What’s the difference between a Pergola, Arbor, and Sukkah?

We get calls all the time from customers who are looking to improve their living space. But for those who aren’t in the construction industry (or don’t spend much time watching HGTV), they aren’t always sure exactly what they want. No matter what you call it — pergola, arbor, covered porch, sukkah, trellis — there are a ton of options to create a relaxed, beautiful environment where you live. Many people use these terms interchangeably, but they all create unique environments.

We’re here to help. The best way to find the right fit for your space is to talk to us directly, but you can get a great start below. 



In Latin, a pergula refers to a projecting eave. It’s essentially a shaded walkway, passageway, or sitting area made from vertical posts topped with beams and open rafters. Typically, we see them used to better define an outdoor space such as a porch, and to provide a shady respite in where owners can relax. In commercial spaces, pergolas are also used to protect an open terrace or connect pavilions.

Our hand-crafted pergolas are known for their beauty and their function. Because they’re so versatile, they’re a great fit for most spaces. Pergolas can be connected to a building or used as a stand-alone structure. 



The biggest point of confusion we see is that customers don’t know the difference between a pergola and an arbor. And that’s fair — structurally, they’re pretty similar. The biggest differentiator is size and purpose.

Pergolas are usually significantly larger than arbors. They’re used to define a large space, not to provide a smaller, decorative look. Arbors, on the other hand, are smaller and may be used to beautify a smaller area of a property. They’re also typically paired with some sort of seating, such as a bench. You’ll usually see an arbor used as a place to rest in a garden.



Sukkahs (named from the Hebrew sukkoth, or booth) are small huts constructed for use during the Jewish festival of Sukkot. It’s common in this tradition for participants to spend time outdoors during this time, and Sukkahs provide a great outdoor place to socialize, eat, and even sleep.

Because this time is a considered a cause for celebration, it’s important that Sukkahs be constructed with the utmost care and quality. Our kosher Sukkahs offer beautiful, quality places to spend time outdoors.



Most people can identify a gazebo—a free-standing covered space usually used in gardens or commercial properties. Gazebos are used for special occasions, such as weddings or parties, and provide a classy, beautiful space for spending time on your property.


Ready to build?

Hopefully we’ve been able to give you a better understanding of the types of structures that might add value to your space. If you have any more questions, or you’re considering starting your own project, get in touch with us. We’re happy to provide any assistance we can.

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