Homeowners need to regularly maintain their deck to ensure its longevity and structural integrity. Over time, this space could start to feel boring, especially if homeowners haven’t initiated any changes beyond the maintenance of replacing older boards, staining and sealing.
Updating the deck doesn’t need to require a large financial investment. In fact, some simple changes also can be fairly cheap. Use these five inexpensive ideas to revamp a deck and create a welcoming and relaxing outdoor space:
- Add plants and greenery
- Choose a unique stain
- Add furniture
- Illuminate the space
- Add a rug
Plants and Greenery Create a Lush Space
Not all homeowners want to maintain plants, and some might not want to deal with the mess of soil. Potted plants don’t have to be real. Faux plants and trees could add a lush environment without requiring upkeep. In addition, succulent varieties like cacti also require minimal upkeep.
Choose a Unique Stain
Staining a deck transforms the wood into a darker or lighter shade. Some stains also could double as a sealant (however, homeowners should check the label). Choosing a new stain for the deck can transform its appearance. Go darker for a richer outdoor ambiance or lighter for a laid back appeal.
Before applying the stain to the entire deck, Better Homes & Gardens recommends trying it out on a small area first. The stain could be darker than the homeowner realizes or the color might look different once it is applied.
Stain colors can lean red in hue or even gray. Some stains look yellowish or even blue. However, for those who live in condominium communities, a specific stain color could be mandated by the homeowner’s association.
To transform the deck into a place for relaxation, add some furniture like a chaise lounge chair or a comfortable outdoor couch. While some deck furniture can be expensive, homeowners also might find used deck furniture at thrift stores, yard sales or even estate sales. While older or used furniture might need a little TLC, it also could offer a vintage or retro appeal. REALTOR®.com recommends checking out the sites Chairish and OfferUp to find used furniture.
Illuminate the Space
String lights around the deck railing to create a soft glow during the evening hours. Twinkle lights could be an affordable choice. LED bulbs last longest, though. Homeowners also can install lights along the stairs to help illuminate the area for guests.
Add a Rug
A simple outdoor rug can add a vibrant pop of color or an interesting pattern to the deck. However, outdoor rugs might be best for decks that are covered.
For uncovered decks, homeowners could paint a rug. Get creative and design a unique rug using stencils and different paint hues.
Expensive Deck Projects
Homeowners who want a transformed deck space might budget more money for their renovation project. They might decide to install a hot tub or even build an outdoor kitchen space. Decks also could include built in furniture or even feature a stone central fire pit.
Those who love hosting guests might create an outdoor bar area on their deck. Again, this might include built in furniture and other luxurious amenities.
Parents could design a deck that meets the needs of their children. They might include a play area like a sand box, a craft table or even incorporate a playhouse into their deck.
Other Tips for a Beautiful Deck
While adding plants, staining the wood a new hue and incorporating lights can help create a more inviting deck area, some changes might take away from the elegance and beauty of a deck space. For example, too many toys or mismatching furniture could make the deck take on a haphazard and messy look.
When selecting furniture and other décor, homeowners should try to keep the look streamlined. Colors should be complimentary, and, unless the goal is to create an eclectic design, the style should focus on one time period. Motifs also shouldn’t clash.
Some deck projects are simple and don’t require a pro. More extensive projects—especially those that impact the structure—require a pro. Some homeowners might prefer a pro even for staining or sealing their deck.
While most homeowners are typically free to make changes to the outside of the home (including the deck), those who rent or those guided by a stringent HOA might need to seek permission before embarking on any major deck projects. Other major renovations also could require local permits. Homeowners should always research the requirements in their town and abide by their HOA guidelines before they move forward with deck renovation projects.