An outdoor tiki hut is a cool place to entertain friends and family and helps create a tropical feeling anywhere, regardless of the climate. If you want to installing an outdoor tiki hut, you need design it first. Consider how you want to use the tiki hut before you begin your design plans. Decide on the functions you want your tiki hut to provide. Determine the type of support posts you’ll use for the tiki hut. Thick, round bamboo posts are a common material used for the four corner supports. Decide upon the appropriate height for the tiki hut and obtain posts that match or exceed that length. Determine the square footage desired for the hut and place the posts at the appropriate width from one another on the written design to create the desired square footage. Design a plan for the roof. A pyramid hip roof is commonly found on tiki huts. Then, include in the design a way to stabilize the hut. Add a post-hole digger to your design supply list if you want to dig holes in the soil into which to insert the posts of the tiki hut. Consider cementing the posts into the holes to create a sturdy frame that will stand the test of time.
Choose a material with which to cover the roof of the outdoor tiki hut. Decide on a material that you can use to create a Polynesian-style thatched roof. Palm leaf thatch and elephant grass are two commonly used materials. Multiply the width times the length of the roof to determine how much thatch you’ll need for coverage. Plan for one or more boxes of roofing nails with which to attach the thatch to the roof frame.