Wood Pergola Plans

Copyright image: Beautiful pergola with canopy drapes.

This is where you can find all the wood pergola plans in one place!

The plans are simple to follow, and give step-by-step instructions for building a pergola from scratch.

There are several different styles to choose from, and all come with 18 free rafter tail templates to make your pergola really stand out from the crowd.

Just follow the picture links, which will take you straight to the plans.

All Wood Pergola Plans

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The Free Pergola Plans

Most traditional pergolas can be made from these plans. By making small modifications, a whole range of different styles, shapes and sizes can be created: long and narrow, square, wide - whatever fits your space.

Use thicker wood for a more substantial feel and when you are planning hanging seats, purlins for extra shade and decoration, or just build a pergola as set out in the step-by-step instructions.

All the pergola designs and plans can be modified in this way, having detailed instructions on how to make the changes, so that you get the pergola you really want.

Copyright image: A beautiful garden arbour with a rambler rose and clematis growing over the rafters.

Here are the three pergolas designs made from from the free plans:

  1. The main wood pergola plans are a standard box pergola (shown above with a rambler rose and clematis) with notched rafters that run in both directions. Have them running only one way, or both ways - it's up to you.  It's possible to make any rectangular or square pergola from these plans.
  2. The first simple pergola design is one which requires very little notching, as it uses trellis for the roof instead.
  3. The second simple pergola design has no notching at all!

The Main Free Pergola Plans

This is the same pergola structure as the one shown above.  Nice and sturdy for the pink rambler rose and blue clematis.

I chose this particular design for various reasons as the Main Pergola Plans because I do like a notched rafter. It makes the pergola look as if everything is integrated. There are so many different styles of pergola you can make from the main free pergola plans!

Copyright image:Wooden pergola made from the free pergola plans.

The pergola picture below shows how the main wood pergola plans can be adapted to include notched and raised rafters with purlins. Purlins can be added for extra shade, or just for their decorative effect, as can trellis.

All is explained in the free pergola plans.

See how the rafters run in only one direction, here.

Copyright image: Traditional wooden pergola design with raised rafters and purlins, made from the simple pergola plans.

Here is the same pergola with swing benches attached.

Copyright image: Pergola with swings made from the free pergola plans.

These examples show how people who have downloaded the plans have adapted them to create amazing and brilliant designs.

Here's Erica's adapted pergola built in a more modern style from the free wood pergola plans. It has flat rafter tail ends and statement accessories. Beautiful. 

Copyright image:Modern wooden pergola made from the free pergola plans.

Jocelyn, from the USA, created this lovely deck and pergola in his back yard.

Copyright image: Pergola with added deck made from the free pergola plans.

Howard gave his pergola, with swings, an oriental twist.  What a triumph!

Copyright image: Beautiful oriental style pergola with added deck made from the free pergola plans.

Curved rafter tails create a completely different look.  Amazing, now that the wisteria are clambering over the rafters.

Copyright image: Curved style rafters set off this pergola made from the free pergola plans.

Jim's pergola is enclosed and private: great for a relaxing afternoon with friends.

Copyright image: Jim's amazing pergola with trellis made from the free pergola plans.

The Two Free Simple Pergola Plans

Below are the Free Simple Pergola Designs. Notice how the rafters are un-notched on the second example.

Design 1

Copyright image:Wooden pergola made from the simple pergola plans.

Design 2

Copyright image:Wooden pergola made from the simple pergola plans.
Copyright image: Simple pergola plans.

The first example uses trellis for the rafters: a simple way to achieve the feel of rafters...fast! The only restriction is that the pergola footprint size is determined by the size of the trellis panel you use for the roof.

The second simple pergola design has rafters that sit on top of the supports. This means there is no notching at all. The rafters are fixed with metal clips. Easy!

Add plants and accessories to make your pergola really unique.

The Additional Pergola Plans

Visitors to the website will sometimes ask for specific wood pergola plans for one they wish to build, and this is how most of these additional plans were conceived! They are interesting to develop and great fun to build, so if you have a special request, your wood pergola plans may be included too!

For these more unusual pergolas, we have: 

  • An attached lean-to pergola - brilliant as an extra outdoor room 
  • Two corner pergola designs - one traditional and another which has fantastic Asian-style curved rafters
  • An unusual hexagonal pergola, which can be built with either six or twelve radiating rafters
  • An hexagonal pergola with a pitched roof
  • A pergola, arch or arbour, which can be made from the same plan
  • An arbour with an integral seat

Let's take a look...

The Attached Lean-To Pergola Plans

Copyright image: A lean to pergola attached to the house, made from the step-by-step, DIY pergola plans.

Attached to the house, this pergola design is very popular for good reason...it creates an extra room to relax and entertain.  Priceless!

Copyright image:Attached lean-to pergola made from the lean-to pergola plans.

Pam and Brian built this amazing lean-to pergola. Truly an outdoor room you'd want to spend as much time in as possible.

