Different Styles of Decks: How to Choose the Right One for Your Home

October 26, 2020
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If you’re thinking of creating an outdoor living space for your home, you’re likely wondering what kind of styles are out there and which will best complement your personal taste. Different styles of decks range from traditional to eclectic.

Some common shapes include rectangles and squares, L-shapes, octagons, and curved designs. With a TimberTech composite deck, you’ll be able to achieve your perfect vision for an outdoor living space, no matter what size or shape of deck you have in mind.

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Decks aren’t only functional additions to your home; they are design statements. One of the most important elements of your deck design is its shape.

The shapes listed below are some of the more popular ones and include more classic shapes such as squares and rectangles, as well as more daring shapes like octagons and softly curved designs. Each can be customized to suit your home’s aesthetic, so whether you live in a Craftsman, Cape Cod, or a mid-century modern home, you can find the shape that suits your style best.

When choosing from the different styles of decks available, keep in mind that the deck shape you choose should:

  • Complement your home’s structure and architectural style.
  • Optimize the use of the space around it.
  • Balance the overall look and feel of your home.

Our customizable deck plans give you a great jumping-off point for creating a personalized outdoor living space that will become the envy of the neighborhood.

Sophisticated Squares & Rectangles


Simple doesn’t have to mean boring. Create an elegant space that accentuates the natural beauty of your backyard with these sophisticated squares and rectangles.

Perfect for smaller backyards, these decks sit flush against the house and will maximize the space you have available. Plus, their classic feel pairs well with traditional-style homes — and their simple shape means you can likely use standard blocking and spacing for your deck joists.

TimberTech AZEK Harvest Collection Kona

Classic Sophistication: Square

This symmetrical deck creates an open, inviting space with a seamless transition from home to backyard.

TimberTech AZEK Harvest Collection in Island Oak Rectangle Deck Angled Corner

Modern: Rectangle With Angled Corner

Adding an angled corner (or two) to your square or rectangle softens your deck profile and is a great, simple way to shake things up.

TimberTech PRO Terrain Collection Stone Ash High-Rise Rectangle

Coastal: High-Rise Rectangle

This elegant high-rise deck is ideal for homes with natural surroundings. Choose railings with glass inlays to create an open feel without sacrificing safety.

Distinctive Curves, Octagons, & L-Shapes


Looking for more of a statement piece for your backyard? These different styles of decks give you plenty of functional space while also reflecting your unique style. Enjoy outdoor dinner parties, relax in the cool night air with those you love, or cozy up in a corner with a good book — all from your multidimensional, showstopping deck.

Different Styles of Decks Curved TimberTech PRO Legacy Mocha

Eclectic: Curved Designs

This eye-catching shape offers gentle curves and separated sections for different types of entertaining.

Different Styles of Decks Rectangle Octagon featuring TimberTech PRO Terrain Collection Silver Maple

Traditional Comfort: Rectangle & Octagon

Sectioned-off areas give you the flexibility to host both large and intimate gatherings. Raised and sunken levels create a dynamic look bound to impress.

Different Styles of Decks Rustic L-Shape featuring TimberTech PRO Terrain Collection

Rustic Charm: L-Shape

The L-shape deck design extends your home’s floor plan with a wraparound outdoor living space.

Remember that less-conventional deck shapes can often mean more elaborate blocking and deck joist spacing needed at the substructure level. Please consult all relevant Installation Guides before beginning your project.

HAVE BUILD QUESTIONS?
You can find more tips and best practices over on the Deck Building Resource Center, or partner with a TimberTech-registered contractor.

Customize Your Deck

In addition to the different styles of decks mentioned above, you can create dynamic angles or beautiful curved designs, add dimension with raised and lowered levels, and so much more.

From the color and sizes of the boards to the railing posts and infills, the aesthetic of your deck is entirely in your hands.

Turn Your Deck Dream Into Design

Play with shapes, colors, lighting, and railing to bring your deck ideas to life with our custom Deck Designer tool.

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