Floating Decks

Find out all you need to know about floating decks and get great inspiration for your deck project.
Floating Wood Deck With Dining Table and Chairs

Floating Wood Deck With Dining Table and Chairs

As seen on HGTV's Yard Crashers, this floating wood deck is the perfect spot for an outdoor dinner party. Its unique chandelier stretches out above the table, suspended from a long metal rod attached to an adjacent wall.

From: Yard Crashers

By: Sean McEvoy

Decks & Patios in Depth

Discover more ways to optimize your outdoor space for greater enjoyment.

Deck building can be a daunting project, but if you're willing to elevate your approach a bit, floating decks can provide a fairly simple, elegant design addition to any outdoor space.

The design idea behind a floating deck is simple: instead of sitting flush with the ground, a floating deck gives the impression of "floating" a few inches off the surface. It's an aesthetically pleasing touch, and it also provides guests a great vantage point from which to survey the natural beauty of the backyard.

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Deck With Tree and String Lights

Inspired by the beautiful trees on the property, the designers dubbed this home, "The Treehouse" and used the tree-theme throughout the house. This particular tree was extra-special as its shape makes it ideal for sitting (one branch in particular is at perfect sitting-height) and its size provides tons of shade for the outdoor living area.

Photo By: Tre Dunham

Pop-Up Gazebo

Enjoy the four-walled privacy of your own gazebo without spending hundreds of dollars on a wood structure. Canvas gazebos are easy to set up and you can bring them with you to your next home.

Photo By: Wayfair

Built in Concrete Benches in Gravel and Deck

The concrete benches run the full length of the pit seating area, providing extra table space. The bright orange cushions add a fun pop of color to the space.

Photo By: Austin Outdoor Design

Deck With Wooden Adirondack Chair

Take a virtual tour of dreamy outdoor getaways all across the world, like this upper level deck with a view in Pedasi, Panama.

Covered Deck Offers Perfect Spot for Watching the Big Game

A covered deck with ample seating, ceiling fans, speakers and a flat-screen TV makes this a perfect spot for watching the big game, even on a hot, sunny day.

Photo By: Margaret Najarian

Palms, Planters and Concrete Pavers Generate a Tropical Vibe

Beige and light gray concrete pavers provide visually appealing decking for this tropical courtyard highlighted by modular planter cubes and a wraparound seating design from Bison Innovative Products.

Photo By: Bison Innovative Products, www.bisonip.com

Deck and Swing: Open Plan Villa on East Bedarra Island, Australia

The open plan villa has been carefully designed to make the most of the coral sea and breathtaking views. Pick your setting to take them in: dining table, lounge chair or porch swing!

From: Luxury Portfolio International® and Ken Jacobs

Photo By: Ken Jacobs, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Open Door Out to Deck

To connect the inside of this home to a spacious deck, double doors open up making an easy flow between indoors and out.

Photo By: Kevin Meechan

Upper Deck With Backyard View

This upper level deck gets the full display of a lush tropical backyard thanks to glass railings.

Photo By: Design 4 Corners

An Urban Rooftop Garden Casts a Warm Twilight Glow

The warm hues of Ipe wood and lush garden planters create an intimate outdoor setting at dusk in a design from Mataverde Decking.

Photo By: Mataverde Ipe Rooftop Deck by Organic Gardener NYC, www.mataverdedecking.com/mataverde-eurotec-deck-system

The steps for creating a floating deck are fairly straightforward. First, you'll want to level the area you've chosen for the deck. Excavate down to hard, flat ground, then use a laser level to ensure the area is totally flat.

Next, you'll need to set and level four corners of blocking. Blocks should be spaced to make a 7' x 19' rectangle, leaving enough space from each block for deck boards to add another 8' x 20' rectangle. Use a laser level or string level to ensure that each block is level.

Now you need to create lines for the interior blocks. Measure two feet from the corners, then spray paint a straight line down the short portion of the deck (this is the line for the interior blocks). Spray another line two feet between two interior lines. You should now have three horizontal lines—dig a six-inch trench along the lines, then dig a trench between your corner blocks.

On each trench line, space four interior blocks two feet apart from one another. Level the interior blocks and corner blocks. You'll have two blocks between horizontal corners and three between vertical corners.

If all blocks are equally spaced, set them and make sure they're level, adding and removing wet concrete as necessary. Make sure the concrete has dried, then lay the 2" x 6" pressure-treated deck joists. Make sure they are evenly spaced two feet apart.

Finally, lay down your deck boards. Start with one board in the middle of the deck, and make sure it hangs evenly off each end of the 2x6s. Deck planks should have a space between them, so use a small nail as your spacing guide. Where the plank meets the joist, screw two square head trim screws 1-1/4 inch from each side of the deck plank. Hammer the screws down, then repeat on each plank.

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