Do-it-yourselfers can find free pergola design plans from several sources, including The Family Handyman, DIY Network and Popular Mechanics, notes each website. Some resources offer step-by-step instructions with pictures while others offer instructional videos.
The Family Handyman offers plans and instructions for a simple pergola with columns, states the site. The instructions feature a full shopping list, cut list and required tools list, as well as photos.
DIY Network features several different pergola designs as well as instructional videos, notes the website. Available videos include free-standing and wall-leaning pergolas, among others.
Popular Mechanics also offers blueprints and plans for building pergolas, as well as step-by-step photos and instructions.