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Pergola Sizes Guide for Your Outdoor Space

by KE JIAYI 05 May 2023 0 Comments

We all know that pergola comes in different sizes. Each size suits the particular space. So if you want to adorn and decorate your space with a pergola, you need to do detailed research on which pergola size is the most suitable for your particular space. You should also focus on how much room you should have set aside for pergola installation and adjustment. 

So here we are going to tell you about a pergola size guide for your outdoor space.

Pergola Size Guide

Before we dive deep and study more about pergola sizes, we need to look at the average pergola sizes.

Standard Size(ft')
Width Height Size
8 8, 10 8x8, 8x10
10 10, 12, 13, 14, 20 10x10, 10x12, 10x13, 10x14, 10x20
12 12, 14, 16, 20 12x12, 12x14, 12x16, 12x20
16 16 16x16
20 20 20x20


Here's an overview.

  • The pergola size should be 3 x 3 meter or 10 x 10 ft if you are looking for a pergola for small gatherings. Such pergolas can accommodate two chairs and are best for couples and small families.
  • The pergola size should be 10 x 12 ft for small gatherings as they can accommodate 2 to 4 chairs.
  • You can go for slightly bigger pergolas of about 10 x 14 ft. They can provide the families with a very interesting and useful outdoor dining area as they can accommodate up to 6 chairs.
  • If you want bigger pergolas and have enough space, you can go for 12 x 12 ft. They look stylish and modern and are best for outdoor dining and moderate gatherings.
  • The largest pergolas can be of any length and are usually 12 x 16 ft and can be larger. They are best for large gatherings (couches, swings, etc)

Pergola Size Buying Guide: How to Choose the Right One

Pergolas can be a great addition to any outdoor living space and are an excellent way to create shade and privacy. However, choosing the right size pergola can be tricky. It’s important to take into consideration the size of your outdoor space, how much shade you need, and the type of activities you plan on using it for. This buying guide will help you choose the right pergola size for your needs. We’ll discuss factors such as available space, material choices, and common use cases so that you can make an informed decision when selecting a pergola for your outdoor living area.

The Size of Your Outdoor Space

The size of your outdoor space will be the first thing you’ll want to consider. A pergola that is too small for your outdoor living area can cause a lot of unwanted issues. For example, if it doesn’t provide enough shade and your patio is part of an open-air space, there may not be enough protection from the sun. If it provides too much shade, you might have a hard time seeing into the area that is shaded. If it covers up a large portion of your patio or deck, it might discourage people from spending time on the patio. There are a lot of different things to think about when it comes to the size and dimensions of your outdoor space and pergola.

A pergola that is too small for your outdoor living area can cause a lot of unwanted issues.

For example, if it doesn’t provide enough shade and your patio is part of an open-air space, there may not be enough protection from the sun.


Height is another important factor when deciding how big or small of a pergola should be built. Your experience will help determine what height is best for your property and lifestyle. It’s important to choose the right size for your outdoors. So you don't spend all of your time focusing on a small area, as that may cause you to miss a larger portion. If it's already an outdoor space and has other buildings nearby, it might take some study in order for you to pinpoint what is right for your needs.

You should also understand the five main factors that should be taken into account when determining the size of a pergola: location, purpose, shape, material, and budget. With this knowledge in hand, you’ll be able to make an informed decision about which size pergola is best for you.

What Size Height Should a Pergola Be?  

When it comes to choosing the size and height of a pergola, there are many factors to consider. The size will depend on the intended use of the pergola as well as the amount of space available in your yard. Additionally, the height should be determined by how much shade you want to provide and also by local building codes. With careful consideration, you can choose a size and height that will make your pergola both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Top-Selling Pergolas Types

  1. Bodhi Pergola and Lehigh Swing Set

The best-selling pergola is the Bodhi Pergola and Lehigh Swing Set. This pergola is ideal for a deck, patio, or backyard because you can choose from 10 × 10, 10 x 12, or 12 x 12 sizes. It won't rust, fracture, split, or fade because it's Highwood marine-grade lumber. Ordering the Bodhi Pergola swing set gives you various stain options.

  1. Western Red Cedar Pergola with Deck and Swing Hangers

Another popular wooden pergola is A & L Furniture's Western Red Cedar pergola. You can hang a swing from the pergola's deck foundation. It's a small pergola in 6 x 8, 8 x 8, and 8 x 10 sizes. Pergola curtains are also available!

  1. Bodhi Pergola with 2 Weatherly Swings, 12 x 12.

The Bodhi Pergola, with two Weatherly swings facing each other, is our last best-selling pergola. Two persons can fit on each 4-foot swing. Colors and stains are available for the 12 x 12 pergola.

Now that you know everything about pergolas and have gone through the guide, you can easily adorn your space in the way you want. It is all about how creative and energetic you are in decorating your home.

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