Guide to Choosing a Wooden Pergola

If you’ve decided to add a wooden pergola to your backyard and you’re not sure where to start, check out this guide for choosing a pergola. We have a range of popular styles and sizes to choose from in freestanding (stand-alone) or attached (a pergola that attaches to a house or other structure). Any of our styles can be made using either rough sawn western red cedar or pressure treated #1 grade southern yellow pine. For a full comparison of all of our pergola styles complete with specifications, view our Pergola Comparison Chart. For a quick comparison, here are the highlights to help you find the perfect wooden pergola to fit your space.

Compare Wooden Pergola Styles 

Big Kahuna Pergola Kit

Classic pergola design, built for maximum sun coverage and engineered for extreme weather conditions

Base Price Range: $2,410-7,990 for standard sizes, custom quotes

Sizes: 8×8 to 20×20 and custom sizes in freestanding or attached

View Big Kahuna photos and all Big Kahuna sizes.

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Sombrero Pergola Kit

Our Big Kahuna design, with half the rafters and top slats, built for medium sun coverage

Base Price Range: $1,930-6,390 for standard sizes, custom quotes

Sizes: 8×8 to 20×20 and custom sizes in freestanding or attached

View Sombrero photos and all Sombrero sizes

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Fedora Pergola Kit

Classic pergola style, with a more open design, taller/ un-notched roofing system

Base Price Range: $1,740-5,750 for standard sizes, custom quotes

Sizes: 8×8 to 20×20 and custom sizes in freestanding or attached

View Fedora photos and all Fedora sizes.

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Brim Pergola Kit

Wooden trellis like design, perfect as a patio or walkway border, for hanging plants or lighting

Base Price Range: $707-1,457 for standard sizes, custom quotes

Sizes: Standard Lengths of 4′, 6′, 8′, 10′, 12′, 16′, 20′ and custom sizes. Sizes 16′ and 20′ include 3 posts.

View Brim photos and all Brim sizes.

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Visor Pergola Kit

Wooden awning, enhances and provides shade above a window or door opening

Base Price Range: $595-1,361 for standard sizes, custom quotes

Sizes: Standard Lengths of 3′, 6′, 8′, 12′ and custom sizes

View Visor photos and all Visor sizes.

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After you choose a style pergola, you’ll make a few other decisions to customize it to fit your outdoor space, including size, wood type, post length and mounting method; and finishes such as end cuts and post base trim.

Measure

What overall size pergola will you need?

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Our full-size pergola kits come standard in sizes 8×8-20×20 and custom sizes. Sizes are measured Rafter x Beam length; Rafter = overall projection, Beam = overall width of pergola. Read more about measuring for your pergola on our resources page. Read more about the specifications and descriptions of the elements that make up our quality wood pergola kits on our Pergola Comparison Chart.

What length posts will you need?

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Our full-size pergola kits come standard with 6×6 posts. You choose the length of the posts either 8′, 10′ and 12′ and custom sizes. Read more about pergola post height and post mounting on our resources page. Read more about the specifications and descriptions of the elements that make up our quality wood pergola kits on our Pergola Comparison Chart.

Customize Your Pergola

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You can make your pergola match the design of your home or business by choosing the style of end cut on the rafters and beams. We offer 5 end shapes ranging from classic to contemporary. You can also add post base trim to finish off the post bases with a simple trim. Read more about the specifications and descriptions of the elements that make up our quality wood pergola kits on our Pergola Comparison Chart.

Shop

Ready to Shop? Start here and choose your pergola style, size, and then choose your options to customize the pergola just how you’d like it!