16 Ways to Customize Your Deck
16 upgrades and add-ons to create a more attractive and usable backyard deck
Come summer, everyone wants a backyard deck to extend living space outdoors. Once you have the structure built, there are plenty of ways to customize it to fit your needs and design aesthetics. Here are 16 ideas to make your deck more beautiful and functional.
A knock-out deck starts with great wood—in this case, clear redwood protected with a burgundy-tinted penetrating stain, Behr Premium Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain.
Find more helpful tips on exterior stain: All About Exterior Stain
Choose a color or pattern to add visual interest to a plain deck. Here, Nikki P. used Valspar Severe Weather exterior paint in semi gloss white to create a checkerboard pattern.
See her step-by-step method: Painted Deck Reveal
Add a pergola to provide a shield against strong rays while still letting you enjoy some sunlight. It can be oriented according to the seasons.
If your deck is low enough not to require a railing, build a bench around the perimeter to provide seating and a sense of enclosure. You can even use leftover deck boards for the seat.
This privacy fence will be a beautiful addition to your garden—or if space is tight, will be your garden. Set up a living wall system to hold plants in place.
DIY kits are available here: My Plant Connection
For a tucked-away feeling, surround a low deck with large cedar planter boxes.
If you have room for a long dining table, add a built-in banquet to serve as seating plus extra hidden storage bays.
If you have an existing tree that is in the area planned for a new deck, design the structure around the tree.
As an alternative to a freestanding pergola, this slatted ceiling covers an open deck, using mature, sturdy tree trunks as supports.
Use metal clips or ties to hang cotton canvas treated to resist moisture to serve as a temporary awning.
Cap posts with carriage lights to provide both an attractive accent and welcome nighttime illumination. Here, wiring runs from the house, under the deck, and up the hollow posts.