How to transform your outdoor space with a garden pergola


When it comes to creating a stunning outdoor living space, few things match the beauty and practicality of a pergola.

A pergola is a standalone structure used to provide shade and shelter in your garden. It’s typically made up of vertical pillars that support cross beams, latticework, or a louvred roof.

Pergolas can be made from a variety of materials, such as wood or metal, and can be designed to look traditional, modern, or anything in between. They’re the perfect way to boost the functionality of your garden while injecting a sense of elegance into its design.

Below, we’ve delved into the various factors to consider when installing a pergola in your garden. Read on to find out where to install your pergola, what size and design you should go for, and how to get the most use out of it!

Where should you install your pergola?

Before you start looking at models and designs, you need to consider where in your garden your pergola should go. Pergolas can range from 8 to 20+ feet in width, so make sure you install it somewhere with plenty of open space.

You should also consider the amount of sun exposure the area receives. If you want a shady spot to relax in, look for an area with partial or full shade. If you want to use your pergola for outdoor dining, make sure it's not in direct sunlight during meal times. This is less important if you choose a pergola with a louvred roof and roller screens, as you’ll be able to control the amount of sunlight it lets in precisely via remote control.

What size pergola should you choose?

Aside from the space you have available, it’s also a good idea to think about what you’ll use your pergola for. If you plan to use your pergola for outdoor dining or entertaining, you’ll need to make sure it’s large enough to accommodate you, your guests, and any necessary furniture. On the other hand, if you're creating a small, intimate seating area, a smaller pergola will work perfectly.

Which pergola design should you choose?

Your pergola will be a major focal point in your garden, so it’s important to nail down its design. There are plenty of design types to choose from including contemporary aluminium frames, so choose carefully.

Make sure the pergola you choose matches seamlessly with the overall design of your garden. After all, an ultra-sleek, ultra-modern model with sliding glass screens may look out of place against a quaint cottage backdrop! You should also factor in your budget and personal style.

If you’re still not sure, feel free to ask us for advice. We’ve installed pergolas in gardens of all shapes and styles, and we’re happy to recommend one that will suit your outdoor space perfectly.

How should you decorate and furnish your pergola?

You’ll likely be spending a lot of time in your pergola, so make it as comfortable as possible by choosing the right outdoor furniture. This can include a sofa, chairs, or a dining set, depending on how you plan to use your pergola. If you’d like to use your pergola for outdoor cooking and entertaining, consider adding an outdoor kitchen, BBQ or drinks fridge.

Adding outdoor lighting can add a real sense of warmth to your pergola, so you might want to consider incorporating string lights or lanterns. But why settle for standard lighting options when you can take it to the next level? Broadview offer pergolas that come with optional LED lighting seamlessly integrated into the frame, giving your outdoor living space a sleek and modern touch. We can even add integrated heaters, too!

Small accessories like throw pillows, outdoor rugs, and potted plants can help make your pergola feel like an extension of your indoor living space. Don't be afraid to get creative and add your own unique twist!

Make sure everything you include matches the overall design of your pergola - if your model is sleek and contemporary, you should furnish it with modern chairs and tables to match. They should all be weather-resistant and durable, too.

How do you install a pergola?

The easiest way is to have your pergola installed by a professional team, like the one at Broadview. We’ll be able to build it safely and to code, providing you with peace of mind and a worry-free installation process.

With expert installation included in our design and supply service, you can be confident that your pergola will be built to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship - just browse through our gallery to see the stunning results we’ve achieved in the past!

Ready to create your dream outdoor living space? Get a quote online or call us on 01202 679012!