There’s nothing better than relaxing on your deck after a long day at work or having an outdoor party for your friends and family. If you already have a deck but want to additionally enhance the experience, you can implement these tips and tricks on how to make your deck more stylish, comfortable, and useful. Take a look.

Bring out the comfort

If you love spending sunny days and warm evenings on your deck, then you should try to extend your living space and bring out the comfort of your living room outside. Depending on the size of your deck, you can use furnishing and different fixtures to divide your space into zones, such as a grilling zone, a dining area, and a lounge corner. You can also install an outdoor sound system to create a perfect party atmosphere. These speakers will also silence all the traffic and other outside noise and give you the impression of your private little piece of heaven.

 

Update railing

This part of a deck is usually overlooked, even though it can make your deck really stand out. For instance, if you want to make your wood deck a bit more modern, you can replace your traditional balusters with some contemporary metal ones. These will add a beautiful modern touch to your wooden deck. Updating your railing is also a great way to add a splash of color if you feel like your deck is a bit too monotonous.

Install some beautiful lighting

Good lighting makes any space more interesting and comfortable. For instance, if you opt for some low-voltage post-top solar lights, you will create a great mood for late summer dinner parties. An especially popular option today is string lights that can really turn your deck into a fairyland. Also, if you like to spend time on your deck long after the sun goes down, you might also consider adding small lights on each step to prevent accidents.

Spice things up with planters

Colorful greenery and interesting planters are a great way to add some character to your deck. You can choose from different types of planters that will introduce color and texture to your space. You can opt for custom built-in planters, or check out some planters in home centers. They’re usually priced from $10 to $200, depending on the size and materials. If you have additions such as pergolas or trellis, you can go with hanging planters that are a great decorative element or plant some climbers if you can.

Install a fire pit

If you love to host autumn evening parties and gatherings, you can further enhance the mood and provide some heat with a fire pit. When installing a deck fire pit, you must be careful where you position it. Sparks from the pit can damage your deck, furniture, railing and plants, so make sure to place it away from these elements and create a no-burning zone around and below the pit. You can put down some flame-resistant cover that will protect your deck and safely hold the fire pit.

Create sun shades

Overhead structures like trellises and pergolas will provide you with a perfect relaxing spot during sunny summer days. However, if you don’t want to spend that much money on upgrading your deck, you can invest in much cheaper shade sails that are easy to install and maintain. Shade sails are usually made of UV-resistant polyethylene knit fabric and they come in many shapes, sizes, and colors. They not only offer a comfortable shade but also serve as a modern kind of aerial sculpture for your yard.

A deck is a great addition to your home, especially when it’s nicely designed and decorated. If you bring your deck up-to-date, provide comfy furniture and beautiful lighting, you’ll not even want to go back inside.

 

Published by Emma Lawson