Pergolas are relatively simple structures, specifically how they are made. However, if you want to add a touch of snazziness to your pergola, this is made possible by a variety of different decoration tactics that you can use. By applying some of these easy-to-follow decoration tips, you can easily turn your pergola into a tasteful garden both that is wonderful for everything from reading, to cook outs, to some romantic fun time during the day or night. Best of all, most of these modifications and adjustments will cost you little to nothing, meaning that the savings that you make by buying a pergola initially are enhanced even further.
Covering your pergola with plants
Although it is a very simple gesture, covering your pergola with plants can add a world of new possibilities to your pergolas functionality and appearance. Not only are planned covered pergolas a great deal easier on the eyes, they also offer a lot more in terms of functionality then pergolas that are not covered with plants. This is because the covered pergolas are capable of providing you with shade. Unless you have some sort of rafters that can be opened and closed during the day and night, your pergola will not be capable of providing you shelter from the elements. However, when you cover your pergola with plants, you give yourself the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors while also sheltering yourself from the heated rays of the midday sun.
Covering your pergola with fragrant and beautiful plants not only allows you to enjoy the functionality of the pergola, but also enjoy the wafting scents and beautiful visual scenery that results from it. Just beware, if you are going for this route, you need to be absolutely certain that you are not surrounded by any sort of bug or pest that is prone to shelter itself in your pergola, nothing is worse than having a pergola that is infested with bees or hornets.
Woodworking the structure of the pergola
Lots of pergola beams are nothing more than simple rectangular wooden posts. Although this is very functional and cost effective, it does very little to add to the appearance of your pergola. Some people take things a bit further and cover their wooden pergolas in a layer of lacquer paint that adds a lustrous look to their pergola. However, there are still a lot of things that can be done that can enhance the appearance of the wood even further. For example, one thing that you can do is to woodworking the posts of the pergola to contain geometric shapes. Not only does this make your pergola looking great deal more tasteful, it also sets it apart in a way that very few pergolas are unique in.
One of the saddest things about pergolas is that most of the time, they are grossly underestimated. Lots of people glance at a pergola and do not give the idea a second thought; they think that something that is so bland and simple can simply not provide the kind of functional value that they are looking for. “What’s the point in buying something that is completely open from all sides?” they think to themselves. And initially, they might have a point. However, if you delve deep enough, lots of wonderful things can be enjoyed if you take the time to consider what a pergola has to offer you, and how it can improve the quality of your life.
Pergolas add flair to your backyard
Take a look at your backyard, chances are, even if you are keeping it well-maintained, the landscape is thoroughly level unless you have some sort of gazebo or greenhouse. Although this might suffice, why not improve on your garden even further by adding a structure that you can sit underneath. Sure, a pergola will not provide you with shelter from the elements, but the simple fact that you have something to sit underneath is very comforting at an instinctual level. In addition, the fact that pergolas cannot provide you with shelter from the rain or sun is simply untrue. If you take the time to cover your pergolas and drape them with either curtains or plants, you can enhance your pergolas and add a layer of protection that makes things so that you are completely secured from any sort of mild weather.
Pergolas are also excellent gathering places. If you recently toyed with the idea of hosting an event in your backyard and inviting your neighbors to it, a pergola provides you with an excellent means to do so. So, not only are pergolas capable of enhancing the Outlook of your garden, they’re also capable of bringing you closer together with your community, in the form of pool parties, book readings, and other such fun events that you can hold underneath them.
Pergolas are a wonderful chance to bond
One of the greatest things about pergolas is that they are relatively simple structures. Because of this, they are easily modified to suit whatever tastes you have. In addition, you can also put up a pergola with the help of whatever you have at home with you. If you have kids that are on summer vacation, you can make use of this opportunity to teach them the value of teamwork and family. Not only will you get the job done faster, but once the pergola is up, and you enjoy a nice cool and refreshing drink underneath it, the experience is very rewarding.
Let’s face it, lots of us don’t have particularly exciting gardens or backyards. When people first buy their houses, they are completely fixated on the fact that they need to have a garden that is particularly spacious or a backyard where the kids can play. As things progress however, they come to the conclusion that they will not be able to make use of these gardens to the fullest. You’d be lucky to be able to go out to your garden every couple of days in some cases. Ultimately, people start resenting the fact that they bought backyards that are so spacious. They start thinking of these spaces as a complete waste of resources. Those of us that are lucky enough to have the financial resources for it will probably try to assimilate some of this empty space into their homes, perhaps extending it in the form of a greenhouse, or an extra room. Those of us that are not will probably keep looking at this waste of space resentfully. Luckily, this does not need to happen. Although I am not a firm believer in quick fixes, in this particular situation, there is indeed a quick fix for whatever wasted space you have in your backyard or garden.
