How To Make A Pergola Shade

How To Make A Pergola Shade

More From Build These Now17 articles How to Build a Fire Pit in Your Backyard How to Build Raised Garden Beds How to Build a Wooden Wagon Author Copy Created with Sketch. By Rick Peters May 1, 2016 American ArtistAdvertisement – Continue Reading BelowHere’s a structure that won’t provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, it defines an outdoor space without constraining it. It’s a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and out at the same time. The structure is called a pergola, and it’s just the thing to bring backyard landscaping to life. Pergolas were common features of Italian Renaissance gardens, often covering walkways or serving as grape arbors. Today, the same design can be used to define a passageway or frame a focal point in your yard. Add a climbing plant such as wisteria or, yes, grapevines, and your pergola will provide color and shade as well. More From Build These Now17 articles How to Build a Fire Pit in Your Backyard How to Build Raised Garden Beds How to Build a Wooden Wagon How to Make a Two-Board Backyard Lounger How to Make a Dumbwaiter Read: 6 more beautiful pergola designsOur pergola fits on an 8-ft. square, but it’s easy to modify it to suit your site. Cedar is our material of choice because it resists decay. Leave it unfinished and let it gradually turn gray. Or, apply a stain or sealer designed for exterior use. Download a larger animated PDF of this project with a printable step-by-step guide. Installing the Posts The posts are composed of pressure-treated 4 x 4 cores that are sheathed with 1 x cedar. We secured the post cores to a concrete pad with steel post-base anchors. If you’re not building on a pad, use longer posts and set them in the earth below the frost line.Advertisement – Continue Reading BelowLay out the post positions and mark the screw locations. Christopher J. VendettaWe used 1/4-in. Tapcon screws that thread into 3/16-in. holes bored with a hammer drill. Christopher J. VendettaHold each post plumb and drive nails through the anchors into the wood. If necessary, brace the posts so they stay plumb. Christopher J. VendettaAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below
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How To Make A Pergola Shade

Author Copy Created with Sketch. By Rick Peters May 1, 2016 American ArtistAdvertisement – Continue Reading BelowHere’s a structure that won’t provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, it defines an outdoor space without constraining it. It’s a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and out at the same time. The structure is called a pergola, and it’s just the thing to bring backyard landscaping to life. Pergolas were common features of Italian Renaissance gardens, often covering walkways or serving as grape arbors. Today, the same design can be used to define a passageway or frame a focal point in your yard. Add a climbing plant such as wisteria or, yes, grapevines, and your pergola will provide color and shade as well. More From Build These Now17 articles How to Build a Fire Pit in Your Backyard How to Build Raised Garden Beds How to Build a Wooden Wagon How to Make a Two-Board Backyard Lounger How to Make a Dumbwaiter Read: 6 more beautiful pergola designsOur pergola fits on an 8-ft. square, but it’s easy to modify it to suit your site. Cedar is our material of choice because it resists decay. Leave it unfinished and let it gradually turn gray. Or, apply a stain or sealer designed for exterior use. Download a larger animated PDF of this project with a printable step-by-step guide. Installing the Posts The posts are composed of pressure-treated 4 x 4 cores that are sheathed with 1 x cedar. We secured the post cores to a concrete pad with steel post-base anchors. If you’re not building on a pad, use longer posts and set them in the earth below the frost line.Advertisement – Continue Reading BelowLay out the post positions and mark the screw locations. Christopher J. VendettaWe used 1/4-in. Tapcon screws that thread into 3/16-in. holes bored with a hammer drill. Christopher J. VendettaHold each post plumb and drive nails through the anchors into the wood. If necessary, brace the posts so they stay plumb. Christopher J. VendettaAdvertisement – Continue Reading Below
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How To Make A Pergola Shade

American ArtistAdvertisement – Continue Reading BelowHere’s a structure that won’t provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, it defines an outdoor space without constraining it. It’s a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and out at the same time. The structure is called a pergola, and it’s just the thing to bring backyard landscaping to life. Pergolas were common features of Italian Renaissance gardens, often covering walkways or serving as grape arbors. Today, the same design can be used to define a passageway or frame a focal point in your yard. Add a climbing plant such as wisteria or, yes, grapevines, and your pergola will provide color and shade as well. More From Build These Now17 articles How to Build a Fire Pit in Your Backyard How to Build Raised Garden Beds How to Build a Wooden Wagon How to Make a Two-Board Backyard Lounger How to Make a Dumbwaiter Read: 6 more beautiful pergola designsOur pergola fits on an 8-ft. square, but it’s easy to modify it to suit your site. Cedar is our material of choice because it resists decay. Leave it unfinished and let it gradually turn gray. Or, apply a stain or sealer designed for exterior use. Download a larger animated PDF of this project with a printable step-by-step guide. Installing the Posts The posts are composed of pressure-treated 4 x 4 cores that are sheathed with 1 x cedar. We secured the post cores to a concrete pad with steel post-base anchors. If you’re not building on a pad, use longer posts and set them in the earth below the frost line.Advertisement – Continue Reading BelowLay out the post positions and mark the screw locations. Christopher J. VendettaWe used 1/4-in. Tapcon screws that thread into 3/16-in. holes bored with a hammer drill. Christopher J. VendettaHold each post plumb and drive nails through the anchors into the wood. If necessary, brace the posts so they stay plumb. Christopher J. Vendetta
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How To Make A Pergola Shade

A pergola (also known as an arbor) can be an elegant entranceway over a path, a quiet place to sit, or a frame for vines to climb over a deck or patio. Our pergola plans create a structure that’s large enough to span a picnic table, but you can make the dimensions narrower and shorter so yours can serve as a garden entrance. The 6-by-6 and 2-by-8 lumber used in these plans looks great and is more than strong enough for the job. You can use thicker or thinner planks, or even peeled poles you’ve foraged. (For instructions on how to build a pergola using logs and poles, see “How to Build a Pergola Using Peeled Poles” below.)
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How To Make A Pergola Shade

Regardless of how you finish your pergola, a shade cloth on the roof structure is an easy way to add more sun protection on the hottest days of summer, when backyard shade is essential. You’ll enjoy the benefits of your garden pergola as soon as it’s up, but things will get even better if you set some climbing plants to grow in the soil around the bottom. You’ll enjoy watching the structure become a dynamic part of a growing garden.
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How To Make A Pergola Shade

Hello there! If you are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic. A few years ago we had this beautiful pergola built in our backyard. I love it. I planted vines on it, and have been patiently waiting for them to grow up and provide some much needed shade in our backyard. It’s year three, we’ve had one casualty and re-plant, and I’m getting a little less patient. It’s a really lovely place to sit, but it’s just too hot! I had an idea that I could make some shade, by weaving some fabric through the wood. I started out with a good old home depot drop sheet (blogger’s linen). I measured the spaces in the pergolas top pieces and cut the fabric in strips. I stitched up the sides on the sewing machine, and added grommets. The very helpful man at Home Depot said they wouldn’t rust, since they’re brass. I just followed the instructions on the package, and they turned out looking great. We wove the fabric strips though and tied them on the ends, adding a few staples for stability. It turned out really great, and best of all, it’s not so burning hot out there anymore. With a little backyard shade available, life really is a party.

How To Make A Pergola Shade

How To Make A Pergola Shade

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