2×4 Garden Arbor Plans

This step by step diy woodworking project is about 2×4 garden arbor plans. I have designed this simple arbor so you can build one in one day, using just 2×4 boards and screws. You can adjust the design for the arbor to suit your needs. Make sure you take your time before making the cuts, for a professional result. See my other woodworking plans HERE.

There are many plans and designs to choose from, so make sure you take a close look over the rest of the garden bridge plans featured on our website. Plan everything with attention and adjust the size and the shape of the bridge to suit your needs. Plumb the legs and make sure the corners are right-angled before inserting the galvanized screws into place. Drill pilot or pocket holes to prevent the wood from splitting. See all my Premium Plans HERE.



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2×4 Garden Arbor – Free DIY Plans




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  • A – 8 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 86″ long LEGS
  • B – 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 72″ long SUPPORTS
  • C – 9 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 36″ long SHELVES
  • D – 4 piece of 2×4 lumber – 24 1/2″ long BRACE
  • E – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 18″ long, 4 pieces – 60″ long SIDES

  • 10 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 8′
  • 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 12′
  • 2 1/2″ screws
  • glue, filler, stain

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 Hammer, Tape measure, Framing square, Level

 Miter saw, Drill machinery, Screwdriver, Sander

 Post hole digger, Concrete mixer

 Safety Gloves, Safety Glasses

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 One day

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It’s that simple to build a garden arbor!



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How to build a garden arbor from 2x4s

Building the posts

Building the posts

The first step of the project is to build the posts from two pieces if 2×4 lumber. Cut the boards at 86″ and then glue them together. Align the edges with and clamp them together. You can also drive in a few 2 1/2″ screws to reinforce the bond.



You can secure the 4 posts to the ground using brackets. You can attach the arbor to a concrete slab or you can pour 2′ deep concrete footings. Alternatively, you can leave it as it is, if you want to move it from one location to another.

Building the support beam

Building the support beam

Use a saw to make angle cuts to both ends of the beams. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Fitting the support beams

Fitting the support beams

The next step of the outdoor project is to attach the 2×4 supports to the top of the legs. Center the beam into place and use a spirit level to check if the beam is perfectly horizontal. Plumb the posts and then clamp the beam into place tightly. Drill pilot holes through the beam and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the posts.



Use 2×4 lumber for the rafters. Mark the cut lines on the beam and then make the notches with a saw and a chisel. In addition, make decorative cuts to both ends



Fit the rafters to the support beams, equally spaced. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws, at angle, to secure the rafters into place tightly. Cut a wood block at 7 1/8″ to create even gaps between the rafters.

Building the braces

Building the braces

Use 2×4 lumber for the braces, as well. Mark the cut lines on the braces and then get the job done with a jigsaw. Smooth the edges with sandpaper.

Fitting the diagonal braces

Fitting the diagonal braces

Fit the braces to the arbor, as shown in the plans. Drill pilot holes and insert 2 1/2″ screws to secure them to the frame.

Fitting the side panels supports

Fitting the side panels supports

Next, attach the supports to the sides of the garden arbor. Drill pocket holes at both ends of the supports and then lock them into place with 2 1/2″ screws. Make sure the corners are square and align the edges flush.

Fitting the side panels

Fitting the side panels

Fit the 2×4 slats to the sides of the arbor. Place the slats equally spaced and align them at both ends. Drill pilot holes through the supports and insert 2 1/2″ screws into the vertical slats.

2x4 Arbor Plans

2×4 Arbor Plans

Last but not least, you need to take care of the finishing touches for this garden arbor. Fill the holes with wood putty and then smooth the surface with 120-220 grit sandpaper. Apply a few coats of paint or stain to enhance the look of the plant stand and to protect the components from the elements.

How to build a 2x4 arbor

How to build a 2×4 arbor

You can adjust the size of the garden arbor to suit your needs. In addition, you can add more shelves to the stand so you can host more plants.

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