A SummerSpace® Open Air Cabana makes a splendid addition to a pool, patio, or spa environment, providing a stylish, shaded area for relaxation and entertainment. However, once your shaded oasis is installed, you may ask yourself, “Can I move my Open Air Cabana?”
The short answer is yes. You can move your cabana. However, you will have to take a few preparatory steps to make sure the process goes smoothly.
How to Move My Open Air Cabana
SummerSpace open air cabanas are anchored to either concrete or heavy wooden or composite decking by three anchoring screws on each of the cabana’s legs. This ensures that the heavy-duty, aluminum structure remains secure, even under moderate wind threats.
That being said, it is still possible to move your cabana, but it will require some effort and planning. Here are a few tips on how to move your Open Air Cabana safely and effectively.
1. Gather the Necessary Tools
You will need a power drill, a socket set, and a level. Due to the cabana’s weight and size, you’ll need to recruit a few friends or hire a professional to assist with the move.
2. Remove the Anchoring Screws
Use the power drill to remove the anchoring screws from the cabana’s foundation. Be sure to keep the screws in a safe place so that you can use them for reinstallation later.
3. Carefully Move the Cabana
Once the anchoring screws are removed, the cabana can be lifted and moved to its new location. Be sure that you and your moving partners lift in sync and use proper lifting techniques to limit stress on your body.
4. Move the Cabana to its New Location
Your cabana will need to be re-anchored to a firm foundation. Therefore, look for other spots with a flat concrete or decking surface that can support your cabana.
5. Level the Cabana and Re-Install the Anchoring Screws
Once the cabana is in its new location, use the level to ensure it’s properly aligned. Then, reinstall the anchoring screws to secure it to the new surface.
Best Practices for Moving Your Open Air Cabana
The process of moving your open air cabana from one anchored location to another requires care. Therefore, keep a few best practices in mind as you perform the procedure outlined above.
1. Never Work Alone
Moving an Open Air Cabana can be a big task and should not be attempted by yourself. If you go the DIY route, recruit friends or family to help you with the move. If you prefer to hire professionals, talk to your local SummerSpace dealer. They know the equipment best and can help you identify the proper personnel for the job.
2. Take Appropriate Safety Measures
It’s critical that you take safety measures such as wearing the appropriate safety gear including close-toed shoes with good traction. Save the flip-flops for when you’re lounging under the cabana’s shade, not moving it.
Also, only move the cabana in favorable weather conditions. Be sure you won’t have any surprise showers, lightning, or strong winds jeopardizing your task.
3. Know When to Remove the Cabana Cover
If moving your cabana requires close or moderate contact with overhanging obstacles like branches or eaves, it’s a good idea to remove the cabana cover. That way, you don’t have to worry about accidentally damaging the fabric. Read our blog, How to Remove Your Open Air Cabana Cover, for a step-by-step guide.
Yes, I Can Move My Open Air Cabana!
With some effort and planning on your part, you can enjoy the same shade and comfort of your SummerSpace Open Air Cabana in a new, scenic location. For more tips on how to move your cabana, get in touch with one of our trusted dealers. They can offer you specialized guidance on how to move and care for your cabana.