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13 Decking ideas for your backyard

By Elise Hodge

Updated: March 10th, 2022

Perfect for mealtimes, to relax on or party the night away.

A great backyard is a part of the Australian lifestyle – it gives you space to enjoy nature, run around with the kids and hosts guests on a Sunday afternoon. One way to spruce up your backyard and have a beautiful space for guests is to have a deck! But where to start… That’s why we’ve put together these divine decking ideas.

Do you build your deck around your house or standalone in the yard? Do you add a pergola or an umbrella? What kind of lighting should you use – decorative lanterns or LED lights? And what sort of timber should you use – hardwood, pine, or something more sustainable?

The truth is that you can use any number of these options! To help you decide, I’ve compiled 13 unique decking ideas for your backyard.

1. Small deck idea

Don’t have a lot of space? No problem, just make a smaller deck and pick smart pieces of furniture which will compliment the space and still make it useable.
decking ideas
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2. Create a peaceful oasis

Your deck is the perfect place for rest, so you want to put in the effort to make sure it feels like a relaxing space. Choose peaceful colours like natural timber and blue, keep a bunch of flowers on your coffee table, hang a throw over the arm of your outdoor seating set, and use an outdoor rug on the floor.

hanging chair decking ideas
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3. Circular deck

This is a stunning modern monochrome decking idea for the backyard where you want something small, yet a bit of a statement at the same time.

monochrome circular decking idea
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4. Use levels

Break up your deck with levels. Multilevel outdoor living space will bridge the gap between your home and an alfreso area for a seamless design.

decking coastal home
Photo by David Merrick on Unsplash

This is something best left to the professionals, take a look if you can find a decking expert nearby.

5. Polished deck

You don’t see a high shine polished deck all too often, but it’s a nice reprieve and a classic which suits a traditional home.

polished timber wood decking
Photo by Sonnie Hiles on Unsplash

6. Raw natural decking

Now for a complete opposite of the above, a raw deck that uses a wood that naturally changes and ages. It’s perfect for a Bohemian home.

boho decking idea
Photo by Camylla Battani on Unsplash

7. Create a front deck

Your deck doesn’t always have to be in the backyard. Create a beautiful front deck so that you can look over the street.

front porch decking
Photo by Francesca Tosolini on Unsplash

8. Timber decking stairs

How do you go from raised deck to garden… Well you can continue the timber for a style that flows (as opposed to bricks or paving, which would be more modern/industrial).

timber stairs in backyard
Photo by Cameron Smith on Unsplash

9. Plan your deck around entertaining

I love having my house filled to the brim with people. If you’re anything like me and you love entertaining too, then you know the value of having a deck to enjoy with family and friends. This is the place where you can come together at special events like Christmas lunch or family birthdays.

It’s also the spot where you can enjoy a lazy Sunday lunch with your friends. So you can do this, make sure you design your deck around entertaining.

Think of creating tables, bench chairs, lounges and even adding in an outdoor bar or kitchen so that you can keep the party going all night long!

outdoor entertaining
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10. Choose the right timber

The most important decision you’ll make when it comes to your deck is the type of timber to use. But it can be overwhelming because there are just so many types of decking to use!

  • Hardwood timber decking – extremely durable, highly resilient and can look, feel and even smell great.
  • Treated pine timber decking – one of the most common choices for the home because it’s highly versatile and affordable.
  • Composite decking – made from a mix of wood fibres and recycled plastic and is an easy and environmentally friendly option.
  • Modular decking – real timber boards prefabricated into panels that are fast and easy to install – perfect for the DIY option.
hardwood decking
Photo by Sergey Lapunin on Unsplash

11. Side-yard deck

A smaller hideaway oasis is a perfect addition when you just want to getaway and read a book in peace and quiet.

wood decking ideas
Photo by Birgit Loit on Unsplash

12. Pool decking ideas

Wrap timber decking around your pool for a seamless look across your entire outdoor area. It’s the perfect substitute for tiles.

timber pool decking
Photo by Drew Dau on Unsplash

13. Incorporate an outdoor kitchen

If you’re big on entertaining, then it might be worth investing in an outdoor kitchen, so you can easily keep the party going. You could choose a complete kitchen system, a BBQ or even an outdoor bar. Whatever you choose, you can be confident that your guests won’t be leaving early!

decking with outdoor entertaining
Photo by R ARCHITECTURE on Unsplash

If you have any other decking ideas, I’d love to know – just leave them in the comments below!


Elise H

I've recently moved into a new home and I've been having so much fun decorating it with pretty wall prints and Scandinavian-inspired furniture. So as well as being a freelance writer, I'm always on the lookout for new design pieces for my home!

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