Assembly Information – Sunset Pergolas DIY Pergola Kits

Building your own pergola is NOT the daunting task you may think it is. If you (with the help of a friend) can lift up to 80 pounds and can use a tape measure, level, drill and circular saw, you’re ready for a rewarding do-it-yourself weekend project. If you don’t have (and don’t want to rent) the needed tools or cannot lift 80 pounds, it will be easy to find a professional contractor to install your pergola. Most contractors will be able to put it together in one day, so you can enjoy your outside space that very evening.

When the kit is shipped to you, we not only provide the materials, we provide step-by-step instructions and drawings. We also offer something else that is very unique. You can call and speak with one of our experts and even schedule a Skype or FaceTime call, so instead of trying to explain your problem we will be able to see it and easily guide you through the solution. We provide this service to help alleviate any stress that can come with a construction project.

Quick Facts

  • Installation is a Breeze
    • Easy-to-follow instructions (with pictures!)
    • Two people required
    • No special tools needed (unless you consider a drill and circular saw to be “special tools”)
    • 1-2 day project (depending on size and experience)
    • Speak with local building authority about any required permits

Assembly FAQs

Download our pergola installation guide here.

Two. Ask a friend or spouse to help you, or consider hiring a local contractor (or even just a handyman on CraigsList). Do not try and assemble it on your own.

It honestly isn’t very intense or complicated. There aren’t any “moving parts” and it’s pretty straightforward how everything fits together (even if you didn’t have detailed, fully illustrated step-by-step instructions like you will have). Even a novice in basic construction can assemble our pergola kits without much trouble at all. But here’s the best part… if you have any questions on a certain step, you can talk directly with our trained staff via FaceTime or Skype (free of charge).

If you are getting the help of a contractor or handyman, the two of you should easily have it up in about a day (or even less). If you do it on your own, plan for two days. Also, if you are attaching it to your house or deck or need to dig footings, you will need to add some additional time. Either way, in one weekend you can have your pergola up and ready to enjoy.

You will need just a few basic tools to assemble your pergola. You’ll need a level, measuring tape, ladder, drill with a 6-inch extension, drill bits and drivers, and a circular or miter saw. That’ll do it!

It depends on a) where you live, b) where you are installing the pergola, and c) the size of the pergola. While every locality has its own regulations, most residential structures that are less than 150 square feet do not need a permit. If your pergola is part of a commercial structure, a permit and full engineering calculations are usually required. Contact your local building inspector’s office before installing the pergola.

All of our standard pergola kits include CAD drawings detailing dimensions and construction (in addition to the step-by-step assembly instructions). If the building code official requires a stamp, we will happily refer you to a structural engineer who is familiar with our kits (additional fees may apply).

Most individual pergola components weigh between 10 and 40 pounds. Pergola beams, however, typically weigh between 50 and 85 pounds, depending on their length. Again, we recommend having two people unload the shipment and assemble the pergola.