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The swing pergola picture shows that this can be a fun and relaxing addition to any yard. They can work well even a smaller yard such as this. The double beam construction at the top of the posts reinforces the roof line allowing for the extra weight of the bench swing. The beams and roof joists in this example have been cut with long overhangs to provide a very elegant appearance. The cherry toned stain applied to the wood makes the pergola stand out in the yard against the backdrop of thick trees. How wonderful it must be to sit in the yard and swing in the breeze in that pergola!
Don’t think that this particular pergola design is hard to build – it is not! This is a rather small pergola. The space between posts is only 8×8. The swing is not hard to add on and you simply need to measure it to allow clearance for the swing motion. It is preferable to keep the relative size of the pergola and swing fairly small to prevent sagging and excessive motion. Securing the posts to the ground becomes even more critical and any extra steps taken to double check that everything is level, plumb and bolted securely will ensure long term use without incident. The strongest possible wood available in your area is also recommended. Keep the wood stained and sealed on a regular schedule to make sure no rotting or weakening of the pergola swing support occurs.
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