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How to Build a Pergola

Posted 4 October 2018 7:00 PM by Jase DeBoer

Dura Color Pergola

Extend your living space to the outdoors by building a pergola. Not only do pergolas provide some privacy, but they can also provide shade to an area that receives too much sunlight. Pergolas allow you to create an additional living space that can serve as a cozy entertaining space for your backyard. Queue the beverages! Let’s not waste any more time ─ start building your pergola with ProWood® now!

These instructions call for two individuals to construct an 8’x8’ square pergola. Feel free to customize it to fit your style. Just remember to check your local building code guidelines and pull permits when necessary.

What you’ll need:
  • 4 - Pergola Post Fasteners
  • 4 - 4”x6”x8' Posts
  • 2 - 2”x6”x8’ Pergola Beams
  • 11- 2”x6”x8’ Main Rafters
  • Hammer Drill
  • High Load Capacity Screws
  • Jigsaw
  • 2 - Capacity Bar Clamps
  • Safety Glasses and Gloves
  1. Map out and then measure where you would like your pergola to be.
  2. Position post fasteners to secure the posts to ground using a hammer drill.
  3. Secure 4”x6”x8’ posts to fasteners using high load capacity screws.  
  4. Install pergola beams, across from each other using high load capacity screws.
  5. Space main rafters out to your preference.
  6. Notch the main rafters where they meet the beams.
  7. Screw the main rafters into the beams down from the top.

ProWood Building Tip: For shade purposes, main rafters should run north and south, so the beams would be placed east to west.

Finishing touches:
  • Use leftover wood to create post footer trim.
  • Sand down rough edges.
  • For additional privacy, add lattice panels only on the sides of pergola. Do not install on the top.
  • Integrate outdoor lighting (i.e. string lights, solar lanterns, etc.).
  • Add outdoor furniture.

To find ProWood pressure-treated lumber to build your pergola, check out our Where To Buy. For long-lasting color without the hassle of staining, look for Dura Color!

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