How Much Does A Pergola Cost In The UK? The Ultimate Guide

How Much Does A Pergola Cost In The UK? The Ultimate Guide

The allure of a pergola is unmistakable. Known for their shade and open lattice roofs, they’re not just a garden feature - they also enhance your outdoor living space. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, pergolas are also a testament to versatility. Whether you’re after a cosy nook for quiet afternoons, a vibrant space for social gatherings or a serene retreat enhanced with fairy lights and drop-sides, there’s a pergola out there for everyone. 

From classic wood to sleek and durable metal, they come in various materials, shapes and sizes, alongside customisable features like modern LED lighting or protective side panels. 

And it’s not just about looks. Becoming increasingly popular, a pergola can be a smart financial decision, adding value to your property with a return on investment anywhere from 50% to 80%. That means that while you’re sitting enjoying your garden, you could also be making a savvy investment return when it comes to your home. 

But just how much does a pergola cost in the UK? Is it cheaper to build a pergola or buy one? How much does a pergola cost to build? As we explore the various options available on the market, we’ll answer all of these questions and more, explaining how much pergolas cost and how they can elevate your outdoor living experience. 

No matter your budget, style preference or outdoor space, there’s a pergola out there with your name on it!

 

How much do pergolas cost? 

 PergoSTET 3m x 3m Steel Square Pergola in Grey - £1,399

Luna Deluxe Outdoor Fabric Square Corner Dining Set with Rising Firepit Table in Oyster Grey

 

The cost of a pergola averages at around £2,500. That being said, the price range can vary considerably, starting at £600 and going all the way up to £10,000 for a high-end luxury pergola with extra features. It's also important to remember that a more complex installation will increase the overall cost, with labour potentially costing as much as £1,000 in some cases.

 

Pergola Type & Size

Price Range

Features & Best For

3m x 3m Square Pergola

£3,199 - £3,349

Award-winning design with tilting louvres, textilene blinds, LED lighting and built-in drainage. Provides versatile weather protection and is ideal for a modern aesthetic.

3m x 4m Rectangular Pergola

£1,749 - £3,999

Similar to the 3x3, but larger. Suited for bigger spaces and boasts the same high-end features and design.

3m x 3m Square Wall Mounted Pergola

£3,199

Wall-mounted, space-saving and extends the home. Best for smaller homes with limited space.

3m x 4m Rectangular Wall Mounted Pergola

£3,799

Larger wall-mounted option. Space-efficient with luxury features.

3m x 6m Rectangular Pergola

£8,000 - £8,639

Tilting louvres, integrated water drainage, maintenance-free aluminium structure. Perfect for large outdoor settings.

4m x 4m Pergola

~£4,000

Average starting price for a high-quality 4m x 4m pergola.

Wood Pergola

£500 - £1,000+

Provides a natural look that’s easily customisable.

Steel Pergola

£1,399 - £1,749

Durable and long-lasting with minimal maintenance.

Aluminium Pergola

£299 - £4,000

Lightweight, modern, sleek and low-maintenance in various styles.

Glass Pergola

£2,000 - £15,000

High-end and luxurious with clear views.

Louvre Pergola

From ~£2,100

Adjustable louvres for versatile shading.

Drop Side Pergola

~£3,000

Added privacy and protection with drop sides.

Pergola with Roof

£600 - £10,000

Provides full coverage, varies in materials and styles.

Wall Mount Pergola

£200 - £4,000

Attaches to the home and is space-efficient.


 

Pergola with Roof 

PergoSTET 3m x 4m Rectangular Pergola with 3 Drop Sides and LED Lighting in Grey - £3,999


At Harbour Lifestyle, pergolas with a roof start at £1,399 and can go up to £8,639. Each comes complete with a drainage system and drop sides that are perfect for blending indoor comfort with the great outdoors. While the average cost of a pergola in the UK is estimated at around £2,500, the style you go for can alter the price down to £600 or up to £10,000, meaning there’s something for every budget. 

