Affordable Ways to Improve Your Deck

If you are considering improving your deck space but are on a budget, you don’t have to worry. The possibilities for beautifying your deck are endless and you can start with these suggestions.

Do you have a tired-looking, dull deck and don’t know what to do with it? Do you think that improving it would cost too much money that you don’t have? Contrary to popular belief, creating a stunning deck space doesn’t automatically mean making a huge dent on your bank account. Employing a little imagination and creativity, as well as some thrift-shopping and DIY skills, you can update your deck and make it a stylish, functional and comfortable space that you can enjoy and relax in with your family and friends.

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These suggestions for affordable additions, upgrades and accessories will have you excited to plan and implement your own DIY home deck redesign.

Before anything else, clean, repair and stain your deck.

No amount of decorating will hide a dirty, dilapidated deck so it is best to start with cleaning your deck space and repairing what needs to be fixed. If you have wooden floors on your deck that need staining, it is recommended to get that done as well before making cosmetic changes.

Speaking of floors, consider painting yours.

Depending on your deck size and desired design, you may need just a few quarts of paint, a stencil and sealer, and you will be good to go. This contemporary design by Hunted Interior is a great example of a finished painted deck:

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And another one, by Creatively Living:
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Give some thought to your outdoor furniture.

There are a variety of options available when it comes to outdoor furniture, with materials ranging from wood, wicker, aluminum, steel and plastic, not to mention a plethora of designs to choose from. Always keep comfort as the top priority, since you want to be able to spend a relaxing time in your backyard deck. Built-in seating with storage underneath the seats will give you space to stash your outdoor games in. Comfortable outdoor pillows and cushions will add coziness and style to your space that will make you want to stay and sit awhile.

Choose a color scheme.

Focus on one or two colors to work with to unify the feel of your décor and enhance your home’s exterior. If you choose to go with a neutral color scheme, try spicing up your deck space by adding colorful accents. This deck makeover by House of Turquoise features turquoise accents to liven up the space.
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Pillows add comfort and flair to your decks and patios.

Pillows serve to soften your seating area, and in addition, help echo your decorating scheme. Aside from adding pillows to your outdoor furniture, you can have oversized cushions to serve as additional seating on the floor for guests when entertaining. You can either buy pillow covers or make your own using outdoor fabrics, or using this cool tutorial by Domestic Imperfection that teaches you how to make your own outdoor throw pillows using 2-layer placemats, pillow stuffing and waterproofing fabric protector.

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Cover up your deck space.

Creating a shade on your deck will allow you to savor the outdoors, whether the sun is blazing or there’s a heavy downpour. You can use all-weather fabrics as sun shades that come in an array of inexpensive and chic patterns and colors that you can switch out depending on your mood.

Check out this DIY pergola by JandBMarvin:
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Or this pergola by Rick’s Fencing outfitted with clear polycarbonate panels for a sturdier covering that can stand up to heavy rainfall:
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Create a private space.

Just because your deck is outdoors doesn’t mean your neighbors have to see everything that’s going on. You can secure your privacy in various ways, such as using plants in tall garden pots, lattice panels, a  wall of plants, or outdoor privacy screens and curtains.

These morning glory vines serve as a privacy screen:
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As does this lattice panel:
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Light it up.

You can extend the time you spend outdoors by installing outdoor lights on your deck. Strategically placed lights around your deck will set the mood and create ambience. If you have steps leading to and from your deck, it would be wise to add small lights on each step to illuminate the way.

If you’re going for the whimsical look, you can use outdoor string lights as designed by Willow Jade Floral:
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Or create your own outdoor chandelier with the help of this DIY tutorial by All Things Heart and Home:
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You can also go with conventional lighting using LED lights, such as these by Trex:
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Or these ones by Frontgate:
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