Rustic wooden pergola – design ideas
What do you need to build a wooden pergola?
This simple design can easily be personalized for your garden and combined with many planters, green trellis or bamboo fences. The creative ideas for a wooden pergola and simple construction techniques of Bim Willow would help you.
Here is everything you need to build a wooden pergola by yourself:
– Thick branches of solid wood (about 2 feet long)
– Short straight branches and decorative branches
– Hammer, loppers, pruning shears, side cutters (for cutting the nail heads)
Step 1: Gather your materials
Use either dried or fresh wood for the construction. If the wood is dry, you first need to drill holes before nailing the branches. While the example of Willow Sassafras uses traditional willow wood, you can select other types of solid wood for your pergola.
Assemble the two side panels. The X-shape makes the design robust and secure.
Step 3: Add decoration to the side frame – Thin willow branches and climbing plants would be a delicate decoration for your wooden pergola. Use some of the decorative branches, to create an attractive pattern on the side frame. The branches add an aesthetic element and provide a grid for the meandering vines. Here Willow creates a series of Gothic arches, fixed with nails and cuts off the excess branches with his pruning shears. Tip: The thicker the wood, the greater the nail.
Step 4: Fix the upper part
To create a triangular pediment for the upper part of the wooden pergola, mount the thick branches together. Make two triangular gables.
Step 5: Decorate the gable – Add decorative poles or branches around the gable to decorate. Excess branches can be cut off.
Step 6: Assemble the pergola – Attach the side frames with larger nails and place the gable. Then go one step back in order to assess if everything was okay and the pergola is square.
Step 7: Add battens in the middle of the top part of the pergola
The battens serve as a support and to fix the gable. Then you could add the sides.
Step 8: Install corner bracket on the front and back, so that both are parallel and the wooden pergola is upright.
Step 9: For additional support, you can make long metal posts next to the pergola and use additional wire to attach the legs of the pergola. Tip: Extend the life of the rustic pergola by spraying with a mixture of 2 parts linseed oil and one part turpentine. Use a pump sprayer and clean the tip when finished.
The wooden pergola by Bim Willow
Wooden pergola with interesting decoration