 

Wall-Mounted Pergola 

PergoSTET 3m x 4m Rectangular Wall Mounted Pergola with 3 Drop Sides and LED Lighting in Grey - £3,799

 

A wall-mounted pergola is an outdoor gem that combines your home's interior with your garden's natural beauty. Perfect for accentuating patio doors or transforming plain walls, it's a versatile choice for any garden, whether you're optimising a snug city spot or making the most of a sprawling country lawn. 

Beyond aesthetics, a wall-mounted pergola also provides a stylish backdrop for social gatherings or quiet relaxation. On average, prices start at around £200 upwards, allowing you to create the charming outdoor sanctuary of your dreams without breaking the bank. 

 

Louvre Pergola Cost


PergoSTET 3m x 3m Square Pergola with 3 Drop Sides and LED Lighting in White - £3,349


A louvred pergola comes with adjustable horizontal slats that can be opened or closed, giving you control over sunlight and shade. They’re also fully waterproof when the slats are sealed - perfect for countering the changeable UK weather! A louvred pergola is a stylish and elegant solution for anyone looking to create a dynamic and functional outdoor space and is a valuable addition to any garden. Costs start around £2,100 for a basic 3x4 model, but prices vary according to size, material and features. 

 

Drop-side Pergola


PergoSTET 3m x 4m Rectangular Pergola with 3 Drop Sides and LED Lighting in Grey - £3,999


Drop-side pergolas are perfect for any weather thanks to their adjustable walls, offering both privacy and protection. The sides can either be lowered or raised to suit your preference and are great for creating a more intimate or open space — the choice is yours! Harbour Lifestyle's high-quality range starts at £3,349.

 

Steel Pergola

PergoSTET 3m x 3m Steel Square Pergola in Grey - £1,399.00


Steel pergolas are known for their durability and strength and tend to outperform their timber and aluminium alternatives. Ideal for heavy and freestanding designs, these pergolas don’t need to be anchored thanks to their sturdy build and can resist rust, chipping and UV damage for extra longevity. 

With a sleek and modern style, steel pergolas are ideal for anyone looking for a minimalistic but resilient garden feature. You can find steel pergolas for £1,399, £1,749 and various other prices for a long-lasting and stylish shade solution for any garden.

 

Aluminium Pergola 

PergoSTET 3m x 4m Rectangular Pergola with 3 Drop Sides and LED Lighting in Grey - £3,999.00

Luna Outdoor Fabric Rectangular Corner Dining Set with Rising Firepit Table in Grey (Right Hand) - £3,999

Luna Side Table - £179

 

Aluminium pergolas are famous for being low maintenance and durable. This robust but lightweight material withstands all weather, resists rust and corrosion, and is incredibly versatile and easy to install. In fact, it can even come in a wood-grain finish for those looking for a more traditional wood effect. 

You can find low-maintenance aluminium pergolas at various price points in the UK, from as low as £299 up to to the £4,000 range. They are typically a more cost-effective pergola option than, for example, wooden pergolas in the long run.

 

Wooden Pergola 

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Wood pergolas bring traditional charm and natural warmth to every garden. Thanks to their lower upfront cost, they're a much more affordable option for anyone looking for a pergola to elevate their outdoor space. A versatile material, wooden pergolas can be easily customised and modified with accessories but will need to be treated regularly to make them more resistant to rot, insects and decay. While not as enduring as metal, wooden pergolas are still a visually appealing option, with prices usually based on the type of wood and treatment used and can range anywhere between £500 to over £1000.

 

Glass Pergola  

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Thanks to their translucent roofs, glass pergolas add a sleek and modern twist, guaranteeing the view to your beautiful garden remains unobstructed while simultaneously providing shelter from the elements. Enhancing space for year-round enjoyment, they’re a low-maintenance and stylish option that will brighten any area. 

