Do I need sides with my Gazebo?

Pop up gazebos are versatile outdoor structures that offer shade and protection from the elements. However, the inclusion of sidewalls can drastically enhance their utility and transform them into fully enclosed spaces. Do you need sides with your gazebo? Not always, but they have a number of great benefits you should be aware of!

Understanding the gazebo

Before we look at the significance of sidewalls, let's briefly touch upon what a pop up gazebo is. Pop up gazebos are essentially collapsible, portable canopy tents that can be quickly installed and dismantled, often in a matter of less than 5 minutes. This has seen them rocket in popularity for a number of applications. They are ideal for providing shelter and shade during outdoor events and functions, for market stalls and other trading uses, and for regular use in your garden, amongst many other uses.

The Importance of Sidewalls in a Pop Up Gazebo

Sidewalls, also known as sides, walls, or enclosed panels, are added features that can be attached to the four sides of a pop up gazebo. They serve a multitude of purposes, turning your gazebo from a basic canopy into a fully functional outdoor space.

5 top benefits of sides with gazebos


One of the most obvious benefits of sidewalls is the privacy they provide. Whether you're a trader wanting to create a defined space for your customers and stock, or a homeowner seeking refuge from prying eyes while relaxing in your hot tub, sidewalls are the perfect solution. They turn your gazebo into an enclosed space, offering a sense of seclusion and exclusivity.

Protection from the Elements

Sidewalls offer an additional layer of protection from the elements. They shield you, your guests, or your products from wind, rain, and direct sunlight, enhancing the comfort and usability of your gazebo. This is particularly crucial for businesses that use gazebos at outdoor events or for homeowners who want to ensure their outdoor space is usable regardless of the weather.

Creating a Logical Entrance

A gazebo equipped with sidewalls allows you to create a designated entrance. Most sidewall sets come with two blank panels, a window panel, and a doorway panel. This setup enables you to guide the flow of people into and out of the gazebo, providing a more organised and professional appearance.

Advertising Opportunities

For businesses, sidewalls offer additional advertising opportunities. They can be customised with company logos, information about services, contact details and more. This not only reinforces your brand presence but also serves as a functional tool to attract potential customers.

Heat Retention

On a cool night, sidewalls can help to retain heat within the gazebo, creating a cosy space for you and your guests. This benefit is further enhanced when using an outdoor heater, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor space late into the night.

Buy Sides for Gazebos

3m x 3m Gazebo Sides

A full set of sidewalls for your Gala Shade Pop-Up Gazebo. This set comes with 2 x 3m plain walls, 1 x 3m window wall (with privacy blind built in), and a 3m door panel. They are available in our twelve great colour options.

Price from: £144.99
Sides for 3m x 3m Gazebos 
3m x 4.5m Gazebo Sides

A full set of sides for a 3m x 4.5m Gala Shade Pop Up gazebos. All of our sidewall sets are compatible with any of the Gala Shade gazebos. They're a 600 denier PVC-coated polyester material, the same as our extremely water-resistant canopies, and available in 12 great colours.

Price from: £169.99
Suitable for all Gala Shade 3m x 4.5m gazebos 
3m x 6m Gazebo Sides

The 3m x 6m gazebo sides are built slightly differently to the smaller sizes, as they are built for gazebos with 6 legs. This means the door and window panels are designed with two windows and two doors; one at either side of the centre leg.

Price from: £219.99
Suitable for 3m x 6m Gala Shade Gazebo 
4m x 6m Gazebo Sides

These sides are designed specifically for the 4m x 6m Gala Shade Pro 50 gazebo. The gazebo frame is around 15cm taller than any of the 3m wide gazebos, and the walls have been designed to fit perfectly with that extended height. They are manufactured using the same high quality materials of all of our gazebo sides and canopies.

Price from: £324.99
Suitable for 4m x 6m Gala Shade Gazebo 
4m x 8m Gazebo Sides

A set of walls for the largest gazebo available to buy at Gala Tent. Aside from being a lot bigger, they work in a similar way to the 3m x 6m walls, with 2 doors and 2 windows in the longest sides.

Price from: £369.99
Suitable for 4m x 8m Gala Shade Gazebo 

Gazebo Half Walls

Gazebo sides are not all about fully enclosing your structure - some of them are intended to help to create a barrier between what's inside the tent and the people outside of it, but provide a wonderfully convenient servery space. This is where the half wall comes in.

These gazebo sides are only half the height of a full wall, and fix to the framework using a strengthening bar that clamps to two legs. They are particularly popular with street food sellers, and can be printed by Gala Tent's in-house printing team quickly and easily.

Maintenance of Sidewalls

Just like your gazebo, sidewalls require regular maintenance to ensure their longevity. It's advisable to clean them regularly and store them properly when not in use. In case of severe weather conditions, consider dismantling the sidewalls to prevent damage.

Wrapping Up

Sidewalls are a valuable addition to any pop up gazebo. They offer increased privacy, protection from the elements, and additional advertising space, among other benefits. They contribute to creating a more defined and professional appearance for your outdoor space. Whether you're a business owner wanting to enhance your outdoor event space or a homeowner looking to maximise the use of your garden, incorporating sidewalls into your gazebo setup is a worthwhile consideration.

At Gala Tent, we offer a variety of high-quality gazebos and sidewalls to suit your specific needs. Our experts are always ready to assist you in making the right choice. Contact us today by calling 01709 242454, starting a Live Chat, or by sending us a message through the form below, and we'll be in touch to help you explore the best options for your outdoor space.

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