Which Open Air Cabana Shape Suits My Pool, Patio, and Spa Best?

January 16, 2023

Whether in a residential or commercial setting, pool, patio, and spa environments are among the biggest draws for people looking for some high-quality R&R. So how do you maximize the impact of your outdoor sanctuary? Add an Open Air Cabana to the design.  

SummerSpace Open Air Cabanas provide a relaxing spot to rest and refresh, offering shelter from solar heat and UV rays without sacrificing exposure to the fresh air. Whether you’re looking for a place to sit down and enjoy the scenery or somewhere to hold special events outdoors, Open Air Cabanas can be used in a variety of ways. 

Open Air Cabana Shapes

SummerSpace Open Air Cabanas come in three shapes:

  • Octagon
  • Square
  • Rectangle

When choosing a shape for your cabana, there are two main factors you should consider: your available space and the activity/activities the cabana will house.

Available Space

Whatever you envision happening under your Open Air Cabana, you can, ultimately, only do what the space will allow. Therefore, be sure to carefully measure and photograph the designated area in which you want to place the cabana. It’s best to place it in a space where nothing will hang directly over the top of it (e.g., branches, balconies, etc.). So, favor a cabana that will give you some space around its outer perimeter with nothing but air towering above it.

SummerSpace Open Air Cabanas come in the following sizes:

  • Octagon: 13′ footprint; 15′ footprint
  • Square: 12′ footprint; 16′ footprint
  • Rectangle: 12′ x 16′

Whatever shape or size you choose, you’ll be able to customize the aluminum hardware, the Tempotest fabric top, and even the optional deck frame kit if you choose to add flooring. You can find the perfect pairing that suits your pool, patio, and spa best.

Activity for the Cabana

There are so many ways you can use your Open Air Cabana. Everything from exercise to lounging after a great swim or soak is fair game when you have that perfectly arranged shade above you. So, once you’ve established the parameters of the space, move your thinking to what activities you plan to do the most under your cabana, as they will influence the shape you choose.

A rectangle-shaped cabana may work best for larger spaces where entertaining is a top priority. The extra space allows for lots of seating and activity options, making it ideal for hosting parties or large gatherings, especially if a buffet or a ceremony is part of the equation. 

On the other hand, a square cabana is better for more compact spaces that need to accommodate only a few guests. This includes outdoor dining and living patio spaces that are typically arranged with symmetry in mind so people can face each other. If you want to play board games, lounge, or take tea under your cabana, a square shape is a great choice.

For a larger area with lots of people, an octagon cabana may be the way to go. This gazebo-like shape offers extra room to maneuver and allows for maximum interaction between guests while keeping open air vibes alive and well. So, if you imagine people dancing together under your cabana, an octagon is a sure winner.

Whatever shape you choose for your cabana, aim to maximize seating efficiency while still providing plenty of space for the air to circulate.  

Your Custom Cabana

Whether you’re looking for a place to lounge solo or host a crowd, there’s an Open Air Cabana shape to suit your needs. Once you’re clear on the specifications and goals for your pool, patio, or spa environment, get in touch with a SummerSpace dealer. They’ll help you choose the size, shape, and style features for your Open Air Cabana, so you and your guests can relax in stylish comfort for years to come.

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