Pergolas are for more than just display
Lots of people think that pergolas are nothing more than a fashion statement. Stating that placing a pergola in their garden serves no real functional value. The line of reasoning that they follow to this conclusion is that pergolas are completely open structure, incapable of providing any practical sheltering from the beating rays of the sun or the elements. However, this couldn’t be any further from the truth. By getting a pergola that is strategically placed, you can make use of all that space that you previously couldn’t utilize at all.
By placing some comfortable outdoor chairs and a table underneath the pergola, people are much more likely to be invited to seat themselves underneath these pergolas. This is because although pergolas might not actually provide you with any shelter, they do give you a sense of security and defined space. Essentially, pergolas allow you to convince yourself that you are sitting underneath a closed structure, even if the structure actually doesn’t provide you with any sort of shelter or protection.
Even then, pergolas are greatly misunderstood. They can indeed be set up in such a way so that they can provide shelter and protection. All you need to do in this case is to cover the pergola with plants or with weatherproof drapery. By doing so, you not only enhance the aesthetic appearance of your pergola, you also add even more functionality to this charming garden structure. Overall, pergolas are as useful as you make them out to be.
Insistence on quality is absolutely essential if you want a pergola that will be capable of lasting you a lifetime. Unlike other garden structures, pergolas have much less in terms of structural integrity. As a result, you need to be absolutely certain that the building materials that go into your pergola will be capable of supporting it for years to come. If you fail to do so, the results can be loss of aesthetic appearance or a catastrophic failure that causes injury to one of your loved ones or friends. Because of this, you need to be absolutely certain that the material that goes into crafting your pergola is 100% capable of weathering the elements and standing up to anything that nature has to throw at it.
Price versus quality when it comes to pergolas
Overall, pergolas can be considered very cheap when compared with other garden structures. This is in spite of the fact that they provide you with an excellent enclosure under which you could have all sorts of fun. As a result, seeing as to how pergolas are already relatively affordable, it shouldn’t be much of a problem if you decide to go for a pergola that is made out of slightly higher quality materials when you are shopping for your garden pergola. Regardless of whether you buy a pergola or put together yourself, you should always go for building materials that will be capable of standing the trials of time.
Different building materials for different pergolas
A live demonstration of this is whether you buy a metal pergola or a wooden pergola. Wooden pergolas are wonderful, provided that you take the time to actually treat the wood and keep it from undergoing any sort of environmentally induced damage, the sort of results that you see will be absolutely wonderful. Take care of them, and wooden pergolas will be capable of lasting you a lifetime. On the other hand, if you are incapable of putting in the time and upkeep required to ensure that a wooden pergola stays in shape, you can go out of your way and by a metal pergola. Sure, the initial investment costs will be much higher than a wooden pergola, but overall, if you are planning on moving this pergola for a very long duration of time, you will notice that it quickly makes up for these costs when it comes to maintenance.
Initially, building your own pergola is conceived to be quite a daunting task. This is especially true if you have no prior experience in the art of woodworking. Although assembling your own pergola kit might seem to be a bit more merciful in terms of the amount of knowledge that you need to know and experience that you need to have, it is still quite complex for lots of people. As a result, there is a sudden movement towards making pergola kits that are far easier to assemble. Rather than using bolts and screws in order to put up the pergola, these pergolas are convenient in that they only require you to snap pieces together similar to how you would with children’s toys. Essentially, these easy to assemble pergolas are nothing more than a giant set of Legos. By snapping and putting the pieces together, you can have a pergola that is sturdily built in a couple of hours.
Easy assembly pergolas
That’s not the only thing that’s wonderful about these pergolas. There’s also the fact that they are just as easy to take apart as it is to assemble them. As a result, if you suddenly want to move your pergola from one place to the next, you can expect very little in terms of downtime for maintenance to take apart the pergola. In addition, because they are far less complex, you are much less likely to damage anything while you are taking apart the pergola than you would have otherwise. The futuristic designs are the absolute best in terms of the convenience that they provide. In today’s modern world, people want things that can be done quickly and efficiently, and these pergolas provide you with just that.
Some downsides to these pergolas
Unfortunately, as with everything else, these pergolas also have a number of downsides that make them somewhat unattractive. You are free to assess these downsides and ultimately determine whether or not these pergolas would be a good fit for your own situation. For one thing, although they are sturdily built, the fact remains that they are considerably less solid than their semi-permanent counterparts. If you live in a place that has fierce winds, they are definitely not for you. It is a much better option, both in terms of safety, and in terms of economic longevity for you to buy a permanent structure in this case. In addition, the options that you have when putting together these snap together pergolas are much less flexible. This is because most, if not all of them are made entirely out of plastic.