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How to build a Tiki Hut

There are many styles, shapes, and specifications to be explored depending on your needs. The following are merely suggestions and not your only option. Also, please note: the photographs are simply Tiki Hut options so you can see a variety of styles. The photos are not related to the directions in this or any of our blogs.

A large patio or even near your pool might be just the place for your tiki hut. Avoid putting it on the grass as it might damage with rain due to moisture and rot.

A table or a moving bar is a great start, this can serve as your base. Plywood and bamboo poles are needed for the roof of your hut, and depending on your needs, plywood sheeting. Some people like to use plywood sheeting to attach the leaves and/or thatching material of the roof to.

The design of your roof depends on the building specifics and how much protection from the elements you might need. For example: if the structure you are coating is an oblong bar, the best choice for the roof is two “A” frames, raised on bamboo poles that form a pitch. The advantage of this design is that it can be as large or small as you desire. It is also easier to thatch because the two sides are flat.
For covering very small areas like an outdoor patio set, consider a giant umbrella design. With the smaller option, the roof is supported by a central pole, which has shorter poles lashed around it.

Materials for a Thatched Roof

* The thatch itself: The material you use for this will depend on the style you prefer and the environment you live in. The thatch palm is native to North America so might be the cheapest and more widely available there.

* Saw to cut poles to size

* Bamboo or hardwood poles

* Hammer and appropriate nails

* Gloves to protect your hands

Applying Thatch to Roof

Thatch is readily available in panels, which can be bought in sections. There are also premeasured complete roofs available to suit common sized tiki huts. These resemble blankets, which are wrapped around the structure and nailed into place.

Maintaining Your Thatch Roof

Presuming that your roof will not to be exposed to hurricane or severe storm conditions; it ought to last between 3 and 5 years. The ridge at the top of the roof will need attention before any other part, which can be replaced as often as needed. Thatch is an adaptable material, rain runs straight off it. In a very dry climate, hose your roof down at least twice each summer to prevent any build up of dirt or grime. You might also spray the thatch with a very diluted bleach solution, to keep any mold or mildew away.

The following is a building option for a poolside Tiki Bar and a few of the materials you might need.

* Treated or rot resistant lumber and/or bamboo poles

* Counter top materials of your choice

* Palm leaves

* Assortment of tools

You need to determine a pattern and shape for the Tiki Hut. Start by building the frame. Be certain you are building in the exact location you want it; the frame quickly becomes heavy.

Plan for a sink and a refrigerator when framing the hut. They add to the finished products. It is best to purchase your bar stools in advance so you know the height the countertop will be.

Posts are required for the roof support. Bamboo poles are very popular, but you can use whatever option suits your style and/or décor choice. Natural looking is best if you are going for a theme. Cedar is naturally rot resistant and should last indefinitely under the roof.

Frame the roof. A good roof pitch helps when it comes to rain water drainage.

If you want help to make your roof more water resistant, you might consider finishing the roof with treated plywood and seam sealing tape over all of the plywood joints. This will help in addition to the palm leaves that will top it off.

Complete the outer layer of the hut. Some people use treated plywood to be later finished with a layer of bamboo screening. We recommend you explore your options and have fun before settling on specifics.


Next installation is your counter top. Here you have a variety of options, depending on your taste, style you wish to achieve, and other specific needs. One option: a seashell tile mat comprised of small smooth natural seashells. Various tiles can be added to serve as coasters for drinks and to add color or creativity to the counter.

The thatching comes next. We recommend exploring your options here again; depending on the location, weather patterns, and the look you are hoping to achieve.

Other options you might consider might be a ceiling fan, bamboo screen on the outside, and other tropical or whimsical décor of your choosing. Lighting is also a consideration; night time entertaining might be in your future!



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