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How to Build a Pergola on a Budget

Learn how to build a pergola on a budget by following these simple tips and tricks. You’ll be able to enjoy your new pergola in no time!

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One of the great things about pergolas is that they are generally easy and inexpensive to build. In fact, you can often build a pergola for less than the cost of a nice patio set. And, if you do it yourself, the cost will be a fraction of what you would pay to have someone else do it for you. This article will show you how to build a pergola on a budget.


Building a pergola can be a simple to challenging project depending on what plan you choose so make sure you pick the right one for your skill level and purpose. You can build a pergola from scratch or purchase a kit that has all the materials you need. Whichever route you choose, here are the materials you will need to build your own pergola:

-4×4 posts: You will need 6-8 posts depending on the size of your pergola.
-2×4 or 2×6 rafters: You will need enough rafters to span the distance of your pergola.
-Corrugated metal or thatch roofing: This will provide shade and protection from the elements.
-Gravel: This is for setting your posts in.
-Concrete mix: This is to set your posts in concrete.
-Shovel: To dig holes for your posts.
– post hole digger: Makes digging holes for posts easier.
-Tape measure: To measure everything.
-Circular saw: To cut lumber to size (if not using a kit).
-Hammer and nails or screw gun and screws: To assemble everything.


There are a few power tools that you will need in order to build your pergola on a budget. A drill is necessary to make the pilot holes for the lag screws. A saw is also necessary to make sure all of your cuts are straight. If you do not have a saw, you can always have the lumber yard make the cuts for you. You will also need a ratchet and socket set to tighten the lag screws. Finally, you will need a level to make sure your posts are level when you attach them to the base.

Step by Step Instructions

Building a pergola can be a great addition to your home. Not only will it provide some much needed shade in the summer months, but it can also add some architectural interest to your yard. However, one of the main reasons people hesitate to build a pergola is because they think it will be too expensive.

Pergolas are actually surprisingly affordable to build, and you can even do it yourself if you are handy with some basic tools. In this article, we will walk you through the steps of building a pergola on a budget.

1. Choose your materials wisely. When it comes to building a pergola on a budget, the first step is to choose your materials carefully. Pressure treated lumber is usually the most affordable option, but cedar or redwood will last longer and look nicer. If you cannot find pressure treated lumber that is long enough for your project, you can always use two shorter pieces and join them together with screws or bolts.
2. Cut all of your lumber to size before you start assembling anything. This will make the assembly process go much faster and easier.
3. Assemble the frame of your pergola first. This should be fairly straightforward if you have all of your lumber cut to size. Once the frame is assembled, you can then add the cross beams and rafters.
4. If you want, you can add trim pieces to the outside of your pergola for added interest or decoration. These are not strictly necessary, but they can help give your pergola a more finished look.
5. Once everything is assembled, you can then add any finishing touches that you desire such as paint or stain. If you are using pressure treated lumber, we recommend waiting at least six weeks before painting or staining so that the chemicals have time to off-gas safely


Building a pergola on a budget is possible with a little knowledge and time. Be sure to research the type of wood that will work best for your climate and needs. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends. With some planning and elbow grease, you can build a beautiful pergola that will last for years to come.

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