Deck Furniture Options and Ideas

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By: Sean McEvoy
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If you've recently installed a brand new deck, refurbished an old one, or are just looking to explore deck furniture options and ideas, you'll find almost limitless possibilities in terms of style, materials and cost. Browsing your options is half the fun—relaxing on your new deck furniture is the other half.

7 Stylish Deck Features

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A Fire Pit Focal Point

This fire pit is a contemporary focal point that, along with the privacy wall, creates an inviting outdoor space for cool evenings. 

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Built-In Furniture

Ample seating and a painted rug creates a distinct outdoor room, while built-in benches along the railings and plush pillows maximize lounging space. Photo courtesy of Timber Tech

Photo By: Al Lang

Stair Design

Add interest with a well-designed staircase, like this one from DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2012. Keep in mind, most building codes require that the steps rise 8 inches per step or less and use 2" by 12" boards for treads. 

Photo By: Frank Murray

Contrasting Colors

Constructed with a contemporary deck design, a lighter wood and built-in bench define the fire pit area. Photo courtesy of Trex

Stay Outside Rain or Shine

Awnings are a great solution for shading your deck. Aristocrat awnings designs products that protects you from UV rays, decreases the amount of sun that enters your home and prevents furnishings from fading.

Ahead of the Curve

The layout of this deck incorporates movements and flow, which is ideal for entertaining large groups. Photo courtesy of Trex

Lighting

Go beyond the traditional lamp post and tiki torch. Building discrete lights into your deck illuminates walkways and sets a relaxed mood for your outdoor enjoyment. Learn More About Lighting Your Landscape

Your deck furniture decision-making will likely be inspired by the style of the deck itself. Is it a sleek, modern design, with lots of hard angles and geometric patterns? You may want to look into modern deck furniture to complement your contemporary deck, but contrast the hard lines of the deck itself with furniture that boasts some curves. A good option here could be cast-aluminum furniture, which is lightweight and can be shaped into curvy, modern styles. If you're looking for something more substantial, consider wrought iron, which is heavier, highly durable, and comes in every style, from whimsical 'English garden' to midcentury modern.

If your deck is more traditional or rustic, you may want to look into more staid wooden deck furniture. Your options here are wide and varied, but they include cedar, redwood and teak, all of which are weather and insect resistant, rich in color, and quite durable. In terms of design, wooden deck furniture runs the gamut—from sharp-angled, low-slung modern designs to back-to-nature furniture made from recovered wood and intertwining branches.

Finally, don't turn your nose up at wicker. Contemporary wicker styles have a great, updated look, are almost always treated to make them highly resistant to weather, and provide great comfort and portability, since they're so light.

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