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Backyard Deck Ideas on a Budget: Revamping Your Outdoor Space Without Breaking the Bank

June 2, 2023 at 5:45 PM PST
DIY Home Outdoors Backyard Deck

Backyard Deck Ideas on a Budget: Revamping Your Outdoor Space Without Breaking the Bank

June 2, 2023 at 5:45 PM PST

Budget-friendly backyard deck ideas are a great way to get up close and personal with your outdoor space. Not only can you save a few extra dollars upgrading your yard, but you can teach yourself a few DIY tips that can work for other projects in your home.

A well-designed deck not only adds aesthetic appeal to your backyard but also serves as a functional extension of your home. Updating the wood on your deck can maximize your outdoor living space, and there are countless options to suit every taste and budget.

Budget-Friendly Ideas for Your Backyard Deck

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Before you start beautifying your backyard deck, make sure you do a quick checklist of what you should address before you start doing any upgrades to your deck.

Here’s a simple but must-have to-do list to ensure your backyard deck is the best it can be:

  • Check for soft spots in your deck because wood can rot.
  • Check for loose floorboards as some of them can be easily fixed with nails.
  • Stay on top of your railing and post because you want to keep everyone safe.
  • Keep a close eye on possible insect damage and other interferences that could ruin your deck.

Now, you’re ready for the fun part—exploring ideas for your deck.

Paint Your Deck

If time is a factor for you and you want to conserve a few dollars, painting your deck is the quickest and one of the most inexpensive things you can do to elevate your deck. After giving it a good power wash, check your floorboards, and if they are good to go, choose an outside porch paint and go for it!

Make Garden Planters

You don’t have to splurge on garden planters for your backyard deck when it’s easy to create them yourself. Depending on your space, you can use wood to make railing planters or use old tires and make a garden out of it. Even old milk crates can be used to frame your deck for an interesting urban appeal.

DIY Backyard Seating

Let’s face it, outdoor seating can be costly, and if you just moved into your home, you know every penny counts. You can check out your local nursery or even construction areas and see if they have any extra cement blocks that they don’t need. You can organize those blocks to make benches or individual seats. If you’re able to get these, add pillows or a softer surface to top it off. Either way, you’ll save a ton of money with this option.

Select Affordable Pavement Materials

If you don’t have much grass, no need to worry. Instead of spending money on an artificial lawn, you can opt for other cost-efficient alternatives such as sand, gravel, wood chips, and rocks. These materials will give your deck lots of character.

Make a DIY Pergola


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A pergola not only provides a stylish architectural element but also offers a comfortable space to relax and entertain. First, make sure your current deck can handle the weight of a pergola. Depending on your budget, you can buy a pergola kit to save time, or you can build it yourself over the course of a few weekends with some basic tools and a little bit of carpentry know-how.

Opt for affordable materials such as pressure-treated lumber or even repurposed wood to keep costs low. You can also add some climbing plants or string lights to create a cozy atmosphere and enjoy the satisfaction of having built a beautiful and budget-friendly pergola right in your backyard.

Extend Your Kitchen to Your Backyard Deck


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Take the coastal trends to the next level and expand your kitchen into your deck. Transforming your deck into an open-air cooking and dining space adds a whole new dimension to your backyard experience. You can add a table and some flowing drapes to your back door to create a soothing transition from the inside to the outside. Now, you have a space that allows you to cook, entertain, and enjoy meals in the fresh air.

These budget-friendly ideas will turn your backyard deck into a welcoming summer destination.



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