The Dos and Don’ts of Designing a Deck for a Small Backyard


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Designing a deck for a small backyard can be a challenging task. With limited space, it’s important to create a functional and stylish outdoor living area that meets your needs while also maximising space. In this blog, we’ll explore the dos and don’ts of designing a deck for a small backyard to help you create the perfect outdoor living space.

Do: Plan Your Space Carefully

The first step in designing a deck for a small backyard is to plan your space carefully. Consider the size and shape of your backyard and how you want your space to flow. Think about the features you want to include, such as a dining area, a lounge area, or a built-in grill. Planning your space carefully will help you maximise your outdoor living area and create a functional layout.

Don’t: Overcrowd Your Space

While it’s important to make the most of your space, it’s also important not to overcrowd your deck. A cluttered and cramped outdoor living space can be overwhelming and uncomfortable. Be strategic with your furniture placement and choose pieces that are scaled appropriately for your space.

Do: Choose the Right Materials

Choosing the right materials is key to creating a deck that is durable and stylish. Consider materials that are weather-resistant and low-maintenance, such as composite decking, stone pavers, or aluminium. These materials will withstand the elements and require minimal upkeep, which is particularly important for small outdoor living spaces where there is limited room for storage.

Don’t: Neglect Maintenance

While choosing low-maintenance materials is important, it’s also important not to neglect maintenance altogether. Regular cleaning and upkeep will help your deck look its best and prolong its lifespan. Sweep your deck regularly to remove debris, and wash it with a mild detergent and water as needed.

Do: Incorporate Vertical Space

When designing a deck for a small backyard, it’s important to make use of vertical space. Consider adding hanging baskets or a living wall to add greenery and texture to your outdoor living space. You can also add built-in benches or seating that double as storage space, helping to maximise your space.

Don’t: Forget About Lighting

Lighting is an important element of any outdoor living space, particularly in a small backyard where every inch counts. Consider adding lighting to your deck to create ambiance and improve visibility. You can use string lights, lanterns, or built-in lighting to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Coastal Patios can facilitate the installation of all lighting so you don’t have to deal with multiple trades.

Do: Consider the View

Finally, when designing a deck for a small backyard, it’s important to consider the view. Make the most of any natural views or landscaping features by positioning your deck to take advantage of them. You can also add privacy screens or planters to create a secluded and intimate outdoor living space.

The Coastal Patios designers are experts in this area and can guide you in creating the perfect deck for any size property. Get in touch with our local team today for a quote.

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