If it’s done right, an area of decking can give you a peaceful space for alfresco dining or a pleasant spot to enjoy a morning coffee, practice some yoga, or just enjoy the feel of the breeze on your face. If you’re struggling for inspiration when it comes to your decking, read on for some ideas on how you can spruce yours up to create the garden of your dreams!


Wooden decking gives an outdoorsy feel, but it can also feel a little plain if there’s nothing but wood to look at! Try breaking up the wood with a rug in the centre of your seating area, or by adding a daybed or bench and surrounding it with colourful fabric drapes.

If you don’t fancy a daybed or bench you could try hanging some fabric as a kind of feature wall, or perhaps using fabric bunting to jazz up your railings.

Outdoor Fire Pit

As the nights get longer and colder, you’ll get much more use out of your decking if there’s a source of heat and light outside and what could be cosier than a fire pit!

Putting a fire pit on your decking isn’t a difficult task, but you will need to be thoughtful to ensure that you don’t cause a fire hazard.

Some things to consider when building a fire pit:

  • Try to consider where the wind blows so that smoke isn’t constantly billowing in the direction of your seating area.
  • Set your firepit in a location that means you can enjoy any views, AND the warmth of the fire at the same time. You don’t want to be sat facing away from a glorious sunset!
  • Leave enough space between the seating area and the fire pit so that you don’t have to sit right next to the fire if it gets too hot.
  • Create a masonry hearth around your fire pit so that it isn’t in direct contact with the wooden decking. This should be thick enough to keep the heat away from the wood.
  • Keep a hose nearby so that you can act quickly if the fire starts to get out of control.
  • Think about firewood storage. You’ll want to be able to reach it easily from the decking, but you don’t want to take up valuable seating space. Utilising the space beneath the decking is a great idea.


Adding tiers to your decking is a great way to break up the monotony of solid wood, and to create defined areas. For example, you could have your seating area higher up than an area that you reserve for yoga or meditation.

If you are adding tiers be sure to stock up on the essential supplies in advance so that you don’t have building work going on for too long, and you ensure that your new additions are sturdy and safe.


Solar or string lights can add a festival feel to your decking, and also act as a safety feature so that you don’t trip over in the dark!

Paint The Floor

There’s no rule that says your decking has to be wood coloured. Experiment with painting it in different colours to tie it in with the theme of your garden.

Cohesion With Your Living Space

If your decking is directly off your living room it can be really effective to continue the decorative themes of the room out onto the decking, so that you get the feeling of an extended living space.