Garden & Outdoor

Garden Decking Ideas

Decking ideas

Give your outdoor space a fresh, new look with garden decking. Whether you already have an area to redo or you’re starting from scratch, we have plenty of garden decking ideas to get your garden looking it’s best – no matter the size of your outdoor space, or budget. 

Before you begin any DIY work, we recommend you read our DIY Safety Tips guide, along with your power tool manuals and instructions for any new pieces of furniture or equipment, to keep yourself and others safe. 

Create a blank canvas

Before you start, you need to create a blank canvas, so that you can envision how you want the space to look. 

Clear and tidy the existing area to help you see what you have to work with. Throw away old plant pots or broken containers, sweep the area and prune back any overgrown bushes.

Top tip: Find out how to clean your decking here.

Plan ahead

Whether it’s your first time installing or you’re looking to replace old decking, think about what would be best for your space and design accordingly. While rectangular and square shapes can help to section your space, curved decking can help to create a great garden feature. 

Also consider the way you’re going to lay your decking. Laying the boards in different configurations – horizontal, diagonal or even chevron – will create a unique pattern.  

To create contrast, combine your decking with other materials, such as paving slabs, to divide up your space and create separate areas for seating or dining.  

Top tip: Find out all about planning and installing decking here. 

Refresh weathered wood

Over time, wooden decking can become discoloured and worn with exposure to the elements. Revitalise your decking with a few coats of decking stain to refresh the colour and cover up any imperfections.

Alternatively, you may want to give wood a coat of decking oil, replacing the natural resins lost from weathering and adding a fresh tint to restore colour. Consider potted plants for added vibrancy. 

Top tip: Find out how to stain and paint your decking here.

Add a comfy seating spot

With warmer weather on the way, plan ahead and create a space to lounge on balmy afternoons.  

Add a plush outdoor sofa for a homely and relaxing feel or, for larger decks, consider a sectional sofa and table set that can seat all the family. Take advantage of smaller spaces with a cosy nook by adding a garden chair or two. Decorate with throws, cushions and a rug 

Top tip: Shop all our garden seating here.

Dine al fresco

If you’re a BBQ connoisseur or just love to entertain outdoors, turn your decking space into an outdoor kitchen. If you fancy your hand at DIY, an outdoor garden bar is sure to create the wow-factor.  

You’ll also want a space to eat! A bistro set is a great option for smaller decks, or go all out with a larger dining set. Go the extra mile and dress up the table with stunning serveware, glassware and table linen. Don’t forget a parasol to provide shade on sunny days and a firepit to gather round when the sun goes down.  

Top tip: Check out our BBQ buying guide and party checklist here.

 Ambience is key

Set the mood and tie everything together with your outdoor lighting options. 

For a warm and cosy feel, opt for lanterns and outdoor string lights. Solar lights are also great, as they are eco-friendly and automatically illuminate at night. If you really want to make your decking into something special, splash out on a hot tub and transform your garden into an outdoor spa 

And those are our garden decking ideas. Don’t forget to share your transformations with us @Homebase_UK on Instagram and check out our other Garden & Outdoor ideas here.

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