While a standard pergola is between 8-12-feet-tall, this sizing may not suit your property best. Let’s take a look at pergola heights and how you can determine how tall your pergola should be.
How Tall Are Standard Pergolas?
Standard pergolas are between 8-12 feet in height. However, these structures can be customized to fit your outdoor area. It is crucial to get the height correct before installation.
For example, if the pergola is too tall, it may not offer the best protection from the elements. If the pergola is too low, you may be compromising both brightness within the structure and air ventilation.
Here are some standard pergola heights and what they are best suited for:
- 8 feet (minimum height): This is the recommended height for smaller structures, preferably attached to the home. The lower ceilings are ideal for intimate gatherings.
- 10 feet (standard height): This height works for most situations and will allow for lighting accessories and/or ceiling fans.
- 12 feet (high height): A larger roof will be more in scale with a larger structure.
Pergola Height Factor Considerations
The architecture and roofline of your home will determine the proper dimensions of the pergola you are about to install. Always take into consideration any neighborhood agreements or sightlines you may be subjected to. Check with your local Homeowner’s Association (if applicable) before installation.
If you choose to add a fireplace chimney, this feature will affect the overall clearance of the structure. Make sure you have the proper amount of space for any anchors or concrete footings you wish to add.
Space Inside The Pergola
How you plan to use your pergola will undoubtedly play into the exact height needed. A pergola designed for just a table and two chairs for two individuals does not need to be any bigger than 10′ x 10′.
If you need more space within the pergola for gatherings, popular sizes include 16′ x 16′, 16′ x 20′, and 20′ x 20′.
Alignment With Surrounding Structure
It’s crucial that all homeowners make sure the pergola height aligns with the existing structure and landscape.
For instance, if you are attaching the pergola to your home, then you’ll have to line it up with the roofline and window dimensions. These two factors will determine how large your pergola should be.
7′ is the recommended minimum pergola height. This will provide enough space for an individual to stand comfortably.
While a lower ceiling would be preferable for any intimate gatherings, a larger height will be needed if you wish to entertain big gatherings. Aluminum structures, additional lighting, and chandeliers will call for higher ceilings.
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