Easy Deck Ideas for the Best Summer Ever

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Easy deck ideas are the best ideas. We all love deck living. The weather is warm, the grill is hot, and the chairs are welcoming. It’s the perfect time of year for outdoor living. We love sitting on our deck in the summer and watching the sun rise or set – we enjoy both. It’s a wonderful place to appreciate the beauty of the lawn and garden that we work so hard on, and it’s also a wonderful hub for family time. Whether you’re relaxing on your deck with the family or throwing a big backyard bash, these easy deck ideas will help you make the most of your deck living this year.

deck with furniture and arbor

Easy Deck Ideas That Aren’t a Lot of Work

I often see Pinterest boards filled with deck ideas and think to myself, “Is anyone ever really going to take the time to keep that in order?” Of course, those decks with chaise lounges, area rugs (yes, I’ve seen it), and hanging lamps look amazing but come on, it’s not very practical for everyday living. These easy decorating ideas give a nice, inviting feel without being a ridiculous amount of work.

Easy to Care for Furniture

Rather than all that fancy stuff, I like to go with ease. Wooden furniture or furniture made with washable, outdoor rated materials like resin wicker or coated metal are a great option for making the deck inviting.

With these, your deck can have all the comforts of an indoor space and still be easy to clean with nothing more than some soapy water and a hose.

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Washable Throw Pillows

Of course, the drawback of wood furniture, and even some outdoor-rated furniture is how hard they can be. Much of the outdoor furniture you’ll find has cushions as hard as wood, which I imagine helps keep moisture from being retained within the cushions.

Washable throw pillows help add visual interest to your space and cushion against the hard seats and backs of both wood and outdoor-rated furniture, making them essential double duty deck addition.

Potted Plants

Potted plants are another excellent way to add to the vibe of your deck. They make my list of easy deck ideas because once planted, they can be relatively easy to care for if you pick the right plants. Another plus of plants is that you can plant ivy if you have a latticed railing, which will produce a wonderful effect over time.

One last thing to note is that with so many pot options out there, the pots themselves become wonderful focal points within your deck space. I love how these planters form an outer border to this deck.

planters on porch

Decorative Lighting

Nothing sets the mood like fun lighting to illuminate your deck at night. From small tea lights to large lanterns, there is something for everyone. I love hanging bulbs around our canopy. Solar lanterns that power themselves also come in handy. To help keep the bugs away, we often use citronella candles as well.

Add a Bar Area

Okay, I know I said easy, but hear me out. Unless you’re going for the next level celebrity bar look, adding a bar area to your deck isn’t all that difficult. You don’t have to have a wet bar, after all. There are plenty of deck ideas out there that essentially house a cooler that you fill with ice and then have a bar above where you can set the bottles of your favorite spirits. If you don’t drink, you can simply put your pop, bottled water, and the like in the cooler. A wooden top table like this one is a great inexpensive option as well.

deck furniture with bar

Use Quality Materials When You Build

The last and most important point on my list of easy deck ideas is to start off right. We live in an age where building decks of cedar or pine and then staining them every year or two is no longer required.

A low-maintenance deck is an easy deck, which is why I highly recommend building a deck with composite decking. If you want a deck or if your current deck is past its prime, a composite deck is a key to easy deck living. It lasts far longer than wood, has a wood look, and is super easy to clean.

Easy Deck ideas with Timbertech

One of the best composite deck companies out there is TimberTech. With their beautiful, easy-to-maintain composite materials and unlimited design potential, TimberTech offers the best of both form and function.

Their composite decking is not only beautiful and long-lasting, but it’s also a great source of peace of mind for outdoor living. Their decking resists mold and mildew and is backed by an incredible warranty, giving you one less thing to worry about.TimberTech’s wide variety of widths and colors allow for almost endless design possibilities, which, when paired with my above tips, gives you practically unlimited freedom for making a deck that is 100% yours. The days of settling for something that’s “good enough” are over! Isn’t this personalized lighting design amazing?

deck with lighting

With their vast array of decking options, high-quality composite material, and unmatched warranty, TimberTech is the best option for a great composite deck and tops on my list of easy deck ideas.

Get a Free Sample of Timbertech

If you’re interested in building a deck or replacing your existing deck, TimberTech can help. Head to the TimberTech sample page for a free sample of their amazing composite decking to see how they can help you reach your deck goals.

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Jenn

Jenn Mitchell is a proud mom, wife and adventure seeker. She’s traveled either solo or with family to 20 countries and 36 U.S. states so far. A former personal trainer, Jenn looks for ways to keep her family fit and active both at home and on the road. Her goal is to inspire other moms and families to live happy and healthy lives.

This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Melissa Chapman

    What a great treat for you to see sunrise and sunset from your deck. The look is so nice and the best way to spend time in summer.

  2. Natalie

    I’ve been thinking about getting decorative lighting for the backyard. Even though I don’t have a deck, I think it would look so lovely!

  3. Sarah Bailey

    I would love to have a lovely deck area to just sit out and relax on, we do have a paved area but to be honest it could really do with being redone into something nicer.

  4. Melissa

    We are in process of working on our back patio right now. Adding a fire pit and trying to decide on furniture. Great tips!

  5. Dennis Littley

    Impressive deck ideas! It makes me want to plan a summer party with a fun menu to entertain guests! Thanks for sharing this with us.

  6. Theresa

    We spend a lot of time on the deck this time of year, so making it cozy, but easy to maintain is key. You’ve got some great pointers here!

  7. Melissa Dixon

    I love sitting out on my deck with the family and watching my daughter on her trampoline. It is such a good time for us all, I need to do it more and get my deck ready for the warmer weather, if it ever gets here. haha

  8. Terri Steffes

    I love decorating my porch, patio and deck. I would love all of these!

  9. Melanie

    I have wanted composite decking for so long. Unfortunately, it is out of our budget. But it is beautiful!

  10. Beth

    All of these decks are so pretty! We get a lot of rain, so we need furniture that can take a soaking and dry out pretty quickly.

  11. Rena

    We were just talking about this last night. We recently downsized from a 4-bedroom house to a one-bedroom apartment and the only thing we miss is our deck. We spent more time there than anywhere!

  12. Kathy

    I think these are all so beautiful. I know my husband and I are planning to re do our entire deck. It’s kinda old, so we want to make it look nicer.

  13. Sarbeshwar

    Solar lanterns seems like a great idea to implement. I don’t have a backyard , but would definitely put them up in my balcony.

  14. Catalina

    I love this kind of relax area! It’s everything during the summer hot days!

  15. Tasheena

    I really enjoyed reading this post. These are wonderful tips. I would love to add a bar to my deck.

  16. Swathi

    These are beautiful deck ideas, I will show this to hubby, and let me see what happens. As it is going to expensive otherwise I would try to add this.

  17. Heather

    Having easy to care for furniture is key! Mother nature is too moody to have to deal with anything else.

  18. ricci

    I finally got my deck all decorated just the way I want it this summer and now I love going outside and hanging out there. It’s so peaceful!

  19. Sandra B.

    We just had our composite deck finished and now I’ve been scouring the web looking for decoration inspiration. I love the tip of having washable pillows and furniture. Thanks for the post!

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