3 Unique Ways to Use Your Pergola
Whether you have a pergola already or you want to install a new one in your yard, there are many ways you can use this beautiful addition to your property. A pergola is an outdoor structure comprised of columns supporting a roofing grid of rafters and beams, says the Spruce. You can leave the top open or covered when you want shelter from the elements.
You can have a free-standing pergola or you can attach it to your home or other structure. Pergolas provide a dual purpose for relaxing. They provide both partial shade and partial sun so you always have some relief from UV rays. They bring a touch of elegance and class to any home, boosting your curb appeal and property value.
Use a pergola to host lunches, barbecues and dinner parties, or just relax on a lounge chair and read. However, there are many other unique ways you can use your pergola.
1. Host an Outdoor Movie Night
If you have kids and want to gather the neighbors around one fine evening, why not host a move night under your pergola? Movie night is a great way to spend quality time with the ones you love. Show an animated feature for the kids one night, and hold a horror movie marathon with the adults of the neighborhood the next.
Grab some comfy chairs, cushions, pillows, bean bags and blankets and enjoy watching your favorite film under the stars.
While indoor movie nights are perfectly fine, they can get quite crowded with a lot of people. Plus, you don’t get the ambiance of the night sky and refreshing breeze.
2. Hold an Early Morning Summer Yoga Class
Because a pergola has slats, it could get too hot to do anything under it during a very sunny and humid day. In this case, early mornings are best. Hold a summer yoga class with the ladies to begin your day with fitness and friends. You’ll get that refreshing early morning breeze while improving your physical fitness and giving your mood a boost for the remainder of the day.
3. Cook in an Outdoor Pizza Oven
If your family loves pizza, why not install or build an outdoor pizza oven under your pergola? You have many options to choose from, such as a clay oven built into one corner with a small counter off to the side to prep your dough and add your toppings. There’s no better way to celebrate the weekend than with a hot, gooey slice of pizza topped with all your faves.
You can also add a mini-fridge under the pergola so you can quickly grab cold beverages. Hang lights around your pergola to add charm and mystique. Go a step further and add wind chimes for a whimsical touch.
A pergola is an ideal structure that you can custom design according to your style and budget. There are so many designs, materials, and colors to choose from that your pergola will surely be the only one like it in the entire neighborhood!
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