Looking for inspiration for your next decking project? Or want to discover a new way to add flair to your existing outdoor living space?
Take a look at our decking ideas round-up below for exciting ways to add flair and practicality to your decking area and outdoor space. From contemporary garden design ideas to outdoor dining spaces and creative ways to recycle any leftover decking boards, the perfect garden deck is easier to create than you might think.
We've sourced the below inspirational decking projects by Cladco customers who have used various ways to update and improve their decking areas and gardens to inspire you along the way.
Experiment with raised decks
Make uneven ground level
Decking can help to conceal and level out the uneven ground in your outdoor space and provide a flat, decked seating area.
Cladco Composite Decking products provide the best material for this, owing to their rot-resistant properties. Laying Cladco Weed Mat and Pins underneath the decking will also help to prevent unwanted plants or weeds from growing up through the gaps in your boards over time.
Try an Elevated Deck to match other areas
To reduce the risk of tripping over steps, try a raised deck. A high-decked terrace makes for the perfect spot to add outdoor dining furniture.
This will allow you to enjoy your garden while relaxing, eating and drinking with family and friends - all on comfortable and stylish garden furniture that is in keeping with the rest of your outdoor space.
The below decking area has been installed as a raised decked platform - complete with built-in seating and railings for added safety, whilst still being a relaxing space.
Cladco Stone Grey Composite Decking Boards have been used to both deck the structure of the flooring and to build the bar and bench area.
Plan your decking shape for the space
Arrange Decking around smaller spaces
Consider the addition of tall potted plants which can be moved around easily and can be used to cover any joins or the odd decking stain.
Compact furniture can be added to make better use of tighter spaces. A simple colour scheme throughout keeps the space light, airy and makes potted plants and furniture colour schemes pop.
ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO LAY DECKING BOARDS
Modular Deck Layout
When planning your decking design, for added interest consider building a modular layout consisting of multiple, alternating segments. This type of layout looks great with varying colours of decking boards and is best for working around difficult or small garden spaces.
Cladco Composite Decking Tiles are the ideal material to achieve this effect and are available in a range of four natural colours. These 600 x 600mm Deck Tiles are easy to install with a click-and-lock system and will look great all year round on balconies, patios, gardens and more.
Framed Deck Layout
If you like the look of 'picture framing' as part of your deck design, create a dual-coloured deck using two different coloured deck boards - one as the base colour and one to use around the edges.
Cladco Composite Bullnose Boards have a rounded edge along one side of the Board, with the other edge easily fitting within your Cladco Decking® layout, creating a neat, framed effect.
Chevron Deck Layout
Consider a chevron design as part of your garden decking layout. This is a great way to create the illusion of movement, with adjoining diagonal lines meeting at different angles for a multi-dimensional look.
Make sure the supporting Joists for your deck are doubled up where the diagonal boards meet around the central design.
Herringbone Deck Layout
The herringbone design is the most intricate design of the four listed here, with a step pattern running throughout the centre of the deck. It's important to give the design enough support where the boards meet, using two supporting Joists linked to singular joists.
Try Different Decking Materials
Combine Decking Boards with Stones or Paving
You might want to get creative with the look and feel of your garden design by introducing flagstones or similarly coloured paving stones around your Decking installation.
This can create a neat surrounding area for your deck and the contrasting textures add interest and a contemporary feel.
Use Composite Decking to change the Colour of your Garden
Be Creative with Colour Schemes
Colour can completely transform a space, especially in small garden spaces. The eight colours available within the Cladco Composite Decking range will allow you to be creative with the colour scheme of your outdoor area.
The warm wood tones of Cladco Composite Teak Decking Boards below, combined with the bright tropical plants make for an exotic and fun outdoor space to entertain guests and enjoy time with the family.
Try adding Decking Accessories
Mark your Deck area with a Balustrade System
Decking areas that aren't surrounded by exterior walls, a fence or hedges can greatly benefit from having a metal Balustrade System in place.
