Simple Pergola Plans

Copyright image: A simple pergola design with unnotched rafters and plain rafter tail ends.

If you really have very little, or no DIY experience at all, these simple pergola plans will allow you to create a wonderful feature for your garden with the minimum of fuss.

I don't think you could find any easier!

There are two pergola designs: both quite different in style, but each very simple to build.

The first design uses trellis for the roof, so it can be built very quickly and easily. The second design has no notching at all, leaving only the rafter tail ends to be cut. You could have this wonderful pergola up in a jiffy!

Pergola Design 1

Copyright image: Simple pergola design 1 with notched rafters and a trellis roof.

These simple pergola plans use trellis for the roof instead of many of the rafters, cutting down on the quantity of materials, time, effort and brain power. Yet the finished structure is fantastic! The trellis fits neatly inside the four rafters, giving a very clean finish.

I made one of these a little while ago and it looked fabulous. A cream-coloured paint gave it a clean and attractive finish. It had no trellis at the sides: the beautiful climbing plants grew up the posts.

You can add trellis on the sides, and even on the back, to make a shady retreat, if you wish.

If you prepared in advance, I'm sure you could build this pergola in an afternoon - or a day at the most.

Both pergola pictures show plain rafter tails. To make your pergola a unique and interesting garden structure, use one of the 18 free rafter tail templates to give it a real 'Wow' factor.

Pergola Design 2

Copyright image: Simple pergola design 2 with unnotched rafters and plain rafter tail ends.

This pergola design is also very easy to build. It has un-notched rafters sitting on the side rafter supports, which makes construction extremely straightforward. With all the correct tools and materials at hand, this pergola should also only take a day to build, at the most.

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Adapting the Plans

There are several reasons why you may wish to make modifications to the plans. Find more detailed information here . Although the modifications refer to the main pergola plans, the principles are the same. Also, find more specific information within the plans themselves.

Adapting the plans is easy. Both sets of plans are fully adaptable, the only restriction of Design 1 being the size of trellis you are able to source.

Viewing the Plans

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