DIY easy cabana ideas

Susan Fernandez February 02 2022

What is a cabana?

A cabana provides shade and shelter. It is typically an open structure - usually with four walls, but sometimes without any at all - supported by poles or wooden columns.

Typically, a cabana is found outdoors, but it can be put indoors as well for additional space or when the weather turns sour (or even when the sun goes down).

There are several different types of available cabanas, each with its own specific purpose. Cabanas may be used primarily for relaxation, changing clothes in privacy, reading in solitude, sunbathing in comfort or enjoying delicious food served by waiters or hostesses.

What are the different types of cabanas?

Cabana covers and screens:

These cabanas are typically made of canvas, with the option to include a mesh window as desired. They feature an opening at either end where poles can be inserted into pockets on each side of the walls.

Spa cabanas:

A spa cabana is perfect for those who wish to relax in solitude or with friends and family. Spa cabanas often include a small bench near one wall and may even have an additional screen so that you can change out of your swimsuits before hitting the showers. These structures tend to be more sturdy than most other types, but more permanent rooms can easily be created by adding wooden beams and columns at the corners and/or along inside lines such as doorways and midpoints.

Pool cabanas:

A pool cabana will protect you from the sun and other weather elements while allowing you to move in and out of the water at your leisure. These structures feature a single solid wall (such as a privacy fence) with openings along one or more sides for easy access into the pool area. It is preferable that these cabins be built near enough to the house so that they can receive electricity, lights, air-conditioning units, etc., but this isn't necessary if a generator is used instead.

Patio cabanas:

A patio cabana is perfect for eating breakfast outside in peace and quiet, enjoying a cool drink on a hot summer day or keeping an eye on the grill while cooking up your favorite summertime feast. These cabanas can include a small bar, seating along with two of the walls, and table space along the third wall. For maximum comfort, these cabanas should be built near the house so that it is easy to run an extension cord from there into the cabana - or use a generator if this isn't possible.

How can you make a DIY cabana?

When building a cabana, start with the walls. To ensure that there is enough support to keep your cabana upright and sturdy, add large wooden beams along the top (and/or bottom) of each wall. You can also add diagonal beams across the corners at about chair height for additional sturdiness.

Next, decide on what type of flooring you would like - depending on the area in which you build your cabana, this may be a bit more or less complicated than simply laying a square patio over dirt. If possible, however, try to lay flat stones so that they have two narrow grooves running perpendicularly from one another on each stone. This will provide traction while you walk them and help prevent rainwater from pooling out in the space between stones after a storm.

Make your roof using poles or beams that are held together towards the top by doweling; this creates a more durable structure than one built by simply nailing boards on top of one another. If you prefer, you can also skip this step and construct folding or retractable roofs for added convenience.

When all of your walls, flooring, and roof are finished, it's time to add some finishing touches - these might include things like electricity (for lights inside and fans outside), patio lights (my favorite) around the perimeter of the cabana's interior wall, lights mounted under the roof so that they illuminate whatever it is you place against your wall (such as potted plants or a buffet table) and a small grill or bar.

What are some other ideas?

DIY Copper cabana

This is one of the more expensive ideas for a cabana, but it is also one of the most stylish. The copper material used to construct this cabana will require regular maintenance and may need to be replaced after a certain number of years, making this idea less practical than some others.

However, if you live in an area with low humidity and few storms, and can afford both the materials and labor used to create this type of cabana, then you'll have yourself one beautiful place to relax under the sun.

For this project, you will need a garden hose, four copper tubes, copper screws (size 1/2), two wood boards (size 2 x 4), copper nails (size 1/4")

Steps to create the DIY copper cabana:

  •  join two copper tubes by feeding them into each other and screwing them together with the help of a garden hose. Make sure you start this process near one end so that it is easier to make your joins as you go along;
  •  repeat step one using another set of two pieces of pipe;
  •  place these new, larger pieces on top of each other, ensuring that they are evenly spaced apart. Use screws to attach them together at their peak;
  •  place the boards on either side of the peak, screwing them in place.

The bamboo cabana

This eco-friendly and stylish cabana is perfect for those who want a rustic look and don't mind spending some time on maintenance to keep their building looking its best. This type of cabana can be built using bamboo poles, rope, and fabric strips, but you'll need to build it near the house so that you have easy access to water - bamboo needs regular showers or it will begin to dry out and crack.

Material list: 12 pieces of sturdy bamboo (about 3.5 feet long), rubber mallet, rubber gloves, a drill with a bit at least 1/2" wide, square shovel, tarp or plastic sheeting, four heavy-duty corner stakes (they should be at least 10 to 12 inches long), six heavy-duty light stakes (they should be at least 4 feet long)

A door made out of fabric strips is a great way to provide privacy while you're inside but still allow for airflow.

