Planning A DIY Pergola

I designed and assembled two pergolas shortly after constructing our new deck. In our case, there was a practical need for their installation–we needed railings to meet building code–the need for an aestetic backyard feature was secondary, but was appealing. I thought I could get more out of the need for a railing by building them within an 8′ pergola frame, and as a first-ditch DIY effort on a budget, I think they turned out great. They’re certainly something to build upon, and grow vines and flowers upon.

With a little planning and the right inspiration, you can make your own too:

Pergola pictures for inspiration

If you’re looking for pergola inspiration of your own and pictures to refer to, keep on reading to get a few ideas.

I gleaned inspiration from other peoples’ pergolas before getting started on my own. One of my favorites sits built in the backyard of our friends’ home. Theirs isn’t attached alongside their house like ours, instead sits in the middle of their open deck, serving as the perfect frame for their outdoor dining set. It provides the perfect amount of shade for summertime dinners and adds tremendous impact (oh, and was hooked up so as to host a fan for hot summer nights).

Inspiration for DIY pergolas.

These two, both featured in a gallery on DIY Network, showcase even more inspiration. I long to have lush vines encasing my pergolas. I also long for that view.

Photo of pretty square pergola.

The clean-lined design of this pergola catches my eye too. It’s even more simplified than mine, but constructed in a really, really nice way with beautiful wood.

Inspiration for a home pergola that attaches to the wall.

The pergolas on our deck help to balance out the height of the two-story house with the low-rise deck that wraps around it.

DIY pergola photo inspiration.

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at DIYNetwork.com. You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at facebook.com/merrypad.

15 Responses

  1. Chuck G says:

    I would like to help my son build a Pergola that would be approx 32' x 13’10". Can anyone help me with what dimensions I would need for the headers and support beams? This would not be attached to the house

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  7. Cheryl says:

    My husband is going to redo our deck and because we have sun from noon until sunset, we would like
    to built a pergola for some shade. We have high winds sometimes so do need something that would
    hold up. The deck is on the second level on the back side of the house. Would it look too massive to have
    a pergola at that level or strange in any other way?

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  10. joe gahan says:

    need to construct one to enjoy my days outside since it rains alot here, would be nice to get outside

  11. John says:

    I would love to construct a Pergola for our yard, but I am concerned about the number of squirrels in the area. Is my dream ruined by these creatures? Its been a struggle just finding a right spot to put up a few bird feeders. Thanks.

  12. Marie says:

    Just curious….to build a pergola to cover a 10'x10' patio area would cost aprox. how much???

  13. Moodyvega says:

    The Pergolas with the live plants growing around it makes it look so nice.

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  15. Pauline E Maxey says:

    Pergolas add such beauty & invite relaxing times! I would love one in my yard!

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