Free Pergola Plans
Tools and Materials List

You have the plans ready to make your beautiful freestanding pergola.

Now, here's the pergola materials list showing all the things that you will need to build it from your downloaded plans.

If you adapt the plans, make sure to read 'Adapting The Plans' before you order materials, as the size and structure of your pergola will determine the length of your wood, bolts, post anchors, etc.

You can find all of the tools here.

Just click on the link and enter the item name in the search box.  This is a really easy way to find which tools you need and gather them together.

Several options may be listed. Choose any that are within your budget. If you can afford DeWalt, Makita or Hitachi, go for those - DeWalt being the best.

Look in the Clearance section, where they have items listed that are not available through their other pages, as you can get some great bargains here, e.g drill bit sets and tubs of screws.

Alternatively, find out other ways to source tools and materials here.


Tape Measure

Step Ladder


Post Level

Spirit Level


Hand Saw

Builders Square



Drill (Corded/Cordless)

Drill Bit Set – 2mm and 8mm wood bit


String and metal or wooden pegs

(Long tent pegs are quite handy)



RCD Safety Plug

Reciprocating Saw (Corded/Cordless)

Jigsaw - for cutting curved rafter tails

Screwdriver Set

Marking Paint


4(3” by 3”) square posts

8(4” by 1”) rafters x (2.4m) lengths, or to suit

2(6’ by 6’) trellis panels, or your own choice

4(3” x 3”) spiked Metposts / post anchor

Metpost driving tool

Decking Screws (4mm x 65mm)

Coach bolts (M8 x 110mm) OR

50mm (1/2 total thickness) Coach screws

Washers (M8)

Clear preservative


Rafters lengths with pre-cut tail ends

Square Trellis panels in various sizes

Diamond Trellis in various sizes

Wood stain/preservative

If you don't already have the downloadable pergola plans, find them here.

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