Building an Elegant Outdoor Living Space with a Pergola

Having a functional and stylish outdoor living space is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family. Your outdoor space can be enhanced with the addition of a pergola that can be used all year round. If you're looking for a way to add function and style to your outdoor living space, consider building an elegant pergola. Patio Pelican has a range of beautiful designs that can easily be built by yourself or with the help of a handyman, making it an ideal choice for any homeowner looking to spruce up their backyard or patio area.

What is a Pergola?

A pergola is a long, narrow structure with four roof-supporting free-standing pillars or columns. They can be standalone structures or an extension off the side of your home. Like most outdoor structures, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. There are retractable, clever, and louvered variations for different preferences, but the most popular ones are topped with a series of cross beams for a thatched appearance.

Difference Between a Pergola and Other Outdoor Structures

A pergola is frequently mistaken for a gazebo or an arbor. There is a distinction even though they all have comparable characteristics and can perform many of the same tasks. In comparison to pergolas, arbors are often smaller and have simpler architectural designs. They are often made with a curving arch and are entirely freestanding most of the time. Gazebos, as opposed to pergolas, are often round or octagonal in shape with a turret on top. They are generally free-standing and have a solid roof. A pergola can be a standalone or attached structure with open sides and a partially covered or shaded roof which is typically high.

Different Purposes of a Pergola

A pergola can be used to provide shade, privacy, and a focal point in your outdoor living space. The best part? You don't have to pay a lot of money for one!

  • Shade. If you want to keep the sun away from your patio or deck all day long, consider getting a pergola that covers most of it. This will keep you cool in the summer (or warm in the winter) while allowing for unobstructed views of nature's beauty! Moreover, unlike typical outdoor structures like gazebos, a freestanding pergola allows for fresh breezes to easily pass through.
  • Privacy. Despite being typically open spaces without walls, pergolas can still provide a sense of privacy. Having privacy can help you relax and escape from the stresses of the day, which is why many people choose to build pergolas for their outdoor living spaces. Pergolas provide a place where people can get away from it all while enjoying their own space on their property. They also provide great places for reading books, or just relaxing in silence with your family or friends!
  • Focal Point. A pergola is an excellent way to make your outdoor space feel more welcoming and inviting. The look and feel of your outdoor space can be significantly improved by adding a pergola to your existing landscape design while also adding value to your home.

Patio Pelican’s Takeaway

There's no better place to enjoy nature than your backyard. Nowadays, people are turning their backyards into outdoor living spaces. Pergolas are a great way to add an elegant, yet rustic touch to any yard. They're great for creating intimate spaces for dining or relaxing. They're also an excellent way to make the most of limited space. Basically, it has a lot to offer, which is why it should come as no surprise to hear that pergola construction is on the rise. 

Spruce up your outdoor space with the perfect pergola! Patio Pelican offers a range of pergolas to suit your outdoor living space. We have a collection of hard top, soft top, louvered, and open top pergolas which look great on all terrains with a range of colors and materials to choose from! Our line of pergolas is made to complement any type of outdoor living space. Whether you're looking for a new shade structure to rest under on a hot summer day or dine under on a cold fall evening, Patio Pelican can make it happen!

Our collection of pergolas is designed to suit your styles and needs!

1. Yamba Pergola

The Sojag Yamba Outdoor Backyard Pergola Shade Structure offers a romantic and elegant addition to any outdoor area. This customizable shade structure provides an outdoor oasis for you to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The Yamba is constructed from durable and sturdy dark gray powder-coated aluminum steel and is a year-round shade canopy. Its straps keep the shade from flapping in the breeze.

It can be used in a garden to keep flowers from burning in the hot summer sun. It can cover a sitting area and protect your guests from the elements. The Yamba Pergola can also be paired with creeping vines, hanging plants, potted plants, and more to create a stunning visual effect. No matter how you use a pergola, it will transform your outdoor space into a beautiful oasis. For more details and features, click here

2. Barcelona Pergola

The Barcelona Pergola from Vita offers 192 square feet of coverage in your outside space. A perfect space for relaxing, entertaining, dining, and more. There are limitless ways for you and your friends and family to enjoy yourselves under The Barcelona.

It is built to last, using premium weather-resistant vinyl, ensuring you will be enjoying your pergola for years to come with no maintenance. It is simple to install and has a 20-year warranty. For more details and features, click here

3. Bristol Grande Louvered Pergola

The Vita Bristol Grande Louvered Pergola offers 288 square feet of coverage for your outside space. There are limitless options and quite simply, a perfect addition to your poolside or patio. You will easily be able to create a stunning outdoor lounge or dining area under this pergola.

The stylish three-panel adjustable louver system allows you to choose between sun and shade, making it completely customizable for your needs. It is built to last, using premium weather-resistant vinyl, ensuring you will be enjoying your pergola for years to come with no maintenance.  For more details and features, click here

4. Madison Pergola with Sunshade & Bar Counter

Extend your outdoor living space with Yardistry’s Madison Pergola and bring indoor living outside. The Madison Pergola adds character to any area, creating the perfect setting for all your outdoor entertainment needs.

The unique design includes a bar and counters feature, 100% natural cedar lumber finished in a timber gray stain, and a sunshade. The Madison Pergola is a multi-functional product that will add a sophisticated and modern look to your outdoor space. For more details and features, click here

5. Modena Soft Top Pergola

Create the new outdoor space you have always dreamed of with Paragon Outdoor's Modena Pergola. Available in three sizes. Choose the perfect amount of sun exposure by simply sliding the convertible roof until it is just right. Open it all the way at night and gaze at the stars above as you entertain or just relax and enjoy your outdoor haven.

The stunning espresso-colored frame matched with the beautiful canopy will perfect your outdoor space. Not only is your new pergola going to last, but it will help extend your living space to the outdoors. Protect your patio sectionals and outdoor dining table from the elements or set it up next to a pool over your lounge chairs. Simply slide back the roof to enjoy a beautiful day of sunbathing and pool relaxation.  Rest assured, this pergola is specifically designed for easy assembly. For more details and features, click here


Get inspired by these patio ideas, and build yourself a sleek outdoor living space with pergolas. You can also add fire pits, fire tables, and all sorts of beneficial accessories.  Patio Pelican has carefully selected the highest quality products on the market that are both innovative and stylish. We offer an extensive product range, all worthy of helping you in your quest to create your dream outdoor living space. We are proud to supply fire pits, pizza ovens, outdoor kitchen islands, and more. 

At the end of the day, it's all about creating an outdoor living space you'll enjoy by utilizing resources—and your imagination!

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