While they offer a subtler, more elegant look compared to some other materials, glass pergolas are generally more expensive and can start from around  £2,000 up to £15,000 and beyond. They are a luxe choice for anyone looking to invest in a more premium, contemporary garden feature. 

 

3m x 3m Pergola 


PergoSTET 3m x 3m Square Pergola with 3 Drop Sides and LED Lighting in White - £3,349

 

For a compact and cosy 3m x 3m pergola that’s perfect for smaller gardens and outdoor spaces, prices vary. Harbour Lifestyle offers smaller pergolas from £3,199 up to £3,349, with various styles and features available. 

 

3m x 4m Pergola  

PergoSTET 3m x 4m Rectangular Pergola with 3 Drop Sides and LED Lighting in Grey -  £3,999.00


For a slightly larger 3m x 4m pergola, prices will once again depend on the style, materials and features. Harbour Lifestyle offers a great entry-level option at £1,749. More premium Pergolas are available at £3,799 and £3,999 in grey and white to suit different tastes and budgets.

 

3m x 6m Pergola 

3m x 6m Rectangular Pergola with 4 Drop Sides in Grey - £8,639.00


Choose a 3m x 6m pergola if you have a large garden to work with and want an extra spacious and luxurious structure. For a grand addition that's bound to turn heads and make a big impression, you can find a 3m x 6m pergola at Harbour Lifestyle for £8,639.

 

4m x 4m Pergola 

PergoSTET 4m x 4m Square Pergola with 3 Drop Sides and LED Lighting in Grey - £4,999

 

On average, a 4m x 4m pergola starts around £4,000, catering to those looking for something on the larger side.

   

What other factors affect the cost of a pergola? 

Several factors influence the cost of a pergola, with materials playing a key role. Fibreglass roof pergolas usually come with the highest price tag, whereas popular wood variations will differ in cost depending on the type of wood used, like cedar or pine. 

Labour, installation and ground preparation also significantly affect the price, alongside the pergola's general size, roof type and whether or not it comes with any additional features like remote-controlled outdoor lighting or built-in draining systems. 

These factors, alongside drop sides and other enhancements and customisations, contribute to and explain the wide pergola price range, which allows people to find tailored solutions that fit varying budgets, needs and preferences.

 

How much does a Pergola cost to build? 

The cost of building a pergola using the DIY route is the most affordable, provided you have the necessary skills, tools and know-how to ensure its safety and longevity. That’s because you’ll only have to pay for the materials and tools, and not the labour or any extra features. 

 

Costs to have a Pergola installed professionally 

Pergola installation labour costs can range anywhere from £150 to £500 per day, with prices depending on the complexity of the project. 

While paying for installation comes at a higher cost, it guarantees quality and stability. 

Overall, the choice between a DIY and professional installation will ultimately come down to personal expertise and capabilities and budget. Harbour lifestyle offers a professional pergola assembly service for anyone interested in purchasing a pergola. 

 

Does a Pergola need planning permission?

A pergola doesn't usually require planning permission in the UK, as long as it's single storey (under 2.5m in height) without a raised platform and occupies less than 50% of your property's land. 

Generally speaking, it should also be located at the rear of the property as side structures may need planning permission.

Be aware that different rules apply in conservation areas. It's always best to consult with your local planning authorities before starting your project to ensure compliance with all regulations in case you're unsure.

 

Pergola Accessory Cost

PergoSTET Wifi & Bluetooth Heater in Grey - £349

 

Once installed, most people like to accessorise their pergola with various features and accessories. 

A popular choice for many is the addition of some pergola heaters, which are particularly useful when it comes to the UK’s very changeable weather. High-quality pergola heaters in various shapes and sizes, like those at Harbour Lifestyle, start from around £350 and allow you to extend the use of your pergola throughout all seasons. 

