lifespan.
Screens can be installed on both existing and newly constructed gazebos.
Incorporating screens during initial construction provides a seamless integration.
Retrofitting screens to an existing gazebo is feasible with proper planning and installation techniques.

Lengthen The Slats Of The Gazebo

To lengthen the slats of the gazebo, you need to use a saw to cut the slats and a drill to attach them to the frame.

First, lay all of your pieces out in front of you and label each one with a number or letter so that it’s easy for everyone who is helping to know what piece goes where. 

Then take one board at a time and make sure it fits correctly into its designated spot on the frame before drilling it in place with screws. 

It doesn’t matter how many screws are used (as long as they’re in an appropriate spot), but we recommend using at least three per board: 

Two on either side of where it attaches directly onto another piece; one across from those two screws on top of another piece if necessary; and possibly another four along each side edge where there’s more room between panels (depending on how many boards are being used).

When constructing a gazebo, the roof plays a crucial role in its overall stability and protection. Our handyman advice on building a gazebo roof provides valuable tips and techniques to ensure a durable and well-designed roof that complements your gazebo structure.

Attach Screen From The Inside

Once you’ve figured out the best way to attach screening to your gazebo, it’s time to get started. It’s easiest (and fastest) if you attach the screening from inside of the gazebo, but if you’d prefer to install it from outside of your structure, that will work as well.

Staple gun: If you’re using a staple gun, lay out your screening material flat on a table or floor before attaching it. 

Stretch it taut over one side of your frame and use one hand to hold down an end while stapling with the other. Repeat this process until all sides have been secured in place with staples inserted every 6 inches or so (depending on how wide your screen is).

Drill: Attaching screening using a drill is similar in many ways you’ll still want some pre-stretching before attaching but here’s where things get different: Instead of placing each staple every 6 inches from edge to edge (as above), place them about 2 or 3 inches apart across both widths instead. 

That way when we look at our finished product later on down below we should see less visible gaps around each stitch line between panels than we would otherwise

Attach Screen from the InsideScreens are attached to the gazebo frame from the interior side, providing a clean and seamless look. This method is often used by {Brand A} and {Brand B} gazebos.
Exterior Screen AttachmentScreens are attached to the exterior side of the gazebo frame, offering easy access for maintenance or replacement. This method is commonly employed by {Brand C} and {Brand D} gazebos.
Track SystemScreens are attached using a track system, allowing for smooth sliding and easy removal when desired. This method is frequently utilized by {Brand E} and {Brand F} gazebos.
Snap-on ClipsScreens are secured to the gazebo frame using snap-on clips, providing a secure fit and ease of installation. This method is commonly found in {Brand G} and {Brand H} gazebos.
Hook and Loop FastenersScreens are attached to the gazebo frame using hook and loop fasteners, offering a flexible and adjustable installation method. {Brand I} and {Brand J} gazebos often utilize this approach.

Use Mesh Curtain Panels To Cover Your Gazebo

If the opening is large, like a patio or poolside area, then it’s best to use mesh curtain panels. These can be attached to your gazebo framework by drilling screws through them and into the wood.

If you only need coverage for a smaller section of your structure, such as an entrance or corner windows, then curtains may be the way to go. You’ll want to make sure they’re weighted down with something heavy enough so they don’t blow away in high winds.

Creating your own gazebo doesn’t have to be complicated. Our simple guide on making a gazebo offers step-by-step instructions and expert tips to help you embark on a rewarding DIY project, resulting in a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy.

Install The Screening In a Frame

Laying the screening over a frame is a great way to support the screen and make it easier to attach. It also makes it easier to install, since you don’t have to worry about getting your entire gazebo wrapped in heavy material before trying to put it up.

You can use an existing gazebo or build one from scratch. Unless you’re planning on making your own frame, we recommend buying one that’s pre-made it’ll save time and effort and ensure that all of the features work together seamlessly when installed properly.

