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Decking Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring decking ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.

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How to Build a Concrete End Table

This Old House DIY expert Jenn Largesse details the steps to building a concrete end table to complement deck or patio seating.

Considerations for Building a Wrap Around Deck

Deck space is always at a premium, and who doesn’t want to bring in more style to their outdoor area? A wrap-around deck will extend your lounge space and improve the look of the home and its landscape. But before setting out to build a new deck or add onto the old one, here are a few key considerations for building a wrap around deck.

11 Ways to Create an Inviting Space on Your Rooftop

Your house or apartment’s rooftop deck offers lovely, even jaw-dropping views, but it’s seriously lacking in the design department. Nevertheless, it holds many possibilities—as a tranquil place to begin or end the day, a spot for socializing, or as a retreat that lets you take in fresh air and sunshine above the fray. See our ideas for decking out your roof deck to make the most of the space.

Beautiful Floating Deck Designs

These nine stunning ideas for floating decks will give you the urge to build one yourself in your backyard.

Ingenious Hot Tub Deck Ideas

Give your hot tub the extra special touch it needs with these great deck ideas.

10 Design Ideas for Small Decks

With a little planning, small decks and patios can provide the same entertaining value as larger outdoor spaces. See our simple ideas to maximize the space of your small deck.
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5 Best Deck Paints (2024 Guide)

In this review and buying guide, our team recommends the best deck paints to fit a range of outdoor spaces, preferences, and climates.

How to Paint a Mandala on a Deck

Mandala designs have increasingly been on the rise in the Western world for a few years now. They’re everywhere: on apparel, linens, in adult coloring books, and are especially popular as tattoo designs

3 Types of Awnings to Cover Your Deck

Awnings reduce sunlight, protect patio furniture, and make outdoor living more enjoyable. Let’s take a look at the different styles and costs of awnings.

Decking Material Options to Consider

Explore a range of different possibilities before building your deck.

Deck Ideas for Your Backyard

Design ideas to consider when remodeling or building your deck.

How to Give Your Deck a Spring Cleaning

Wash, sand, and stain your deck to give it a fresh look for the spring.

Why Wood Decks Never Go Out of Style

With its unique nature, varying grains, and overall warmth, nothing beats the beauty of a natural wood deck. Beyond the look, there are other benefits too; read on to find out what makes wood an ideal choice for decking.

The TOH Guide to Decks

Kick off the warm season with the ultimate hangout spot

16 Ways to Customize Your Deck

16 upgrades and add-ons to create a more attractive and usable backyard deck

Exterior Wood Staining Made Simple

Your guide to beautifying decks, railing, furniture, and other exterior home details

17 Stunning Decks to Inspire Your Backyard Transformation

Think outside the standard wood platform with smart design ideas for a range of settings and budgets

DIY Backyard Projects for Summertime

Here are a handful of ways to create a more beautiful and relaxing outdoor space.

37 Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Outdoor Rooms

Set out a daybed, weather-resistant cushions, or one of our other finds, and in a short time you'll have the ultimate staycation escape.

28 Easy Summer Weekend Projects

Looking for something to preoccupy your time this summer? Take a look at this roundup of our summer projects.

The High-Tech, Low-Fuss Deck

New synthetic materials and stylish design features transform the old raised rectangle into an easy-to-care-for, good-looking getaway

Fire-Resistant Decking and Framing

Keep fire from gaining a foothold on your deck or inside your home's walls with these flame-resistant framing materials

Get Your Dream Deck

How to get the right backyard retreat for your house

Finding the Right Design for Your Backyard Deck

Working on a deck? Plan ahead to avoid zoning, aesthetic, and budget problems.

High-Tech Decks

Plastic planks that don't crack, rot, or splinter