Pergolas never go out of style; these lattice-topped, open-air structures have been beloved by shade-seekers since the Renaissance. For over a century, PM has published plans readers can use to build their own backyard oases. Here are five of our favorite pergola plans.
In this pergola, airy beamed columns mirror the structure’s roof. Weather-resistant cedar helps it withstand the elements. (Helpful hint: If you decide to paint your pergola, you may want to avoid the lead-based paint detailed in the plans. 1921 was a long time ago).1921, “Building a Pergola”
THE OUTDOOR ENTRYWAY
This latticed garden entryway, featured in PM in 1926, can easily be adapted to make a pergola, complete with spots for seating.1926, “Pergola Plans”
As pergola plus lawn swing, this plan lets you combine two backyard staples. The structure gets its frame from 3 x 3–inch pine stock, and placing it in front of “a hedge or background of shrubbery with a trailing vine [can] provide the shade for the seat”.1933, “You Can Build This Pergola”
THE DIY BASICS
This set of plans gives step-by-step instructions for how to build a basic pergola—with suggestions for semicircular tops, longer structures, and other variations.
1939, “A Series of Pergola Plans”
THE MODERN TWIST
Pergolas can give the garden a traditional look, while ready-made kits and shading materials such as tinted fiberglass make DIY easier than ever.
DIY Pergola Design Plans Pictures
Build This Pergola
Pergolas and the Like for the Backyard
THE CLASSIC PERGOLA
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