Simple DIY Pergola Plans
Build your own pergola with these simple to follow DIY pergola plans. Plans include step-by-step illustrations, shopping list, and cutting list.
Building a pergola is a great project if you want to add a focal point to your backyard. Add lattice and grow some climbing plants or vines to form your special retreat.
DIY Pergola Plans – Material List
3 1/2″ deck screws
DIY Pergola Plans – Overview
The pergola measures 10’x10′ on the bottom and 12’x12′ on the top.
DIY Pergola Plans – Assembly
Measure a 10’x10′ area making sure it is squared by measuring diagonally in both directions.
Use 12′ long 6×6 poles (A) with 2′ in the ground with concrete as shown in illustration above. If you are using anchors on the poles use 10′ 6×6 poles.
Use a level to make sure all the poles are leveled.
Once the poles are set make sure all the poles are the same height, you can use a string level for this. Cut poles if needed to get them level.
The top edges on the pole can be cut for a nicer appearance, illustration above shows the edges cut at a 45 degree.
Use four 12′ long 2×6’s for the support beams (B), cut the ends as shown on illustration above.
Install the support beams (B) as shown on illustration above, use clamps to hold the support beams in place, secure with 3 1/2″ deck screws.
Use seven 12′ long 2×6’s for the crossbeams (C), cut the ends as shown on illustration above.
Lay the crossbeams (C) in place and mark were the 3″ notch will go. Secure the crossbeams using 3 1/2″ deck screws.
Use eleven 12′ long 2×2’s for the slats. The ends can be cut for a nicer appearance, illustration above shows end cut at 45 degree. Use 3 1/2″ deck screws to secure the slats.
Cut eight 2×6’s to 4′ 4 3/4″ for the brace (E), cut as shown on illustration above.
Install the brace (E) to the pergola using 3 1/2″ deck screws as shown on illustration above.