The most important thing is ensuring that your frame will be strong enough for whatever use case you’re looking at if it’s just going to be sitting in your yard with no real weight on top of it (like shade), then something like PVC pipe would probably suffice; if there’s going to be more weight (like tables), then steel may be necessary instead.

Use A Flexible Screening

Flexible screening is less expensive than rigid screening, as it is easier to install and can be used for large or small openings. It’s also ideal for custom sizes.

Flexible screening is made from lightweight polyester fabric stretched over a frame that’s four feet tall by eight feet wide, which means you don’t have to cut the mesh into smaller pieces when creating your screens. 

The mesh itself is also incredibly durable   up to 15 times stronger than vinyl and resists tearing, punctures and cuts so you can enjoy your gazebo without worrying about accidents happening on the screen door side of things.

Screening MaterialDescription
Fiberglass ScreenFiberglass screens are a popular choice for flexible screening in gazebos. They are durable, resistant to corrosion, and provide excellent visibility and airflow. The material is lightweight, easy to install, and can withstand exposure to the elements.
Polyester ScreenPolyester screens offer versatility and durability for gazebo screening. They are known for their tear resistance, UV protection, and ability to maintain their shape over time. Polyester screens provide good visibility, insect protection, and are easy to clean.
Aluminum ScreenAluminum screens are sturdy and provide excellent durability. They are resistant to rust and corrosion, making them suitable for outdoor use. Aluminum screens offer good visibility and airflow while effectively keeping out insects and debris.
Vinyl-Coated PolyesterVinyl-coated polyester screens combine the durability of polyester with the added benefit of a vinyl coating. This coating enhances the screen’s strength, UV resistance, and ability to repel water. Vinyl-coated polyester screens are easy to clean and maintain.
Pet-Resistant ScreenPet-resistant screens are specially designed to withstand scratches and damage caused by pets. These screens are made of durable materials such as vinyl-coated polyester or heavy-duty fiberglass, offering excellent resistance against pet claws and ensuring longevity.

Build a Screen Enclosure Around Your Gazebo

To build a screen enclosure, you’ll need to attach the screen to the frame. There are several ways to do this:

A wooden frame – Use 2×4 lumber and nails. Nail two 2x4s together at right angles and cut off the top corner of each one so that they form an L shape when placed together in order to create an opening for your door. 

Cut holes in the side walls where you want windows or doors, according to how many people will be entering and leaving your home through these spaces on a regular basis (if there’s just one door for everyone, then nobody needs a window). 

Attach four pieces of lattice or trellis around each wall section with screws from inside outward toward outside; use screws instead of nails so that they won’t pop through too easily when someone bumps into them accidentally! 

Finally fasten a piece of screen onto each side wall section by running it up over its edge before attaching it like this:

Wrap one end around itself three times about 12 inches down from where it finishes (which will help keep insects away) using industrial strength threading tape (the kind used when sewing leather shoes). 

Then start wrapping up again until there’s no more room left between turns; stop when there’s 30 inches left over before cutting off any excess length with scissors.

Tie off at each end using square knots: 

1) Place both ends next together underneath itself so that they’re facing opposite directions–one pair facing up while another faces down–and then 

2) Pull both sets tight together toward middle knot point until 

3) They meet perfectly aligned correctly.

Now insert 4 bolts through pre-drilled holes.

Looking for a better way to build your dream gazebo? Our guide on building a gazebo explores innovative techniques and materials, providing you with alternative approaches to construct a sturdy and stylish gazebo that stands out.

Use Porch Screens For Large Openings

If you have a large opening that is going to be exposed to the elements, consider using a porch screen. These screens can be installed quickly and easily, and they are also very inexpensive. They come in many sizes so you can choose one that fits your needs perfectly.

You can use porch screens for many purposes, but one of their main uses is for keeping insects out of your yard or garden area when it’s windy outside. 

This will help prevent them from getting inside your home as well as keep them from ruining any food items that may be stored outside (like fresh vegetables). 

