31 Arbor Ideas For Every Taste And Every Backyard

Why do you need an arbor in your garden?

Well, simply because it transforms any garden into something out of a fairytale. Imagine waking up to the sight of a beautiful flower arbor, right in the middle of your garden. Better yet, enjoying a cup of tea on your arbor swing while watching the sunset. I personally need this scene in my life!

For these reasons and more, I’ve compiled a list of the best arbor ideas out there, so you can pick and choose whatever works for you.

Plain And Simple

Sit Back and Relax

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Image credit: wayfair.com

This is a simple wood arbor design that can work with every garden setup. It has a built-in bench seat and two areas for flower pots. You can find similar designs at wayfair.com.

Enjoy the View

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Image credit: onechitecture.com

Here’s a basic design that you could decorate however you want. You can use wind chimes or even dream catchers to make this into the wood arbor of your dreams. If you want more ideas on DIY arbors, check onechitecture.com.

All Things Metal

Elegant

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Image credit: morflora.com

I’d describe this design as the representation of metal arbor elegance at its finest. You can put this arbor at the entrance of your garden or to highlight a pathway. Check out morflora.com for more metal arbor designs.

Gateway to Heaven

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Image credit: homedecors.info

I think this one among all other arbor ideas is one of my favorites. It has a rustic metal design that’s complemented by pink roses. It can be useful if you have pets or little kids and don’t want them near a specific part of your garden. Go to Homedecors.info for lots of other metal arbors with gateways.

Double the Size

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Image credit: vestnik-sadovoda.ru

If you want more area to decorate and work with, here’s a 2-metal-arbors-in-1 design. You can always repaint it if white isn’t your color. Find out what else you can do with this design at vestnik-sadovoda.ru.

Welcoming Simplicity

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Image credit: wayfair.com

This is a Carribean-inspired metal arbor design with a tropical vibe. It won’t take up too much space in your garden. Go to wayfair.com for more details and other options.

With Open Arms 

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Image credit: fromhousetohome.com

You can always go with this basic black metal arbor with gates if you’d rather start with a simple design. Fromhousetohome.com has many more creative ideas for metal arbors with gates, so make sure you check them out.

Rustic For Me Please

Like Something Out of a Shakespearean Play

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Image credit: diynetwork.com

Who wouldn’t want this fairytale-style rustic arbor in their garden? The natural look of the wood, coupled with climbing flowers, gives this design a magical effect. Visit diynetwork.com for more ideas.

Would You Prefer a Feng Shui-inspired Design?

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Image credit: gardenj.seoveri.com

I know this isn’t Feng Shui per se, but it does give you the same feeling, right? The tall logs and simple structure will definitely make your garden look more serene. Find out more at gardenj.seoveri.com.

How About a Walk in the Woods?

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Image credit: bhg.com

If you have a big garden, go for this rustic tunnel arbor. It doesn’t require much, just a few strong logs for the roof and for support. Go to Bhg.com, it has more than a few rustic arbor ideas.

In a Land Far Away

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Image credit: morflora.com

Bigger gardens call for grander designs, don’t you agree? This arbor has a countryside look with its triangular roof. You can decorate yours with hanging flower pots, like in this example. If you want more creative ideas, go to Morflora.com

Make a Wish

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Image credit: lonny.com

The only thing missing here is a wishing well. This setup is great for relaxing and enjoying the beauty of your garden. Be sure to give Lonny.com a look.

Come On Over, Have A Seat

Three’s Company

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Image credit: sunset.com

This is an example of a wooden arbor with one bench seat. The pergola roof is perfect for climbing plants. Check Sunset.com for a step-by-step guide on how to build this beautiful arbor.

The More the Merrier

wood arbor with 2 bench seats  #flowers #pergola  #arbor #backyardLandscaping #backyardLandscapingIdeas #landscaping #cheapLandscapingIdeas

Image credit: thepergola.link

If you want to share the view in your garden, try this arbor with two bench seats. It has two hanging flower pots for you to decorate with your favorite plants. Check out thepergola.link for more ideas.

