When was the last time you ate in your own backyard? Did you have to use rocks to hold the tablecloth down from the wind, wear sunglasses to see your own plate and shield the food from bugs and dirt? A pergola provides the perfect combination of style and function for your outdoor space. Finally, you can enjoy a place to eat, entertain, and enjoy the outdoors no matter where you live.

There are several different types of pergolas. This one includes one solid wall, and three open walls. Even if you have large trees on your property, they can be worked around, like this one. I love the addition of a light fixture, it really extends the living space of your home and makes the outdoors feel more cozy.

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    This pergola features a slide-on wire hung canopy that you can move back and forth depending on whether you need a little shade, or you’re more in the mood for sunshine.

 

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    I love how the seating is incorporated directly into the pergola. Sturdy beams make the perfect place to hang a deck swing.

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    There are several ways to build a pergola including several DIY options. If you’d rather hire a professional, this pergola was created by the pros at Decks Plus and you can still add your own personal touches with curtains and lighting.

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    Not all pergolas need to be big, oversized, or even near the house. You can add a pergola anywhere, like this small backyard nook area.

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    If a full pergola is too overwhelming, try a corner pergola perfect for hanging plants and corner seating.

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    Not all pergolas have to be square, this arched pergola is absolutely beautiful and combines a beautiful garden area with plenty of seating space for a crowd.

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    If you have a large deck area, pergolas are a good way to separate the space to create a private seating area.

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    Pergolas are also perfect for odd-shaped decks. This pentagon deck lends itself perfectly to a pergola that provides both shade and coverage.

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 Building your own pergola may be easier than you think. Wood wiz Ana White has full how-to plans on her site that allow you to customize your pergola to exactly what you are looking for.

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 For a slightly more modern look, consider a pergola with windows and plant hangers. This DIY project is featured on Lowe’s and looks absolutely stunning.

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 A pergola is the best way to extend your living space. When tucked up against the house, it gives more space for cooking, living, and dining.

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