Copyright image:Attached lean-to pergola made from the lean-to pergola plans.

And what about this for a stunner!  Built by John, whose attached lean-to pergola is very much admired.  He is now helping his neighbours build their own!

How's that for an entrance to the house. Wonderful, Kevin!

The Corner Pergola Plans

Copyright image: Corner pergola design made from the pergola plans.
Copyright image: an Asian pergola with beautiful curved rafters.

Both of these pergola styles can fit beautifully into a corner of the garden or patio: the first being a traditional design with radiating rafters, the second with wonderful curved, Asian style rafters.

The traditional corner pergola was adapted to fit into the recess where the seat can be seen. The corner pergola plans are, however, written for a true corner. It really is a very satisfying pergola to build!

Helen and Nik built this gorgeous seating area very much to the letter of the plans. The modern furniture works so well with the overall design.

Copyright image: Nik and Helen's beautiful pergola made from the corner pergola plans.

John's unique corner pergola is a cross between the corner pergola  and the Asian, as it has the Asian style corner posts, only with flat rafters. Out of adversity John created an amazing new design!

Asian corner pergola with straight rafters

Jeff went for the Asian pergola design...and loves it!

He bought the plans for his carpenter to build. What a great job he made.

Copyright image: Jeff's stunning Asian pergola, with curved rafters, made from the Asian pergola plans.

Out of the corner pergola plans the triangular pergola was born. Here are two beautiful seating areas made by Ray and Christopher.

This is Ray's. You can read exactly how we adapted the plans in order to build this fantastic pergola. Find step-by-step instructions here.

Ray's triangular pergola built from the corner pergola plans

Christopher was inspired by Ray's triangular pergola, as it was exactly the style he wanted. Here's the one he built. Apart from the stain, they are incredibly similar.

Christopher's triangular pergola built from the corner pergola plans

Hexagonal Pergola Plans

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

Also with radiating rafters - either a six or twelve spoke design - we have the hexagonal pergola.

Copyright image: the hexagonal pergola plans used as a patio pergola attached to the house.

It's possible to use this design as a patio pergola, too.

Copyright image:Hexagonal pergola made from the hexagonal pergola plans with pitched roof.

Recently added have been the hexagonal pergola plans with a pitched roof, which can be used as an area for relaxation.....

Copyright image:Hexagonal pergola made from the hexagonal pergola plans with pitched roof.

.....or for having friends round for a dinner party, al fresco.

Then we have the arbour pergola plans which can be made into an arch, an arbour, or any size of pergola.  The ones here all have a raised rafter style.

The arbour is created simply by using trellis to enclose the space, and then using free-standing garden furniture inside to make a cosy retreat.

The Arbour Pergola Plans

This is 3 plans in one! Make an arch, a pergola, a seated arbour, or all three.

Copyright image: An arbour with trellis and seat.
Copyright image: Simple pergola plans showing raised rafters and purlins for extra shade.

Kevin built an arbour from the plans. Just the job for relaxing in the sunshine.

Copyright image: Kevin's lovely retreat made from the arbour pergola plans.
Copyright image: A pergola arch and stunning corner pergola in a wonderful cottage garden.

Here, in Emma's garden, the arbour pergola plans are used as a garden arch over steps. It is set in raised beds and has climbing plants growing up the trellis.

The Seated Arbour Plans

Copyright image: A beautiful arbour with curved rafters and integral seat, made from the arbour plans.
Copyright image: A wonderful arbour with integral seat, made from the arbour plans.

The seated arbour plans can be made in two different styles, the first having a beautiful, curved main rafter, the second with very easy to build straight rafters.  Unlike the arbour above, both of these designs have an integral seat.

All of the wood pergola plans come with free rafter tail template to suit the pergola design you're after.

Raised Bed Plans

If you need plans for an easy to build raised bed, take a look at these free plans.

Copyright image: A raised bed made from the free plans.

The planter can be made with or without the 'fins', and using any thickness or length of wood. Build one in any dimensions you like.

You can use this design as a pergola planter, or under a trellis screen, with which to create a lovely display: to provide colour in a small space, or to create a divider between two parts of the garden.

This gives an idea of what it might look like.

Copyright image: A raised bed planter with trellis made from the free plans.

How To Lay a Patio

Need to lay a patio under your pergola? 

Find out how the professionals lay a patio in the video tutorial, which covers: digging out, installing drainage, disguising unsightly drain covers, laying the slabs using the correct materials and techniques, and pointing.

The free supplementary notes show how to calculate quantities, falls, and answers patio related frequently asked questions. They also show the different ways of constructing a pergola and patio combination (this is a bit like solving the problem of which came first, the chicken or the egg!).

Copyright image:  Laying paving slabs on a mortar bed.

I hope you find the wood pergola plans you are looking for. If you have any questions about the plans and how they can be adapted, feel free to get in touch using the contact form.

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