Try the Amish Way

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Image credit: dutchcrafters.com

Here’s another awesome two-bench-seat-style arbor. It’s an Amish handcrafted piece with a pergola roof and trellis sides. You can find similar arbors at dutchcrafters.com.

Or, Maybe Go With White

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Image credit: thecottagemarket.com

Check out this white arbor with bench seat. It makes a perfect place for reading your favorite book. Go to thecottagemarket.com for more picture perfect designs.

Or Aim For the Moon

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Image credit: pistoncars.com

This one’s called a moon gate arbor. It can’t get more heavenly than this.  Pistoncars.com has more ideas for you.

Keep The Kids Out

No Paws Allowed

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Image credit: cleverwoodprojects.org

If you want to protect part of your garden from destructive feet or paws this is a very good arbor with a door design. Go to CleverWoodProjects for more ideas.

No Feet Allowed Either

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Image credit: sitehouse.net

Here’s another arbor with a gate that features a rustic look. This arbor could be part of your garden fence. Be sure to check out sitehouse.net for more.

Extra Protection

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Image credit: pinterest.com

This white arbor gate is suitable for a higher fence. It comes with a pergola roof to combine security with beauty. Find out more about this at pinterest.com.

Extra Elegance, Too

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Image credit: bhg.com

Check this elegant arbor gate with an imposing gate. It could complement your yard and doesn’t need any decorating to look good. Do you need more ideas? Go to bhg.com.

Swinging In The Rain

Swing and Deck

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Image credit: hayneedle.com

If you’re looking for a strong swing, this arbor design has a deck for more stability. You can sit and relax here and swing yourself to the sky. Visit Hayneedle.com to find out more.

More Traditional

For those of you interested in traditional Japanese tranquility, this arbor swing is a perfect choice. It comes in a dark shade of brown. You can customize your arbor swing at gardenstructuredesign.com.

Simple and Strong

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Image credit: westerntimberframe.com

Simple and strong arbor swings, such as this one, would be a good fit for a smaller garden. Check out westerntimberframe.com, if you’re interested.

One For All

Do you have a big family? No problem, this is the perfect arbor swing for you. It comes with two swings and a pergola roof. Briahammelinteriors.com has more options for you, check it out.

Flower Your Life

Have a Floral Entrance

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Image credit: pinterest.com

This flower arbor design works well as an entrance to your garden. You can decorate it with jasmine or any climbing flower of your choice.

Rustic and Full of Life

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Image credit: flickr.com

Don’t you think this rustic flower arbor would go beautifully with brightly colored flowers? It also has a narrow pergola roof. Go to Flickr.com for more arbor ideas.

Cottagey Feel

I’d say go with this white flower arbor if you want your garden to have a cozy, cottagey feel to it. For similar arbor ideas, check town-n-country-living.com.

Recycle Your Doors

Don’t Throw the Door Out

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Image credit: empressofdirt.net

How about making your own recycled door arbor, any way you like? Visit Empressofdirt.com for some interesting and doable designs.

Old is Gold

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Image credit: offgridworld.com

Look at this design! Old doors can be recycled into very pretty and practical arbors. Go to offgridworld.com to check out what they did with their old doors.

It’s All DIY

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Image credit: pitacoseachados.com

Making your own recycled door arbor is an inexpensive way to decorate your garden. Go to Pitacoseachados.com if you’re looking for a few useful tips on the subject.

That’s All For Arbor Ideas Folks!

I hope you enjoyed our list of wood arbor ideas. I tried to be as comprehensive as possible. I think that having a beautiful arbor in your garden is a must if you have enough space. For more ideas on how to spruce up your backyard, check out this backyard pavilion article.

Let me know what you think in the comments and which design is your favorite. Please share the article if you like it, so we can spread the joy.

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