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Freestanding Pergola

Natural, versatile, characterful, bioclimatic. Choose from our collection of freestanding pergolas, the perfect fit in any garden or outside space with endless design possibilities.

  • Where to place your wooden pergola?
    If you’ve decided on a wooden pergola, you’ve got great taste. Up next is where to place it in your garden. Here are a few things to mull over when deciding where it fits best: Which part of your garden gets the most sun? If hosting summer barbeques and garden parties are on the agenda, then creating the right conditions for a relaxing social space is a must. If you have an existing patio or decking, this might be a ready-made spot to place your wooden pergola. Other popular locations include outside the backdoor - to help extend your time outdoors and expand your space indoors – and the spot that gets the most sun during the day or the evening Sunrise & Sunset If you'd like your pergola to be a place to relax and enjoy the sun, be sure to consider which areas of your garden catch the sun at different times of the day. Placing your pergola in an east-facing garden will give you morning sun, while a west-facing garden will provide evening sun – perfect for al fresco dining! Where offers the best view and accessibility? If your wooden pergola will be garden eye candy rather than a place for gatherings, it might be best to consider if you have any walkways that could use some sprucing up or shelter. Climbing plants and hanging baskets can look really special when introduced to a position in your garden that deserves to be highlighted. Keep in mind what you can see from your windows too; you want to make the most of how pretty your pergola looks! Which area provides a more serene and private setting? If you're looking to create a peaceful outdoor seating area where you can enjoy some peace and seclusion, you could also opt to place your pergola at the far end of your garden. They are perfect for sitting over comfortable garden furniture or hammocks too, making for a tranquil, restful outdoor chill-out area to relax and enjoy a good book!
  • How to care for your wooden pergola?
    There are a few ways to ensure your wooden pergola has a long life and looks its best. The first is to apply sealant and wood stain every year to keep the wood looking new and fresh. Before coating the pergola in paint, make sure to clean any garden debris or surface material to help guard against decay. Another way to maintain your pergola is to keep any climbing plants or vines trimmed to minimise any extra weight that may put pressure on the garden structure.
  • Do Pergolas provide shelter from the sun and rain?
    Because Pergolas have an open 'slatted' roof, they do not offer full shelter from sun and rain; however, dressing your pergola's slatted roof with natural features such as plants and vines will help provide some additional garden shelter (as well as heaps of natural style!). By adding some greenery to these garden structures, you can not only make it more aesthetically pleasing, but also help to create a more secluded and intimate setting.
  • Is Product Delivery Included with my Order?
    Yes, delivery of all products ordered from is absolutely free! You can trust that your purchase will arrive quickly and safely, without any additional cost to you. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and delivery guarantee, so you can rest assured that your order will be handled with care.
  • How long does a Wooden Pergola Last?
    Like most home furnishings and additions, proper maintenance will help increase a pergola's longevity. Given annual care and treatment to help protect your pergola from the elements, you can expect a wooden pergola to last 10-12 years before the wood materials diminish in appearance. To help improve the longevity and integrity of your pergola, you should treat it each year with a good quality sealant and wood stain, perfect for areas of the UK that are more susceptible to wind and rain during autumn and winter. Regular cleaning will also help to keep your pergola looking new for years to come, and prevent the onset of any rot (which can occur to outdoor wooden fixtures that aren't properly maintained). You can provide additional protection from the sun and heat by adding shade to the roof of your pergola. There are a few different options available, including canvas, fabric, and even a 'natural' shade such as vines and greenery. By adding one of these features to your pergola, the additional shading can protect the supporting wooden beams from premature fading and deterioration.
  • Building your Wooden Pergola
    Because we sell a range of products in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes, there is no "one size fits all" set of assembly instructions that we can list here! However, you'll be pleased to know that each wooden pergola kit comes with detailed instructions and information to help you build your pergola in your backyard in a number of simple steps. We strongly advise carrying out any installation on a flat, open surface. To complete assembly effectively, you will also need at least two adults' assistance. We also advise contacting a qualified professional to complete the project if, for any reason, you don't have confidence in your ability to do so.
  • Can I decorate my Pergola?
    Most pergolas are designed with a straightforward, clean-lined look that makes them easy to dress up or down. If you want to add some extra decoration to your pergola, consider hanging fairy lights or lanterns from the beams for a magical evening ambience where you can sit and stargaze. For a more natural look, you could drape climbing plants over the beams and let them grow wild!
  • How can I make my Pergola more private?
    If you're looking to create a more intimate space, there are a few things you can do. Hanging curtains from the beams that are a little shorter than the height of your pergola is an easy way to add some privacy, while still letting in natural light. Or, for a more permanent solution, you could install lattice panels around the perimeter of your pergola. This will provide more solid walls and give you the option to grow climbing plants to add some greenery and privacy.
  • Which are the best roofing materials for a Pergola?
    When it comes to roofing materials for your pergola, there are a few things to consider. If you're looking for protection from the sun and rain, then a solid roof is a good option. For a more open feel, a thatched roof or lattice panels will let in some light and air while still providing some shelter. If you live in an area with high winds, then it's important to choose roofing materials that will withstand gusts. Thatched roofs are not recommended in windy areas, as the straw can be blown away. For a more permanent solution, solid roofs made from materials like metal or tile are a good option.

