Pergola plans, free PDF download.

Simple DIY Pergola Plans | Free PDF Download

Build your own pergola with these simple to follow DIY pergola plans. Plans include step-by-step illustrations, shopping list, and cutting list.

Building a pergola is a great project if you want to add a focal point to your backyard. Add lattice and grow some climbing plants or vines to form your special retreat.

Pergola End Rafter Tails | Rafter Tail Designs

Pergola end rafter tail designs - free PDF at Construct101.

Here are several designs for cutting the ends on the rafter ends of the pergola.

DIY 8×8 Pergola

8x8 pergola plans, free PDF download.

DIY small simple to build 8 feet by 8 feet pergola.

Great focal point for any small area.

10×10 Pergola Plans

10x10 pergola plans - free PDF download at Construct101.

This DIY pergola measures 10 ft. x 10 ft. This pergola is not so big and not so small, can be the perfect fit for your area.

10×12 Pergola Plans

10x12 pergola plans - free PDF download, material list, and drawings, DIY projects at Construct101

Rectangular design DIY pergola measure 10 ft. x 12 ft.

12×12 Pergola Plans

12x12 pergola plans - Free PDF download, material list, and drawings, at Construct101

DIY pergola measures 12 ft. x 12 ft. Plans include drawings, measurements, and PDF.

12×16 Pergola Plans

12x16 pergola plans, free PDF download.

Build it yourself rectangular 12×16 pergola. This large pergola provides plenty of space for benches and tables.

DIY 10×10 Pergola

DIY Pergola Plans – Material List

Shopping List

Shopping List

4 – 6×6 – 12′

11 – 2×6 – 12′

4 – 2×6 – 10′

11 – 2×2 – 12′

3 1/2″ deck screws

Cutting List

Cutting List

4 – 6×6 -12′

11 – 2×6 – 12′

8 – 2×6 – 4′ 4 3/4″

11 – 2×2 – 12′

DIY Pergola Plans – Overview

simple DIY pergola plans overview

The pergola measures 10’x10′ on the bottom and 12’x12′ on the top.

simple DIY pergola plans material list

DIY Pergola Plans – Assembly

step 1 simple DIY pergola plans

Measure a 10’x10′ area making sure it is squared by measuring diagonally in both directions.

Use 12′ long 6×6 poles (A) with 2′ in the ground with concrete as shown in illustration above. If you are using anchors on the poles use 10′ 6×6 poles.

Use a level to make sure all the poles are leveled.

Once the poles are set make sure all the poles are the same height, you can use a string level for this. Cut poles if needed to get them level.

The top edges on the pole can be cut for a nicer appearance, illustration above shows the edges cut at a 45 degree.

simple DIY pergola plans support beams

Use four 12′ long 2×6’s for the support beams (B), cut the ends as shown on illustration above.

step 2 simple DIY pergola plans

Install the support beams (B) as shown on illustration above, use clamps to hold the support beams in place, secure with 3 1/2″ deck screws.

simple DIY pergola plans crossbeams

Use seven 12′ long 2×6’s for the crossbeams (C), cut the ends as shown on illustration above.

step 3 simple DIY pergola plans

Lay the crossbeams (C) in place and mark were the 3″ notch will go. Secure the crossbeams using 3 1/2″ deck screws.

step 4 simple DIY pergola plans

Use eleven 12′ long 2×2’s for the slats. The ends can be cut for a nicer appearance, illustration above shows end cut at 45 degree. Use 3 1/2″ deck screws to secure the slats.

pergola 2x6 brace

Cut eight 2×6’s to 4′ 4 3/4″ for the brace (E), cut as shown on illustration above.

step 5 simple DIY pergola plans

Install the brace (E) to the pergola using 3 1/2″ deck screws as shown on illustration above.

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  1. Just finished a major “Clean up” of my back yard and while several complimentary remarks were welcome after many weeks of hard graft {work} something was still missing to give it the Wow factor…not any more…those Pergola plans will finish the Job just nicely…while on the subject…I have a Timber Gate leading onto a side Road from the back yard but would love to replace it with a “Covered Arch” type Gate {the kind you would often see leading up the path to a Country Church}…Hopefully you might consider including plans for that at a future Date….Many Thanks

  2. Just finished the build. Looks good.
    One problem we had: the BOM and Cut List show four braces, the plan shows eight required. Ran about 20 feet short on 2 x 6.

  3. I bought one which stood up to rain but a late snowstorm brought it down. Son said we will build one mom. Ok son. This is for you.
    Thank you for the plans.

  4. Can we build a 12 x 16 pergola with the post sitting on top of concrete post that you can buy at the hardware store and not dig a post hole. It is like I want to build a free standing floating pergola with not much rafter but putting canvas canopy cover on top of the structure.

    • I’m using this plan as a base the one I’m making in my garden. The back will be joining on to an existing garden fence spread across 3 4×4 posts set in heavy concrete (about 10′ length)
      My question is, would it be ok to have 2 4×4 posts at the front? Was thinking about the weight of the 2×6 beams on them more than anything.

  5. where do I find the instructions on joining two oasis 12×10 pergola model number 1606517 together to make a 24 x 20 pergola?

  6. I am not able to Download PDF plan can any one help me here.

  7. Just finished it. Great weekend project. I topped the 6 x 6s with copper caps for a finishing touch.

  8. I plan to build this pergola later this year. The plans look straightforward.

  9. Jonathan L Hudgens

    Do you have a plan with a gabled roof?

  10. Denise Alexander

    Can this plan be used on top of a wood deck with some sort of bracing instead of being set in concrete?

  11. I would like to know if this pergola will support swings or hammocks?

  12. Wondering if there is a specific spacing between rafters, and also spacing of support post. I am going 15 wide but 17 deep attached to house. wondering if 17 foot span will require a center post or just span the whole distance to the end?

  13. How can I build a freestanding pergola 30 ft long with 4 posts and 5 foot wide with 2 posts

  14. Can you please send me plans for a 6×10 pergola

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