DIY - BUILD YOUR OWN EASY PERGOLA FROM SCRATCH

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Hi guys , i have written this tutorial thanks to National Home Improvement week - although i am a week late myself ( thanks to late delivery of wood and snow plus a hick up with a decking )
I hope you find this how to handy - i just literally finished building it and had no time to style it - it took me 2 days to finish it and i never build one before .
I have always wanted a pergola but as my deck space is non standard size buying one is not an option ( plus what fun would it be to just buy one - none )
As mentioned before i never build one as i was always put off by fancy cuts so i decided to design my own - kind of like a minimalist pergola that is made all with straight cuts and a lot of L shaped brackets
 

 To start - this is my plan of action

To start - this is my plan of action

You do not need any fancy power tools to do it just a drill will do , i have used powertools purely to speed the build up and as i was doing it by myself - clamps where my best friend
Materials
4 x  4x4 posts  standard pergola height is between 245 and 255 cm high
9x 4x1 boards in the length if your choice
24 - angle brackets also known as L shaped brackets
(optional - bolt down supports x 4 plus bolts - but it turned out lshape brackets would have been enough )
drill
measuring tape , pencil , spirit level , right angle , clamps (if you work alone) and hammer - that i never used haha
screws
for cutting wood  - you can use handsaw , reciprocating saw or miter saw they all do same thing
Paint of your choice - i have used cuprinol garden shades in black ash
 

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How to
1- You need to determinate what size of pergola you need - if yours will be up to 3 meter in length and width you only will need 4 posts - for aything larger you will need extra 2 posts to support the beams
2- mark your space for the posts to stand on - as i am planning to build a cover around bolt downs post supports i used an offcut of decking for them to stand on - this is optional
if you are using L shaped brackets make sure to secure them in their chosen spot first

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3 Mark where your post supports /L shaped brackets are going to stand and pre drill a hole using smaller than a bolt or screw - drill bit to allow the screw to go in without splitting wood

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4 - bolt down /screw down your supports /angle brackets

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5 - Now it is the time to attach your 4 posts - to make sure they are level and will not move about before we add roof boards - using any wood pieces screw them onto your leveled posts to keep them in place - you might be lucky and wont need them - i have a child and 2 dogs so yes i did need them ;)

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6- Now the fun part - and easiest part really - trim your 4x1 roof board to a required size (it needs to be as long as 2 outside posts)- and attach it outside your two posts using L shaped brackets , if you work on your own clamp the board  on one side and then start screwing it from the other side

 thats one side

thats one side

7 - do this to all the sides untill your roof frame is done

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8 - now it is time to attach horizontal roof boards -for a 3 meter pergola you will need 5 roof boards - those will be screwed to the inside of your roof frame - start with a centre board and work outwards - to make sure its in the right centre measure the space from one side of the roof frame to the other and mark it then install your bracket - do the same to the opposite side

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9 - now its the time to attach your board

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10 - attach rest of the roof boards to your pergola and optional start painting

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OPTIONAL
11- If yo want to build a slatted screening you will need some long and thing wood pieces i used 1x1 size - for my pergola i used 40 if them
To start off you need to screw 3 1x1 pieces to your lenght of  pergola posts  either side and one in the middle - to attach middle piece simply screw it to your pergola roof frame and then drive a screw at an angle into your decking

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to measure measure the length of your horizontal slats simply measure from post to post - minus 2 mlilimeters to give you some breathing space and start screwing your slats from top to bottom

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If you are working alone simply clamp your wood slats to the middle vertical piece of wood

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once you finished - sit back and relax

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I would love to give a massive thanks to everyone who cheered me on on my Instagram stories ,through snow , decking replacement and this pergola build  ,Tiffany McGurk who went above and beyond with supplying me with timber and being so patient , National Home Improvement week - who are here to show and inspire you to take on diy , Cuprinol - for their amazing garden shades paint , and Cult Furniture who supplied me  with tolix style chairs - i can confirm that after months of bad weather those still looking new !
This build would have not been possible without all of you
I hope you find this diy helpful in any way

Love
Pati

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