How To Anchor A Pergola In Concrete (Expert Tips)

When you’re building a pergola, it’s important to ensure that it’s securely anchored. The last thing you want is for your beautiful new outdoor structure to collapse during a storm or prolonged heavy rain. 

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do this! In this guide we’ll go over seven different methods for anchoring your pergola in concrete.

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Proper anchoring is essential for a pergola installed on a concrete surface.
Following expert tips and guidelines ensures a secure and durable anchoring solution.
The use of anchor brackets and concrete screws is recommended for anchoring to concrete.
Anchoring a pergola in concrete provides stability and resistance to wind and other forces.
Careful planning and execution are crucial to achieve a strong and long-lasting pergola foundation.

Bolt Down Anchoring System

Bolts are used to anchor a pergola in concrete. Bolting down an arbor or trellis gives it strength and durability, especially when the surface area is large. The bolts should be selected based on the size of your pergola and the strength required to hold it up.

Choose between Grade 8 or Grade 5 bolts depending on how much weight you need it to support and where you will put them into concrete (see below). 

You’ll also need a drill bit that matches what’s called “a lag shield,” which is basically just a piece of metal with holes in it through which you can put your bolt into concrete. Don’t forget to use some sort of lubricant so that they go in smoothly and don’t strip out when being screwed into place!

Now we’ll show you what all these things look like together:

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Concrete In Ground Anchors

Concrete in ground anchors are a great option for anchoring your pergola to the ground. They are an easy way to secure your structure, and they can be installed by a professional or DIYer. 

Concrete in ground anchors are durable, strong and relatively inexpensive when compared with other options.

Here’s how you install concrete in ground anchors:

Dig holes for the anchors every 18 inches along two sides of the pergola structure.

Place a scrap piece of wood into each hole so that it is level with the surface of the ground. The wood should serve as a guide for digging out enough dirt so that only about ¼ inch remains between it and where you want your anchor to be set below grade (or soil).

Insert one end of an anchor into each hole until it reaches its full depth under grade the distance from top-to-bottom and hammer its other end into place using a rubber mallet or maul tool; this will ensure that there are no gaps between them once they’re filled with concrete later on during installation steps 4 through 6 below.

Dead Man Anchoring System

You can use a Dead Man Anchoring System to anchor your pergola. The system includes a heavy steel base and a large, heavy-duty anchor that will be driven into the ground. 

The base provides stability for the structure and prevents it from shifting or moving as wind blows through it.

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Fence Post Anchor Kits

You’ll also find that some fence post anchor kits are much stronger than others. For example, if you have a long fence and want to anchor it in concrete, then you can use the strongest type of anchor kit available.

 It will be the most expensive option but it will also give you the most peace of mind at night when all of those pesky critters try to sneak into your yard after dark.

For those who want something less costly but still effective, there are several options for anchoring their pergola posts with plastic screw anchors instead of metal ones like lag screws or masonry nails. 

Plastic anchors aren’t as strong as metal ones but they’re less expensive and easier to install using basic tools like a hammer drill and bit adapter (or cordless drill).

Pre-Cast In Ground Pergola Foundation Piers

Pre-cast in ground piers are a great option if you have a small area to work with. These pre-cast concrete foundation piers are custom made and delivered to your site, which allows you to use the space that is available for planting and landscaping as desired. 

Pre-cast foundation piers are also perfect for flat terrain, or locations where digging is not possible.

Pre-Cast Foundation Piers can be used with any style of pergola attachment, including Post Anchor Systems, Concrete Pier & Beam Pergola Foundations and Walls, Bracing Systems and more!

Single Bolt On Plate Anchoring System

Attach a single bolt on plate anchor to the top of your pergola posts. The bolt will have a threaded shaft that extends up from the bottom of the anchor, and there will be a flat plate on top of this shaft. 

Place this anchor into an opening in your concrete slab, then drive it in with a hammer until it is flush with or below the surface of the concrete.

Attach a threaded rod (about 1/4 inch in diameter) to each flat plate by drilling through both pieces at once using an electric drill. Thread on nuts onto these rods and tighten them down against each other so that they are firmly attached but not too tight that they cannot be removed again later if necessary.

