Hexagonal Pergola Plans

Copyright image: An unusual hexagonal pergola, with beautiful radiating rafters, made from the step-by-step pergola plans.

Wow! What a beauty.

If you'd like to build this pergola, these hexagonal pergola plans show you, step-by-step, how to build this wonderful pergola design. With its radiating rafters, it can be built as a free-standing feature, or as an attached pergola next to your house.

Being based on a circular pergola makes it very cosy and welcoming; ideal for both relaxing and entertaining. Add really interesting garden furniture and planting to enhance the effect even more.

I developed these plans for a visitor to my site, who wanted a hexagonal pergola in his garden. Using this idea as the basis, these plans were born!

As always, it was important for me to create plans that could be easily understood, and to show how to construct the pergola in several different ways, in order that the plans could be adapted to suit everyone's individual taste and style.

There are several ways of constructing this design to fit any style preferences and situation.

Here are some design ideas:

Copyright image: A hexagonal pergola, with six radiating rafters, made from the step-by-step pergola plans.

This pergola has six radiating rafters that sit fully on the top of the supporting structure. It's very easy to build this way, as there is very little notching.

Copyright image: A hexagonal pergola, with six radiating rafters and trellis, made from the step-by-step pergola plans.

Trellis panels add shelter and more places for beautiful climbing plants to grow.

Copyright image: A hexagonal pergola, with twelve radiating rafters and finial, made from the step-by-step pergola plans.

Here we have the twelve spoked design. The picture shows raised rafters, notched to fit over the frame, and an optional finial, just to round things off!

Mix and match any of the ideas to achieve whichever style you like. It's all explained in the plans.

The 'Adapting the Plans' section of the hexagonal pergola plans also explains how to:

  • Fix your pergola to the ground in different ways.
  • Adjust the dimensions of your pergola.
  • Have fabulous rafter tail end designs.
  • Choose different ways to fix your radiating rafters to the frame.
  • Build your pergola next to a house or wall, making it look like an attached pergola (very effective).

Planting Ideas

Imagine having this stunning climbing rose clothing your pergola...

Copyright image: Pergola climbing plants: a beautiful pink climbing rose growing over a pergola trellis.

...or this heavenly purple clematis...

Copyright image: Pergola climbing plants: a heavenly purple clematis growing over a pergola trellis.

If you prefer a more formal look, try using planters around, or between, the posts. This large zinc planter gives a modern twist, while the gorgeous diascia and lobelia soften the effect...

The Pergola Footprint

This diagram shows how the radiating rafters fit onto the pergola frame, with an option to add six or twelve spokes.

Copyright image: A hexagonal pergola footprint taken from the step-by-step pergola plans.

All the necessary templates are included within the plans.

These include the rafter tail templates to give a decorative effect to the rafter tail ends, a template for cutting the angled centre spokes, and also templates for the optional hexagonal braces at the centre apex and for the braces on the frame.

This will allow for much quicker marking, and will mean that you can get your pergola up in super-quick time!

The Hexagonal Pergola Plans

Is it possible to build a pergola like this yourself?

When I write my plans, I do it with beginners in mind. It was always my intention to make the building of these fabulous features possible even for someone who has never picked up a drill before!

These particular plans were originally created for someone who wanted to build a specific pergola design for their garden, so they form part of the 'Additional Pergola Plans Series'.

Of course, you can use the principles outlined in the free pergola plans to build any pergola or arbour.

But if you would prefer to have a step-by-step guide to building this particular pergola - which is a little more 'involved' - for the price of one of the rafters, you will have at hand detailed instructions on how to create an absolutely beautiful structure for your home and garden.

The advantages of having the plans are:

  • They include step-by-step instructions for this particular pergola design.
  • There are plenty of drawings and diagrams at every stage.
  • You don't need to be a structural engineer to understand the plans!
  • All the necessary templates are included.
  • Links to the tools and material lists are provided.
  • You are welcome to ask for advice, using the contact form.

Downloading the Plans

All set and raring to go?

The plans are available for you to download immediately.

They are in pdf format can be viewed with Adobe Reader (links to this are given in the download process). 'Open' the download, and once downloaded, you will be able to save them to your computer.

Included are:

  • The hexagonal pergola plans.
  • 18 free rafter tail temples.
  • Construction templates for the braces and centre joins.

Just click 'Add To Cart' and it will take you through the download process.

Copyright image: An unusual hexagonal pergola, with beautiful radiating rafters, made from the step-by-step pergola plans.




Finishing Touches

Be creative with the many options available! 

This pergola can be used to highlight a particular feature in the garden, like a statue or fountain, to relax under on those balmy days of summer with loungers and soft cushions, to dine al fresco with friends and family in a wonderfully intimate space, or as a structure to support the most beautiful climbing plants. 

All the best! Let me know how you get on.

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