DIY Backyard Pergola

Pergolas are not only architecturally attractive, but when you add some climbing plants, can provide some protection from the summer sun.


This structure is great for any yard as it adds beauty without consuming too much of the space. Its beautiful frames blend well with its environment, making people enjoy the outdoors while still giving a sense of protection and privacy.

This can be a costly project, of course, as you will need large and strong wood posts such as Cedar to build a good foundation for your pergola. But every other part or feature of your DIY pergola can be made with recycled or reclaimed materials. You can use pallets for making the deck or porch (like this beautiful example) that will go with your pergola, for instance.

Then add some plants to improve its beauty and to allow for more fresh air while you relax outdoors.

Here are some pergola designs to inspire you!


  • 4×4 Pressure-treated Lumber sheathed with Cedar
  • 2×4 Cedar Beams
  • 2×4 Cedar Beams
  • Steel Post-base Anchors
  • Concrete
  • 1/4-inch Tapcon Screws
  • 3-in #10 Screws
  • Galvanized Finishing Nails
  • Construction Adhesive


  • Miter Saw
  • Hammer Drill
  • Cordless Drill
  • Level
  • Hammer
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood Clamps
  • Table Saw

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Thank to Popular Mechanics for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here


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