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Arbors are a great way to add a little more color and life to your yard without going too far out of the box. It can provide shade for those hot summer days, as well as add an aesthetically pleasing element. To make sure that you have the best arbor for yourself or your family, it's important to know what type of arbor you want before you start planning.

In this article, we're going to go over different types of arbors, including what they are, their benefits, when you should use them, where you can put them in your yard, and some examples. Keep reading to find out more. 

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What is an Arbor?

An arbor is a simple structure that normally consists of four posts with horizontal beams placed across the top. The structure is then covered with vines and other plant life for a natural effect.

An arbor can be used to mark a path, create shade in the backyard, or even block out noise from an unpleasant source (such as an industrial area). There are many different types of arbors that you can use in your yard depending on what it's going to be used for. Let's talk about some different types and when they should be used.

Types of Arbors

These are the most common types of arbors available:

  • An archway provides a great way to make entrances look more inviting and stylish. They're perfect for adding that extra touch to formal gardens and outside events such as weddings.  
  • Pergolas come in many different styles; however, most pergolas are either free-standing or attached to the side of a building. Since landscaping has become more popular, pergolas have been making their way out of the garden and into the backyard as well.  
  • A trellis can be used to support plant life in much the same way as an arbor would. However, due to its shape, it's meant to give plants that extra boost by providing even more support up towards the sunlight. Trellises are perfect for adding height and color without taking up too much space. 

Arbors are useful structures that are simple enough to create yourself if you're interested in saving money but still want something unique. It's important to make sure that whatever arbor you choose is going to be beneficial for your yard and that it can provide a unique element.

Sizes and Styles

The size and style of the arbor you choose is going to depend on what you intend to use it for as well as where you want to put it in your yard. For example, if you plan on using an arbor as a place to sit, then it should ideally have benches built-in underneath so that more than one person can enjoy its shade. Of course, bigger isn't always better, but having some sort of structure underneath is useful especially if there are children around who might try climbing up into it. Another thing to consider with the size of the arbor is how much weight it's able to support. If you're planning on having a party underneath your arbor, then it should have the ability to handle more people at one time.

Of course, you could always build an arbor that doesn't have any benches or other things built in underneath it. This would allow for greater flexibility later on if you decide to change up your backyard decor. However, this sort of structure isn't as useful if you plan on using it for seating purposes since there won't be anything to sit down on.  

When choosing the style of an arbor, many different types can fit into any yard décor. The simplest design is just four posts with beams placed across the top and vines hanging off of them. There are also ornate designs that could potentially be used for decoration around an entrance or as a focal point in the yard.

No matter what size or style of arbor you choose, it's always going to make a difference and will provide a unique element to your backyard décor. With the right landscaping and some DIY skills, you can create an arbor that fits seamlessly into your garden and provides shade and seating for years to come. 

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Materials For Construction Of Arbors

Whether you want an arbor to have a specific purpose or you just want it to serve as a place for your flower garden, many different materials can be used in creating one. For example, if you're looking for a simple arbor that is going to provide shade and support for vines then you would most likely need four posts with beams placed across the top. Then, any type of plant could be planted on its sides and up through the beams.

Timber is an ideal material as it has been naturally created from trees which makes it very sturdy as well as able to handle the weight of people walking underneath them. In addition, this is also less expensive compared to stone or metal making it an easy choice when looking at construction materials.  

If you're looking for something a bit more ornate, however, you might want to consider using stone or even metal. Both of these materials are relatively easy to work with and can be used to create beautiful arbor designs. However, if you're looking for something that is going to last, timber construction would still be the best choice. This means that no matter what type of arbor you choose, it's always going to have benefits over other choices in terms of durability. While all of these materials are viable options when it comes to constructing an arbor, they each come with their benefits and drawbacks.

Of course, there are many more materials that can be used when making some sort of trellis structure which could be beneficial depending on your needs. For example, bamboo is very stringy and would be ideal for climbing plants. Wire fencing could also be used in the same way if you wanted to construct a more temporary arbor that can easily be moved around your yard throughout the year.

Budget Considerations

However, the best choice will come down to personal preference as well as budget. No matter what materials are chosen though, each one of them has the potential to serve its purpose well especially if it's selected with care by someone who knows what they're doing.

Your Budget Will Determine the Materials You Can Use

For example, if you're on a tight budget, then bamboo would be an ideal choice as it's plentiful and inexpensive. Also, wire fencing can easily be found at most hardware stores and is also cheap to purchase. So no matter what type of budget you have, there's always going to be one available that fits your budget and provides the perfect structure for your arbor.

Final Thoughts On Arbor Plans

In conclusion, an arbor can be an excellent addition to any garden or backyard. Whether you're looking for something purely functional, or something with a more ornate design, there are many options available that could suit your needs. 

Depending on the size and style of arbor you want, there are also many different types of materials that can serve as a construction base. 

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin is a household and appliance enthusiast and loves to follow the latest trends in kitchen and house decoration. He also loves to walk the isles of Home Depot and Lowes to review products and materials in person. Before joining Kitchen Infinity, Kevin owned a handyman company.

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