You can take advantage of all this protection by placing some patio screens around your deck or gazebo area they add both beauty and functionality while giving you peace-of-mind knowing there won’t be any unwanted pests flying into the house!

Create Folding Doors Out Of Fabric

If you have a gazebo, you might want to consider screening in one side. This will allow your guests to enjoy the fresh air while they are outside while still keeping bugs and other insects out of their way. If you don’t want to completely enclose the gazebo, but still have some shade, then this is a great option for you!

Instead of spending money on installing permanent screens on your existing structure, simply make some folding doors out of fabric that can be stored easily when not in use. To do this:

Purchase a curtain rod that fits nicely into your existing opening (or find an appropriate alternative). 

You’ll want something long enough so that it can reach from one side of your gazebo all the way across or near where guests will sit down if they’re inside with no other way for them to get into or out of there except through this doorway area itself.

Install Sliding Panels To Your Gazebo

If you’d like to have a more enclosed space, sliding panels are the way to go. They can be installed in place of curtains or located on either side of your gazebo frame.

Sliding panels are ideal for those who want privacy and the option of opening up their gazebo at any time. 

They’re also great for families with young children who might need some extra supervision, as well as pets that like to peek out from behind closed doors (or otherwise not stay inside). As an added bonus, they’ll help keep stray bugs outside where they belong!

Ensuring the stability of your gazebo is crucial, especially when anchoring it to concrete. Our simple guide on anchoring a gazebo to concrete offers valuable tips and techniques to securely fasten your gazebo, providing peace of mind during strong winds or adverse weather conditions.

Make Retractable Panels To Your Gazebo Railing

If you want to make your gazebo a little more private, consider a retractable screen system. This is a great option for those who don’t want to totally enclose their gazebo or who just want some extra privacy from time to time. 

It allows you to open and close the screen as needed, which means that it can be closed on rainy days or when there are bugs around. This video shows how easy it is to install one of these systems yourself:

The cost of this type of retractable panel system varies depending on what kind of materials you use and where you buy them from, but generally ranges between $50-$100 per panel (you’ll need two). 

Installing one will take about 30-60 minutes depending on how complex it is for your particular model and whether or not you have access to tools like drills and screwdrivers (which are usually required). 

The benefits of using this method include being able to move back into our house sooner once winter hits since we did not have enough insulation outside yet; being able to enjoy eating meals outside regardless if it’s sunny or rainy out; still being able see my kids playing without having them run inside every time they hear someone coming through those doors!

Retractable Panel SystemDescription
Motorized Retractable PanelsMotorized retractable panel systems offer convenience and ease of use. With the touch of a button, the panels can be effortlessly extended or retracted, providing instant privacy and protection. These systems often come with remote controls or smart home integration options for added convenience.
Manual Retractable PanelsManual retractable panel systems require manual operation to extend or retract the panels. They typically utilize a crank mechanism or pull system for easy adjustment. These systems are user-friendly and can be operated by hand, allowing you to control the level of privacy and openness as desired.
Track-guided Retractable PanelsTrack-guided retractable panel systems feature panels that slide along a track system, ensuring smooth and seamless operation. The track provides stability and allows for precise positioning of the panels. These systems are known for their durability and ease of use.
Magnetic Retractable PanelsMagnetic retractable panel systems utilize magnets embedded within the panels and the railing to securely hold the panels in place. These systems are easy to operate, offering a seamless appearance when the panels are extended and allowing for quick and convenient retraction when desired.
Spring-loaded Retractable PanelsSpring-loaded retractable panel systems use a spring mechanism to automatically retract the panels when not in use. These systems offer simplicity and ease of operation, eliminating the need for manual adjustment. The panels can be easily extended to provide privacy and protection as needed.

Place The Screening On The Roof Of Your Gazebo

To attach the screening to your wooden frame, use hooks or eyelets. If you’re using a waterproof material for the screening, use a waterproof adhesive on the roof of your gazebo so that rain doesn’t seep through it and damage any materials underneath. 

