55 Simple DIY Pergola Plans & Ideas – 100% Free

55 Simple DIY Pergola Plans & Ideas – 100% Free

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Spending time with your family and friends chatting in the garden/backyard or making some BBQ, always leaves one with some emotional satisfaction.

But, the comfort of a good shade is also vital for you to enjoy these moments. The pergola is one of the best options when it comes to providing shade for your backyard garden.

And this is because these simple structures also let in a lot of light and just the right amount of shade.

You can always hire a woodworking contractor to build a pergola for you. But this is not only expensive, but these 'professional' ones will lack a personalized touch.

The best alternative is to build it on your own as a DIY project. And to help you out with this I have gathered some DIY pergola plans that you can choose from to start your construction.

So if you need some shade in your garden or backyard, you will never have to wonder how to make one because the pergola plans below will be helpful.

If you like these free pergola plans, you may also like ones for building a deck, gazebo, pergola, tiny house, tree house, pallet bar, coffee table, outdoor bench, and many more.

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1. Easy DIY Cedar Pergola

Easy DIY Cedar Pergola

This 10x16-foot pergola is a one-weekend project that will provide a comfortable sitting area in the garden and also act as a trellis for your plants. And you can make it in 9-easy steps.

The DIY Network provides a clear description of all the stages of the construction, and there are also some photos to make them easy to understand. The lists of materials with the precise dimensions, tools, and even safety gear will also be helpful.

If durability is your primary concern, this pergola will be an excellent piece as it uses rot-resistant cedar posts and rafters.

2. Simple 5-Step Backyard Pergola 

Simple 5-Step Backyard Pergola

Your pergola design does not have to be complicated as you can keep it simple and still get all the merits that come with it. This pergola plan also from DIY Network will help you make one in just 5 steps.

It is a 2-day project that will be perfect to do on a free weekend, and it will also not cost a lot.

The design is also just straightforward, and besides from the redwood or cedar wood, you will only need a few tools such as a hammering drill and anchoring bolts.

Apart from the step by step instructions with pictures, DIY Network also provides a video overview of this pergola plan.

3. The 1-Day 12x12 DIY Pergola

The 1-Day 12x12 DIY Pergola

The exquisite look of this easy to build pergola will be a great addition to any garden, and it will also provide a comfortable sitting area.

This 12x12-foot pergola will only take one-day to build, and you will not require a lot of materials or tools and hence making it a cheap and easy DIY project.

These free pergola plans from My Outdoor Plans include some detailed drawing and descriptions that will take you through all the vital steps of the construction. There is also information on all the materials that you will need such as the 2x6s for the shade.

4. Large Rectangular DIY Patio Pergola

Large Rectangular DIY Patio Pergola

If you have a lot of space on your patio and you would like to have some shade this pergola plan is ideal for you. It entails building a large 12x24-foot rectangular pergola that will also provide a lot of sitting space,

Despite this being a massive pergola it is still possible to make it in one day, and you will not require a lot of materials.

You will need 4x4s for the posts, 2x2s for the slats, and 2x6s for the rafter and a few other lumber types for other sections. But the tutorial provides a list with all this information.

When it comes to the actual construction, you will get a video to guide you and some text instructions with a lot of drawings.

5. 7-day Easy 8x32 Homemade Pergola

7-day Easy 8x32 Homemade Pergola

A sizeable 8x32-foot pergola like this one would cost thousands of dollars if you were to hire a professional to build it. But you can make it on your own in just 7 days and at a fraction of the cost.

This pergola design plan uses stained and sealed red cedar, and so it not only maintains natural wood color but it is also sturdy and durable.

For the tutorial, you get a YouTube video that will guide you through the entire construction process. 

6. DIY Garden Pergola with 4x4 Rafters

DIY Garden Pergola with 4x4 Rafters

A small 6x8-foot pergola like this one will still add some style and structure to your garden. You can make it in one-day, and it will also be a very affordable project.

This pergola plan uses some pressure-treated 4x4s for the rafters for durability. But besides from that, you also need pressure-treated lumbers like 2x8s and 2x6s.

