If you have a garden in your backyard, you know you've imagined sitting around in your garden under the shade while chatting with your family and BBQ-ing. It's every gardener's dream.
To make this dream into reality, you need a pergola.
Pergolas are a great solution for areas in your garden that need shade. They are also great for dividing up an outdoor space. So if you are in need of some shade and also a few ideas on how to build a pergola, I’ve got them for you right here. No need to look any further.
Here are 51 pergola plans and ideas for your future pergola.
1. The Shady Pergola
I think we have established by now that not many of these pergola plans are going to be a difficult build. This is another simple one. It is meant to follow the classic design of a regular, old pergola.
This pergola was built with the intention of creating shade. The picture depicts it with beautiful flowers and vines covering it to create that perfect sitting area to relax and enjoy your property after a long day of hard work.
2. The Plant Hanger Pergola
This pergola is not for beginners. However, if you are an experienced builder then you will be right at home with this one.
It is a gorgeous pergola that is meant to be attached to your deck. With the way it is designed you can actually hang plants from it. It is a beautiful design that would be a great addition to any piece of property.
3. The Garden Arbor
This is another plan that is probably not the best for beginners. However, if you have a garden area that you would like to enjoy but can’t because of the sun then this might be the option you’ve been looking for.
The pergola is meant to go over a sitting area that is surrounded by a garden, but you could also use it to go over a rose garden. So if you are an experienced builder this pergola should be right up your alley.
4. Outdoor Kitchen Island With Pergola
This is a snazzy little set-up. If you are quite the entertainer and have an outdoor kitchen then this would work great for you.
The plans show you how to construct a kitchen island and then a pergola attachment that will help shield you from the sun while you are cooking. This would be an awesome addition to any outdoor back patio or deck.
5. The Louvered Pergola
If you are like me and could live outside this would be a great option.
Basically, you create a rounded seating area to your deck and then place a pergola over it. You could do as the picture shows and add an eating area too.
6. The Pergola Swing
This pergola is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It is built as a stand-alone structure. There is shelving on the inside of it.
The shelving can be used a planting station or a place to hold other items. You then attach a swing to the top and have a nice shaded area to sit and enjoy the day.
7. The Deck + Pergola
These are actually deck plans. The cool addition to these deck plans is the fact that it comes with a pergola.
This pergola will be attached to your home. If you don’t want a covered deck but still want the shade, this is a great plan. That way you can still have lightly filtered sunlight with the enjoyment of an uncovered deck.
8. The Giant Pergola
This pergola is large and gorgeous. If you have an uncovered back patio but the sun is right on it, this pergola would do the trick.
It stands on large legs that hold it in place. You then build the actual pergola design over your patio area. This would be a great way to have a nice outdoor eating area protected from extreme sunlight.
9. The Boring To Brilliant Pergola
I love how this pergola absolutely transformed their sitting area from a boring little backyard area to an amazing, party-worthy area.
If you have a backyard spot quite like this, how could you not invite people over to enjoy it? They were able to extend their sitting area and throw a pergola over half of it. It is a great divider and adds a lot of charm.
10. The Patio Pergola
These plans are meant to show you how to build a pergola over a patio. If you are fortunate enough to have such a great little sitting area, a pergola will make it to where it is that much more enjoyable.
A pergola can add a lot of charm but also helps to make it cooler. It is hard to enjoy a patio when it is too hot.
11. The 15-Minute Pergola
Okay, maybe you can’t build this beautiful pergola in just 15 minutes. However, the video will show you how to build it in that amount of time.
Another upside is that this pergola was originally quoted at $17,000. He shows you how to save $14,000 by doing it yourself. Did I mention it is gorgeous? If you aren’t sold on it, you should be.
12. The Backyard Pergola
This is a stand-alone pergola. If you would like to create an intimate sitting area in the middle of your backyard, a pergola is a great way to accomplish the look.
The author of this post actually offered a great idea. You could plant grape vines near the pergola and eventually, it will completely cover it. That will offer an added touch of character and extra shade too.
13. The Pergola + Sitting Area
This pergola offers a gorgeous setting. It is actually added over a rounded sitting area on a deck. It is so gorgeous because it has built in benches that create a cozy seating area.
The pergola then goes over the already gorgeous sitting space. Not only is the space inviting but it should also be very comfortable thanks to the shade the pergola can offer.
14. The Patio Pergola #2
These plans are meant for someone that is familiar with construction. If you are a visual person (like myself) this might make your build a little more difficult.
However, if that challenge isn’t an issue for you then build away, and you’ll have a beautiful pergola that can be added in the middle of the backyard or over an already existing seating area.
15. The Fancy Seated Pergola
This pergola is extra special. It has quite a few fancy touches. However, if you are looking for something a little different then this could very well be what you need.
It is not just a pergola. It has a seating area beneath it for you to enjoy that is actually attached to the pergola itself.
16. The Patio Pergola #3
Although the details are very thorough and many pointers are given, once again, these are strict plans. There are no actual pictures of the actual completed job. But if you are good at reading plans and following detailed pictures then this should be no problem for you.
17. The Ultimate Pergola
This pergola has everything you could ever want. It is a rounded shape where swings can actually hang from the structure.
Then there are chairs and a fire pit in the center. So whether you want a place to swing, sit, or just hang out in this pergola will offer whatever is you are in search of for a relaxing spot.
18. The Freestanding Pergola
This is a traditional pergola. It is meant to be built over a deck. The purpose of this shelter is to provide protection from extreme sunlight and to offer a more enjoyable space.
The plans to build this creation are very detailed and should be easy enough to understand for those that are familiar with carpentry skills.
19. The Backyard Pergola
However, after working all day long to raise your food, you need a beautiful and relaxing space to unwind. This pergola might be able to help you have a nice space that makes resting and enjoying your land a little easier at the end of a long day.
20. The Large Pergola Plans
These plans are meant for building a large pergola. This is going to cover more than your average size deck.
If you have a place for a large picnic area or even a really large sitting area then this might be the size pergola you’ve been looking for. The plans are detailed so that should help make this project a little easier.
21. The Vine Covered Pergola
This pergola is what I really think of when I think of the word pergola. It is big, beautiful and shown in white.
However, this is built as an attachment to a house covering a patio area. It is said that it was intended for vines to grow all over it. This will offer the maximum amount of shade and is very traditional for a pergola.
22. The 4-Step Pergola
I love these pergola plans. The first is because it is gorgeous, which most pergolas are.
However, what I love so much about these plans is that they are simple. They break it down into bite-size pieces so that even the greenest carpenter can understand and have a successful build.
23. The ‘Awesome From The Ground Up’ Pergola
This pergola is awesome. I’ll give it that. They actually built this one in the middle of the yard.
However, beyond just making it a pergola with a cute little table set in the middle of it, they added built-in benches. This is extremely welcoming and a great idea for those that are looking for a place to entertain.
24. Pergola Attached To A House Plans
These are plans for a pergola that will actually be attached to the backside of your house. It is meant to cover a patio space so it can be better enjoyed.
I love these pergolas because they are a classic touch to any home and add a lot of style. Not to mention, pergolas make a space that is often too hot to enjoy a most enjoyable space.
25. The A-Frame Pergola
I’ll be honest, I’ve never seen a pergola quite like this one. It has the traditional style with a touch of A-frame added to the top of it.
It is a beautiful addition to any backyard oasis. If you don’t have a backyard oasis, you will after you build this masterpiece.