17 Free Pergola Plans

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Putting the finishing touches on a DIY pergola
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These free pergola plans will help you build that much-needed structure in your backyard to give you shade, cover your hot tub, or simply define an outdoor space into something special.

You'll find a wide variety of shapes and styles for pergolas here as well as plans for both free-standing and deck pergolas. 

Building a pergola can be a simple to challenging building project depending on what plan you pick so make sure you know your skill level before starting. All the free pergola plans...MORE include building instructions, lists of tools and materials that you'll need, diagrams, and photos.

After you've looked at these free pergola plans be sure to check out my other free woodworking plans for decks, gazebos, sheds, picnic tables, greenhouses, potting benchesdog houses, porch swings, chicken coops, bookcases, home bars, cabins, and workbenches.

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    A backyard pergola with a deck.
    HGTV

    HGTV has a free pergola plan that will build you pergola that includes adjustable roof panels to control the amount of sun you get.

    Use the materials and tools list, photos, and building instructions to build this breath-taking pergola.

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    Picture of a wood pergola with a table and chairs.
    HGTV

    HGTV has another free pergola plan and you'll love how simple this pergola project is.

    Use the materials and tools list, step-by-step directions, and photos to build this pergola in your backyard.

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    Picture of a pergola with a table and chairs.
    DIY Network

    DIY Network has a free pergola plan if you want to build a pergola over an existing deck.

    Included in the free pergola plan is building instructions, a list of materials and tools you'll need, photos, and even videos.

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    Picture of a pergola being built.
    Popular Mechanics

    Popular Mechanics has a free pergola plan available that will help define your outdoor space using the beauty of cedar.

    Included in the free pergola plans are step-by-step instructions, animated diagrams, and lots of photos.

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    The top of a pergola.
    DIY Network

    Here's a very through pergola plan that will help you build a pergola from start to finish in an entire weekend.

    You'll get step-by-step instructions, a materials/tools list, photos, diagrams, and videos to help you build this simple but beautiful pergola.

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    Picture of a deck pergola with plant hangers
    Lowe's

    Here's a free pergola plan to build a pergola that goes over an existing deck. The design includes cables and exposed bolts for a modern twist that can double as plant hangers.

    Diagrams, materials/supplies list, and instructions will help you build this deck pergola.

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    A pergola with a table and chairs beneath it.
    Ana White

    This free pergola plan is modeled off the expensive Pottery Barn Weatherly Pergola which means you can get the same look for a lot less if you build it yourself.

    In this free pergola plan you'll get instructions for building the foundation and structure, as well as a materials and tools list, a cut list, diagrams, and photos of the pergolas others have built using this plan.

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    A finished outdoor pergola
    A Beautiful Mess

     A Beautiful Mess has a three-part series on how to build your own pergola on a budget. 

    Included in the series is planning, building, and then adding plants and styling.

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    Three photos of a backyard pergola

     The Handmade Home

    This DIY pergola plan from The Handmade Home is for a freestanding pergola that you can build right next to your house or further away in your yard.

    The free plan includes a supplies list, building instructions, and color photos to help you get the same look.

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    A deck with a DIY pergola
    Home Stratosphere

    Home Stratosphere has a deck plan that also includes plans for this beautiful pergola.

    There are full downloadable plans in a PDF file that includes the full instructions on how to build the pergola.

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    An illustration of a pergola with vines

    My Outdoor Plans

     

    My Outdoor Plans has a free pergola plan that will build a basic 12x12' pergola perfect for the beginner builder. As an added bonus, it only requires basic tools that you probably already have.

    A tools list, materials list, diagrams, and building instructions will help you finish this simple pergola in a weekend. 

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    An illustration of a pergola with canopy
    Lowe's

    Who says pergolas can't be covered? This free pergola plan from Lowe's includes a canopy made out of weather-resistant fabric to keep you cool and shady all summer long.

    This free pergola plan includes all the details, instructions, and diagrams you'll need to build this unique pergola.

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    Square pergola blueprint.
    How To Specialist

    This free pergola plan will build you a 10x10 pergola that takes surprisingly few materials to build.

    Diagrams, building instructions, materials list, tools list, and tips are all included in this free pergola plan.

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    Hammering a nail into a pergola
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    Ron Hazelton has a free pergola plan for a free standing structure that you can put anywhere in your yard.

    You'll find step-by-step instructions that include a video for every step of the process.

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    A man staining wood
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    Here's another free pergola plan from Ron Hazelton, this one designed to go over an existing patio and attach to the side of your roof.

    Lots of videos will help you along every step of the building process when you build a pergola using this free plan.

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    A man building a pergola
    Hill Street Studios

    If you're looking for a quick and easy pergola project, this free plan for a box type pergola is just for you.

    Lots of photos and building instructions along with diagrams and lumber advice will help step you through building this fantastic pergola.

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    A woman using a table saw
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    This free pergola plan is unique because the posts of the pergola are surrounded by planters. This makes it a great choice if you're looking to add vines or climbing plants to your pergola.

    Three pages of illustrations and building instructions will guide you through building this pergola.