Sleeping in a gazebo will be tempting. Especially if it’s summer, the breeze from all four sides with the covered top that protects from the elements is something every one of us loves to experience. But, can you sleep overnight in a gazebo?
Sleeping in a gazebo overnight can expose you to insects, small animals, and even snakes. Even though you try to protect yourself by covering the sides using portable walls, it is not secure enough to protect you from the dangers. So, ideally, you should avoid sleeping in a gazebo tent at night.
The sidewalls of the gazebo are flimsy. It can be blown away if the weather is harsh. In extreme weather conditions, the poles in the gazebo (if it’s feeble and not planted to the ground harder) can fall, and you could get trapped underneath the gazebo. Unexpected weather is another reason to avoid sleeping in the gazebo.
Can you leave a gazebo up overnight?
There are two types of Gazeboes – portable and permanent.
Portable gazebos – are not permanent structures. They come with metal poles, a fabric roof, open sides, and no floors. It can be set up and taken down quickly without much effort. Portable gazebos are used for protection against sun and rain and can be placed anywhere on the lawn and patio.
Permanent gazebos – are used in the garden as a structure. They are built with metals roofs, floors, solid poles, woods, composite materials, and even plastics. It is built to withstand harsh weather conditions.
Permanent gazebos will be open all the time. But the pop-up gazebos, should not be left unattended at night.
Weather in the U.S is sometimes varied. Rain and changes in the temperature will cause condensation on the pop-up gazebo if it’s left out overnight. Condensation will cause serious damage to your gazebo. It will create leaks in the canopy. You may also void the frame warranty.
So, it is not recommended to leave the gazebo open overnight. Since there is a lesser chance to keep your gazebo open at the night, the chances of sleeping under the portable gazebo are minimal.
Even under the permanent gazebo, sleeping is not recommended. You will be exposed to dangers through the sides. Even having the sidewalls won’t help since they will be flimsy and don’t provide you enough safety against bugs, small animals, and snakes.
What protection to take if I sleep in a gazebo at night?
We never recommend you to sleep in a portable gazebo. If it’s a permanent structure, you can take some precautions before sleeping. You have to protect yourself from bugs, small animals, and snakes.
Bug bites can be harmful if it’s not dangerous. Here are some tips you can follow before setting yourself up for a good night sleep under your gazebo.
Use proper lighting: Most of the bugs are attracted to the lights. It is a best practice to switch off the lights and lamps in the vicinity of your gazebo to keep the bugs away. You can switch on a small lamp far from the sleeping area if you love to have some brightness around the place.
Right clothing: Wear the right clothes when sleeping. Light-colored, long sleeves and pants are the recommended ensemble. You can also wear socks if you feel comfortable.
Use an insect repellent: Insect repellent could be the best choice of all. Choose the mild insect repellent before sleeping. You will never go wrong with it. It will keep you protected overnight.
Use mint to keep the bugs away: Bugs hate the mint smell, but humans don’t. Peppermint, Spearmint, or anything from the mint family is a very effective and natural repellent of pests. There are many ways to keep the smell of mint around the gazebo.
- Use mint toothpaste and mouthwash before getting to the bed.
- Pour some mint mouthwash in and around the gazebo.
- Light up mint candles closer to your sleeping area.
- Keep a few potted mint plants around the gazebo or you can even plant mint leaves around the gazebo.
Keep your lawn clean: A clean lawn is a safe lawn. Insects like mosquitoes are big fans of strong odors. Keeping the areas clean around the gazebo would be the first step to protect yourself from the bugs.
Animals and snakes protection
Animals and snakes issues are very rare. Not everyone will have to face this issue. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. When you’re sleeping out in a gazebo take your pets along with you.
Pets have a good sense of smell. It can alert you of any problems upfront. You can sleep safe and sound when your pet is around your sleeping area.
Sleeping in a pop-up gazebo is not safe. But, if you like to enjoy the breeze in hot summer, you may take some precautions before sleeping in a gazebo.