Where to Put a Pergola
Last Updated On November 18th, 2023 at 04:31 pm
Where in your backyard is the best place for your new pergola? You’ve probably seen pergolas in lavish outdoor settings and thought, “I’d love to have one, but I just don’t know where to put a pergola.”
Whether you have a large spread or a small backyard, a pergola makes a wonderful addition to your outdoor space. This article will share some of the most popular options for pergola placement, so when you’re ready to order yours from Pergola Depot, you’ll know exactly where to put a pergola to create the biggest “wow”, and make the most usable area for your backyard space.
Pergola Placement #1: “I Want to Use My Pergola all the Time”
One of the considerations for pergola placement is how often you plan to use it. For example, if you envision family and friends spending many pleasant evenings under the pergola, you’ll probably want a pergola positioned close to your house.
You’ll be going in and out of your house carrying food and beverages, and guests will be moving in and outdoors, so keeping your pergola close to your home makes sense. Attaching a pergola to your house is the easiest way to keep the space covered if you’re entertaining just outside of your kitchen area.
If you already have a backyard deck, a pergola is a perfect companion to this outdoor entertainment area. Deck pergolas provide shade and beauty. Forget the big umbrella over your picnic table. A deck pergola makes a much nicer canopy – and it’s much sturdier when installed properly.
Tip: Either pour footers below the deck and mount posts to the footer or pull deck boards in the location you want the posts to land and mount posts into the framing of the deck.
With all of the wooden pergola kits available, there’s sure to be one that will create the perfect outdoor entertainment space for your home or business.
There’s already an area of your yard that houses the patio furniture. All it needs is a pergola to make it official. With an attached pergola kit design, you can create the perfect add-on to your outdoor patio.
Pergola Placement #2: “I Like to Entertain Guests by the Pool”
If you have a pool or an area where you barbeque that’s away from the house, you may want to position your pergola there. That way, guests can take a dip in the pool and relax beneath the pergola when it’s time to visit.
Pergola Placement #3: “My Garden is my Happy Place”
Putting up a garden pergola is a wonderful way to create a trellis-like haven for vines. Hanging plants also thrive there. Pergola kits are a great addition for greenery or blooming plants. You can add a pergola to an existing greenhouse or use it as a freestanding oasis. Include some latticework on the sides of your pergola, and you’ve got the perfect place for climbing vines to thrive.
Pergola Placement #4: “I Want to Elevate my Backyard Decor”
A gateway pergola is designed to add an architectural element to your home or garden. It features a trellis-like design that provides a decorative landscaping element to walkways or establishes a border within your property. And if you love your hammock but don’t have perfectly-positioned trees in your yard, this freestanding pergola is a great option.
Tip: If you decide to hang a hammock or small swing from your pergola, we recommend:
- Hanging the hammock or swing from the beam side only, not from the rafters.
- Installing posts in the ground, not on top of a patio or deck.
- Choosing #1 pressure-treated southern yellow pine for your wood type.
Assemble your choice of custom pergola kits, set up your hammock, grab a lemonade and a book and enjoy an hour or two of “me time.”
Pergola Placement #5: “I Want to Jazz Up my Doorway”
Create a welcoming vibe with an entryway pergola. Acting as a shade overhang, an entryway pergola is the perfect architectural addition to your home. An entryway pergola consists of two post supports, with the roof of the pergola attached to the exterior wall of your house. You can add vines to enhance the effect, or potted plants placed near the base of your pergola posts.
As you’re planning the placement of a pergola, be mindful of your space and make a plan for the proper installation of your pergola posts:
- Do you want your pergola on grass or pavement?
- A pergola can be a lovely focal point for your landscaping, but you don’t want to overwhelm your backyard. Pergola dimensions should fit well within your space. For example, to create the best effect in a narrow area, consider a slightly taller pergola.
- Before deciding where to place your own pergola, assess the area during the times when you’ll be using it the most. If evenings are your time for entertaining, see how the setting sun will play a part in your scheme.
Of course, you can add a shade to your pergola. But it’s helpful to know ahead of time the add-ons you’ll need to create the ideal setting for your pergola. Once you have your pergola set up, you can do plenty of things to enhance your space for the ultimate entertainment experience.
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Now That You Know Where to Put a Pergola, Find Yours at Pergola Depot
Deciding on your pergola placement is the first step toward creating a beautiful, relaxing space in your yard. Pergola Depot has plenty of pergola ideas for the one you have in mind. Whether you want to add a little pizzazz to an entryway or create a beautiful setting for outdoor entertaining, with over 90 pergola designs and kit sizes, Pergola Depot is your place to find the best pergolas for sale. Call us or start shopping today for the pergola to complete your backyard!