How to Enhance your Decking Experience

Enhance Your Decking Experience

Are you considering adding a deck to your home? In Australia, decks are a cultural icon, as they support a lifestyle of living outside, entertaining with family, relaxing in the warm weather, and even growing potted plants and herbs. There are many benefits to installing a deck on your home, and we will discuss four ideas that you can use to enhance your decking experience.

 

When you decide to commence building a deck, think about what you want to achieve from the home addition. How will you and your family spend their time using the deck? What features would you like it to have? Initial thought and planning will help you make the right choices for your deck, and maximise your decking experience.

Safety first

Before you use your deck for the first time, you should most certainly inspect it to ensure that it is safe for use. This is especially important if you have young children who could be injured by nails sticking out, or fall over the edge of your deck if it does not have appropriate railings.

Throughout the year, decks should also be inspected on regular occasions. Take care to notice any changes in the timber, inspect the deck for termite damage, and be aware if any areas start rotting or splintering. If you do not know what to look for in regards to deck safety, talk to a professional who can assist you with the maintenance of it.

Add decorative furniture

Decking furniture can be both practical and decorative. If you are planning on using your deck for entertainment purposes, you will most likely want to add tables and chairs. You might also like to use a hammock, daybed or swing chair to make your deck more comfortable.

Furniture often looks best when it is placed at the edges of a deck and space is left in the middle of the deck for people to walk through. Ensure that your walkway is wide enough and that the furniture you use does not take up too much room. You will appreciate having ample space on your deck while you enjoy the outdoors and fresh air.

Define living areas

Your deck can provide an excellent living area, so you should decorate it by defining zones, just like you would indoors. Choose areas for growing plants,  dining, for young children to play and to relax and put your feet up. You can define living areas on your deck by arranging the furniture and using screens and barriers.

When you design your deck, consider the ways in which you can create separate living areas. Decks can be any shape that you like. You can have large and small decking areas, and a combination of both. You can add railings and walkways to decks, and use screens that are semi-transparent. These ideas will help you define your outdoor rooms.

Use colour and texture

Decks look fantastic when they feature colourful items such as cushions and rugs. Even if your plants are potted in boring pots, try painting them in a brilliant colour. Your decking experience will be much more enjoyable, if you design your living experience just like you would for your indoor areas. Embrace colour and be brave with it!

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