Looking for under deck ideas for your outdoor living space? The options for finishing your under deck area varies depending on whether you have:
- A second-story deck (tall enough for people to stand under, typically about 8’ to 9’ tall).
- A lower deck (too short for people to stand under, but with enough space between the substructure and ground that you might prefer not to keep it open).
No matter your deck’s height, finishing under deck spaces has several benefits.
Benefits of Finishing Under Deck Areas
✓ Expands your outdoor living space (for second-story decks)
✓ Keeps pests and debris out of your under deck area (for lower decks)
✓ Gives your deck a complete, polished look (both)
Explore under deck ideas for decks of varying heights to find the right solution for your space.
Under Deck Ideas for Second-Story Decks
Second-story decks, including balcony decks, are tall enough to host an entire secondary outdoor living space below, giving you lots of underneath deck ideas to choose from to complete your space.
Create a Shady Lounge Area
Add outdoor living room furniture such as a couch, chairs, and a coffee table to create a cozy, shady place to relax in. For a breeze on muggy days and lighting for the evenings, install a ceiling fan to the “ceiling” beneath your deck. Your fan blades will need to be at least 7′ above the floor to pass building codes. And be sure to choose a wet-rated fan for optimal outdoor performance.*
Build an Outdoor Kitchen & Bar
If you love entertaining come rain or shine, consider adding a built-in bar and kitchen area under your deck. Provide ample seating options with a dining table for sit-down dinners and bar stools for more casual get-togethers.
*NOTE: Be sure to follow local building codes when selecting and installing electrical appliances for use outdoors. Work with a qualified contractor to ensure your appliances are installed correctly.
*TimberTech’s use of the mark DRYSPACE is with the consent of DrySpace, Inc., in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (www.dryspace.com). TimberTech and DrySpace, Inc. are not affiliated in any way. Neither company warrants the goods or services of the other.
Finishing Under Deck Spaces on Lower Decks
These underneath deck ideas give you the final polished look you want while also helping to keep critters and debris out.
Under Deck Ideas With Deck Skirting
Deck skirting is traditionally made up of boards that run between the deck and ground.
Deck skirting is related to, but distinct from, deck fascia boards. Deck fascia covers the wood perimeter joist of the deck frame and is sometimes called a “rim joist cover.”
Under deck ideas featuring deck skirting options come in many forms beyond deck and fascia boards, from lattices to landscaping and more.
Before you install deck skirting, make sure you are familiar with the material’s installation requirements.
Deck or Fascia Boards
Using deck or fascia boards is one of the most common deck skirting options. There are two main ways you can apply the boards — and with multiple deck board colors and combinations, you can create a look all your own.
Boards Installed Vertically
Install deck or fascia boards vertically, running from the ground to your deck surface. Vertical boards help to visually elongate the side of your deck, making it appear taller.
Other Skirting Options
Looking for something beyond deck or fascia boards for your skirting? These underneath deck ideas offer alternative options.
Want a more delicate look for your deck skirting? Go for lattice panels. Finishing under deck spaces with latticework allows plenty of air circulation under the deck while still helping to keep out larger critters and debris. Pair crisp white PVC trim used as fascia with matching white lattice panels or go for contrast with darkly stained or painted lattice panels.
Landscaping Around Your Deck
Looking for softer, more natural underneath deck ideas for your skirting? Landscaping around your deck blocks the view of your under deck area while providing a leafy border that blends in with the natural surroundings. Choose tall, lush edging plants like hedges or bushes, and add more color and texture with other flowers and foliage.
Covered Deck Feature Ideas
Extend an awning from your home or other structure over the deck for shade and light weather protection.
A roof extension is a striking architectural feature that gives you full overhead protection from the elements.
Bring Your Under Deck Ideas to Life
Ready to start planning for your under deck space? Partner with a TimberTech-registered contractor who can work with you to ensure your under deck ideas come to life just the way you envision.