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Decks with Curves

Add architectural interest and function by incorporating curves into your deck design.


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    • Curved Bench Adds Interest to a Deck

      Add a curved bench to provide a practical and beautiful outdoor seating spot. Built-in planters bring bursts of color to this long bench constructed from cedar planks.

    • Semicircular Prow

      This deck's half-circle shape contrasts with the straight lines of the house behind. A crescent-shape flowerbed repeats the curve at ground level.

    • Octagonal Deck

      A round deck shape can optimize space that could go unused in tight corners. On this octagonal deck, the large bench and cap rail provide room for relaxing and dining.

    • Curved Rail and Bench

      A curved rail wrapping a cantilevered bench makes a welcome addition to a rectangular backyard. This rail serves as a perch for plates when guests sit on benches to dine.

    • Intricate Deck Design

      A complex deck design like this one is clearly the work of a pro. The curved bench is key--it helps designate two distinct deck levels, providing a more intimate setting in the lower level where guests can take in the view.

    • Trellis Seating Area

      Consider a design like this one to shield views of a busy street or close neighbor. Acting as a wall, the curved trellis seating area provides separation from the outside world without impeding daylight or airflow. A built-in bench follows the curve of the trellis and establishes the space as a destination for relaxation.

    • Detailed Pergola

      A curvy deck offers a fresh alternative to traditional rectangular versions. Here, distinctive detailing on the pergola adds even more architectural interest.

    • Angled Steps

      When used in a series, curves are even more appealing. The curved perimeter of this deck provides the opportunity for eye-catching arched boards that follow the angle of the steps.

    • Curved Pergola and Bench

      When used throughout a landscape, curves can tie a variety of outdoor structures together. This curved bench contrasts with the chevron pattern on the deck floor, while the pergola top plays off the bench's curve.

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      Curved Brick Edging

      Here, simple diagonal wood planks let the curved edge take center stage. The bricks in the edge repeat the look of the raised planters.

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      Curved Copper Flashing

      Usually contemporary style means straight lines, but curves work, too--especially when paired with sleek materials. Here, bronze railings and a curved strip of copper flashing, both allowed to weather naturally, put a high-end spin on industrial materials.

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      Kid-Friendly Design

      This curved-edge deck design with a secure railing is kid-friendly. When choosing railings for a raised deck, harmonize a desire for unimpeded views with the necessity of sturdy, code-abiding rails. Consider thin aluminum or metal rails, as well as safety-glass panels, to open up the view.

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      Dramatic Deck

      A high-drama deck gets even more "oohs" and "aahs" when a curve is added. Overcoming a steep hillside, this deck is cantilevered over a canyon.

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      Spiral Staircase

      Incorporate curves in unconvential ways by adding a spiral staircase, like this graceful and space-saving model that provides easy access to the second-level deck from the ground. Spiral staircases are useful for tight quarters in small backyards.

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      Circular Railing

      Play up curves by adding circular elements to a deck railing. Here, an intricate design interrupts twisted rails that mirror the overall curved design of the structure.

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      Eclectic Raised Deck

      Well-designed angles can create the feel of a curvy deck. Create a meandering walkway to a sprawling deck to create a relaxing retreat that encourages visitors to slow down and enjoy the scenery. This eclectic structure is frequently used as an entertaining spot.

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      Dream Decks

      Transform your deck into a relaxing and restful retreat. Gather the ideas and inspiration you need to get your project started from these beautiful decks.
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