There are 4 main steps involved in making this pergola and the tutorial explains them in detail and also provides some pictures. And there are also complete tools and material lists.

7. Modern-Looking Pergola with Decorative Rafters and Retractable Canopy

Modern-Looking Pergola with Decorative Rafters and Retractable Canopy

This pergola plan might not be suitable for a beginner but anyone that can make it will have something very stylish and exquisite.

It has a pergola with roof design, but the roofing is a retractable canopy. And there are also some decorative rafters that give it an impressive look.

Despite this being a more complex pergola plan the Canadian Home Workshop tutorial is still very comprehensive. It features long but easy to follow instructions, tools and materials list and some drawings with dimensions.

You should be ready to spend more cash on this project and spare a few weekends to implement it.

8. Simple Redwood Pergola in 8 Steps

Simple Redwood Pergola in 8 Steps

This simple 8x10-foot pergola uses 4x4, 2x4, and 2x6 redwood and you only need a couple of days to construct it. And besides, from the wood, you also need cement and hex bolt.

Instructables provides a list of everything that you will need and an 8-step tutorial for the construction. The tutorial includes both pictures and written description.

Since most of the materials that you will need are cheap and readily available, this is also an inexpensive pergola design.

9. Arbor-Like Backyard DIY Pergola

Arbor-Like Backyard DIY Pergola

Popular Mechanics provides this pergola idea for someone that wants to build a simple but aesthetically appealing backyard shade.

The tutorial is for an 8-foot square pergola, but you can use it to make one in any size you like. It is very comprehensive, and it includes PDF plans with printable step by step instructions.

This pergola uses 4x4 posts, and it should take about one weekend to complete depending on your woodworking tools. Also, it is quite cheap, but this also depends on your choice of wood.

10. Basic Backyard DIY Square Pergola

Basic Backyard DIY Square Pergola

With these free standing pergola plans, you can turn that space in your backyard into a comfortable sitting area. The simple and basic design also proves that building a pergola should not always be complicated.

This pergola design is one of my favorites, and I like the fact that it can suit almost any backyard. The 8-foot square pergola will require materials like 2x8 beams, 6x6 posts, and concrete but the tutorial provides a more comprehensive list.

Once you get all the material on the list, you will only need to follow the step by step directions and go through the building plans to create this beautiful pergola.

11. The DIY 10x10 Pergola Plan

The DIY 10x10 Pergola Plan

The 10x10 pergola plans seem to work well for most people as they provide a lot of space and do not also require a lot of lumber to build.

With a single weekend to spare and a budget of under $500, you can make this one from The Handmade Home. 

They provide a very detailed tutorial that includes a list of all materials. For the lumber, you will need 6x6 posts, 2x4s for bracing and some 2x2s and 2x6s.

This tutorial explains all the construction steps in detail, and so most DIYers will not have any trouble implementing this pergola plan.

12. Box Type DIY Pergola Design

Box Type DIY Pergola Design

Box type pergola designs entail installing rows of solid blocking to create some small squares. Although this is mostly for decorative purposes, it also makes the pergola easier to build than most other styles.

This small box type pergola is perfect for those that do not have a lot of space in their backyard. It uses lumber that you can get from your local merchant and so it is a cheap project to build.

There are complete plans for this pergola on the BuildEazy tutorial and enough information on how to build all the essential parts including the solid blocking and decorative rafter ends.

13. Cheap and Easiest Wooden Pergola 

Cheap and Easiest Wooden Pergola

If you already have a pile of lumber in the workshop, some nails or screws you will spend very little to make this wooden pergola.

This wood pergola plan will work for most people since it entails making a small free-standing unit that does not take up a lot of space. And you can finish it in just a few hours.

The tutorial provides a video that explains everything from setting up the posts to outing up the rafters. And so you only need to watch it a few times to figure things out.

14. The DIY Pergola Over Patio

The DIY Pergola Over Patio

Freestanding pergola plans are my favorite, but I would not mind trying one like this that entails attaching one side to the house.

Attaching one side to the house saves a couple of posts and hence reducing the cost of the build. The overall design of this pergola is also quite simple and easy to build.

