Pergola vs. Arbor
|More expensive||Less expensive|
|More space needed||Less space needed|
Available as Stand-Alone
Advantages of Pergolas
- Shaded Patio - You can use pergolas with a canopy cover to create a shaded area over your patio for outdoor dining or casual seating sets.
- Climbing Garden - Pergolas are great for creating a cozy nook with climbing flowers and other vine-like plants that will slowly make their way up and across the structure.
Limitations of Pergolas
- Cost - Pergolas are often larger structures, and tend to cost more than an arbor.
- Space - Pergolas often take up a significant amount of space, so they may not be suitable for small yards or gardens.
- Support - Many pergolas require the support of a large structure like a house or a garage. This type of pergola comes out from the structure and is supported by additional columns.
Advantages of Arbors
- Cost - Arbors can be significantly less expensive than pergolas, but small arbors serve a different purpose than large pergolas.
- Space - Arbors are typically smaller than pergolas, so they take up less space. This makes them more versatile in both location and installment.
- Garden Entryway - Because arbors are smaller than pergolas, they're ideal for creating an entryway into a garden, with climbing plants surrounding the structure.
Limitations of Arbors
- Support - Arbors are often lighter and smaller, so they need to be planted firmly in the ground to ensure that they don't tip over during strong winds or storms.
- Size - Because arbors are often small structures, they can't be used to cover patios or other large outdoor areas. They serve more as gateways and decorative focal points.