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21 Of The Best Backyard Cabana Ideas

I think having a backyard cabana is something just about all of us want in life. Imagine having the perfect relaxing spot in your backyard next to your pool house to enjoy on those lazy Sunday afternoons or warm weekday evenings after a long workday? 

If you’re interested in building a gorgeous cabana in your backyard, keep reading for the best cabana ideas to give you inspiration for your build!

Let’s Get Social

Group of friends enjoying their time on a backyard of a modern country house

Love entertaining but wish you could have an outdoor space to get together with your friends and family? This cabana is perfect for hanging out with your favorite people for dinner and drinks.

To pull off this backyard cabana idea, you’ll need to build a simple wooden structure to make sure you’re protected from the elements. Then, decorate it with a couple of meters of string lights along the wooden roof!

Staycation Station

Outdoor living spaces cabana on a deck

The hustle and bustle of daily life can be incredibly draining for many of us. Why not try a slow home-based staycation when the going gets tough? With a backyard cabana like this one, you’ll get to enjoy the experience of being on vacation while chilling in your backyard.

This idea makes use of a slightly elevated wooden deck, an open gazebo, and some outdoor furniture. Throw in an outdoor umbrella to add the perfect finishing touch and you’ll have the ideal lounging area for your next staycation!

A Cozy Cabana

Cozy cabana set-up on a short space relaxed backyard area

Short of space in your backyard but would love to create a little relaxation area? Try out this idea for a cozy, country-style cabana that doesn’t take up much space at all.

For this idea, you’re going to need a patio swing and some outdoor furniture. Finish off the look with some plants and floral cushions to spruce things up. 

Time For A Sunny Snooze

Gazebo with a wooden bed under a mosquito net on a backyard set-up

Now, this is what my dreams are made of! An outdoor daybed is perfect for afternoon naps (or lunch break power naps if you’re a remote worker like me). 

To pull off this amazing idea, you will need a deck of some sort to place the base of the bed on. Once you’ve placed your bed on the deck and added some throw cushions and linen, don’t forget to hang some sheer white curtains for some privacy and to keep the mosquitos out.

This piece has more information on how to waterproof a mattress for outdoors!

A Serene Garden Pavilion

Perfect outdoor pavilion in a wonderful green environment

Have you ever had those days where you just felt like you needed help to get those creative juices flowing or some fresh air to wake your brain up on a Monday? This idea is for you if you’ve ever wished you could physically take your dining room or study outdoors for some fresh air! 

This outdoor pavilion is the perfect escape from a stuffy study. It gives you the ideal space to get your work done or have a meal with the company of tweeting birds and beautiful blossoms in your garden. 

A Wonderful Wooden Cabana

Wonderful wooden backyard gazebo cabana on a summer day

Wood is such a timeless material that will always be my first choice for any home and outdoor project. Not only is it more cost-effective compared to many modern materials, but it’s also easier on the eye!

What makes this wooden cabana so special is the beautiful cut-work paneling that adds a whole new dimension to it. Try this one if you’d like a quiet little corner to read or get some work done while getting a good dose of nature.

If you have an unused shed in your yard, you can always try using that as a cabana instead of building a new one from scratch. There are a couple of things you should know about using sheds as cabanas though, such as the cost factor involved to run electricity and where in your yard is best to place it.

If you’d like to purchase a shed to repurpose it as a cabana, don’t forget to check out reviews on the best metal, resin and wooden sheds on the market, and do some research on when is the best time of the month to purchase, as well as what size you can get without needing a permit.

Summer Vibes

Summer vibes open wooden gazebo in a garden with apple trees and flowers
Open wooden gazebo in the garden with apple trees and flowers. Summer landscape background

Are you planning on getting your backyard ready in time for summer? This beautiful backyard cabana provides the perfect outdoor escape when you’re entertaining family and friends over the holidays. 

The addition of fruit trees and beautiful plants bordering the cabana fits in so well with this aesthetic. Throw in some wooden outdoor furniture and hang up string lights for ambient lighting and you have the most magical summer cabana.

A Horticulturalist’s Dream Cabana

Alfresco living area with a horticulturalists dream cabana

If you’re an avid gardener who loves a pristine-looking yard that’s perfectly edged and trimmed, this one’s for you! The rather unusual shape of this cabana adds such beautiful dimension here and it perfectly complements this gorgeous backyard cabana.

Full disclosure: to pull off this exact cabana, you’re going to need to either know your way around complex builds or hire a professional. While it isn’t a simple structure, it will definitely add a simplistic feel to your backyard!