There are only 10 simple steps on this project, and all come with a photo to make this one of the most straightforward pergola design plans

15. Classic Cedar DIY Vineyard Pergola

Classic Cedar DIY Vineyard Pergola

Western red cedar is one of those lumber types that I use a lot as it makes your projects look classic and also very durable. This vineyard pergola uses this lumber, and it has a fantastic look.

The pergola plans come in a downloadable PDF document that includes 3D SketchUp and many other drawings. There are also some easy to follow step by step directions for the construction.

You will need different lumber sizes for this project, and they include 4x4s, 2x8s, 2x6s, 1x6s and a lot of 2x4s.

16. Free-Standing Classis Pergola

Free-Standing Classis Pergola

Here is another classic pergola design that I would love to implement. This free-standing pergola idea will help you build a cozy sitting area with just the right amount of sun and light

The construction starts with four notched 6x6 posts, and you will also need a few other lumber types like the 2x6s. This pergola is just over 13-foot wide, and it will take at least one weekend to build.

The tutorial provides some short descriptions of the construction and a downloadable PDF with the plans and step by step directions.

17. The One-Weekend DIY Pergola

The One-Weekend DIY Pergola

Anyone with minimum carpentry skills and one weekend to spare can implement this pergola plan as it is very straightforward. And you can build it from scratch over a couple of days. 

Despite the simplicity of this pergola, it will still be a useful structure on the backyard or patio. And with a length of just over 9-feet, it will not take up a lot of space.

The pergola tutorial provides some tool and material lists with all dimensions. But what most DIYers will find helpful is the step by step guideline and the detailed plan drawings.

18. Easy Pergola Design with Vines or Lath

Easy Pergola Design with Vines or Lath

For this DIY pergola plan, you get some detailed instructions to help you make an arbor or pergola for your backyard. What I like about the pergola plan is that it does not use any specific measurements but instead lets you choose the particular size you want.

You also do not need a lot of materials for this project. With some 6x6 posts, 4x4 rafters, some galvanized nails and a few other things that the tutorial also provides in the list.

By following the 5-step instruction on this tutorial, you can make a pergola according to your preferred dimensions and style.

19. Deck Pergola with Checkered Roof

Deck Pergola with Checkered Roof

I just love this deck pergola design and everything from the colors to the roof is as perfect as it can get. But, despite the elegant look, this pergola on deck design is still easy to achieve.

This Home Stratosphere tutorial article provides full PDF blueprints to make it easy for anyone to build the pergola. The PDF comes with clear plans that include all the dimensions.

You will also get a list of all the materials and any tools that you will need. And so with these plans, the build should be easy for you. But, the checkered roof might require some skill to build.

20. DIY Deck Pergola with Some Plant Hangers

DIY Deck Pergola with Some Plant Hangers

Here is yet another DIY pergola design that I would love to try out. It is for a 12x14-foot deck, and it will require someone with advanced woodworking skills to create.

Although it looks classy and expensive, you can still make it at a reasonable cost. All you need is to buy a few items that the Lowes article highlights on a list.

You can make this pergola on deck in just one weekend. And with the help of the step by step instructions for constructing the different parts, it should be a relatively easy project.

21. Under $150 DIY Weatherly Pergola

Under $150 DIY Weatherly Pergola

Instead of spending thousands of dollars to buy that Weatherly pergola you desire why not make one as a DIY project. And this Ana White article makes it easy to achieve this with step by step guidelines.

This 10-foot long pergola will require a lot of 2x2s and 2x4s, but Ana also lists everything else you will need including the tools.

With the detailed text instructions and the 3D SketchUp, you can make this pergola in one or two weekends and at a budget of between $100 and $150.

22. The DIY Free-Standing Pergola

The DIY Free-Standing Pergola

If you have a corner in the backyard that you would wish to dress up or spice up this free-standing pergola will work well for you. It is also visually appealing structure, and even someone with beginner woodworking skills can build it.

You will need some lumber for the posts and rafters, but the sizes will depend on the pergola size you want to build. But 6x6s and 4x4s seem to be the best options for the post.

