Once you decide on the size and material of your arbor, you can start looking around at the different styles available. Not every style can be easily made from all 3 materials mentioned above, so choose carefully!
Want a traditional arbor? => Arched
- This is the style you probably picture in your head when someone mentions arbors.
- As you may have guessed from the name, these arbors are distinguished by their arched tops.
- They're most often used to mark the entrance and exit points in the garden and are usually small to medium in size.
- Metal is the most popular material for arched arbors as it's very easy to craft it into a flowing arch shape.
- Vinyl is a great material for arched arbors too, but it isn't commonly used, while wood is rarely used because of how difficult it can be to craft.
- Natural arbors are also often arched as it is the easiest shape to achieve when working with plants or stones.
Want something unique? => Gabled
- Gabled arbors make use of a pitched roof design, similar to that of a traditional cottage.
- These arbors are often paired with small benches and are placed strategically throughout the outdoor space to provide your guests with a shady place to sit.
- They are most commonly made out of wood, and sometimes incorporate brick or tile into the roof element.
Want an impressive structure? => Traditional
- Most traditional arbors are rectangular in shape, with a flat top to contrast the plants climbing up them.
- They are distinguished by their open frameworks that often include lattices.
- These arbors are often quite massive and look very impressive both from afar and up close.
- Like gabled arbors, they are usually made out of wood, but can also sometimes be found in vinyl.
- Traditional arbors are usually the sturdiest type because of their size and weight, but may also come with a hefty price tag!