Deck Designs: Ideas for Platform Decks

Browse our special collection of platform decks to find deck design ideas.

Extended Platform Deck

Expand your living room to the open air of your yard with a deck that stretches along the back of your home. A gazebo gives shelter, come rain or shine, and solar lights let the space shine with design and safety.

A Deck for All Seasons

Don't abandon your deck when spring and summer end. A fire pit is the perfect place to warm cold hands on a chilly night and to roast marshmallows for a toasty treat. The benches behind the fire pit are a great alternative to railings; they provide extra seating without blocking the view of the lawn and garden.

Surround with Stone

Even urban rooftop yards can get decked out. A stone tile border and large flower boxes define this deck, and an abundance of blooming plants and a tree sit nearby. This sitting area is surrounded by nature, even in a concrete jungle.

Private Retreat

A quaint deck behind the house adds fresh-air seating to an interior sunporch and provides a perfect spot for potted plants.

Round Deck Design

A platform deck's structural simplicity allows for creativity. This deck includes a rounded area for a private conversational spot, and a white-and-green railing adds charm.

A Simple, Lovely Platform Deck

A platform deck involves a fairly simple design. They're usually built on level lots and attached to single-level dwellings, set low to the ground so railings aren't even necessary. Here, built-in benches help define the deck perimeter.

Savvy Deck Design

Though platform is the most basic deck style, nothing beats a deck that seamlessly incorporates angles, curves and a large screened gazebo. The sunburst railing and other details ensure this deck has style.

Landscaping Around a Deck

Adding a deck doesn't necessarily mean losing precious ground for your garden. Building a shady pergola over lounge space gives a new home to climbing plants, and potted plants visually soften stair corners. Angled nooks surround this deck with lush landscaping.

Unobstructed View

Stay close to the yard by building a deck only a step above the ground. This eliminates the need for rails, and loungers can enjoy an unobstructed view of the surrounding gardens from the comfort of their chairs.

Open, Freestanding Deck

Avoid claustrophobia on your deck and stay free of railings. Define the space by building benches around the edges while leaving the other sides open into the yard. Before you draw up plans for a deck like this one, check local regulations to learn how low you must keep the deck before adding rails.

Strategic Deck Design

With arbor shading on the deck's west side, this dining area remains an enjoyable space even on the hottest days. Remember to take all elements and family members into consideration; this deck's design incorporates space for the hot tub and for a doghouse in the corner.

Provide Easy Deck Access

With the hot tub tucked in the corner of the deck off of the master suite, soakers enjoy silence and privacy away from the hustle and bustle of the house. The deck is also accessible through a door off of the living room, so going through the bedroom to use the space isn't necessary.

Dressed Up Deck

Add personality to the front of your home with a gazebo-style arbor built into the side yard. A trellis-topped curved front deck makes an elegant connection between the entry and the outdoor space, enabling partygoers to move easily from the house to the yard.

Deck Addition

Initially these homeowners opted for a sunroom addition, but they enjoyed the sun-filled space so much that they added a deck soon after. The door from the sunroom provides a pleasant transition outdoors, and it's easily accessible from the breakfast room.

Add an Arbor

A basic platform deck becomes beautiful with the addition of an arbor. Yard access, once funneled through a narrow stairway, stretches along the front and around the corner. These broad steps open space and make great extra seating.

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