Above Your Hot Tub : Gazebo or Canopy? – SpaCap

Many people love the idea of overhead hot tub décor. The problem is that when faced with the two most popular options – gazebo and canopy – they encounter a tough decision. Both sound wonderful, but which one is right for their particular hot tub? If you’ve been asking yourself that question, don’t despair. We’re here to help clear up the advantages and disadvantages of each so you can make the right decision.


Both gazebos and canopies are beautiful, and can be chosen to fit any theme you like. For example, many canopies have fringed ends or decorative ribbons, putting one in the setting of an Arabian caravan or a bedroom in an English manor house. Gazebos can be made with silk or silk-rayon combinations and undergirded with the sturdiness of wood or steel. Both options can also be used for total privacy and relaxation, though for privacy, a gazebo might be the better choice. Gazebos can be outfitted with doors or drapes that open and close, while canopies may provide more shade and shadow than privacy.


Nothing ruins a hot tub party or a private getaway faster than a canopy or gazebo crashing onto the water. Unfortunately, this can happen with flimsy materials. In addition, certain materials like rayon and silk can soak up water and are difficult to wash or repair. When considering a canopy or gazebo, ensure your option isn’t simply a piece of cloth. Look for sturdy fabrics like cotton or colored canvas with silk or lace embellishments. When considering a gazebo, look for those made with strong woods like mahogany or oak.


Canopies and gazebos are both expensive, and size doesn’t always influence the price. For example, a cheap “instant patio canopy” can cost $100, while a well-built gazebo could cost more than $400. Before purchasing a gazebo or canopy, decide how much you’ll actually use it and what the benefits will be. Canopies and gazebos are beautiful, but should be purchased with an equal mix of aesthetics and practicality in mind.

Ease of Access

With all hot tub accessories, it’s important to leave plenty of space to walk around the spa and ensure the hot tub can easily be covered. You may have seen Hot Tubs displayed at a fair of home show that had a quaint looking “Tea House” type gazebo that was fitted right to the spa cabinet. They look great on the showroom floor but they are a real nightmare in reality. They don’t allow enough access to remove or replace ANY cover with ease. Anything that inhibits the opening and closing of the hot tub will eventually be the reason you don’t use the spa. Don’t fall for cute, make sure you choice leaves you enough room to easily walk around at least three sides of your hot tub.

At SpaCap.com, we have been building custom Hot Tub Covers for years. Because of that, we have been contacted many times about building covers for all kinds of hot tubs in all kinds of layouts. We have had to tell owners that their limited access is not enough to easily use one of our hot tub covers (or ANY cover).  So before you decide on how to best add an overhead covering to your hot tub area, take a serious look at how you use your spa and don’t do anything that might interfere with that especially just for the sake of decor.

A nice alternative is the patio umbrella that mounts on it’s own pedestal but swings out over the spa when in use or retracts out of the way for storage. This makes it easy to cover your hot tub when you want while giving you a quick easy option to remove it when you would rather look at the stars.

One more thought in closing, in most parts of the country, heavy rain, hail, wind or snow can be a concern. Most gazebos and Canopies are not built to withstand these so you’ll want to make sure you have them disassembled and stored before the storms come.