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Difference Between Pergola and Pagoda

Constructing A Pergola / June 25, 2017

5 Pc Andover Dining SetOutdoor structures can provide shade, protection from the elements, and a place for outdoor entertainment. The question is, which one is the right for you? Well, today we are going to clear up the confusion surrounding these commonly mistaken architectural structures to make sure that you know the difference between a pergola and a gazebo ( and pavilions)!

Although many often use these terms interchangeably, there is a distinct difference between each of these structures. If you’re like the masses, you call any outdoor structure a gazebo. There there, we are going to help you impress your friends at your next outing! “What a fabulous Pergola this is!”

At first glance, important subtleties may not be evident but there is always a way that you can tell what type of structure you are looking at. Some cues that you can look for are the shape, style, and functional purpose. Let’s define the most popular; the Pavilion.


Pergolas are used to cover walkways and to provide shelter for seating areas. Rectagunlar shapes and four legged structures are characteristic of pergolas. One of the easiest ways you can point out a pergola is by its roof. Typically consisting of horizontal planks of wood, Pergola roofs are most commonly flat and open. Take a look at these photo’s and you will be able to tell the difference very quickly! Many times, these structures are used in gardens or adjoining homes to create an elegant outdoor setting.

Pergolas are perfect for outdoor kitchens as they anchor your outdoor living space. Read 10 Things You Must Know Before Planning an Outdoor Kitchen to learn more. Find a stylish patio sofa set to entertain guests on hot summer days!