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Single Cantilever Bolt Down Anchors

If you are attaching your pergola to a concrete patio, you can use a single cantilever bolt down anchor. It’s designed to hold up to 130 pounds and is easy to install.

To install the anchor, drill a hole in your patio with the appropriate size drill bit for the anchor. Then hammer it into place using a hammer or hand tamper attachment in your drill. 

Once it’s in place, attach your pergola to it and tighten the bolts so that they’re snug but not too tight—you don’t want them pulling away from the concrete surface!

Single U-Concrete Bolts

Single U-Concrete Bolts are a great choice for anchoring a pergola in concrete. Why? Because they’re easy to install and strong.

U-Concrete Bolts are single pieces instead of two separate parts that need to be joined together, like other types of anchors. 

This makes them easier to install because there’s no need to worry about how each part is placed relative to the other one; you just grab them and drive them into your concrete pad with a hammer drill, then use nuts and washers (sold separately) if needed. 

This also keeps costs down, because every piece is made individually and all you have left to do is assemble everything as needed!

This is especially important if there may be some sort of issue with your structure that would require different types of anchors but doesn’t have room for them all at once (such as when installing bolts directly into existing structures).

Bolt TypeDescription
Single U-Concrete BoltsSpecifically designed bolts with a U-shaped configuration for anchoring to concrete surfaces.
Brand X U-Concrete BoltsHigh-quality U-shaped bolts manufactured by Brand X, providing reliable and secure anchoring in concrete applications.
Brand Y U-Concrete BoltsDurable U-shaped bolts produced by Brand Y, offering strong and long-lasting anchoring solutions for concrete structures.

Socket Set Ground Screws

Socket set ground screws are a great way to anchor your pergola. They’re strong and flexible, easy to install, and can be used anywhere from concrete to asphalt or even dirt.

Socket set ground screws have a square base that allows them to pass through material like wood easily. Once they are in the material, you simply screw them into the ground with an Allen wrench. 

Socket set ground screws are commonly used as anchors for fences, posts, railings and other structures because they hold fast while still allowing some movement of the attached structure if necessary. 

They can also be installed without needing a pilot hole first since their square heads provide plenty of room for proper installation depth without compromising structural integrity of whatever you’re anchoring them too!

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Standard Flat Plate Base With 4 Socket Bolts

This type of base is a good option if you’re putting your pergola on top of a concrete patio or other relatively flat surface. It uses four socket bolts and concrete washers to secure the base in place, so it’s simple and easy to install.

You’ll need: 4 standard flat plate bases, 4 concrete anchors (usually called masonry anchors), 4 3″ lag screws, 4 3″ long nut inserts (these are different than standard nuts; the end has an insert that goes into the anchor), and 4 washers for each anchor (you can get away with using fewer washers in some cases).

Base TypeDescription
Standard Flat Plate BaseA base featuring a flat plate design for stability and support in various applications.
Socket BoltsBolts with sockets designed to secure the flat plate base firmly in place for added strength and durability.

Standard Flat Plate Base With 6 Socket Bolts

  • 6 bolts are used to anchor the pergola
  • Bolts are spaced at 3 foot intervals
  • Bolt length is 3 inches
  • Bolts should be sunk into the concrete at a depth of 1.5 inches

To install:

Place your pergola on top of a flat plate base, then set it down onto the ground with care. If using anchors, make sure their heads are facing up so you can easily locate them later on when installing your new pergola! 

If not using anchors, use stakes in each corner of your base to keep it from moving around while you go about securing it in place with bolts or screws (depending on what type of material you’re working with). 

When placing stakes or screws through wood boards that will eventually hold up your entire structure (such as when attaching a wooden frame), make sure they have enough room inside that frame so they won’t get stuck once everything gets moved into place. 

A good rule of thumb here is one inch underneath each board should suffice; this will help ensure everything stays securely attached without causing damage to either side’s workmanship over time due to pressure being applied too tightly against them during construction phases.”

Steel Drive-In Earth Anchors & Helix Plates

If installing a pergola on concrete, steel drive-in earth anchors are an excellent option. They’re more flexible than bolts and can be used with concrete, bricks and stone. 