Frequently Asked Freestanding Pergola Questions

A freestanding pergola, also sometimes called a self-supporting pergola, is totally independent of the house or your garden fence or yard wall. This means you can install a freestanding pergola wherever you like, but the posts must be solidly anchored to the ground. You may need to adjust the ground surface depending on your choice of location.

A freestanding pergola can be used year-round as a contemporary patio or just in the summer months if you opt for a design without a roof. Create a stunning feature in your garden or yard, a haven of greenery or an extension of your home living space with furniture, lighting or even an outdoor kitchen.

A freestanding pergola is an economic way to transform a featureless or flat garden, providing interest and a focal point. The perfect outdoor hideaway for that essential peace and quiet and downtime, there are different sizes and styles, which make these rustic features one of the most versatile additions to your garden or outdoor area. A blank canvas, they are easy to personalise with furniture, shrubs, flowers and lighting. Create a natural country look or something crisp and contemporary.

Our freestanding pergolas are built from the best quality timber, hand-selected to offer the maximum durability and rustic style for your home.

Freestanding Pergola

Name: Amanda Simpson

Location: Louth, Lincolnshire

Cost: £1,026

Amanda has a house in an exposed location, so wanted something to add a feature to her garden which was also windproof and safe. We located a freestanding pergola in a sheltered area to protect it and to allow Amanda to create a green haven with plants and shrubs. This proved the perfect location for a hot tub, something they would never have considered before because the area behind the house was too exposed.

Name: Jim Upton

Location: Barrow-in-Furnes

Cost: £926

A freestanding pergola and decking kit was the focal point of a garden makeover, transforming a rather plain and uninspiring yard into a welcoming outdoor room with interest and design features. The lack of sides and roof mean the space doesn’t look cluttered or overcrowded, and the owners have opted for a fabulous design with rattan furniture, hanging baskets and fairy lights.

Freestanding Pergola Projects

"This was my second pergola purchase from, and I went back to them because I was impressed with the level and speed of service. I am new to pergolas and have no real gardening experience, but I am thrilled at the difference just one pergola has made, and because my garden is quite big, I decided to get another one. I have opted for a freestanding pergola again as my garden design is chaotic, to say the least, and I love the flexibility and versatility they offer."



"I have two holiday lets, and because they are barn conversions, the gardens are quite plain and unimaginative plus, they overlook one another, so privacy is not great, something guests have commented on in the past. I’m very pleased with my purchase from as they recommended just the right freestanding pergolas in terms of size and versatility. I have been able to create luxurious and secluded areas in both gardens, which even seem to have made a difference to my booking rates. I can’t recommend this company highly enough."



"I have a small courtyard behind my terraced house in a conservation area which is overlooked by several other properties. This has always put me off going outside if I’m honest, and options to change the garden with permanent structures are quite limited. I decided to try a pergola from, and I’m thrilled with the result. It hasn’t overshadowed the space, which is compact but offers a real outdoor haven plus when the plants have finished growing, it will have an almost totally private green roof. Service was quick and delivery prompt - I couldn’t have asked for more."



"I opted for a freestanding pergola because, to be quite honest, I wasn’t sure where I wanted to put it or where it would look best. In the end, we tried a number of different locations before we hit on the right one, which was not what we initially envisioned. A freestanding pergola offers the ultimate in flexibility, and we have already moved it to a new location when we updated our garden design. The advice from was excellent, especially as we had never bought a pergola before."


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What is a Freestanding Pergola?

A freestanding pergola just means a pergola that is not attached to the house or a fence or wall; these are commonly known as lean-to pergolas. This doesn’t mean that you can’t locate them next to your boundary or against the house, but it does mean that you won’t damage any other solid structure as the pergola won’t be fixed to it.

Why choose a Freestanding Pergola?

Freestanding pergolas are the most versatile of all the pergola family. With such a range of sizes and designs, there is no location that won’t benefit from this stylish feature.

Freestanding pergolas can be painted or stained to match your garden furniture and decking, the perfect complement to any outdoor design. Use a freestanding pergola to extend your living space or create a hidden green oasis away from the hustle and bustle of family life. A freestanding pergola can be used to link different garden designs or provide contrast. There are limitless decorative possibilities with climbing plants, shrubs, hanging baskets, and lighting. 

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