 

 

PergoSTET 3m x 4m Rectangular Pergola with 3 Drop Sides and LED Lighting in White - £3,999

PergoSTET Wifi & Bluetooth Heater in White - £349

 

When it comes to tailoring your pergola to your style and needs with various garden furniture, prices depend on the quality and materials — from rattan and wicker to metal and wood — as well as the type of furniture that you purchase, such as loungers and daybeds, dining and sofa sets or even fire pits

Browse through our range for even more garden furniture ideas and make outside feel just as comfy and stylish as inside.

 

Kamado BBQ 18" Ceramic Grill Egg in Matte Green - £649.00

 

For those who enjoy their food and outdoor cooking, adding a BBQ or grill can take your pergola to the next level. Whether you prefer a simple charcoal or kettle grill, prices start around £100, going all the way up to over £1000 for a big green egg ceramic grill — perfect for enthusiasts and culinary lovers. 

For more inspiration, check out our modern pergola ideas!

 

How much does having a pergola increase the value of a home?

Believe it or not, adding a pergola can significantly boost your home’s value, with estimates suggesting a return on investment ranging somewhere between 50% and 80%

Not only will these beautiful garden structures potentially increase your home’s market value, but they will also add value to your day-to-day life, making it a worthwhile option for future sellers and anyone looking to make the most of their outdoor space.

 

Pergola alternatives

If a pergola isn’t quite the right fit for you, there are lots of other garden shade ideas out there that could equally enhance your garden and provide sun protection. 

Classic parasols, for instance, offer a convenient and flexible solution, allowing you to move and adjust the shade as needed. Low maintenance and easy to use, they come in different shapes and sizes and are a great stylish outdoor addition, shielding you and any guests from the sun’s rays and avoiding annoying and harmful sunburns.

Meanwhile, awnings provide a more permanent shade solution and are often retractable, letting you enjoy the sun or shade at your convenience. 

And don’t forget about gazebos — another alternative with a fully roofed structure that’s perfect for anyone looking for a bit more coverage!

 

Parasol Costs 

Eros 3.3m x 2.4m Rectangular Cantilever Parasol in Beige - £549.00

Bay Corner Group Set with 4 Waist Pillows Teak Table in Olive Green - £3,299

 

Who doesn't love a good old parasol? How much a parasol costs depends on the type you're after.

Cantilever parasols provide maximum coverage and, as such, can reach up to around £2000. Traditional models range from £59 to £149, while durable aluminium versions can cost anywhere between an affordable £75 and £137. Wooden parasols, combining classic style and functionality, are another available option priced from around £50 up to £150.

Many parasols now also come with UV-rated materials to provide extra protection from the sun's harmful rays, each offering a blend of shade, style and sun safety, catering to all outdoor needs and budgets. 

 

How to select the right pergola for you

Selecting the right pergola is all about understanding your outdoor space and needs. What's your vision, and what do you want to get out of your garden? 

You should also consider factors like size, material and additional features. For example, does it need to withstand harsh weather? Are you looking for luxury and style or functionality? Or a bit of both? Will you spend a lot of time in your pergola reading or hosting guests after dark and, therefore, need some form of lighting? 

Why not create a checklist with your style, budget and maintenance and explore Harbour Lifestyle's pergola range? Our high-quality and luxury options are guaranteed to transform your garden into the ultimate space for relaxation and socialising, whatever the weather. 

Or, for more outdoor space living inspiration and to learn more about enhancing and making the most of your garden, feel free to browse through our other articles.

 

Pergola FAQs

 

How much does it cost to build a 12x12 Pergola 

The cost of building a 12x12 pergola in the UK averages around £2,500, including materials and labour costs. However, it’s important to note that prices vary depending on your chosen supplier and installation company. 

 

How much does a Pergola cost per square foot?

In the UK, the cost per square foot for a pergola will vary depending on the materials, size, etc. A cheaper 3m x 3m steel pergola is roughly £14,44 per square foot, whereas a more expensive 3m x 6m aluminium pergola costs approximately £44.59 per square foot.