How to Build a Pergola

Creating a DIY pergola for your backyard is easier than you think!

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How to Build a Pergola
How to Build a Pergola
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Updating the outside of your home is just as important as making sure the inside looks nice. But there’s one project in particular that will make your backyard stand out. Learn how to build a pergola without calling your local contractor and spending big bucks!

Although this DIY pergola takes some time to build, the finished result is worth the wait. Once you have it all set up, you can plant some ivy at the base and watch it effortlessly wrap around the wooden tiers as it grows. This DIY pergola is the perfect spot to place your patio furniture and relax on a nice summer day. Plus, it will impress your friends big time!

Estimated Cost$31+

Time to CompleteLonger than a weekend


Primary TechniqueHome Decor



Project TypeMake a Project

What is a pergola?

A pergola is a large outdoor structure that forms a shaded walkway or sitting area in your backyard. It usually consists of a square wooden framework with an open latticed roof. With time, vines or trailing flowers can be trained to grow up the sides and along the top of the structure to provide additional shade.

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