Poolside Cabana 

Large in-ground pool with poolside cabana

This poolside cabana is just what the doctor ordered for all the water lovers out there! Imagine a pool house just a couple of steps away from a sparkly blue pool – these is definitely some of the top ingredients for the perfect summer experience, especially if you have kids!

If you have enough space to build your swimming pool cabana alongside the length of your pool, you’ll be able to go all out with outdoor furniture because you’ll have more than enough space to fill. Think about adding day beds, sun loungers, sheer drapes, and outdoor umbrellas and you’ve got yourself the perfect pool house to relax this summer.

Need more sunken pool cabana ideas? Keep reading for more of the good stuff!

A Snug Pool Cabana  

Snug pool in the backyard with sunbeds directly under the rays of the sun

Still want a swimming pool cabana but don’t have enough space to pull off an idea like the one above? This is one of my favorite pool cabana ideas in my opinion because it doesn’t require much effort (or money) at all but it still creates a cool pool house.

All you need to do to pull off these pool cabanas is to jazz up your patio with an outdoor dining room and an outdoor kitchen, add in some wooden loungers and voila, you’ve got a pool house!

A Landscaper’s Paradise

A landscape design for a backyard plan with a hut and a pool

Here’s another one for the avid gardeners and those who are sticklers for a pristine-looking yard. 

This pool cabana resembles a small hut-like structure within close distance of the pool area. It’s too small to be decked out with an outdoor kitchen or outdoor living area, but I’m sure you would be able to fit in a cute porch swing or a daybed.

Tent-Like Backyard Cabana 

Tent-like backyard cabana design that looks cozy specially at night

Are you planning a small event with friends or family and would like to host it outdoors? Check out this cabana idea that makes use of a tent covered by white curtains

This look is pulled together by some comfy furniture like a couch, cushions, a coffee table, a rug and warm lighting.

Pergola Cabana 

Romantic pergola cabana on a backyard set-up with lights

Looking for the perfect place to relax outdoors with your significant other? This pergola cabana creates the most romantic vibe that’ll recreate just what you need for some quality time!

This pergola with four posts and a loose overhead covering is great for warm evenings. Add in some outdoor seating area, like the one pictured above, drape a string of fairy lights along the perimeter of the pergola and you’ve got yourself a cozy little romantic spot to relax!

Warm And Inviting Cabana Tent

Warm and inviting design backyard cabana with a swing

This cabana design is one of my favorite backyard cabana ideas! It’s just so inviting and comfortable yet so simple to create.

This idea makes use of a tent, a beautiful sitting area with fluffy cushions, a swing, and pretty little string lights that rest on a platform of stone tiles.

Backyard Teepee Tent

Backyard teepee tent cabana with sunrays passing through the roof

Need a temporary fix for an event? How about this rustic-style teepee tent? Decorated with some potted plants and cushions, this tent creates a rather relaxing atmosphere for you to hang out with a loved one.

What’s great about this design is that it’s easy to decorate. Notice the difference in height between the potted plants? The effect this creates is subtle yet bold enough to elevate a simple teepee tent to a mini cabana.

Party Cabana 

Pointed style party tent backyard cabana

If you’re planning a little party in your backyard, you definitely need this white party cabana to protect you from the elements!

Cabanas like these are made up of waterproof fabric and even come with transparent sides that resemble windows so you don’t have to worry about getting your own lighting!

Rustic Style Cabana

Rustic style backyard cabana with an orange flower in the center of the table

Looking for a more natural cabana vibe? This rustic-style cabana gives you just that!

To recreate this look once you’ve got your structure in place, all you need is some simple wooden furniture and some potted plants. 

4 More Backyard Cabana Ideas For Your Home

A Cabana Fit For A Beauty Queen  

Backyard Cabana with wood and glass doors
Image credit: @melwood.com.au

This is one of the best pool cabana ideas for us ladies. We all know how hard it is to maintain beauty queen status in or around a pool on a scorching-hot summer day. So, having a pool house that doubles as a beauty station is pretty handy!

A modern vanity table and comfy chair are the perfect setup to apply or reapply your sunscreen too! Fun fact, you should always have sunscreen (at least SPF 15) available for all your pool party guests, as advised by the Pool Cool Decision Making Guide For Sun-Safe Swimming Pools, issued by the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, as they should apply it every two hours and after taking a swim!

