Simple deck ideas can transform your backyard into your personal oasis — without breaking your back or the bank.
If you already have a durable, high-quality deck, simply adding new elements can make your space feel brand new. However, if your deck is in disrepair, or if you don’t yet have a deck, building a new deck with durable deck materials can give you a beautiful outdoor living space that will stand the test of time.
Discover Simple Deck Ideas Whether You Plan To:
✓ Build a brand new deck
✓ Update an existing deck
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Building a New Deck
When building a new deck, it’s important to choose the best decking materials that will save you money in the long-run and remain beautiful for years to come. TimberTech® capped polymer and capped composite decking is designed to look as beautiful as traditional wood, without the need for sanding, staining and sealing every couple of years.
1.) Build a Simple Deck
The easiest way to build a deck includes making these simple choices:
A Classic Shape
A classic shape such as a square or rectangle means your deck substructure can use standard joist spacing and blocking. Plus, you won’t have to cut them to fit into a more complex shape.
One Deck Board Color
Choosing one color for your deck gives you a chic, monochromatic look that doesn’t require any complicated patterning. Choose from a variety of rich browns, sunny tans, and soothing grays.
Our panelized railing system, Impression Rail Express®, gives you a sleek, crisp metal railing that’s easy to install thanks to pre-drilled baluster holes. Plus, stair panels can be adjusted for custom stair angles.
Updating Your Existing Deck
Already have a gorgeous, durable TimberTech deck? Discover these simple deck ideas that can take your deck to the next level.
2.) Add Stylish All-Weather Furniture
The TimberTech Invite by Loll Collection
Add style and comfort to your deck with all-weather furniture that gives you and your family a place to enjoy the outdoors without straying from home. For pops of color and plenty of coziness, provide ample throw pillows and blankets to your benches and chairs.
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3.) Incorporate Greenery
Greenery adds dimension to your outdoor living space and a natural feel that can give you an earthy, boho-chic vibe. Incorporate greenery along your deck’s perimeter, around lounging areas, and even hung from your deck covering. For smaller decks, adding greenery with some height, such as tall potted plants or hanging planters, can draw the eye upward and create the illusion of greater space.
4.) Amp Up the Ambiance With Temporary Lighting
One of the most popular simple deck ideas is installing semi-permanent and temporary deck lighting. Lighting has a way of adding warmth and ambiance to any space. Plus, lighting can help you enjoy your outdoor living space long after the sun goes down.
Hang string lights above your deck or around the railing to create a romantic twinkle. String lights are relatively easy to install and will last for a while, but can get damaged in harsh weather, so you may need to pull them down if storms are in the forecast.
Lanterns illuminated with battery-powered candles give you a warm, flickering candlelit glow, but may need to be replaced often. Place lanterns near the stairs, along pathways, and around seating to light up the most important areas.
GIVE YOUR DECK A PERMANENT GLOW
Permanent in-deck lighting holds up to inclement weather and enhances your deck design.
5.) Create an Outdoor Dining Area
Love to dine alfresco? Take advantage of warm weather by taking your meals outside. Place your table and chairs in the center of your deck to make it the focal point or opt to place it off center toward one side to create more open space. Splash in some color with seat cushions and/or colorful napkins for a more festive look.
With plenty of simple deck ideas to run with, you’re ready to explore how they would suit your own outdoor living area. Visualize your deck, as well as decorations like greenery and furniture, in our 3D Deck Design tool.