CARBANA: How to turn your carport into a private cabana #Home#backyard#driveway#garage#hawaii#party Updated May 8 2020 (Posted Jul 25 2012) Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin Top: Before… just a carport. Bottom: AFTER! The CARBANA!! My parents don't have a garage in their Maui house, so when they're off the island their truck gets covered and parked under this carport to avoid the sun and rust (ah, island life). While they were on island over this past Fourth of July holiday, my mother (of nautical hemp lamp fame) decided to turn their empty carport into a space to entertain. Basically, she turned their carport into an outdoor cabana lounge that she now calls The Carbana! Of course, you don't have to have a home in Maui to enjoy some relaxing cabana-style backyard action. If you have a carport instead of a garage, you could totally pull off this affordable, cheap way to create a covered outdoor lounge area. How to turn your carport into an outdoor lounge If your carport has sides, take them down and stow 'em away. Get several sets of inexpensive gauzy white curtains Cut each panel to the length of each carport section. Attached five grommets onto each panel and then hooked the panels by the grommets to the rod that runs around the top of the carport, using zip ties. Attach several rattan floor mats to match the length of the carport Hang a funky light fixture or chandalier in the middle of the carport Bring your lounge chairs and a couple of outdoor tables over BOOM! Meet the carbana! Your instant, party-ready, backyard lounge area! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS How do you talk to your kid about differences? NEXT 8 tips for straight-haired mamas with curly haired kids Show/Hide comments [ 10 ] That is a great double use of a space! I dig it 🙂 Reply UM WHAT!!!?! I need this on the side of our house… yesterday. Reply Of course! If ANY of you do this, I need to see pictures though. Because I'm just a little obsessed with carbanas now. Reply I could totally do this with our ramshackle "outside room"! We already tore the walls down because they were falling to pieces, so it's opened up now, and looks… less than good. Pretty fabric and some mats on the floor (plus getting rid of old spiderwebs… ick) could totally improve things! Reply What brand of car port is that? Most I've seen are completely enclosed, walled with semi-gloss plastic sheeting and rather less visually appealing. Reply It actually wasn't a kit! We made it from galvanized pipes and connectors that are readily available at hardware stores. The carport ("carbana") measures 10' X 20'. and the vertical poles were sunk into concrete. The vinyl top measures 10' X 20' as well, and was obtained via the internet. We used hardware store 7" and 10" bungees to secure the vinyl top to the frame. Reply Our neighbor offered to give us a frame like this. I wasn't sure what to do with it. Now I know! Thanks! Reply If you build a frame like this clear plastic panels for the walls will make it a great greenhouse for winter veggies too! or a dry outdoor play area for offbeat kids. Reply My dad did this on half of his driveway. Except he made a little fence around it, and turned it into a sort of patio area, with a potted garden in it and twinkly lights. Very nice in summer! Reply my friends just did this for a kids b-day party that got rained out. They put table, chairs, toys, coolers, etc, under the carport area. decorated with kid-themed decor and streamers. it worked out great as an alternate party spot! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.