How to Make a Small Deck Really Shine

August 14th, 2017 Category: Decks, Outdoor Kitchen, Patios

Making the most out of your small outdoor space can be a challenge, but having little land to work with doesn’t mean you can’t create a functional, stylish deck to enjoy. There are many tips and tricks you can use to make your deck feel larger and more upscale, even when you don’t have much space to work with.

Let’s look at some design ideas that can make your small deck really shine.

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Tiered Decks

If you have a sloped yard, building a tiered deck can utilize the most space while also making the deck feel and look larger. Rather than having a simple raised flat deck, different levels (or tiers) can create different areas each with a unique purpose.

Build an Under-the-deck Patio

If you have a raised deck, you can add extra space below by building a new patio! A good example of this might be in a townhome where there is a door on both the ground and second levels; and the second level door already leads to an established deck.

Built-in Bars and Benches

Another design idea which can save you space is a built in bar or bench. If your deck is too small for a full table, a built in bar with seating can offer a place to sit and have a drink or a meal without taking up a significant amount of space. Built-in benches also allow you to have available seating but take-up less room than a normal patio set because they incorporate the deck’s railing as part of the bench.

Properly Sized Furniture

If you already have an existing deck, but need some creative ideas to make the space feel bigger, properly sized furniture can make a huge difference. A large lounge chair or hammock might not be a practical choice if you’ve got limited space.

Appropriate Portions for Greenery

If you’d like some natural elements added to your deck, smaller sized potted trees and plants can bring some greenery to your space without overwhelming it. If you don’t have space for a planter; place a few pots on your table, or opt for a railing planter which hangs over the edge.

Outdoor Mirrors!

A well placed mirror can give the illusion your deck is larger. Mirrors are frequently used in small condos to give the illusion of space, and on a small deck they do just that, while also giving the reflection of the outdoors.

If you are in the market to design and build a deck to fit in your small space, or you are just looking for some add-ons to make your existing space more functional, give Outdoor Specialties a call today! Here at Outdoor Specialities our product experts can help you source the best deck building materials at an affordable price. For more information give us a call today at 410-371-0431.

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