Seated Arbour Materials List

You have downloaded the plans for your romantic seated arbour.

Now, here's a list of all the tools and materials that you will need to build it from your downloaded plans.

If you are buying the majority of your tools online, you can find all of the items here.

Just click on the link and enter the item name in the search box.

Several options may be listed. Choose any that are within your budget.

Look in their Clearance section, where there are items listed that are not available on other pages.  You can get some great bargains here, e.g drill bit sets and screws.

Wherever you buy them, if you can afford DeWalt, Makita or Hitachi, go for those - DeWalt being the best.

All timber must be tanalised or treated.  Some can be sourced online - for example, the posts here and the rafters here.  The pictures rarely show the correct size of wood, so check carefully.

Another option is to buy at a local wood yard, at a builder's merchant or a DIY store.

Length conversion is always handy, so here are some useful ones to be going on with...


  • Tape measure
  • Step ladder
  • Work bench
  • Post level
  • Spirit level
  • Mallet
  • Hand saw
  • Builder's square
  • Chisel
  • Drill (corded or cordless) for drilling and screwing
  • Drill bit set (2mm pilot drill)
  • Spade
  • Pencil


  • Extension reel
  • RCD safety plug
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Jigsaw (for curved rafter tails)
  • Screwdriver set
  • Clamps



  • Ready-made curved rafter 1.8m length
  • 4 x 8mm coach bolts with nuts, to fix the main supporting rafters to the posts, 100mm to 130mm depending on the thickness of the posts and the main rafters.  (Don't forget you will need some length to attach the bolt on the back.)
  • 2(8"x1") 6ft (1.8m) treated timber lengths for main rafters (deeper curve)
  • Wood stain/colour
  • Coloured wood preservative

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