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Pergola Plans

Pergola Over a Deck Plan

Pergola Over a Deck Plan by DIY Network: A garden pergola not only adds structure and style to your backyard, it will help add value to your home.



  • measuring tape
  • circular saw
  • saber saw
  • wheelbarrow
  • 2caulk gun
  • reciprocating saw
  • power auger
  • drill
  • hammer
  • carpenter's square
  • shovel
  • 3' level
  • 8' 2x8 pressure-treated boards
  • construction adhesive
  • 5" galvanized drive screws
  • 1x3 boards
  • 2" x 3" galvanized steel angle brackets
  • 2x8 x 10' pressure-treated beam ties
  • 4x4 x 8' pressure-treated boards
  • 2x8 x 12' pressure-treated beams
  • 2" galvanized drive screws
  • 2x6 x 12' pressure-treated boards
  • ready-mix concrete
  • stain
  • fiberglass columns
  • 1x8 clear pine boards
  • 2-1/2" drive screws
  • power screw tips
  • 2x2 x 1' boards


Pergolas can add a graceful style and architectural character to your home or garden. They come in a large variety of sizes and styles. This project measures 6 feet tall and 8 feet wide on each side and uses long-lasting pressure-treated 4x4 rafters.

As you choose your area, keep in mind that a standard 6' x 8' pergola has overhangs that extend eighteen to twenty inches beyond that, so plan accordingly if you choose to build close to your house.

Pick a flat, level area to build your structure. If you don’t have a flat, level area, then grade the desired area by removing soil and hand tamping to level. Remember to save the soil to use as fill throughout your yard or beds.

Also, consider locating your pergola near shade trees, especially to protect you from late-afternoon summer sun. A common mistake is to think that a pergola is a shade structure; the reality is that the overhead network of beams and rafters affords very little shade. They’re best used as a focal point and setting for socializing or quiet relaxation.