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How to Measure Your Gazebo Cover

Gazebos provide a shady, attractive place to enjoy your backyard during the warm months. Some gazebos are made of wood, with shingled roofs, while others are made of metal and have fabric covers. If you have a metal gazebo and need to replace the cover, it is important to know how to measure it to get the proper replacement cover. While most gazebos are available in fairly standard sizes, it is best to take accurate measurements of your specific gazebo before shopping for a cover.


  1. Have another person stand at one corner of your gazebo and grip the end of the tape measure.
  2. Measure one side of the gazebo from the corner where your friend is standing, to the corner to his right. Pull the tape measure tight to ensure an accurate measurement. Make a note of the distance.
  3. Measure the adjoining side of the gazebo, from your friend's corner to the corner on his left. Make note of the measurement.
  4. Choose a gazebo cover based on the measurements. If you gazebo is square, the measurements you took will be the same, such as 10 feet by 10 feet. A rectangular gazebo will have a measurement like 10 feet by 12 feet.

Things You Will Need

  • Tape measure

Tips

  • Keep the tape measure tight when making your measurements.
  • Measure twice just to be sure.

About the Author

Michael Scott is a freelance writer and professor of justice studies at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is a former prosecutor. Scott has a J.D. from Emory University and is a member of the Utah State Bar. He has been freelancing since June 2009, and his articles have been published on eHow.com and Travels.com.