When you get to the actual construction, this tutorial provides a video that will guide you through the process and sow 10-step guidelines.

23. Cheap and Easy 10x10 Wooden Pergola

Cheap and Easy 10x10 Wooden Pergola

Here is another 10x10 pergola plan that will make a fun and easy weekend DIY project. It uses 4x4 or 6x6 posts and 2x6 pieces for the rafters.

Most of the lumber pieces that you will need for this project are very affordable and available in most localities. And so this is a cheap pergola plan to implement.

The materials and tools lists and the tips on the How to Specialist tutorial are quite handy. But, the detailed step by step guide with some drawings and in-depth description will be the most helpful when making this pergola.

24. 8x12 Freestanding Redwood Pergola Shade

8x12 Freestanding Redwood Pergola Shade

This freestanding redwood pergola will provide an impressive 96 square feet of sitting space and hence making it the excellent place to hang out over the weekend.

Although it is quite a large pergola, it only takes one weekend to build, and it is also quite cheap. It is also very sturdy since it uses some 4x4 posts and 2x6 beams.

The tutorial comes in a downloadable PDF document that is very detailed. It includes guidelines on how to make everything from the posts to the rafters and drawings for each step. 

There also material lists for both the freestanding pergola and another one for those that p[refer to attach it to the house.

25. DIY Garage Pergola in 13 Easy Steps

 DIY Garage Pergola in 13 Easy Steps

If you are still trying to figure out how to build a pergola this simple garage canopy would be a good starting point. It qualifies as a pergola, and it is also easier to make than most other designs.

You can make the garage pergola for under $200, and you will only require a few pieces of pressure-treated 2x2s and 2x4s.

The tutorial provides 13-step instructions that showcase everything you need to do on this project. And with a few hours to spare on a Saturday morning, you can build this beautiful garage pergola.

26. The Large Modern Garden Arbor

The Large Modern Garden Arbor

A large pergola plan like this one might not be suitable for beginners as it takes a lot of work to build, but it is still a fantastic structure for those that can make it.

This pergola design plans are for those that want to cover a sitting area, and it will take a couple of weekends to build.

You need a lot of 2x12s and 2x6s for this free-standing pergola plan, and it rests on some 4x4 post. The Instructables tutorial provides details on everything else you might need and some detailed 7 steps with pictures to help with the construction

27. Simple and Customized Backyard Pergola

Simple and Customized Backyard Pergola

The materials that you will need to build this DIY pergola are inexpensive, and so it will be a cheap addition for your backyard. And you can finish it over one weekend.

What impresses me most about this pergola plan is the customization. With the right pains and stain, you can make it flows with the theme of your home.

You will need 4x4s, 2x2s, and 2x10 for this project and a few other materials and tools that the Better Homes and Gardens tutorial lists. And with the help of the step by step guide with photos, this can be a straightforward project for you.

28. The Giant Back Patio Wood Pergola

The Giant Back Patio Wood Pergola

A massive pergola like this one will take a few weekends to build bit it is still quite easy to make if you have all the materials.

If you have a spacious back patio, this is just what you need to give it some shade. And the primary materials are some pressure-treated 4x4 posts, 2x10s, 2x6s and 2x4s.

And despite this being a massive wood pergola there are only three main steps that you will need to follow to build it.

29. The 12x24 DIY Rectangular Pergola

The 12x24 DIY Rectangular Pergola

This large rectangular pergola plan will take about one week to make, and it is perfect for anyone that wants something to cover a spacious patio or backyard.

There are several things that you will need to make this 24-foot long pergola. But, the primary materials are the 4x4 posts, 2x6s for the rafters and 2x10s that form the support beams.

As for the cost, this will be a cheap to moderate project depending on the availability of the material in your locality.

The How to Specialist tutorial will provide a detailed text description of all the main steps of the construction, and there are also a lot of 3D drawings on this free pergola plan.

30. Simple DIY Louvered Pergola

Simple DIY Louvered Pergola

With the many pergolas do it yourself plans out there it can be hard to choose something for your home. But if you want something stylish or contemporary this 16x8-foot louvered pergola design is an excellent pick.

