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How to Cover a Pergola

How to Cover a Pergola in Simple Steps. If you have a pergola in your garden, you can quickly and easily cover it with a canopy to provide shade and protection from the sun.

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A pergola is a garden feature forming a shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area of vertical posts or pillars that usually support cross-beams and a sturdy open lattice, often upon which woody vines are trained. The word “pergola” originates from the Latin “pergula” which loosely refers to a “projecting eave” (Source).

These lovely structures can be placed over walkways, sitting areas, driveways, or decks and are usually built from wood. They provide shade and visual interest to your landscape and can even increase your home’s value! But what do you do when the sun is too hot, or you want a little privacy? You can easily cover your pergola with a variety of materials to suit your needs.

What You’ll Need

When it comes to covering your pergola, there are a few different route you can take. You can purchase a ready-made cover, build one yourself, or use a combination of the two. Read on for more information about the different types of covers and what you’ll need to get the job done.

A ready-made cover is the easiest option and can be purchased from most home improvement stores. These covers typically come in a variety of sizes and colors to match your specific needs. If you decide to go this route, be sure to measure your pergola before purchasing a cover to ensure it will fit properly.

Building a cover yourself is a more labor-intensive option, but it will give you more control over the size, shape, and style of the cover. To build your own cover, you’ll need:
-4 posts (6-8 feet tall)
-2 pieces of 6 foot long 2×4 lumber
-2 pieces of 8 foot long 2×4 lumber
-Nails or screws
-Tarp or other waterproof material (large enough to cover the area of your pergola)
-Rope or bungee cords (to secure the tarp)

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Determine the size of your pergola and purchase the amount of fabric needed to cover it.
2. Cut the fabric to size, leaving enough extra to wrap around the beams of the pergola and securing it with heavy-duty staples or nails.
3. Hang the fabric from the beams of the pergola, making sure that it is tight and does not sag in the middle.
4. Trim any excess fabric and enjoy your new, covered pergola!


We hope this guide has given you some inspiration on how to cover your pergola. Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix and match different materials to find the perfect look for your outdoor space. And, most importantly, enjoy the process!

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