Make your vacation, the staycation of a lifetime with the Staycation Pergola. This little beauty has plenty of room, privacy screens, and joists to hang fabric… and it will cost a fraction of that trip to the Bahamas! Make your favorite drink, let the wind blow throw your hair, and enjoy your masterpiece!
As with all of our plans, you are building at your own risk and you should have a firm understanding of building in general before you attempt many of our plans (some are easy as pie and perfect for beginners). With that, go forth, have fun, take lots of pictures and share them in a showcase on the site or on social media with the hashtag #builtTDCtuff and we will share our faves! Be sure to tag @thedesignconfidential on Instagram / FB and @thedesconf on Twitter / Pinterest. If you are a blogger and you post about your build, don’t forget to include a link to your post on your showcase here. Don’t forget… for all of our newer plans, clicking on the images will let them expand to enormous sizes with much greater clarity. The older plans may need updating so please let us know if you need one fixed!
- 24 – 1×6 at 12’
- 2 – 2×2 at 10’ (you may have to rip down 2x4x10 for 2x2x10)
- 38 – 2×2 at 12’ (you may have to rip down 2x4x10 for 2x2x12)
- 2 – 2×4 at 10’
- 20 – 2×4 at 12’
- 8 – 6×6 at 12’
- 2 – 6×6 Right End Column Caps
- 2 – 6×6 Left End Column Caps
- 16 – 2×4 Joist Hangers
- 6 – 1/2” x 3” Lag Screws
- 6 – 1/2” x 4” Carriage Bolts
- 6 – 1/2” Washers
- 6 – 1/2” Nuts
- 2-1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/2” Wood Screws
- 3” Wood Screws
- 2-1/2″ Wood Screws
- Spade Bit Set
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
2 – 6×6 at 144” – Side Beams
4 – 6×6 at 114-1/2” – Posts
2 – 6×6 at 133” – Front and Back Beams
2 – 2×4 at 130” – Side Deck Frames
1 – 2×4 at 144” – Front Deck Frame
1 – 2×4 at 138-1/2” – Back Deck Frame
8 – 2×4 at 130” – Deck Joists
24 – 1×6 at 133” – Deck Boards
1 – 2×4 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #1
1 – 2×2 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #2
1 – 2×4 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #3
1 – 2×2 at 114-1/2” – Slat Support #4
76 – 2×2 at 66-1/2” – Slats
8 – 2×4 at 133” – Ceiling Joists
Before beginning to build, always check in on my site to make sure you have the most up to date set of plans, I occasionally update and change the plans to make the building process easier or to allow for less expensive purchasing of materials! Read through the entire set of instructions and all comments before beginning this project. If you print out or save plans, be sure to check in on my site to be sure you have the most up to date set of plans, as I occasionally update things for ease of building or buying. If you are new to building, read through the GETTING STARTED section and other articles found under the BUILD tab in the menu on my site, it has valuable information about how to get started, tools and techniques. If you are unfamiliar with the finishing process, visit my Finishing school for some tips and tricks for painting like a pro and for special finishing practices. Use glue to secure your joints and Consider Painting or Staining individual sections prior to assembling. This makes the paint application virtually flawless. Coat with a spray on Poly or Wipe on Poly to protect your finish and your piece and it will last for ages. Adhere to all safety standards and guidelines, and be sure you follow safety protocol throughout your build. If you are unsure about whether you are building safely, run a quick online search for the tool or technique you are using, or contact me via email or post to the forum before you move ahead. My contact info can be found in the menu of my site.
Cut the pieces for the Side Beam and Posts. Using the manufacturer’s recommendations, attach the End Column Caps to the Posts. Place the Side Beam on top of the Posts as shown – per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Complete this step twice, once for each side of the Pergola.
Cut the pieces for the Front Deck Frame, Back Deck Frame, and Side Deck Frames. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Side Deck Frames. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Note that both ends of the Front Deck Frame and one end of the Back Deck Frame will overhang the Side Deck Frames by 5-1/2”. These overhanging ends will be attached to the Posts with 1/2” Lag Screws. Clamp the Deck Frame to the Post and drill two 5/16” pilot holes through the Deck Frame into the Post. Release the clamp and insert the Lag Screws. Repeat this process on the other two overlapping pieces of Deck Frame.
Cut the pieces for the Deck Joists. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in each end of the Deck Joists. Assemble as shown with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws. Note that the Deck Joists will be spaced 16” on center, except for the first and last one, which will be 8-1/4” from the Side Deck Frames.
Cut the pieces for the Deck Boards. Attach to the Deck Frame and Deck Joists with glue and 1-1/2” wood screws. Leave approximately a 1/8” gap between each Deck Board to allow for expansion. You may need to rip down the first and last Deck Boards for a perfect fit.
Cut the pieces for the Slat Supports. With the Kreg jig set for 1-1/2” material, drill pocket holes in one top ends of Slat Support #1 and #3.
Position Support #1 as shown. Clamp the bottom of the Support to the Deck Frame and drill two 1/2” holes with the 1/2” spade bit through Support #1 and the Deck Frame. Secure with 1/2” Carriage Bolts, Washers, and Nuts. Attach the top of the Support to the Beam with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.
Attach Support #2 to the Post as shown with glue and 3” Wood Screws. Look ahead to Step 10 where you will attach the Slats to the Slat Support and make sure you leave room for all necessary fasteners.
Position Support #3 as shown. Clamp the bottom of the Support to the Deck Frame and drill two 1/2” holes with the 1/2” spade bit through Support #3 and the Deck Frame. Secure with 1/2” Carriage Bolts, Washers, and Nuts. Attach the top of the Support to the Beam with glue and 2-1/2” Pocket Screws.
Attach Support #4 to the Post as shown with glue and 3” Wood Screws. Look ahead to Step 10 where you will attach the Slats to the Slat Support and make sure you leave room for all necessary fasteners.
Cut the pieces for the Slats. Position as shown and secure in place with glue and 2-1/2” Wood Screws. The Slats will be spaced 1-1/2” apart.
Lastly, cut the pieces for the Ceiling Joists. Install the Joist Hangers per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Attach the Ceiling Joists to the Joist Hangers as shown, per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Note that the Ceiling Joists are spaced 16” on center, except for the first and last Ceiling Joists, which are 9-3/4” from the Side Beams.
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired.