This article teaches you everything you are going to need to build your own tropical shade structure. First, you should decide what time of day you will spend most of your time in the hut. This will tell you where you should place it as far as where the sun will shine inside. It may not hurt to draw out a sketch of what you think you want before you start. It does not have to be perfect, but it should have all the basic ideas that you are looking for. This way you will not forget anything.
You will need to build a frame made from 2x4's, or even 4x4's. It can be as easy as building a box with a slanted roof. Taller in the middle so that the rain water will easily run off the roof. This will prevent damage and corrosion to your roof. To make it more sturdy, you should put your legs of your tent in cement. Remember the rule, two feet of cement for every eight feet of post. This way it will never blow over.
You can leave the sides open, to enjoy more sunlight, or you can shade them with bamboo. Another choice is to shade only half of the tent. This will also provide you some shelter. Remember to use only ultra violet resistance materials. This will protect you from the sun’s harmful rays.
You can cover the roof, which is the most important part of your structure, with dried palm leaves. These will make a comfortable shade for you. They are also very strong and sturdy. Next, you will want to attach the leaves to the roof by using staples. This way, they will not blow away should a heavy wind storm come along. If you live in a very windy area, you may want to weave a twine over and then under your leaves. This will keep them secure in high wind situations. The nice thing about building your own tent is that you can make it as big or as little as you like, depending on what you plan to use it for.
If it is for your own personal enjoyment, you can place outdoor furniture inside. Wicker or bamboo furniture is a good choice. A rug on the floor may be a good idea. Nothing too fancy, just something that will keep your feet clean. Next, toss some pillows inside for a more comfortable look. These structures will give your garden a very exotic look, as well as make your yard more comfortable in the hot summer months. You can light a tiki torch outside, and you can live just as the Mediterranean people live right in your own back yard.