Steps to create the bamboo cabana:

  • drill holes into the bamboo poles with your drill bit, making sure that they are all roughly the same size so that they line up neatly once attached;
  • connect each set of two poles by inserting one pole through another and screwing them together using the rubber mallet;
  • once all four sets of two poles are connected, place one diagonal between two vertical poles (this will require two people);
  • use the heavy-duty light stakes to secure each diagonal in place. Attach one stake to the diagonal, then drive it through the hole in the vertical pole. Repeat on the other side;
  • stretch out your tarp or plastic sheeting and attach its corners to each corner post using heavy-duty stakes;
  • tie a rope to all four sides of your cabana (three sides should be tied at around the midpoint);
  • attach three pieces of rope vertically between each set of two poles, running parallel with the ground;
  • secure each piece of rope by wrapping them tightly around each strand. Tie off ropes near each corner post;

Outdoor lounge cabana

This is another eco-friendly approach to the cabana that uses recycled materials. You can create this type of cabana even if you live in a humid environment, but it won't last as long as one constructed from bamboo or other types of wood.

Material list: thick wire mesh (you'll need enough to cover your chosen space and then some), 1/2" galvanized steel hardware cloth (enough for two 'walls' at least six feet high), PVC pipe, four small T hinges, and screws, large T hinges and screws, 4 1/8 inch screws.

To make this DIY cabana, you'll need to dig two holes in the ground and then build 'walls' once you've secured them into these foundations.

Steps to create the outdoor lounge cabana:     

  • create a sturdy base for your 'walls';
  • cut wire mesh and hardware cloth (using wire snips) to the correct size;
  • use PVC pipe as a frame on top of your bases;
  • attach each new piece of mesh with 2" galvanized steel staples, working from top-down. Secure mesh together with pliers if needed;
  • hang mesh walls using the L-shaped pieces of large T hinges attached at one end to your new wall frame and screwed at their other ends into the posts you secured into the ground;
  • trim off any excess wire mesh at the top of your posts to create a smooth surface.

DIY pallet cabana

This style is great for anyone who wants a cabana but doesn't have the funds to buy the lumber.

Material list: cedar or other rot-resistant wood, 5/8" galvanized steel wire (it should be strong enough to support your weight), six 2x4s, drill with 3/4" bit, mesh wire, barbed wire fencing along the bottom of pallets, and a box cutter.

Steps to create your DIY cabana:

Use a hammer to remove the slats from several wooden pallets. Nail additional planks toward one end of each pallet, spacing them at least five inches apart. Attach these new planks into 'walls' as you remove the original pallets;

Cut mesh wire and attach it to the 'walls' using steel wire ties (or any other type of wire). Use barbed wire fencing along the bottom of your pallet walls. Attach each new wall to metal posts that have been driven into the ground at least four feet deep.

Cover the top of your cabana with a tarp or plastic sheeting, securing it to all six sides using rope or bungee cords. Decorate using pebbles, plants, flowers or anything else you can think of!

DIY wooden canopy bed cabana

If you want to enjoy the luxury of a cabana, but don't have thousands of dollars to spend on a real one, then why not build your own? Beds outdoor canopy DIY

This project is very easy, but it does involve several steps.

Here are the materials you'll need to build your own cabana bed: 4 metal posts of the same height (they should be at least six feet tall), four pieces of strong wire mesh for each post (it should stretch from about 8 inches above ground level to just below the top of the post), two pieces of wooden board that are twice as long as your bed frame on each side, six L-shaped hinges, and screws for each piece of board. You'll also need a drill with a 3/4" bit and some additional screws or nails if needed, drill holes in both ends.

To make this DIY wooden canopy bed, you'll need to:

  • attach the mesh wire to your posts, stretching it tight between them;
  • secure each mesh section together using galvanized steel wire ties or any other type of wire;
  • drill holes through wooden boards and post tops. Attach these pieces of board to each post with hinges so that they form a box-like structure over the top of your bed. You can use nails or screws for this step;
  • cover the seams around the edges of your bed frame with waterproof caulk. If at some point, you want to change up your cabana design, just pull off the caulk and adhesive tape underneath! Now you have an outdoor canopy cabana DIY!


A DIY cabana is an inexpensive way to ip your backyard into a relaxing haven. We hope you found these DIY cabana ideas helpful! Happy building! Your comments are appreciated! Thank you so much for reading this post! I hope it was helpful and somewhat entertaining. Now go ahead and build something amazing out of these DIY cabana ideas!