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. Let’s check out these easy DIY pergola tutorials!
There are several different types of DIY 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 cozier.
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. If you know you’d need shade of the time, you can find shade covers made to order for your dimensions on amazon.com here. They are waterproof and block UV rays.
I love how the seating is incorporated directly into the pergola. Sturdy beams make the perfect place to hang a deck swing.
The lastest and greatest pergolas make relaxing even easier, situating a bed underneath. This one is from Pottery Barn, for $5000. That is a little steep for my budget. Look at the base, it is a simple box frame, with 4 corner posts. The posts are connected with side beams, that then have a T shaped ceiling. A queen size sheet could be cut and sew to fit. It would take time, but very doable. This is definitely on my DIY bucket list!
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 soft ivory curtains for outdoor use, and lighting.
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. USA vinyl has this pergola sold here on amazon
If a full pergola is too overwhelming, try a corner DIY pergola perfect for hanging plants and corner seating.
Or try this mini pergola, that offers shade, without taking up the backyard.
This small DIY pergola was built just over the grill, to protect the cook from the heat, and to add a touch of height and color in the area.
Not all pergolas have to be square, this arched pergola is absolutely beautiful and combines a beautiful yard area with plenty of seating space for a crowd.
If you have a pathway, a curved pergola would add much-needed shade. I love this curved pergola off this farmhouse.
If you have a large deck area, pergolas are a good way to separate the space to create a private seating area.
Pergolas are also perfect for odd-shaped decks. This pentagon deck lends itself perfectly to a pergola that provides both shade and coverage.
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.
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.
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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