This not only gives something for people to hold onto but gives the decking area more prominence, especially if grass or fencing does not surround it.
Railing systems can also add an extra element of style to your deck design, transforming the look. A low-maintenance, Powder-Coated Aluminium Balustrade System doesn't require painting and will mean that, with low upkeep, this will last for years to come.
Complement your Decking with Matching Steps
Matching steps and stairways can be built into your decking design with matching Composite Decking Boards that have been cut to size. See our Decking Steps Ideas post for more detailed discussion.
In the image above the colour scheme runs hroughout the design, whilst Composite Corner Trims create a neat edge along the way.
Stone Grey Woodgrain Decking Boards are used in the first of the images below and make for an attractive step-up design that blends into the natural surroundings and gabion wall in the background.
Cladco Premium PVC Decking Boards are also a great way to create seamless steps. The solid ASA resin shell provides a highly weather and scratch-resistant surface which is ideal for areas with high footfall on your decked area.
The below project has used Cladco PVC Decking Boards in the colour Cedar Wood. This replicates the look of wood decking without the ongoing maintenance that is required of real timber.
Create a Shelter on PVC or Solid Decking Boards
These are also ideal for heavier decking furniture or for adding a semi-covered area such as a pergola, allowing you to enjoy your deck in sun, shade and shelter.
This is down to their increased strength and durability, owing to their solid core and robust ASA resin coating (Premium PVC Boards only).
Construct a practical BBQ shelter on your super strong PVC Decking Boards as shown in this project below, for a social cooking/dining space that can double up as a covered deck if the weather takes a turn for the worst.
Combine a Bar area with Decking
The raised Stone Grey Composite Decking project below elevates the guest area, making it more of a feature in this garden setting.
The tasteful addition of a built-in coffee table and composite bar is made with the same composite material as the deck and has been topped with mosaic tiles. This breaks up the greys and adds visual appeal to the raised decking area.
The example below has used leftover Composite Boards to make their own bar and bar stools! Unlike natural materials, Composite material is split and splinter resistant and so is perfectly comfortable and practical to sit on and use as outdoor furniture.
Experiment with Spare Boards
Design a walkway made from Composite Decking Boards
Incorporate a low-maintenance garden path into your decking design using the same colour boards as used in the decking, to make a low-slip, high-quality walkway from one outdoor space to the next.
The durable, hardwearing properties of wood-plastic composite decking mean you won't be replacing the boards as often as you would with traditional timber walkways.
Integrate Plants into your Decking
Raised Beds Created from Matching Decking
Line your decking space with natural foliage and plant pots to bring some colour and life into your garden.
Composite Decking can make for the perfect raised flower beds in your garden space. Boards will not only provide insect and rot-resistant properties, but will also look fantastic in your garden.
Make use of Excess Decking Materials
A great way to make use of excess Decking Boards and offcuts, and a simple way to add decorative elements to your garden is to build some creative furniture and accessories with them.
Cladco Composite Decking Boards are rot and insect-resistant, being manufactured from 60% recycled wood fibres and 40% recycled plastic, making for the perfect material to create seating areas, containers for plants or even outdoor armchairs.
Set the Mood with Evening Lighting
Nothing completes a deck design quite like warm mood lighting to relax with under the stars.
Fix your lighting to a marquee, or surrounding fencing, and soak up the atmosphere while spending the evening hours enjoying your deck. There are many cost-effective lighting options available to complement your decking space - from solar lights to fairy lights or even hanging lanterns.
Whether you want to level out your garden's uneven ground, create a place to cook and entertain, or just get creative with an interesting and unique decking shape there are so many possibilities.
The look and feel of your decking needn't be generic and it's easy to make your space unique with customisation.
Once you've chosen your decking material, and have found the best design for your space, work with additional furniture and accessories to establish a personalised look. You'll want a space that will last and can be easily updated for years to come.
Not quite had your fill of decking inspiration? For composite decking-related ideas check out our Composite Decking Ideas and Inspiration.
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