Constructing Your Pergola

Follow this basic guide to create the perfect pergola for your garden

Before you start

  • Do you need permission to erect a structure of this size?
  • Check for utilities and any drainage problems
  • If structure is near property ensure rain run off slopes away from property
  • Clear the base area of grass, rubble etc.
  • Check that the height of the finished building does not obstruct yours or neighbours view.
  • Assemble all tools required as given in assembly instructions. Basic items required will be: spirit level, tape measure, string, plum line, screwdrivers, hammer, shuv holer for posts
  • Lay out all the pieces of the project, ensuring all items required are easily identified, also all fittings are correct
  • Wear suitable protective clothes, sturdy work boots, gloves and goggles if appropriate

Component List

Components needed to build your pergola

  • 2 x A - 3.6m x 150 x 50mm
  • 7 x B - 2.4m x 150 x 50mm
  • 8 x C - 300mm x 100 x 50mm
  • 4 x D - 2.7 - 3.0m x 100 x 100mm

Pergola structureThe same principles apply whether you have ordered an “off the shelf” or “custom made” pergola. Please contact us if you experience any difficulties constructing your item.

Constructing Your Pergola

Pergola plan

  1. Dig 4 holes in the ground at the corners of an 8 foot by 5 foot rectangle. The pergola is 5 foot wide by 8 foot deep so ensure you orient your rectangle correctly. Fix posts (D) into holes. You may wish to use a product such as PostFix to secure them in place.
  2. Fix 2 posts (A) 20 inches in from the end. N.B. posts are on the outside of A.
  3. Level back and front of frame.
  4. Fix 7 x B spaced equally on top of A.
  5. ix 8 x C in corner positions as shown to add rigidity.

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