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5 Best Deck Layout Ideas

A deck is one of the most versatile spaces in a home. Depending on how and what you decide to furnish it with, you can turn this little outdoor space into one that is fit for anything. The same deck can go from being a luscious garden to a nook perfect for intimate family barbecues with just a little bit of tweaking. Similarly, a small deck that had primarily been designed

as an outdoor dining area can be easily transformed into a cozy reading corner. In short, when it comes to decks, the possibilities are virtually endless!


This article will explore the many ways an outdoor deck can be furnished and transformed into the stuff of your dreams. Here are six best deck layout ideas for your very own Pinterest-able deck.


5 Best deck layout ideas

As we mentioned before, outdoor decks have a ton of potential. With just a few switches here and there, these spaces can be completely transformed to suit different purposes. Let’s take a look at how you can use lookout and furnishing to either construct yourself a new deck or give your existing one a big makeover.


1. Turn your deck into a picturesque vista

If you are lucky enough to have your house facing a beautiful view, we recommend that you take full advantage of it. Instead of cluttering your deck with a thousand different pieces of furniture, maintain a spacious look by investing in one statement piece. For this, our favorite choice will always be a large swing bed or a deep seating sofa that faces the view in question.


The swing bed, sofa, or whatever large piece of furniture you have chosen to adorn your deck will provide you with a place to sit and relax without obstructing the gorgeous view. You can also throw in a coffee table and a couple of chairs placed on either side of it for added comfort. This setting will make the perfect vista for you to rest in at the end of the day and enjoy the sunset.


2. Host small family barbecues on your deck

We have all heard that families who play together stay together. There is no better deck layout option for close-knit families that enjoy frequent quality time with each other than one meant for small family barbecues.


All you need is a complementing dining set according to your family size, a good quality grill, and perhaps a sofa for added comfort. For large families, we recommend getting a traditional nine-piece dining set. But if yours is a small family, you can get away with a simple four-person bistro set as well.


3. Make your deck a personal retreat for yourself.


Another fantastic use of an outdoor deck is by making it a cozy corner for you to relax in during your free time. This works especially great for smaller decks that are difficult to convert into one of the two options discussed above. Even the tiniest of decks can make a gorgeous personal retreat.


We recommend furniture that doesn’t take up all the space for those with smaller decks. When your deck is fully furnished, ensure that you still have some room to walk around or lay down a small yoga mat. A simple L-shaped sofa and a small conversation table are enough for this setup. And if you feel like something is missing afterward, you can always throw in a little porch swing that adds interest to the whole thing.


4. Transform your deck into a welcoming space for any casual hangout


In addition to making your deck a relaxing nook for yourself, a few fixes here and there will also make it the perfect place to host casual company. Trust us, your friends and family will love tea time or after-dinner drinks at your house with a beautiful deck!


For this, add a deep-seated plush sofa to the mix discussed in the above setup for a personal retreat. A glider or a rocker chair will add further interest to the layout and is guaranteed to be a hit with your friends and family.


5. Make mealtime a real treat with a beautiful dining area on your deck.


Lastly, you can choose to use your deck as an outdoor dining area. This is an especially good idea if your house is on the smaller side and does not have enough space to put a dining table indoors. In these cases, investing in a dining piece that goes out on the deck is quite the smart move.


With a cozy bistro dining set out on the deck, you can have romantic date nights right in the comfort of your own home. If your family is bigger, you can also opt for a more traditional design in a dining set.

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