Outdoor decks can benefit nearly every home. Whether used as a retreat or for entertaining, decks and patios are multifunctional outdoor living spaces. If you're a do-it-yourselfer with some carpentry skills, you will find all you need to plan, install, and finish a new deck addition in your landscape. Look to our pictures of decks for design ideas to help you get a plan in place. You'll find ideas in nearly every size and shape, as well as clever solutions to problems such as slope, multiple levels, and privacy needs. Backyard decks and docks are a great way to entertain. If you're looking for ways to take your deck up or down, try a multilevel deck design. Safety and beauty are two top-of-mind deck concerns; to give your deck an easy makeover, try a new railing that also maintains the most secure space possible.
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Deck Planning Tips
Turn your dream deck into reality with our deck planning tips and design ideas.
How to Choose Deck Stain Colors
A new coat of stain can give your deck a brand-new look and conceal its age. Here's how to choose deck stain colors...
Tips for Building a Deck
Consider these tips on deck design and materials before you build.
Wood Deck Maintenance
Better Homes and Gardens contributing editor Danny Lipford gives his tips to help your wood deck look its best.
How to Refinish a Deck
See how to refinish your deck with the right tools and techniques to get the job done.
Building a new deck? Our planning guide includes a building checklist, deck materials information, and more.
Vinyl Decking Basics and Designs
Considering a vinyl deck? Learn about vinyl deck maintenance, colors, and more.
5 Reasons to Choose Teak Decking
Is teak the right material for your deck? Explore the pros and cons of a teak deck with our guide.
Decks for Small Yards
Maximize a tiny backyard with these small-deck design and decorating ideas.
Beautiful Deck Designs
Browse beautiful pictures of decks designed for living large all season long.
20 Ways to Upgrade Your Deck
Give your deck a refreshing boost with these clever updates to help it take center stage.
Transform an ordinary deck into a relaxing retreat that reflects your style and extends your home outdoors.
Easy Deck Ideas
Outfit your outdoor escape with function and flair. These 14 ideas show how to upgrade your deck in style.
Deck Makeover Pictures
See decks turn from drab to fab in these amazing deck makeovers, and find inspiration for your own spruce-up.
Deck Privacy Ideas
Use these popular deck privacy ideas as inspiration for your next deck project.
One Deck, Three Ways
A basic deck gets three different looks for gardening, grilling, and relaxing outdoors.
Turn your backyard into a dreamy oasis with these amazing deck design ideas.
Freestanding Deck Designs
Discover design ideas for freestanding decks, and find the perfect fit for your yard.
deck planning and building
Whether you're building a new deck or improving an old one, read tips and advice from professionals about the planning process, decking materials, design ideas, and more.