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.

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. 

Include a spa

A spa is a great addition to any deck. Use it to relax in at night or turn off the heat and take a refreshing dip on a hot summer’s afternoon. If your deck is elevated, you can make the spa level with the deck, so you can just step right in. If you’re adding a spa to an existing deck make sure the structure of the deck can take the weight. You may have to beef it up a bit.

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.

Designer decking

With the wide range of decking colours and widths available, you can mix up different boards to create different designs. Why not alternate the width of the decking boards? Try using a 90mm wide board followed by a 70mm board. You could also lay the decking on a 45 degree angle or go all out and use a zig-zag herringbone design. Apart from the structure underneath, there are no real hard and fast design rules. 

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.

Build your own deck

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.

Get council approval forms 01:00

Decking Planning to build a deck Good preparation is the secret to any successful D.I.Y. project. We’ll take you through all the stages involved in getting ready to build a deck.

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Decking How to set out a deck Before you can build a deck, it’s important to do the groundwork. We’ll show you how to measure and run string lines to mark the height of your deck and position of your stumps.

Install other bearers 03:47

Decking How to install bearers and stumps for a deck To install an outdoor deck, you’ll need a solid foundation. We’ll show you how to sink the stumps and attach the bearers for your foundation.

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Decking How to install joists for a deck Installing the joists for your decking is an important step in the project. We’ll show you how to install the joists that will form a strong foundation for your deck.

lay decking 02:46

Decking How to lay decking You can make the most of your outdoors and add real value to your home with a deck. We’ll take you through the steps involved in laying merbau decking.

Pre-drill holes to attach decking 05:17

Decking How to build modular decking Find out how to build your own outdoor living area with modular decking

Deck lights connected to power 02:07

Lighting How to install deck lights Turn your deck into a space you can use night and day. This video will show you how to install lights into your decking.

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Decking How to choose and maintain decking for a beach house An outdoor deck is a great spot for entertaining. We’ll show you how to choose the right materials and finishing, and give you some maintenance tips.

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 which 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.

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