If you want a tiki bar or hut in your backyard or on your patio, the builder will probably ask about the type of wood and thatch you want. Tiki buildings come in several design styles and use different types of thatch and wood. This gives you the chance to tell a residential tiki builder exactly how you want your tiki bar or hut to look. Here are some types of wood you can choose from.


Bamboo may come to mind when thinking of a wood frame for your project. Bamboo has a tropical look that is perfect for a tiki bar. The poles are hollow so they are also lightweight and easy to work with. One of the first decisions you make when choosing tiki wood is if you want poles or dimensional lumber. Bamboo comes in poles that can be arranged to build the frame of your building and the roof.


Pine is on the more affordable side when it comes to wood choices, and it's a good option if you want a tall frame. The poles can be very long and have a large diameter. Pine can last for a long time as long as it's pressure treated. It has a dark color that's uniform with few grains and irregularities.


Eucalyptus is a popular option for building tiki frames because the poles are long before they taper. Eucalyptus is also very hard wood, so the frame will be durable. This type of pole is often pressure-treated to protect it from insects. If cared for properly, a eucalyptus frame can last for many years. The poles have a rich, dark color and smooth skin.


Ipe is one of the hardest species of wood available. That makes it very durable, and even fire-resistant. Dimensional ipe is often used for a tiki building, so the frame will have rectangular rather than round poles. This wood has a dark, attractive color, and this is one of the more expensive types of wood to use in construction.


Cypress poles are popular for tiki buildings even though they cost more. Their beauty makes the cost worth it. The bark is peeled from the poles so the surface is undisturbed. The poles have an attractive gold color with many knots and imperfections that enhance the tropical look of your bar or hut.

Red Cedar

Red cedar is another option to consider for your tiki bar or hut. The wood has a beautiful red color and it naturally resists insects. This is a popular building material that is also common for building decks and fences. You might want a red cedar tiki hut to match your fence.

Green Oak

Green oak is a popular choice for building tiki huts and bars. The wood has an attractive blonde straw color. The beams are often rectangular timber rather than round poles. Green oak lasts a long time since it's pressure treated. It's a durable option that's worth comparing with other choices when you're choosing wood for your project.

Once you've chosen the wood you want, the next step is to choose the thatch. You have several choices in thatch too, and you'll want to choose something that's the perfect complement to the wood the tiki builder will use to make your tiki hut or bar.

Contact a residential tiki builder to learn more.