72 Wooden Deck Design Ideas (Photos of Many Designs, Shapes & Sizes)


Check out 72 wooden deck ideas with this huge series of photographs. Decks of all sizes, shapes, locations and designs.

Dramatic deck over rocky ocean with long stairs leading down to it



Without fail, decks, patios and balconies conjure up a romantic notion of relaxation and serenity… and for good reason.  There is no finer way to start the day than with a cup of coffee on a deck as the sun rises or ending the day with a cool beverage as the sun lowers.

But, there’s lots of work that goes into making a beautiful deck.  It’s important to start by picking out wood for your deck that works for you; weather, bugs, molds & fungi, and other factors should be discussed before choosing the right wood for you.  

TYPES OF WOOD

  • Ipé (pronounced ee-pay) is an almost magical South American hardwood.  Although the use of this wood is controversial as it comes from the rain forest, the USDA Forest Service Products Laboratory recommends Ipé because it’s virtually bug and weather resistant. The wood is so hard and solid that it is almost as hard to burn as concrete.  
  • Western Red Cedar starts as a red-brown and ages to the silvery gray you often see on older decks. The wood is soft, so it splinters pretty easily.  This kind of wood holds up well in rain, sun, heat, and cold.  A penetrating deck stain works well with this type of wood.
  • Redwood is a very soft wood that ages to a gorgeous gray. If exposed to an overabundance of rain, this wood will turn a blackish color.  This kind of wood is ideal and will not rot.
  • Mahogany is a tight-grained tropical hardwood that won’t rot and won’t attract pests.  This is another wood that turns silvery in it’s old age. Whichever type mahogany you select, make sure it has the “FSC” trademark to assure that rainforests have not been harvested irresponsibly.
  • Modern alternatives for outdoor decking include plastic polymer and wood-polymer composites. Synthetic materials won’t attract bugs and will not rot, but even the most realistic imitation will always be just that – an imitation.

(Source – architecture.com)


Before we get to the eye candy, I just want to point out that there are subtle differences between decks and patios. Decks are typically not built directly on the earth and are generally built of wood.  While the line between a deck and patio is sometimes blurred, we do our best to provide pictures of what are technically wooden decks.

Find more backyard ideas in our definitive guide to backyards!

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If you’re looking for deck blueprints, check out our free deck plans and blueprints here, and specifically a 12 foot by 16 foot deck blueprint here (PDF document included).

2-level dramatic square deck with wrap-around wooden railing
2-level dramatic square deck with wrap-around wooden railing

 

Large wood deck surrounded by pools and gardens
Large wood deck surrounded by pools and gardens

Wooden Deck Design Ideas

design and furniture in modern patio
Wooden design and furniture in modern patio

 

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Light wood deck overlooking a lush, beautiful green landscape

 

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Large deck with minimalist decorations where the wood matches the furniture

 

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A raised wooden deck that includes wooden furniture

 

Yard deck with gazebo adjacent to in-ground swimming pool
Yard deck with gazebo adjacent to in-ground swimming pool

 

Wood deck on side of in-ground swimming pool
Wood deck on side of in-ground swimming pool

Looking for more inspiration for in-ground pools?  Click here! 

Long light wood covered deck with no railing
Long light wood covered deck with no railing

 

Elevated wooden grey wooden deck overlooking in-ground swimming pool
Elevated wooden grey wooden deck overlooking in-ground swimming pool

 

Small fenced-in deck/courtyard with checkered deck-floor design
Small fenced-in deck/courtyard with checkered deck-floor design

 

Garden deck with small table and chairs surrounded by trees, flowers and bushes (arguably this is a garden patio since it's flush with the ground)
Garden deck with small table and chairs surrounded by trees, flowers and bushes (arguably this is a garden patio since it’s flush with the ground)

Wooden Deck Design Ideas

Expansive wood deck with low wood railing using diagonal wood floor design
Expansive wood deck with low wood railing using diagonal wood floor design
Elegant natural wood deck with white wood railing
Elegant natural wood deck with white wood railing

 

Simple redish wood deck with stairs to large grass yard
Simple redish wood deck with stairs to large grass yard

 

Platform deck with long staircase descending from deck
Platform deck with long staircase descending from deck

 

Large deck off back of home with gazebo sitting area
Large deck off back of home with gazebo sitting area

Source: Fiberon

Sleek dark wood deck with no railing extending off back of modern home
Sleek dark wood deck with no railing extending off back of modern home

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Simple large all-wood L-shaped deck with no railing
Simple large all-wood L-shaped deck with no railing

 

Small patio with light-wood floor and unique wicker chairs around glass outdoor coffee table
Small patio with light-wood floor and unique wicker chairs around glass outdoor coffee table

 

Covered deck with outdoor kitchen
Covered deck with outdoor kitchen

 Outdoor kitchens are gaining in popularity, and are a useful and attractive addition to any deck or patio!

