The Difference Between Pagodas and Pergolas

Unlike a pagoda, pergolas feature an open roof design.

Unlike a pagoda, pergolas feature an open roof design.

So you’re ready to enhance your outdoor living space, eh? As you’re perusing the web and trying to get a grasp on your options, you may be confused about how some features stack up against others. Pagodas and pergolas function differently within your outdoor space, but many people confuse them due to their similar sound. Let’s talk about the difference between pagodas and pergolas so you can decide which one is right for you!

What is a Pagoda?

A pagoda is a roofed structure that is typically supported by columns that can provide shelter and aesthetic appeal to your outdoor space, similar to a small pavilion. Pagodas are incredibly customizable, although most residential pagodas are fairly standard in design. They can blend seamlessly into your deck or existing landscape design. The word pagoda actually refers to a Hindu or Buddhist temple, which is why many of the intricate (and more expensive) pagodas designs you may have come across online feature tiered layers and cultural elements.

What is a Pergola?

Unlike a pagoda, a pergola does not have a dedicated roof that would entirely protect you from rainfall or direct sunlight. A pergola is a structure that is typically supported by columns but features beams or lattice overhead that creates an open roof design. Pergolas are great structures to put in your garden or outdoor space since they work ideally with climbing plants and landscape elements. 

Which One is Right for You?

Pagodas and pergolas are both great features that can increase the value of your outdoor space add immense appeal. When it comes to deciding which one is right for you, you have to consider how you want the feature to ideally function. You can implement outdoor seating or integrate outdoor lighting into either choice. If you are looking for a feature that offers shelter and shade above your furniture, a pagoda is a wise choice. If you are looking to add an accent to your outdoor space that can support vines and climbing plants while letting more sunlight break through, you should consider a pergola. Check out our DIY Pergola Kits!

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