16×16 Pavilion – Free DIY Plans

This step by step woodworking project is about how to build a 16×16 pavilion – free diy plans. I have designed this basic pavilion so you can create a covered area in the backyard, that is ideal for serving dinner or for hanging out with friends. This is a simple design so don’t expect intricate components. Follow the building codes and hire a professional contractor if you don’t have the right skills to undertake the project on your own.

A 16×16 wooden shelter for your backyard is a construction that can be built by any woodworking amateur in a few weeks, but there are many techniques you have to master before undertaking the project. However, building a gazebo, a pergola or even a backyard kitchen with an attached roof could be projects that are more suitable for your needs. It’s you job to decide what design does best for you.

We recommend you to invest in the best materials you could afford. Therefore, you should buy weather-resistant lumber, such as pressure-treated lumber, pine or cedar. Always take accurate measurements before adjusting the size of the components at the proper size. Drill pilot holes trough the components before inserting the wood screws, to prevent the wood from splitting.

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16×16 Pavilion – Free DIY Plans

Building a 16x16 pavilion

Building a 16×16 pavilion



  • A – 8 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 96″ long POSTS
  • B – 4 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 192″ long TOP RAILS
  • C – 10 pieces of 6×6 lumber – 48″ long BRACES



  • Add trims to the pavilion
  • Secure the roofing slats to the structure with galvanized screws


  • One Week



How to build a 16×16 pavilion

Laying out the pavilion

Laying out the pavilion

The first step of the project is to layout the pavilion. Therefore, select the location for the pavilion and level the surface with attention. Make sure you remove the vegetation layer and even out the surface. Use batter boards and string to layout the location of the legs. Apply the 3-4-5 rule to each corners, so you make sure they are square. Measure the diagonals and make adjustments so they are equal.

Fitting the posts

Fitting the posts

After marking the location of the posts, you need to dig 2-3′ deep holes in the ground, using a post hole digger. Install tube forms and fit the posts into place, making sure they are perfectly plumb. Secure the 4×4 posts with braces before filling the forms with concrete.

Smart Tip: Alternatively, you could use posts anchors. You need to secure the metal anchors into concrete, as to lock the wooden posts into place properly. Align everything with attention and with great care.


Top plates

Top plates

Use 6×6 lumber for the top plates. As you can easily see in the diagram, you need to make notches to both ends of the beams, using a circular saw. Make the middle notch to the front and back plates using a saw and a chisel. Smooth the recesses with sandpaper.

Fitting the top plates

Fitting the top plates

Fit the plates to the top of the pavilion and align the edges flush. Make sure the corners are square and drill pilot holes before locking everything together with 8″ screws.

Corner braces

Corner braces

Build corner braces for the pavilion from 6×6 lumber. Make 45 degree cuts to both ends of the braces and then lock them into place tightly with 4 1/2″ screws. Plumb the posts and check if the plates are perfectly horizontal.

16x16 Pavilion Plans - DIY Step by step plans

16×16 Pavilion Plans – DIY Step by step plans

Check out PART 2 of the plans, so you see how to build the gable roof for this garden pavilion.

16x16 Pavilion Plans - Side view

16×16 Pavilion Plans – Side view

Smart Tip: Apply a few coats of stain or exterior paint to the components, in order to protect them from decay and water damage. Make sure you choose quality components that suit your needs and tastes. 



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