Decking is a great addition to any outdoor space; it adds a whole new area to your home that can be used to bring light into the house while also being a usable space where you can relax, unwind and even enjoy some dinner and drinks with your loved ones. But how can you ensure you get a deck that makes the neighbours jealous – and maybe even increase the value of your home? Here is a collection of our favourite decking ideas that will make your deck better than anyone else’s.
A Mowing Strip/Decking Edge
It may seem a simple idea, but this can really make the difference from your deck being good, to looking fantastic (and making everyone green-eyed in the process). A mowing strip is an extra edge around your decking and can be made from gravel or brick. It adds a level of professionalism that most people won’t have – and you can even do it yourself. Just add some extra decking boards to your order, as well as some coloured gravel and a weed membrane to place under your bricks or gravel to stop plants popping up through your handy work – and you’ll have a deck that looks like a professional installed it in no time.
Build In A Planter
Planters are a beautiful addition to any deck, and having them built in looks incredible. Whether you’re building in a herb garden, a multi-level corner planter or you just keep things simple with a simple trough planter, the addition of greenery to any decking makes it look far more professional than just plain wood boards.
Fancy a challenge? Building in matching seating to your deck can look spectacular. Not only can you create decking seating easily using your decking boards (which is an incredibly cheap way to buy a great looking seat), building one yourself also means you can build in your own storage area under your seats.
Whether you’re going for a minimalist look and would prefer a metal and glass surround to your decking, or you’re looking for beachy rope handrails, installing a handrail around your decking can certainly add to the professionalism of your finished project. You can check out an incredible range of discount decking handrails here and make incredible savings too!
Adding lights to your decking is much easier than you might think; you can even buy decking tiles with lights already fitted if you like. Lights can make your new decking look modern and are well worth the extra investment. Adding the right lighting not only makes your deck look higher end, but it also has the added benefit of allowing you to enjoy your deck after dark, so you can sit outside and watch the night sky in perfect luxury.
We’re not kidding – you can easily install a small drinks cooler into your decking. It’s incredibly cheap to do, and simple – so you have no excuse not to! Simply buy a piece of outdoor guttering (we like the deep flow guttering or wider ogee gutter options for extra bottle space) and fix it to your adjacent decking boards. Drill some holes in the bottom to allow for drainage, add ice and your favourite beverages, and you’re done!
If you build a raised deck, or one with built in seats, it’s incredibly easy to add storage underneath. All you need is a few more boards and some simple hinges to create a lid over your storage area, and you’ll have a brand new space to store all of your outdoor gear, or maybe even a small store to keep your firewood dry if you have a fire pit or pizza oven on your deck!
A Pergola can be a fantastic way to upgrade your decking. Pergolas allow you to add lighting as well as vine plants so your deck can tie in perfectly with your home. It’s incredibly simple to build – you can even buy decking kits that include Pergolas to take the stress out of the build!
These are just some of our favourite decking ideas – but we’d love to hear what your favourite decking ideas are too. If you have any that you think should be added to the list, just let us know below!
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