Building a pergola in your yard is a major DIY project, but 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 build a pergola with these DIY tutorials! So start planning, an as soon as the weather allows, set aside a weekend to build a pergola for your garden! Our feature project below, is Ana White’s weatherly pergola. She always has such great tutorials, with drawings, material lists and instructions.




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Another of Ana’s weatherly pergolas… See, you can do this!



We found this nice contemporary pergola project on ‘Instructables’, lots and lots of step by step photos on this one.



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 how they show you how to build one on top of a concrete surface.




This tutorial from ‘DIY Network‘ shows how to build a pergola, and even has little videos of certain steps. Really helpful!



The DIY Maven from ‘Curbly’ shows you how to make a pergola with a Skilsaw… and she makes it look pretty dang simple.



That’s it for tutorials, but we did find a couple of inspirational 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…



And finally, if you need a little more modern style inspiration, here’s a couple from ‘Houzz’! Let us know in comments how your projects go!




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How To Build The Perfect Pergola

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  1. Cheryl August 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    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”.

  2. Brian February 10, 2016 at 5:04 am

    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.

    1. Kathy Woodard February 16, 2016 at 11:30 am

      Thanks for your opinion Brian!

      1. Shelly May 26, 2017 at 4:15 am

        Hi Kathy,
        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!!

        1. Kathy Woodard May 30, 2017 at 4:15 pm

          Thx for sharing your success Shelly, hope you and Chris LOVE it this summer!

  3. Ufku Erel January 4, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    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!

  4. MenLightenment February 10, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    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.


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