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Want to make over your deck? Looking for smarter ways to use the space you already have? Here are 15 deck ideas and hacks to help you make the most of your outdoor space. From easy DIY furniture to smart storage ideas, you’ll find something to improve your deck or your backyard into a fun useable space.
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Deck Hacks for a Better Outdoor Space

Turn the space under your deck into a gorgeous play area for the kids – every kiddo needs an outdoor playhouse!

Have a party on your Deck! Here are some easy outdoor party tips.

Clean your deck in just one step by attaching a water hose to your broom.

Make inexpensive outdoor pillows by stuffing fabric pillow cases with plastic bags. Great way to recycle them!

Paint your planters with glow-in-the-dark paint to add lighting to your deck.

Hide your ugly cooler with a cool barnwood frame.

Make one of these outdoor day beds, and you’ll never want to leave your deck again.

Paint some old tires a bright color, stack them and add a glass top for a beautiful coffee table for your seating area.

Deck Ideas for an Amazing Outdoor Living Space

Creative Deck Ideas

These hacked ping pong ball Christmas lights would give your deck a magical look at night.

Widen your deck railing to create an outdoor breakfast bar.

Turn a cheap tablecloth into a durable outdoor rug for the deck with a few coats of polyurethane and some rug backing.

Here’s a cheap DIY deck project. Make an outdoor bar from old pallets and a few pavers.

This DIY drink station is also adorable.

A large terracotta pot table is multi-functional. Use it as a table and as storage for small odds and ends that you only need occasionally.

Add lots of extra seating for just $20 with a DIY outdoor patio bench.

Enjoy your time outdoors without being eaten alive by bugs. Keep these herbs that naturally repel mosquitos on your deck.

Outdoor parties are a blast – the best location is the deck!

Make your own outdoor ornaments on the cheap. The kids can help!