Additionally, they’re easy to install just hammer them into the ground with a mallet or sledgehammer until they reach their full depth of 28 inches (71 cm).

As you hammer in the anchors, make sure that you leave enough room between each one so that you’ll have enough space for the bolts connecting your pergola beams to them. 

You’ll also want to make sure that your anchor points are level or slightly angled upward so that when it rains water doesn’t pool around them.

Anchoring SolutionDescription
Steel Drive-In Earth AnchorsDurable steel anchors designed to be driven into the ground for secure and stable anchoring.
Helix PlatesRobust plates with helical shapes that provide additional stability and resistance against uplift forces.

Steel Lifting Eyes & Pergola Brackets For Sockets Or Screws

If you’re looking for a good pergola anchor system, Steel Lifting Eyes & Pergola Brackets For Sockets Or Screws will do the trick. They’re available in several sizes and have a high strength-to-weight ratio that makes them perfect for anchoring pergolas in concrete. 

After you’ve installed your new pergola, simply attach these steel lifting eyes to the posts with lag bolts or screws (depending on what’s required by your local building codes) before installing an optional bracket over them. 

The bracket will provide support while also preventing the eye from twisting out of position as it carries load during windy conditions outside your home or business.

Anchoring a pergola in the ground requires careful planning and execution. Our handyman guide on anchoring a pergola in the ground walks you through the necessary steps and considerations to ensure your pergola is securely anchored and able to withstand various weather conditions.

Stronger And More Flexible Than A Bolt Down Anchor

The bolt down anchor is the most popular way to anchor a pergola in concrete, but it’s not the only option. Our rope wire anchors are stronger and more flexible than a bolt down anchor, making them easier to install with less effort. 

They can be used for multiple applications, including holding up pergolas or other structures made out of wood or metal.

Rope wire anchors have also been shown to be effective when installed on multiple surfaces like brick and stone as long as they’re properly secured into place before adding any additional weight on top of them (like concrete).

These rope wire anchors are just one example of how we help homeowners save time and money while creating beautiful outdoor spaces they love!


By now, you should have a good idea of how to anchor your pergola in concrete. If you need help deciding which option would work best for your situation, be sure to check out the comparison chart in this post. 

We know that it can be difficult to make a decision when there are so many options available. But don’t worry we’re here to help! Feel free.

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources you may find helpful for further information on anchoring a pergola:

How to Anchor an Outdoor Pergola to a Concrete Slab: Learn the step-by-step process of anchoring a pergola to a concrete slab, ensuring stability and durability for your outdoor structure.

How to Anchor a Pergola to Concrete: Explore different methods and techniques for securely anchoring a pergola to a concrete surface, providing stability and peace of mind.

How to Anchor a Pergola Without Drilling: Discover alternative options and creative solutions for anchoring a pergola without the need for drilling into your outdoor space.


Here are some frequently asked questions about anchoring a pergola:

How can I anchor a pergola to a concrete patio?

To anchor a pergola to a concrete patio, you can use anchor brackets specifically designed for concrete surfaces. These brackets are secured to the concrete using concrete screws or anchors, providing a sturdy connection for your pergola.

Is it possible to anchor a pergola to a deck?

Yes, it is possible to anchor a pergola to a deck. There are various methods available, such as using post brackets or mounting the pergola posts directly onto the deck structure. The specific approach will depend on the design of your deck and the requirements of your pergola.

Are there alternative ways to anchor a pergola on grass?

If you want to anchor a pergola on grass, one alternative method is using ground anchors. These anchors are driven into the ground and provide stability for the pergola. Another option is using concrete footings with embedded post anchors to secure the pergola.

Can a pergola be anchored without drilling into the ground?

Yes, it is possible to anchor a pergola without drilling into the ground. Non-permanent anchoring methods like using weighted bases or concrete blocks can be employed to provide stability without the need for permanent holes or drilling.

What are the advantages of using anchor brackets for a pergola?

Anchor brackets offer several advantages for anchoring a pergola. They provide a secure and stable connection to the ground or surface, minimize movement or shifting of the pergola, and allow for easy disassembly or relocation if needed.