Deck Designs: Ideas for Freestanding Decks

This collection of beautiful decks shows how a freestanding outdoor gathering space can work in your yard.

Refreshed Small Deck

Freestanding decks are not attached to the house. These separate landscaping features usually are located some distance from the main living area, where they provide the best views. Freestanding decks are often positioned in a shady glade or in a beautiful garden.

If you already have a freestanding deck but it goes unused, make it over with new furniture and plantings. This small deck was renewed with resin wicker furniture, an outdoor rug, and fiberglass containers brimming with plants.

Rustic Deck

With its low profile, this freestanding deck appears to be a natural extension of the bordering landscape. The structure is enhanced by colorful outdoor furniture and potted plants.

Floating Deck Design

Consider placing a deck near an existing pond in your landscape to add the tranquil sound of moving water to the retreat. Floating over a koi pond and surrounded by natural elements, this deck offers a calm place for conversation and dining.

Pergola-Topped Deck

Adding an airy "roof" to your freestanding deck further defines the space. Bedsheets hung as curtain panels, a simple vintage trunk, and paper orbs turn this simple pergola into an exotic and inviting outdoor room.

Multilevel Deck

Adding levels to a deck breaks up an expansive outdoor space. This low freestanding structure easily transitions to the yard filled with unique and decorative plantings.

Deck Dining Area

A path extending from your deck to the house or yard can be a practical addition, especially when the outdoor space is used for dining and entertaining--carrying dishes is easier on level ground!

Asian-Style Deck

A basic pavilion perched atop a freestanding deck like this one extends an Asian ambiance. Wood-grid partitions and translucent acrylic panels evoke the airy look of rice paper screens.

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