How are gazebo measured? That’s one of the questions gazebo owners ask. Gazebos often come in different shapes and sizes and can be measured. While it might be easy to measure a square shape gazebo, other gazebo shapes like the octagonal and hexagonal might be a little bit difficult for you to calculate. In this article, we will explain how gazebos are measured.

**Gazebo shapes and sizes **

Gazebos have various shapes and sizes; the gazebo can be circular, octagonal, hexagonal, square or have a rectangular shape. Most of the pop-up gazebos are square and rectangular-shaped, while the wooden gazebos are commonly circular. Pavilions are characterised by their rectangular shape, while gazebos that are octagonal and hexagonal shape have six or eight sides.

The sizes of the gazebo range from a smaller to a bigger size. Permanent gazebo size ranges from 10m x 10m, 10m x 12m, 12m x 12m, and above. While, the temporary gazebo, like the pop-up canopy size, starts from 3m x 3m, 3m x 4m, 4m x 4m, 4m x 6m and more.

**How to Measure an Octagonal/Hexagonal Gazebo**

To measure your gazebo, you will need a measuring tape, calculator, a pen and a note to write down the measurements taken.

**Step 1**

Get a measuring tape and first measure the gazebo’s length; after each measurement, jot it down in a note or jotter so that you won’t forget. After measuring the length, measure the distance between the two vertices.

**Step 2**

To find the gazebo’s perimeter, use your calculator to multiply the length of one side by the number of sides. An octagonal gazebo has eight sides. If the length of one side measures 5 feet, multiply the 5 feet by 8 to get a perimeter of 40 feet.

A hexagonal gazebo with a length of 5 feet, multiply the 5 feet by 6 to get a perimeter of 30 feet.

**Step 3**

Then mark the centre of one of the sides. If each side is 5 feet, use a marker to make a mark at 2.5 feet. Repeat this procedure with the side that is directly opposite the one you marked.

**Step 4**

To find the apothem, use the tape to measure the mark you made at the centre on one side to the other mark on the opposite side. Now, divide the result by 2 to get the octagon’s distance from one side’s centre point. For example, if the measurement is 30 feet, divide it by 2 to get an apothem of 15.

**Step 5**

Then find the total area of the gazebo by multiplying ½ by the perimeter and the apothem. Using the result in step 2 and 4, for an octagonal gazebo shape, multiply ½ x 40 x 15 to get a total area of 300 feet. Repeat the same procedure for a hexagonal gazebo.

**Step 6**

Take the gazebo height by measuring from the base of the gazebo to the top. If you place the gazebo on a concrete floor, do not calculate the height from the concrete base. Also, when calculating, do not include the roof height in your measurements.

**Step 7**

Lastly, find the cubic footage of the gazebo by multiplying the total area by the height. From the example above, the octagonal gazebo’s total area is 300; let’s assume your gazebo height as 10 feet. Use the calculator to multiply 300 by 10 to get cubic footage of 3,000 cubic feet. Repeat the same method if your gazebo is hexagonal shaped.

**How to Measure a Square/ Rectangular Gazebo**

Gazebo measurement depends mainly on the shape of the gazebo unit. If the gazebo is a square or rectangular shape, all you have to do is measure the length and the breath.

**Step 1- The height**

To determine the gazebo’s height, calculate it from the gazebo base to the top, where the ceiling begins. If you place the gazebo on a concrete floor, do not measure from the base of the concrete but gauge it from the base of the gazebo’s frame.

**Step 2 – The Perimeter **

To find the gazebo’s perimeter, use your calculator to multiply the length of one side by the number of sides. If you have a square shape gazebo multiply the length of one side by 4. For example, if the length is 5 feet, multiply the 5 feet by 4 to get a perimeter of 20 feet. Unlike the square gazebo, a rectangular shape gazebo does not have equal sides. So, to find the rectangular gazebo’s perimeter, measure the length and width and add them together. Then multiply the result by 2 to get the perimeter. For example, if the length is 20 feet and the width is 10 feet, Add 20 + 10 x 2 to get a perimeter of 60 feet.

**Step 3 – The Total Area **

To find the total area, you should multiply the length by the width of the gazebo.

**How to Measure a Circular Gazebo**

**Step 1- The Diameter **

To find the gazebos diameter, Measure across the centre of the gazebo from one side to the other side. Then, to determine the length and the width, convert the measurement to feet by dividing the measure you get in inches by 12. Then divide the diameter by two to determine its radius.

**Step 2 – The Height **

To determine the height, measure the gazebo from the base to the top.

**Step 3 – The Square Footage **

To calculate the gazebos’ square footage, multiply the radius twice and multiply the result by 3.14 to find the square footage.

**Conclusion **

Gazebos are measured by using a measuring tape to calculate the length, width, height, perimeter and square footage.