Imperial Daybed Cabana

Unique Cabana with mattress and pillows inside
Image credit: @rainesrealty

I am a great fan of affordable luxury, and this superb rattan daybed and coffee table set screams exactly that. It allows you to cool down next to your pool in royal style, be it day or night. The curtains allow you privacy, no matter how crowded the swimming pool area is, while the storage space underneath the bed enables you to stock up on everything you need for a relaxed staycation.  

In the words of Jennifer Ebert, deputy editor of Homes & Gardens online magazine, outdoor furniture made from rattan is one of the hottest trends in the world of outdoor décor and design for the following reasons:

  • highly sophisticated, timeless look
  • strength and durability
  • portability
  • possibility to use it in both outdoor & indoor living space
  • eco-friendliness

Having a rattan dining table and chairs myself, I know how hard it is to clean, that is why I suggest you check out the following video:

The Ultimate Backyard Retreat 

A modern Cabana decorated with beautiful lights
Image credit: @melwood.com.au

Everything you have is worth little to nothing if you do not have someone to share it with! So, having a guest house in your backyard is a great asset. The one pictured here is modern, yet cozy. Tucked in lush greenery and with a curvy stone path leading to it, this retreat makes you feel like you are in a fairy tale world. 

Dr. Todd Thatcher from the Highland Springs Speciality Clinic states people need in-person interactions to reap the full benefits of social connection. So, my advice is: forget about social networks and invite some people over!

Dressed In White

Chairs and table in front of a classic style Cabana
Image credit: @melwood.com.au

Who wouldn’t want such a beautiful white cabana in their backyard? I fell in love with it at first site. It’s neat and tidy, yet effective. There are so many options for your afternoon rest too! I would have trouble deciding between the comfy sofa tucked inside and the swinging hammock in the open air
The custom-made wooden deck extending onto the perfectly-maintained lawn is the icing on the cake. You can use it to sit back and relax while the kids play under the safety of your watchful eye. This is the perfect setup for families!

FAQs

What Is An Outdoor Cabana? 

An outdoor cabana is a type of shelter that’s typically found outside near the pool area and beaches. Outdoor cabanas are similar to gazebos.

What Is The Difference Between A Gazebo And A Cabana?

The difference between a gazebo and a cabana is that a gazebo has open sides while a cabana has three closed-off sides and just one opening.

What Is The Difference Between A Cabana And A Pergola?

The difference between a cabana and a pergola is that a cabana offers full shelter while a pergola only offers gently filtered sunlight due to their latticed roofs.

Found Your Favorite Cabana Yet?

And there you have it: 21 of the best cabana ideas to give you inspiration for your next backyard project!

Cabanas really pull together the whole style of a home. Whether it was the elaborate pool cabanas or the tent ideas that sparked your interest, I hope you were able to figure out which one would work for you and your yard. 

Please let me know in the comments below whether you’ve found this article helpful!

About The Author

  • Nadya Jones

    Nadya's the creative mind behind this blog, sharing her passion for landscaping, gardening and making spaces that nourish the soul. An entrepreneur and writer based in Raleigh, NC, Nadya turns imaginative ideas into inspiration, fueling home and garden dreams. Though Nadya crafts gorgeous posts and photos showcasing lush yards or blooming gardens, the real magic happens behind the scenes where Nadya's partner Brett provides endless support, implementing each vision with care and dedication. Brett's the one ensuring her creative concepts come to life. At heart, Nadya remains an imaginative soul, forever dreaming of whimsical details, vibrant hues and lush landscapes. Each manicured edge or blossoming bloom fuels inspiration, expanding her vision of what's possible in design and life. She shares her love for landscaping, gardening, and outdoor design in her blog, the one you are visiting right now. If you are interested in the same things, be sure to check it out! Also, follow Nadya on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Flickr!

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About The Author

Nadya Jones

Nadya's the creative mind behind this blog, sharing her passion for landscaping, gardening and making spaces that nourish the soul. An entrepreneur and writer based in Raleigh, NC, Nadya turns imaginative ideas into inspiration, fueling home and garden dreams. Though Nadya crafts gorgeous posts and photos showcasing lush yards or blooming gardens, the real magic happens behind the scenes where Nadya's partner Brett provides endless support, implementing each vision with care and dedication. Brett's the one ensuring her creative concepts come to life. At heart, Nadya remains an imaginative soul, forever dreaming of whimsical details, vibrant hues and lush landscapes. Each manicured edge or blossoming bloom fuels inspiration, expanding her vision of what's possible in design and life. She shares her love for landscaping, gardening, and outdoor design in her blog, the one you are visiting right now. If you are interested in the same things, be sure to check it out! Also, follow Nadya on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Flickr!

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