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Pergola and outdoor shade designs

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Pergolas and other outdoor shade options can help make entertaining in outdoor areas enjoyable in all kinds of weather. With pre-cut kits available, putting together your own pergola doesn't need to be a huge undertaking.


Check out these fantastic projects by Bunnings Workshop community members and let us know if you'd like help with your own structure. As always, please check with your council or local authorities to make sure you have permission before building.


1. Pergola with shiplap panelling and lights by @425314 


Bunnings Workshop member 425314 assembled a pre-cut Softwoods pergola kit from Bunnings and then customised it with shiplap panelling, paint and bunker lights.




2. Pergola with built-in seating by @Caseyd 


Casey shared this pergola project with built-in timber bench seats to create a fantastic spot to enjoy the outdoors year-round.




3. Gable pergola by @Jimi 


Jimi extended his covered alfresco area by building a pergola so he can entertain in all types of weather and found the Softwoods pergola kit easy to put together.




4. Pergola over low-level deck by @DIYgal


Lauren and Sarah constructed a custom pergola with painted galvanised steel posts set into concrete.




5. Barbecue entertaining area with pergola by @sandy_d 


Sandy created a pergola over an existing concrete slab using treated Pine and attached a retractable outdoor blind to provide shade to this outdoor entertaining area.




6. Side access gate with pergola by @Allan72 


Allan turned a side entrance into an attractive and usable space by building a pergola and transforming the area with paving, screening and landscaping.




7. Backyard covered patio with low-level deck by @tom_builds 


Tom put together a Softwoods pergola in his backyard to create a covered deck area that can be enjoyed all-year round.




8. Backyard pergola by @Egbert 


Workshop member Egbert's pergola was built using treated Pine posts and provides plenty of shade in his backyard.




How to build a pergola


Check out this series of step-by-step instructions for building a pergola by the Bunnings team:





More project inspiration


You'll find plenty of ideas to revamp outdoor areas through these popular projects shared by Workshop members:





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