plus, do i need slats on top of the rafters? if yes, then how far apart should they be spaced? also should the rafters run along the longer side of the pergola or the shorter side? the pergola would be 18 ft long by 13 ft wide and 8 ft in height.
nail 8 top slats into the rafters. the top slats can be thinner pieces of wood, or 1 by 2 inches 2.5 cm × 5.1 cm thick and 8 feet 2.4 m long. line all 8 of the slats a 1 foot 0.30 m apart and drive a nail into each end of the slats.
so for a 16' by 16' overall measurement pergola, the posts will be inset 18' from the corners. your posts will form the inside dimension of 13' 16' minus 18' on each side by 15' 18' minus 18' on each end . this will give you the 18' that you are after. again, you have flexibility here since the holes are not pre-drilled.
hi all, hope someone can help us out. we are planning to build a pergola with 'rafters' spaced at approx 1400. we want to include shade battens on top no other roofing/shadecloth and are wondering what minimum size batten would span that distance.
cut and rain-shed all the shade slats. take your table saw and set it to rip the 2x4's in half. once all the slats are ripped, rain-shed or dog-ear the slats. set your table saw up with a 45 degree angle and take a small amount off two corners of the top edge. this rain-sheds water and protects them from rot.
metrix, love your idea. i think the supports will be about 2 to 2 1/2 meters apart, so given the right size beam, it shouldn't be an issue. thanks again for your help here guys. i have done similar pergolas by having the slats in frames that are mounted between the supports after the structure is in place.
laying out an arbor-pergola has quite a few things to consider that need to be talked about with your customer. i think that if the soffit is 8'6' in height the bottom of the beam for your project should be 9' to 10' in height to the bottom of the beam.
step-by step plans to make an arbor-like cedar pergola, with 3d animation and master-level blueprints. cut the five 2 x 4 slats to length and shape the ends. clamp each slat in place and mark
the complete guide to pergolas outdoor structures and shades used by the ancient egyptians to beat the heat when walking from building to building and to grow climbing plants like grapes, pergolas are one of the oldest types of garden architecture that have stood the test of time.
it's logical to want your patio cover's posts spaced as far apart as possible; if they're too close, you'll block the outlying landscape, which defeats the purpose of an outdoor living space. how far apart should posts be for a patio cover? hunker
building the pergola slats after you have placed the crossbeams in a professional manner, you should get the job done by installing the 2×4 slats. the slats have a dual purpose; on one hand they add a dramatic look to your pergola, while on the other hand they keep the crossbeams equally spaced and increase the rigidity of the structure.
but in the end, i knew only a pergola would give us the intimate outdoor dining experience i wanted. as far as wood slats are concerned, im definitely team the more the merrier so, of course this pergola idea evolved into making not just any old pergola, but making a slat wood pergola to go with our slat wood privacy fence.
hi kristin, you can stick plywood over the slats, but i would not suggest it as the latex needs to have the spacing in order to breathe. the problem with the 4.25' spaces is that eventually the latex will droop down into those gaps and your mattress will start to deteriorate.
across the beams, the rafters will be 2'x6's on 8' centers, which should be sufficient given their 4 6' spans. if i need a beam to span 13 14', will a pair of 2'x8's sandwiched around the posts
here is a simple six-post pergola with angled slats on the top and part of the sides to keep the sun in check. this one appears to be a dining pergola in a park with extra nice furniture, but this could be a good choice for any backyard or garden.