Cabana Frequently Asked
Q: WHY IS THE FOAM MATTRESS SOLD SEPERATELY AND NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF
THE SWEETWATER CABANA?
A: Not everyone who purchases the Cabana has in mind to use it as a daybed, therefore
it is sold as a separate item. For those who do plan to use it as a daybed,
ordering the foam separate allows the customer to choose the foam mattress grade
of their choice as well a wide selection of slipcover colors and patterns. This
is done directly through a website, price for foam and slipcover averaging $500
(plus shipping to CA $40 – 10 days, UPS). All details to order foam
and slipcover supplied with purchase of the Cabana and
can be seen on the Foam Mattress and Slipcover
Q: HOW EASY IS THE CABANA TO ASSEMBLY AND HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
A: The Cabanas come as easy assembly, bolt constructed kits. Kits
include pre-cut wood, pre-drilled frame, all assembly hardware and detailed instructions
with 3-D illustrations. Minimal tools are required. It takes only
4-6 hours to put together.
Q: HOW SKILLED DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO PUT THE CABANA TOGETHER AND HOW MANY PEOPLE
DO YOU NEED?
Very basic carpentry skills are required to assemble the Cabana such as operating
a screw gun and being able to square a frame. One person can assemble the
Cabana but another person will be helpful for a couple of the steps.
Q: WHAT IS INVOLVED FOR THE SITE PREPARATION FOR THE CABANA?
A: For hard surfaces such as poolside concrete, patio’s or decks, the Cabana
can sit directly on the ground without anything under the posts. Other
surfaces that are not hard such as dirt, grass, etc., require the Cabana to be
placed on a level pad under each post which may be of any material of your choosing
(i.e.; pavers, concrete blocks, stone, etc.) but that is strong enough to withstand
the distribution of the 360 lb. weight of the Cabana. If your ground is sloping
or uneven, you will need to bring the footings all up to the same level by either
digging your footings into the ground with perhaps the additional use of shims. If
on a hill, a structural engineer should be consulted.
Q: DO YOU DELIVER THE CABANAS AND DO YOU HAVE PEOPLE TO INSTALL THEM?
A: No we do not deliver the Cabana’s or have a crew to install
them at this time. We ship them to the lower 48 states but do have a Rep. in
Hawaii where they are locally available. Shipping charges are
not included in the Cabana price.
Q: IS A PERMIT REQUIRED FOR THESE STRUCTURES?
A: Since the Cabana’s square footage is under 120sq. ft. (the footage limit
in most states and counties), a permit is not required. Also, the fact
that there is no permanent foundation, the majority of the frame is bolted construction
and the roof is fabric and removable, also categorizes the Cabana more as a furniture
piece than a permanent structure.
Q: HOW WELL DOES THE CABANA FARE IN HIGH WINDS AND INCLEMENT CLIMATES?
A: Very well. The roof of the frame is bolted to the main body of the frame
and the canopy is attached at the ends of the eight rafters of the roof with
Velcro boots and additional web ties along the inside of the rafters. There
is also a wind flap at the peak that allows excess winds and gusts to escape. For
winds that exceed 25 mph, we recommend that the canopy be taken off the fame,
which can be easily removed. You should also store the foam mattress
in a dry area as well, and whenever the rains are coming in sideways. If
the foam mattress does become wet, simply lay it out the sun to dry out before
putting it back on to the Cabana platform. The frame is made from ironwood
that is suitable for outdoor use and all types of weather and so can be left
out year around.
Q: WHAT IS THE FABRIC USED FOR THE CABANA CANOPY TOP?
A: The fabric used for the canopy top is called Sunbrella® and is made from 100%
Acrylic fiber. Sunbrella®, which is known in the industry as one of the
leading materials used for its weather, mildew, and especially fade resistant
properties. It is completely waterproof, durable, easy to clean and can
last up to 4-6 years. A finer grade of Sunbrella® categorized as their outdoor
furniture fabric is used for the slipcover foam mattress option. Sunbrella®
is a product of Glen Raven, Inc.
A: The frame is made of recycled Teak which has
been protected with Teak oil at the time of manufacturing. If a small surface
on the wood needs a little touch up, just apply a light coat. Otherwise
you need only to reapply a coat once a year. The frame can be allowed to
weather naturally and gray like Teak if you choose not to oil. This will
not affect the performance of the wood.
Q: WHAT IS THE FINISH ON THE CABANA FRAME AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD IT BE
A :If you are moving it a short distance, the roof can be removed as one unit (be
sure to mark with tape which parts attach where) as well as the floor boards
and with 4 strong people, you should be able to carry it. Relocating
the Cabana to a new home, first tape all the wood pieces with the labels from
the instructions, then simple unscrew and unbolt the pieces and then reassemble
it following the assembly instructions once again (you may have to replace any
screws that have been stripped).
Q: CAN THE CANBANA BE DISASSEMBLED IF IT NEEDS TO