Although it has an elegant appearance, it is still a simple pergola idea. It is all about creating a rounded seating area with a pergola above it.

You can build the pergola in 8 easy steps that the tutorial provides. There is also a picture to for each stage to make the construction easy to understand.  

31. The L-Shaped DIY Pergola

The L-Shaped DIY Pergola

Trying out a different shape can help you create a unique DIY pergola that will look fantastic in your home. This Real Cedar article provides a great idea on how to do this, and it entails making one in an L-shape.

There are three different downloadable PDF files to help with the construction, and they include a 3D SketchUp file and another one with the plans and step by step guide.

Like most other pergola plans you will need 2x6s, 2x10s, and 2x4s. But there is a complete list of the materials and tools on the PDF file. And once you have everything it is possible to complete the pergola in one or two weekends.

32. Small Over the Patio Door Pergola

Small Over the Patio Door Pergola

When you think of a DIY outdoor shade, the chances are the first this that comes to your mind is a large wooden structure. However, there are many types, and they include this small one for your patio door.

The small size of this DIY pergola means that it is easy to make and you can do it in just one day. You will need to make some cross beams, a support arm, diagonal support and a few other sections.

This PDF file highlights everything that you need and their dimensions. There are also lots of drawings to help you understand the shapes and sizes.

33. The Modern Classic DIY Pergola

The Modern Classic DIY Pergola

Aesthetics should always be a top priority when making a pergola because you want something that will add some beauty to your backyard.

A classic DIY pergola design like this one is just what you need to spice up your yard. And it will cost just between $200 and $300 to make and only take one weekend.

The Design Confidential provides a very comprehensive tutorial for making this simple pergola that includes a list of the tools, lumber and all the other materials you need.

There are also some 10-step instructions for the actual construction and some 3D drawings to help you understand the dimensions of this 9-foot wide pergola.

34. The Outdoor Kitchen Island and Pergola Combination

The Outdoor Kitchen Island and Pergola Combination

For those that like to cook outdoors whether it a BBQ or something else, this project is for you. It combines a simple kitchen island with a pergola to create a perfect working space.

The just over 9-foot long pergola is still the highlight of this project as it will provide some shade when cooking outdoors. But the PDF tutorial provides instructions on how to make both the pergola and kitchen island.

If you only to make the pergola, it should take just one weekend but if you want both this should be a two-weekend project.

35. Small Square Homemade Patio Pergola

Small Square Homemade Patio Pergola

This 10x10-foot structure will make a great addition to any patio as it provides some lovely shade and makes the outdoors more comfortable. But what I like most about the structure is that it only takes one-day to build.

There are also no expensive materials or tools that you need for this project. With some 4x4 posts, 2x6s for the shade elements, and 2x8s for the beams you will have almost everything you need.

This DIY pergola plan also features a unique design that entails having 8 posts (2 on each corner) instead of 4. However, the tutorial provides enough information on how to make them and uses some 3D images to make this easy to comprehend

36. 12-Foot Long DIY Patio Pergola

12-Foot Long DIY Patio Pergola

A 12x12 foot pergola like this one will provide more than enough sitting space in your backyard and with some lovely shade. And it is also great for your climbing plants.

It is a one-weekend project that uses 4x4 posts and 2x6 support beams. This project also uses screws instead of nails to make it even sturdier.

Apart from providing the tools and material list this My Outdoor Plans tutorial also comes with one of the most comprehensive construction guides with some 3D images.

37. Modern Pergola with a Stone Base

Modern Pergola with a Stone Base

This pergola plan is another one that I plan to try out soon as it is just amazing. It is a 10-foot long structure with a stone base that gives it an attention-grabbing and unique look.

But despite the modern and elegant design, you can still make this pergola in a single day. It has a very sturdy base thanks to the 6x6 posts, and it uses 2x8s to ensure that it provides enough shade.

All you will need to do to make a pergola like this one is to follow this detailed tutorial from the How to Specialist's site.

38. Simple Attached DIY Pergola

Simple Attached DIY Pergola

Attaching your pergola to the rest of your house not only provides some extra sitting space but also makes it cheaper to build since you will require fewer materials.

