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If You Have a Backyard, You're Going to Want One of These Pergola Kits

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Pergola Perfect
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Pergola Perfect

When your patio or backyard is the only place you can spend time outside without worrying about physical distancing, it's time to spruce up your outdoor space with a pergola. A DIY kit can give your yard a focal point for landscaping and create a shady space for lounging or dining. All of these can be assembled and installed in a weekend or so, but there are two things to keep in mind. First, you'll need a partner or two to help with assembly. Second, anchor kits are essential for keeping a pergola secure and stable — and not all pergola kits include them. You can usually pick them up at your local home improvement or hardware store, however. Got it? Good. Now get yourself one of these pergola kits and get ready for the best backyard you've ever had.

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Brazoria Solid Wood Pergola
Wayfair

Brazoria Solid Wood Pergola

Price: $203 from Wayfair
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If all you want is a simple pergola to create a backyard focal point, string some party lights, or hang some paper lanterns, you won't find many options cheaper than this bamboo version. It measures a compact 6 feet, 4 inches square, making it an option for tight spaces or places where a heavy-beam pergola might look out of place. Note that an anchor kit is not included.

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Better Homes & Gardens Meritmoor Steel Pergola
Walmart

Better Homes & Gardens Meritmoor Steel Pergola

Price: $289 from Walmart
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This cheap pergola from Walmart is constructed of powder-coated stainless steel beams and comes with a fabric sunshade to keep things cool when it's hot outside. At 9 feet square, it's big enough to create a space for a small patio table and chairs.

Project 62 Lars Pergola
Target

Project 62 Lars Pergola

Price: $500 from Target
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A lot of pergolas go for the rustic or Tuscan look, all rough-hewn beams and earth tones. Not this midcentury-style pergola from Target's Project 62 line of home goods. The 8-foot-square pergola has stainless steel posts and wood-tone accents on the sleek roof slats. There's also a hook on the center roof slat to hang a lamp or a plant.

New England Arbors White Tile Freestanding Pergola
Lowe's

New England Arbors White Tile Freestanding Pergola

Price: $581 from Lowe's
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Got only a tight corner space? No problem: This pergola kit from Lowe's lets you create a cozy corner for a pair of lounge chairs or an alcove garden area. Unlike wooden pergolas, this one is constructed of PVC and comes with a 20-year guarantee against cracking and warping. One drawback: The base kit is sold separately.

Threshold Metal Outdoor Adjustable Shade Gazebo
Target

Threshold Metal Outdoor Adjustable Shade Gazebo

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Price: $600 from Target
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If you've got a sunny space in need of some shade and style, this Target pergola comes with an extra-long mesh fabric shade. Chase the sun all day long while you hang out beneath this 10-by-10-foot pergola in black stainless steel.

Seneca Privacy Arbor Solid Wood Pergola
Wayfair

Seneca Privacy Arbor Solid Wood Pergola

Price: $970 from Wayfair
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Unlike most pergolas, which are designed for larger groups, this cozy 6-by-4-foot model is sized just for two. The privacy wall allows light in but shields you from view, making it an option for smaller yards and intimate spaces. Base anchors are extra, however.

Yardistry Preston Pergola
The Home Depot

Yardistry Preston Pergola

Price: $1,174 from Home Depot
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Attention, gardeners: This cedar pergola from Lowe's has corner panels that climber roses, grapevines, and morning glories will love slowly creeping up and over. With 144 square feet of sheltered space, there's room for a pair of lounges or four comfy chairs.

Sol 72 Uttoxeter Vinyl Pergola
Wayfair

Sol 72 Uttoxeter Vinyl Pergola

Price: $1,420 from Wayfair
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Give that back patio or deck a facelift with this 16-by-20-foot pergola. Unlike freestanding pergolas, this model is designed to attach to your home, creating an instant focal point for an entryway or bank of windows. And its vinyl components are warrantied for 20 years against weather damage. Anchor hardware is extra.

Tignall Solid Wood Pergola
Wayfair

Tignall Solid Wood Pergola

Price: $1,580 from Wayfair
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If you dream of sitting beneath a flowering arbor in your garden, start with this pergola. At 10 feet wide and 4 feet deep, it's just big enough for a garden bench, and the fat Western red cedar posts are hefty enough to accommodate a trellis or climber vines. Note: Anchor hardware costs extra.

Sonoma Solid Wood Pergola
Wayfair

Sonoma Solid Wood Pergola

Price: $4,450 from Wayfair
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Got a hot tub? This solid-fir pergola, which measures 16 feet square, is not only large enough to shelter that hot tub, it's got an (optional) privacy wall on one side with adjustable plantation shutters, as well as a gracefully arched roofline. It's rated to withstand winds up to 90 mph.

Outdoor Living Today Breeze Cedar Pergola with Retractable Canopy
The Home Depot

Outdoor Living Today Pergola With Retractable Canopy

Price: $9,053 from Home Depot
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Say "pergola" and most people will probably envision something like this model, with stout cedar posts and beams. The 12-by-20-foot pergola is big enough for a family gatherings or cookout (when that's an option again). Note: This pergola is currently available at a discount direct from the manufacturer.