Seven different deck design ideas

A deck is a great way to extend your living area to the outdoors and is something you can build yourself . But why settle for a stock standard deck? There are a variety of ways you can take your deck up a notch and make it a standout feature of your home.

Built-in benches

Built-in benches give your deck an extra dimension. Instead of a flat expanse of deck, benches clad in the decking material make a part of the deck seem like it’s risen up. The same effect can be made using planter boxes instead of benches. Placed along one side of the deck the plants can also act as a living privacy screen.

Add some lights

To make your deck as welcoming at night as it is during the day, include deck lighting. Small energy efficient LED lights set into the side of your deck or along the steps will add a touch of class and sophistication to any deck, and there are some types that you can install yourself.

All in the details

Screws that are all lined up along the line of the deck joists looks a lot neater and more professional than a haphazard line of nails. Make sure the screws are the same distance from the edges of the boards for an even neater look. Wide decking boards look great with the larger heads of bugle batten screws. You could also go the other way altogether and use a hidden fixing system so you can’t see the screws at all.

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Learn how to build your own deck

Stepping out

Connect your deck to the rest of your backyard with a set of steps that run all the way along it. Clad the steps in the same materials as the deck as this will make the deck seem like it is flowing down into the backyard. Another advantage of a big set of steps – extra seating when you’re entertaining.

Keep the tree

Don’t despair if there’s a tree right where you want to build your new deck, turn it into a feature. Frame your deck around the tree and build it in. You can even put some benches around it to give you a shady spot to sit and relax. 

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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