Repurposing Metal Frames from Old Gazebos

by Garden Winds

“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, designed or removed from production.” – Pete Seeger, Folk Singer & Social Activist

Sometimes we are quick to throw things away when it no longer serves its purpose or is old, rusty, damaged or bent. Whatever it may be that’s no longer needed, it is thrown away, only to end up in a landfill. For those that own gazebos and the frame has reached the end or is no longer needed, there is a better alternative than to throw away with the trash. There are other ways to take the metal parts and use them for something else – and can find another purpose in which they can help with sustainability as well as it keep it out of the landfills.

Before you throw that metal frame away, here are a few ideas in which your gazebo can have a new life, a re-purpose.

Garden Trellis

Use corner panels from an old gazebo frame and turn into a trellis and mount on an outdoor wall or fence. A lot of gazebos have ornate designs these days, making it easy to decorate around the frame. Hang plants or have ivy grow for added depth.

Enclosed Outdoor Seating Area

Take two corner panels from an old L-shaped gazebo and build a little outdoor seating area, using a garden bench to sandwich in between the panels. This makeshift patio seating area acts as a little retreat in a corner of the yard.

Garden Fence

Use parts of the gazebo to create a fancy and decorative fence around floral or vegetable garden. This gazebo had a fence that made up the corner panels of the frame. No assembly needed.


Why not take the old metal frame and take it indoors? Even better, use it as a headboard! It adds a touch of style and décor to the bedroom. Repaint the frame to a color that will match the room’s color scheme. It’s easy and inexpensive. No one will ever know that the headboard used to be a gazebo!

Something old can be made new again. If the metal frame is still in good shape and just needs a new cot of spray paint and repairs from rust, extend the gazebo a few more years and purchase a replacement canopy from Garden Winds. However, if the frame is really done for, break it down and find another use for it. Follow us on Pinterest ( to get ideas on how to find a “purpose” for your old and/or damaged gazebo frame. If you have any to share as well, let us know! We’d love to hear what you’ve done to repurpose your gazebo frame.

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