Building a pergola in your yard is a major DIY project. But it adds value to your home, as well as to your garden enjoyment. Adding shade and structure to the garden, a pergola differs from an arbor in that is is usually a more “room like” structure, with posts supporting a roof covering of some type. In other words, an arbor on steroids. Perfect for creating romantic walkways, adding a seating area, or making a portion of the garden a major focal point. If you can dig a post hole and handle a drill and a saw, you can learn how to build a pergola with these projects & tutorials! So start planning, and set aside a weekend to learn how to build a DIY pergola for your garden!
How to Build a Pergola
DIY Pergola Plans
Jump on over to ‘HGTV‘ and find all three of the next DIY pergolas! Full supply lists and tutorials for all of these awesome additions to your backyard. Learn how to build a pergola that fits with your style, and your family activities. This first one is set on a raised wooden deck, and has a built in wooden bench attached as well. Can’t you just see every family birthday party and Mother’s Day being celebrated right here?
This pergola idea is perfect when you have an existing patio space that you want to cover. Shade is a big deal in most parts of the country in the summer, and this could make un unusable patio the most popular spot in the backyard!
Looking for a little romance in your outdoor space? This pretty pergola you could build anywhere in your garden. They created a packed gravel floor and covered it with outdoor rugs, then filled the space with comfy pillows, chairs and, of course, tables for that inevitable lemonade. The hanging plants and garden art make this place pretty enough for a wedding!
We love Ana White‘s weatherly DIY pergola. She always has such great tutorials, with drawings, material lists and instructions. You can also see how some of her DIY readers (just like you!) have completed the same outdoor pergola projects at her site. Free plans are here for you to download.
Another of ‘Ana White‘s’ weatherly pergolas… See, you can do this! Simple wooden pergolas made by DIY’ers just like you!
Modern Pergola Plans
We found this nice DIY modern pergola project on ‘Instructables‘, with lots and lots of step by step photos on this one. This is great choice because of its simple lines.
How to Build a Pergola on a Patio
Find out how to build a backyard pergola from ‘Popular Mechanics‘. I love how this one has the decorative notches on the beams and crossbeams. And that they show you how to build a pergola on a concrete patio.
DIY Pergola Video Tutorial
This tutorial from ‘DIY Network‘ shows how to build a pergola, and even has little videos of certain steps. Really helpful!
Build a Simple Pergola
The DIY Maven from ‘Curbly‘ shows you how to make a wooden pergola with a Skilsaw… and she makes it look pretty dang simple.
DIY Pergola Ideas
That’s it for tutorials, but we did find a couple of inspirational pergola photos to get you planning. After all, now that you’ve learned so much from these tutorials, you’re ready to wing it a bit, right? :)
From Pinterest, this is a good example of how a pergola can take a ho hum patio and make it amazing…
Modern Pergola Ideas
Finally, if you need a little more modern pergola style inspiration, here’s a couple from ‘Houzz‘! Let us know in comments how your projects go!
We hope you loved our post on how to build a pergola! You may also be interested in our post on Patio Cover Ideas, How to Build a Garden Arbor or How to Build a Garden Trellis! You also may love our post on DIY Small Storage Sheds over at OhMeOhMy!
Awesome guide and gorgeous pictures to boot – thanks for sharing Kathy!
I would love to build a pergola with the help of my husband, Having a pro do the work would make the project unaffordable. And besides, the work I have had done recently by “pros” was shoddy. In one case, the contractor had to correct part of the project (A new window was installed with the top at 6′ – way low), and in the other, I was never able to contact the guy, so I will have to redo the crummy portion of his work (The last 2 sections of a new fence curved onto the neighbor’s property – I guess he was out of string for making a straight line). I would have been better off doing it myself, since it is always more work to undo another’s work and then redo it, then it is to start fresh. Heck, if it looks like crap, I’ll take it down and start over, or chance finding an actual “pro”.
Come on, building a quality pergola takes skill. I saw ones homeowners did and ones Pros did. It’s no compsrison. Not everyone can do it. It’s not DIY. Hire a professional. So it cost you more money. It will be part of your home for many years for goodness sake!
The kits are wimpy and terrible also. Hire a pro.
Thanks for your opinion Brian!
We built our own 25′ X 25′ pergola and poured a nice concrete patio below. “We” meaning myself and my business/hobby partner, Chris. We are females over age 50. It took a good set of plans, a good set of power tools, and a good understanding of the layout of our local Lowes. Oh….and some good cold beverages and tasty sandwiches. We got dirty, but boy was it worth it!!
Thx for sharing your success Shelly, hope you and Chris LOVE it this summer!
Ah, I feel it in my muscles and bones – they just want to go out there and start working on one of those. I can’t wait to make one in the garden of my new house! This summer will be fun!
This is a great post. I can think of so many places around my own home I would love to build this, and all the variations I could make.
You have (m)enlightened me.