Deck Designs & Ideas

It's time to dust off your inspiration cap and take a look at some of the most fabulous, functional decks you've ever seen. Start with our collection of 20 dreamy, real-life decks. Then move on to full tours of four distinct deck types: wraparound, a better builder's deck, a small-space sanctuary, and a rooftop retreat. Each will give you ideas for your own brand-new deck or get you thinking about how to revamp your existing deck space. You might not think there's potential for change in your existing yard or deck area, but our before-and-after deck makeovers will convince you otherwise. If you're not sure what makes one deck style different from the next, look to our rundown of the differences among five popular deck designs. With our explanations, you'll be able to find the one that best suits your day-to-day life. To jazz up your deck (and boost its practical side, too), try options such as built-in seating, curves, and more. If you're building a new deck but unsure how much it might cost, we have practical advice on budgeting and calculating joist spans. Plus, get a checklist of what you need to know before you buy a single piece of lumber.

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Deck Designs with Benches

Add comfort to your deck with built-in seating. These charming spaces are packed with inspiration!

Tips for Small Decks

Make your small deck live large with these smart tips to maximize space, find right-size amenities, and relax in style.

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Planning a Deck

Planning a new deck doesn't have to be a daunting task! Choose a design that seamlessly integrates with your home and landscape using these professional strategies for planning, budgeting, and building.

Choosing Deck Materials

Whether you're starting from scratch or updating an existing deck, it's important to know your materials options. Use this handy guide to learn the pros and cons of popular decking materials, plus find information on maintenance, cost, colors, and more.

What to Know About Building a Deck

Before you build a new deck, read these tips and ideas for creative deck designs, deck railing, deck colors, and layouts to maximize your space.

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