The screening should be firmly secured to both sides of the frame before you anchor it down by driving nails into each corner of the wooden frame and tying knots where necessary.

Attach Panels From The Inside Of The Gazebo Using Velcro Strips

You’ll want to attach the panels from the inside of your gazebo, so that they don’t have an ugly edge showing. 

To do this, you will use Velcro strips to adhere the screen fabric to your frame. First, measure and mark where you want your velcro strip placement on your wood frame. Then drill holes in those spots and use a screwdriver or other tool to attach them with screws.

Once you have attached all of your panels, simply pull them onto their own hooks on each side of the frame (or two hooks if it is really heavy) so that they are secured in place when not being used as shade screens!

Build a Gazebo With Removable Screens In It Already.

You can do this by building a gazebo and hanging curtains on it. You will want to hang them on the outside, inside and roof of the gazebo. 

If your region has a lot of mosquitoes or other insects then you may want to consider using netting instead of curtains for all three areas

If you have a patio or paved area and want to anchor your gazebo securely, check out our simple way of anchoring a gazebo to pavers. Our step-by-step instructions and recommendations will help you create a stable foundation, ensuring your gazebo stays in place and provides a comfortable outdoor retreat.

Use A Pergola And Hang Curtains On It To Block Insects Out.

If you want to add some extra privacy, try a pergola. A pergola is a freestanding structure that supports climbing plants and vines. 

It’s basically a trellis for vines, only it’s usually built from wood and has an open lattice design. You can use this as an alternative screening solution if you don’t want to attach curtains or any other material to your gazebo.

You may also be able to find ready-made curtains that are designed specifically for use with gazebos. 

These will come in various styles and fabrics, including sheer ones made of silk or cotton voile which offer light filtering while still allowing views through the fabric panels so people inside can see out without being seen by passersby outside (the same principle applies when using mosquito netting). The best part? They act as insect repellents by blocking their path into your space!


As you can see, there are a lot of ways to screen in a gazebo. The key is to make sure that you find the right materials and method for your needs. 

Take some time to think about how much work you want to put into this project before deciding on what method is best suited for your needs.

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources related to screening in a gazebo:

How to Make Gazebo Screens: Learn how to create custom screens for your gazebo, providing privacy and protection from insects while maintaining an open-air feel.

Screening in a Gazebo: A Step-by-Step Guide: This comprehensive guide provides detailed instructions and tips on screening in a gazebo, including material selection, installation techniques, and maintenance considerations.

Instructions for Screening in a Gazebo: Discover step-by-step instructions and helpful advice for adding screens to your gazebo, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space while keeping pests at bay.


Here are some frequently asked questions related to screening in a gazebo:

How do I choose the right screening material for my gazebo?

Selecting the appropriate screening material for your gazebo depends on factors such as desired visibility, durability, and insect protection. Consider options like fiberglass, aluminum, or polyester screens, each with its own advantages and considerations.

What tools and supplies do I need to screen in a gazebo?

Common tools required for screening in a gazebo include a tape measure, utility knife, spline roller, screen installation tool, and a staple gun. Additionally, you will need screening material, spline, and potentially frame components if not already in place.

How can I ensure a tight and secure fit when installing the screens?

To achieve a tight and secure fit, make sure to properly tension the screens during installation. This can be done by applying consistent pressure with the spline roller or screen installation tool while working your way around the gazebo frame.

How do I maintain and clean the screens in my gazebo?

Regular maintenance of gazebo screens involves removing debris, inspecting for damage or tears, and cleaning with a mild soap and water solution. Gently scrub the screens and rinse thoroughly, ensuring they are completely dry before reattaching them to the gazebo.

Can I install screens on an existing gazebo, or is it better to incorporate them during construction?

Screens can be added to both existing and newly constructed gazebos. While incorporating screens during the initial construction allows for seamless integration, retrofitting screens to an existing gazebo is also feasible with proper planning and installation techniques.