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Build a cedar pergola and hanging seat

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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
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    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
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  • Completion Time : 1 day

Create a charming, secluded spot to relax, read or enjoy a warm summer evening with friends. Enhanced with a few cushions and with a close view of your favourite flowers, this garden adornment will become a real oasis.

Designed for gentle rocking, the seat is suspended from a pergola measuring 96" x 60" x 92". The pergola is framed by palisade panels which connect it to the fence, but it can also be integrated into other outdoor decor projects.


Tools and materials required


  • Table saw with dado blade
  • Circular saw
  • Screwdriver drill
  • Sledgehammer
  • Pencil
  • Tape measure


  • 4 cedar posts, 4" x 4" x 96"
  • 2 cedar boards, 2" x 4" x 96"
  • 10 cedar boards, 1 ¼ x 6" x 96"
  • 28 cedar boards, 1" x 6" x 72"
  • 2 ½" treated-wood screws
  • 4 metal stakes
  • ¾" rope (4 lengths, 96")
  • Stain

Before Assembly


Elevation - Seat and pergola



Cedar wood

Cedar is a naturally weather-resistant wood and so does not need to be specially treated or painted. But there’s nothing to prevent you from staining it to go with the decor – this will not detract from its beauty.


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Build a cedar pergola and hanging seat
Build a cedar pergola and hanging seat