The concept of a pergola has been around for a long time but is becoming a modern design feature in today’s homes. It is a stylish outdoor feature - without walls and rafter roof - that gives shade while allowing summer breezes to waft through.
A pergola not only adds style to your yard but is an architectural feature that can bring value to your home. Many pergola designs focus on social gathering spots like covering an outdoor kitchen or sheltering patio furniture. Or, it may serve as a way to build a quiet, cozy corner in your yard for an outdoor swing. A pergola can also be a functional way to define an outdoor space, especially helpful if you are currently gazing out your window at a largely undefined space.
Whatever your intention, a pergola is a great DIY project for building the landscape of your Pinterest dreams. There are many pergola ideas, from simple to challenging, that will help bring shade and relaxation to your yard. Check out these 16 of our best DIY pergola ideas.
How to Build a DIY Pergola
What exactly is a pergola, you may ask? It is traditionally an architectural structure, often comprised of overhead wooden rafters, that brings filtered sun protection to an outdoor space. A common misperception is that a pergola offers full shade relief, like a porch. At best, a pergola is an overhead network of beams and rafters that provides some shade relief but also helps to define outdoor areas for social chit chats or quiet solitude.
Like any DIY building project, it’s advisable to have a plan! Many pergola designs extend 18-20” beyond the overhang so all measurements should be taken into consideration, especially if erecting a pergola near your home.