This particular one also from My Outdoor Plans site only requires you to use two 4x4 posts and a single 2x8 for the beam. And so you will save a significant amount of cash which is perfect when making it on a tight budget.

Although this looks like a covered pergola plan, the 2x6 beans are just closer than in most other pergolas. And this design/style is to ensure that you get a lot of shade.

If you follow the tutorial keenly and have all the materials, this should be just a one-weekend project.

39. Simple and Easy-to-Build Square Pergola

Simple and Easy-to-Build Square Pergola

Although the complete plans for this pergola are not free, it is worth paying the few dollars as it will look incredible in any backyard or front porch.

These are 10x10 pergola plans, but by going through them, you can be able to adjust the dimensions to suit any size you want. And since it is a simple square design it is also cheap to build.

This pergola design is a one day project, and you will only need the usual materials such as the 4x4 posts and 2x8s for the beams.

40. $700 DIY Pergola with Enclosed Base

 $700 DIY Pergola with Enclosed Base

Although the design of this pergola looks very complicated, you can still build it with a little determination. Depending on your skill level you can make it in one or a couple of weekends.

The pergola plan will take about $700 to implement which is relatively cheap given that it is quite large and also features a wood enclosed base.

The article from A Beautiful Mess does not provide a lot of pictures or the step by step guide that most people would like. However, the lengthy description has a lot of helpful information.

41. The Patio Planter and Pergola Combination

The Patio Planter and Pergola Combination

You will hardly find any better way of dressing up your patio than this one. It combines a traditional pergola with a planter to create the perfect outdoor space.

The structure will be 16x20-feet in size, and it uses some 4x4 posts, and you will need other lumbers that include 2x6s for the rafters and 2x4s for the braces. Anything else that you need is on the tutorial’s shopping list.

And once you gather everything you only need to follow the 7 steps on the Better Homes and Gardens tutorial to build the DIY pergola. And this should just take a couple of days to finish.

42. Easy-to-Make Pergola with Shelves and Swing

Easy-to-Make Pergola with Shelves and Swing

No one would not want to have a pergola like this one as it is just amazing. And it has everything from built-in shelves and a swing that you will enjoy.

It uses some 6x6 posts to make it a very sturdy pergola, and they are about 10-foot apart to ensures that there is enough room in there.

Although this RYOBI Nation article only provides summarized steps and some 3D images they also have a like to Ana Whites site where you can get the complete plans.

43. Simple 10-Foot Long Pergola with a Swing

Simple 10-Foot Long Pergola with a Swing

Adding a swing to your pergola makes it the perfect place for relaxing. This 10-foot long one is simple to build, but the addition of a swing makes it just fantastic.

It uses 4x4 posts, and you also need other lumber pieces including the 2x6s for the rafters. But you will get all this information on the detailed material list.

You will only need one weekend to make this pergola, and it is also quite cheap since all the materials are inexpensive. And there is more than enough information on the tutorial to help with the construction.

44. The Fancy and Rounded Pergola Design

The Fancy and Rounded Pergola Design

Square and rectangular pergola plans are the most commons and probably also the most popular. But, there are still many other options like this fancy rounded one.

However, despite the shape not being the usual ones it is still quite a straightforward pergola to make that will also not require a lot of lumber.

The tutorial provides some downloadable 3D SketchUp model files to help you with construction. But you can always enhance with some fabric to create a covered pergola or by planting some vines to climb on the posts.

45. Rustic DIY Wooden Pergola

Rustic DIY Wooden Pergola

I love everything rustic, and so this is one of my favorite pergola plans. I also like the fact that it is large enough to accommodate several people and it also includes a bench.

Unlike the modern pergola designs, this one uses different sizes of logs instead of the usual 4x4s and 2x6s. The woods are what give it the rustic appeal but also help to make it very sturdy.

There is also no step by step guide for making this pergola, but the description should give you enough inspiration. Also, it is essential to learn how to use peg tenon joints because this structure uses a lot of them.

46. The Attached and Very Shady DIY Pergola

 The Attached and Very Shady DIY Pergola

The design of this attached pergola is meant to ensure that you get maximum shade from it. But what makes the structure even more unique is that it still lets in enough sunlight.

