14 Backyard Pergolas Anyone Can (and Should) Have

Here’s a new twist to the classic pergola. Add a little arch to it to make it even more amazing. This adds some vertical height, but it also takes the pergola from a straight edge to a more fanciful curve.

I like pergolas, but sometimes the plain wooden posts just don’t look that good. However, you can add some decorative stone around the bases, and that solves the problem. Use whatever stone goes best with the floor and the other décor around the space.

I love pergolas that have comfortable seating underneath with a fire place. A nice thing about a pergola is that the open slots mean the smoke can escape, making it perfect for a fire pit. This kind of place is perfect for gathering at night to enjoy the company of friends and family.

If you want a pergola but don’t have much space, you can try this type. It uses pillars to get the height, but it only covers a bar, so it’s smaller than a normal pergola. Put this right next to the pool for some great summer fun.

You can also use pillars but on a normal pergola. The pillar material and the wooden slats complement on another. Also, considering adding hanging lights to make it even more romantic and magical.

Attach the pergola to the side of your house to save time and money. Just make sure your home can support the added weight. This is a nice idea because you can enjoy the pergola the moment you step outside, and you won’t need to be a full pergola.

I love the idea of having a pergola solely for a swing bed. There’s something that’s just so quaint about it. Get a big, cozy swing bed that holds lots of blankets and pillows. Doesn’t it just seem like a great place to hang out and relax?

Add some landscaping to improve your pergola. You can add it between the pergola and yard to make some privacy, or you can surround the pergola with the landscaping. Either way, it looks great and the landscaping can add some much needed color and style.

Take a normal pergola and add some curtains to it. This gives it color, but you can also create some privacy when needed. You can also get shade from any sun coming in. Choose curtains that are weather-resistant and match the décor in your pergola. You can choose between airy material or thick material.

Build a pergola over your hot tub. It blocks some of the sun during the day so it’s not scorching, but it also allows you to see the stars at night. This can be a really romantic way to spend the evening.

No one ever said you can’t have a pergola AND a gazebo. Make a combo out of the two. They both serve different functions, but they look good together side by side. You’ll love entertaining guests in your outdoor gala!

If you want a pergola for looks but don’t really care where it is, consider building one over your outdoor shower. It provides some shelter when showering, and it makes the shower look a bit more complete. It’s no longer just a spout sticking out of the wall.

This walkway pergola is probably one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I love how it overlooks a little pond. I bet, at night, it feels like you’re all alone in the world. Some romantic lighting can really make this place wonderful.

Combine a privacy wall with a pergola. The pergola protects you from the sun and the privacy fence protects you from prying neighbor’s eyes. Use material similar in both constructions so that they match.