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Many people are confused as to what an arbor really is, and seem to get it mixed up with a trellis or even a pergola. It's easy to understand why they can have a hard time keeping all three of these straight. A pergola can be used to cover a walkway, and gardeners have been known to use trellises to artfully line paths and sidewalks. But an arbor – a real arbor – is different from both of these. Just what is an arbor, anyway?

An arbor is a type of walk-through lawn and garden structure that is generally used as a sort of doorway into a flower garden or another section of yard that is used for something different. People also make walkways out of nothing but arbors. There are many different ways that an arbor can be used outdoors – and almost as many wood arbor plans for different varieties of this beloved and classic accessory.

They can have gates installed, can be built wide enough to have a bench placed on either side of it, or have a beautiful arch instead of a flat roof. Arched arbors are extremely popular, some people going so far as to place an arched arbor at both their front and back doors as well as at any gate that surrounds their property. Grape arbors are also coming back into vogue. Many times, a gazebo is built as the same time as the arbor, as the two can compliment each other nicely.

As on the pergola and trellis, plants and flowers that climb and form vines and/or canes are usually planted around arbors so that they are soon covered with greenery and/or color. Arbors are a timeless way for you to define certain sections of your yard without also having a barrier such as a fence in place. They are sometimes used in places where a gate would normally be, if a fence were there! The idea is to differentiate between two separate spaces in the yard or garden. People have begun to search for different ways to build arbors, as these structures are becoming more popular again after an absence in today's modern yards and gardens.

Arbor plans can be found for free and for sale online. Whether or not you choose to use one of the free ones is up to you. As long as you realize what a good and accurate set of complete plans contain, you would more than likely be just fine choosing between the many free plan offerings online. Do-it-yourself plans that are well written and easy to understand is what you are looking for. There should be a list included of the tools and the materials that you would need to complete the project. Illustrations, or even line drawings of the different steps used in building can be very helpful. You should have step by step instructions so that there will be no confusion whatsoever about what you are supposed to be doing.

People who have not done many crafts or other do-it-yourself projects have been known to give plans a bad name, and plans designed for arbor building are no exception. They will regale you with tales of woe as to how they attempted to follow a set of plans and build an arbor, and the results were a disaster. Most likely, these people did not know much about carpentry, or perhaps they got hold of a bad set of plans. At any rate, you won't have to worry about having a problem like that. Your well-chosen set of plans will yield an arbor you will be very proud of in just a couple of days, and you can feel good about a job well done.

Arbors can be crafted from wood, which is traditional, and also from metal such as bronze, steel, or iron. Another variety is an arbor made from vinyl. This is a smart choice if you do not enjoy the chore of painting, as they are virtually maintenance free.

If you choose a similar design to your yard, they can compliment your garden and backyard. Arbors seem to go with any landscaping you may already have in place, whether painted or left natural. Regardless of the style or function of the arbor.

For more information on building your own arbor please read these articles:

Choosing arbor designs

Arbor photo gallery


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