These pergola plans are from the 3D warehouse, and they are available in a downloadable 3D SketchUp model that provides more information on how to build it.

There are only two 6x6 posts on this pergola, one supporting beam and lots of rafters. And so it is a cheap and quick project since there is less lumber to buy and assemble.

47. The Peeled Poles DIY Pergola

The Peeled Poles DIY Pergola

If you have some peeled poles or can get them quickly and at an affordable cost this pergola idea will work well for you. It uses some 2x8 pieces and 6x6 posts that will look amazing in your backyard.

You will also need some 2x4s, but following the tutorial will help you understand everything you need to make the pergola.

There is short YouTube video on this tutorial that explains the crucial stages of the construction. And if you combine it with the 7-step instructions you will have more than enough information to implement the pergola plan.

48. The Simple Garden Steel Pergola

The Simple Garden Steel Pergola

Wood pergola plans might be the most common, but steel ones can also work well for your garden. And although it is smaller than the average wooden pergolas it still serves its purpose well which is to grow grapes and kiwis.

There is a lot of welding on this project and cutting steel, but besides from this, there is not a lot that you will need to do. And so this is just a one-day project.

The Instructables tutorial provides a 6-step guide for the construction with many pictures and easy to understand text tutorial.

49. Multi-use Pergola with Built-in Benches and Table Set

 Multi-use Pergola with Built-in Benches and Table Set

There are countless things that you can do on this pergola and so it a very versatile structure to have in the garden.

It is set up in a 10x10-foot square base and with some built-in benches and a table set. And apart from providing a lot of written information, Instructables also offers a video for the construction of this pergola.

With the help of the video and text tutorial, you should not have any problem making this pergola in just one weekend.

50. The Louvre Sided Backyard Pergola

 The Louvre Sided Backyard Pergola

When you give a contemporary outdoor shade a classic touch this is what you get. It is more of a masculine design, and it will be a perfect place to relax for guys when they need some air.

This pergola plan uses 6x6 posts and 2x6 decking to start off the construction. But, you also need other materials like stainless steel screws.

Since it is not very large, you will not need a lot of lumber, and it is also quick to build. And with the short video to help you out, this should be simple and fun weekend project.

51. The Ultimate DIY Pergola with Fire Pit and Lots of Swings

The Ultimate DIY Pergola with Fire Pit and Lots of Swings

With this pergola, you get everything you could need to enjoy your beautiful backyard. There is a fire pit to keep the cold in check at night and some swings to relax as you chat with friends or family.

If you have someone to help you out it is possible to complete this project in just one weekend. And you should expect to spend around $2,300 to buy everything you need for the build.

As for the material you will need the 6x6 posts, 2x10s, 2x6s and other things like concrete and exterior decking screws.

The Remodelaholic tutorial provides lists for the tools and materials and some tutorial steps for the construction.

52. Over the Patio Vine Covered Pergola 

 Over the Patio Vine Covered Pergola

For those that are trying to figure out how to build a pergola on a deck this plan that entails making one over a patio should offer some inspiration.

It is a big and beautiful pergola that is attached to the house, and it has a lovely white finish. However, it requires some expert woodworking skills and a budget of over $500.

This pergola plan will also take a few weekends to implement, but the Family Handyman tutorial will guide you through the entire construction.

53. DIY Walk-Through Garden Pergola

DIY Walk-Through Garden Pergola

A 12-foot long pergola like this one is an excellent addition to any garden, and it will also provide a cozy place to relax.

Although it will take several days to build it is also a very durable pergola design, and it will be a long time before you need to replace it.

The materials that you need include 4x4 posts, 2x8s for the beams, and 2x3s for the rafters and concrete. There are also a few other things on the material list.

And to make the construction simple, the plan provides step by step instructions and some drawings to help you understand the dimensions.

Have you ever tried building a pergola? Did you like the outcome? What design and dimensions did you use? And what are your views on DIY pergola plans?

Feel free to answer these questions below and also share other ideas or thoughts on making DIY pergolas.