L-shaped large wood deck wrapping around in-ground swimming pool
L-shaped large wood deck wrapping around in-ground swimming pool

 

Multi-sided wood deck with hot tub and dining table
Multi-sided wood deck with hot tub and dining table

 Source:  Fiberon

Wood deck wrapped around L-shaped swimming pool
Wood deck wrapped around L-shaped swimming pool

 

Sturdy deck built on steeply sloping hillside with wood and metal railing
Sturdy deck built on steeply sloping hillside with wood and metal railing

 

Long rectangular deck extending from luxury home with large outdoor sectional patio sofa
Long rectangular deck extending from luxury home with large outdoor sectional patio sofa

 

Basic wood deck with ornate wood railing with trellis
Basic wood deck with ornate wood railing with trellis

Love the trellises featured above?  They come in many designs and styles. Be sure and visit our special feature on lattices and trellises to find the perfect style to complement your outdoor living area!

Square deck with elegant patio furniture and potted plants
Square deck with elegant patio furniture and potted plants

 

Picture of deck with wood and cable railing (chose this photo to show a railing made in part with cables which looks very cool
Picture of deck with wood and cable railing (chose this photo to show a railing made in part with cables which looks very cool

 

Deck with walls overlooking water with hanging basket chair
Deck with walls overlooking water with hanging basket chair

 

Large dock deck with gazebo over water
Large dock deck with gazebo over water

 

Deck over tropical water with covered sofa
Deck over tropical water with covered sofa

 

Large multi-level deck with pergola and wooden bench
Large multi-level deck with pergola and wooden bench

 Source: Fiberon

Simple wooden deck with metal railing and metal furniture
Simple wooden deck with metal railing and metal furniture

 

Large deck with pergola and luxury patio furniture
Large deck with pergola and luxury patio furniture

Wooden Deck Design Ideas

Covered beach deck with 2 hammocks
Covered beach deck with 2 hammocks

 

Dock with deck on the end along with wooden gazebo
Dock with deck on the end along with wooden gazebo

 

White concrete elevated deck with no railing
White concrete elevated deck with no railing – this is the one deck on this page that’s not made of wood. Because it’s elevated, it’s on our deck page instead of patio page.

 

Deck at the end of wooden dock with gazebo
Deck at the end of wooden dock with gazebo

 Gazebos are a fun, stylish, and functional addition to any deck or patio area!

Apartment deck showcasing solid metal railing
Apartment deck showcasing solid metal railing

 

Large stained wooden deck with no railing and matching wood deck furniture
Large stained wooden deck with no railing and matching wood deck furniture

 

Simple deck and railing overlooking lake with Adirondack chairs
Simple deck and railing overlooking lake with Adirondack chairs

 

2-level deck extending into the yard
2-level deck extending into the yard

 

Large wrap-around covered veranda deck with no railing
Large wrap-around covered veranda deck with no railing

 

Long rectangle deck butting up to home with large outdoor kitchen
Long rectangle deck butting up to home with large outdoor kitchen

 

Simple wooden deck attached to rear of home - no railing and steps down to grass
Simple wooden deck attached to rear of home – no railing and steps down to grass

 

Small deck with wooden furniture and umbrella over backyard pond
Small deck with wooden furniture and umbrella over backyard pond
Wood deck with tree growing through the middle
Wood deck with tree growing through the middle

 

Garden deck with wooden swing
Garden deck with wooden swing

 

Large deck extending from back of home with overhead trellis
Large deck extending from back of home with overhead trellis

 

Cozy wooden deck with table and chairs and plenty of plants
Cozy wooden deck with table and chairs and plenty of plants

 

Luxury home with large wood deck surrounding in-ground swimming pool
Luxury home with large wood deck surrounding in-ground swimming pool

 

Stylish deck surrounded by lush hedge creating a courtyard environment
Stylish deck surrounded by lush hedge creating a courtyard environment

 

Large backyard summerhouse pavilion with outdoor kitchen and sitting area
Large backyard summerhouse pavilion with outdoor kitchen and sitting area

 

Summerhouse pavilion outdoor kitchen area
Summerhouse pavilion outdoor kitchen area

 

Elevated covered sundeck with stairs leading down into the yard
Elevated covered sundeck with stairs leading down into the yard

Wooden Deck Design Ideas

Huge wooden deck with large dining table and sofa
Huge wooden deck with large dining table and sofa

 

Simple single-level deck extending from rear of home (photo)
Simple single-level deck extending from rear of home (photo)

 

Long narrow deck attached to modern home overlooking water with metal railing
Long narrow deck attached to modern home overlooking water with metal railing

 

Elegant covered wooden deck with plush patio furniture overlooking pool
Elegant covered wooden deck with plush patio furniture overlooking pool

 

Large waterfront wood deck with wood and iron railing
Large waterfront wood deck with wood and iron railing

 

Exciting elevated balcony with incredible view and pool
Exciting elevated balcony with incredible view and pool

 For more backyard pool designs, click here!

Large wood and brick sun deck for modern home with hot tub
Large wood and brick sun deck for modern home with hot tub

 

Small elevated deck with large dining table with incredible view
Small elevated deck with large dining table with incredible view
Elevated deck amid trees with built-in bench
Elevated deck amid trees with built-in bench

 

6 pictures of wooden backyard deck design ideas
6 pictures of wooden backyard deck design ideas

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