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 build a DIY pergola for your garden!
How to Build a Pergola
Our first project is 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’s weatherly pergolas… See, you can do this! Simple wooden pergolas made by DIY’ers just like you!
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.
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.
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 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…
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!
Image Credits: Pinterest, Ana White, Ana White, Instructables, Popular Mechanics, DIY Network, Curbly, Houzz, Houzz