25 Small Deck Ideas (Furniture & Design Guide)

A well-planned deck adds incredible value to your home’s outdoor aesthetics. Here, we share our small deck ideas so you can easily maximize your limited space. We have included construction designs for inspiration, outdoor furniture tips & suggestions for budget-conscious homeowners.

Small deck ideas
You can turn the deck into your own little corner of peace and relaxation. You can even transform your deck into a place for family events, like Friday barbeque dinners or picnics. 

If you only have a small space left to work on your deck, there are still exciting and stylish ideas you can do! The trick is to design your deck, applying functional ideas while maintaining the requirements you want your deck to have.

Quicklist: Small Deck Design Ideas

  • Be a Minimalist
  • Use Seating as Border
  • Consider the Scale
  • Design for Multiple Activities
  • Don’t Cram All Ideas
  • Build a Cozy Corner
  • Match Home’s Architecture
  • Add Greenery

Building a Small Deck Ideas

Small deck outside of house with furniture Maximizing the small yard in building your small deck can be challenging. The key to your success lies in knowing what to do. Here are some inspiration you can do for your small deck. 

Practice Minimalism When Building Your Deck

Backyard deck with dark brown painted fence with lattice top When it comes to creative space-saving tips, minimalism takes the cake. With the concept “less is more”, you can design your deck spaces without needing a lot of furniture that can only crowd your space. 

This platform deck features traditional wood deck materials that match the design of the fence. The minimalistic appeal of the small deck prevents the small space from looking cluttered and disorganized. 

Using minimalism doesn’t remove the small deck’s functionality, especially with installing the four-seat table. This small deck is perfect for breakfast or brunch on a beautiful sunny day. 

Use Seating as Border for Your Deck

Small wood deck with sofa table flowers and trees Using seating as a border along the perimeter of your deck is one of the oldest tricks in maximizing space. Since the seating also serves as the deck’s border, it appears like it’s not a piece of additional furniture that crowds your deck. 

The small wooden deck showcases a good example of using your seating as the border of the deck. With the addition of cushions and fluffy pillows, the deck appears homier and more inviting. 

The designer of this deck didn’t have to buy expensive seats and tables but built them as part of the deck instead. 

Consider The Deck’s Scale By Adding Space-Saving Decor

Modern house with small outdoor deck and furniture One of the basic factors to consider before designing a deck is the space it covers. You can’t just randomly choose furniture or decor for your deck. 

For a small deck, space-saving furniture and decor are recommended. All furniture to be included needs to be well thought out.

Consider your deck dimensions in relation to your furniture and decor sizes. The latter should be proportionate to the size of your deck.

Choose furniture and decor to make your deck appear bigger and more spacious. Read more about our guide on maintenance-free outdoor furniture here.

Having a sliding mirror beside your deck makes it appear bigger. This is seen in this freestanding deck. Having two parts of the deck also makes it appear more spacious. The modern look of this small deck adds to its charm, with the furniture matching its style. 

Design Your Deck To Accommodate Multiple Activities

Outdoor wooden deck with canopy and furniture You can do whatever you want with your deck but building it to accommodate multiple activities is a great idea. Design your deck in a way so it can be a place for relaxation and to entertain guests. 

Your deck can host your family’s monthly get-togethers or special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. In making it a multi-purpose venue, you can maximize the space of your small deck.  

This contemporary deck sports a stone pathway and floor. The canopy has steel pillars, making the style appear more modern than cozy. The grass surrounding the deck provides the “nature” appeal that balances out its modern look. 

Appearing to be a standalone gazebo, picnics, and fun daytime in this deck is perfect. With the installed lighting in two corners, it can accommodate family dinners. 

Don’t Cram All Your Ideas On Your Deck

Outdoor deck with wood table and sofa Yes, you have many ideas about what you want your deck to be. You can create a multi-purpose deck but can’t cram everything in a small deck. The key is to plan your deck’s design well. 

If there are things you want to add, but your deck is already full, find a corner where you can install your idea (if there is still space available). If no space is available, let the idea go. 

This platform deck is connected to the home through a pathway made of wood planks. The L-shaped deck is installed with a wooden bench that matches the deck’s design. It’s simple and not cluttered. 

Build A Cozy Corner In Your Deck

Elevated wood deck with landscaped rock features Let’s face it. You want to build a deck because of that cozy little corner. A small deck is a perfect spot to have privacy for your personal time. If you want your small deck to have an intimate vibe, choose items that will make it possible. 

Your definition of cozy is your own. Whether this means soft throw pillows or a simple yoga mat, it’s up to you. Get a cup of coffee and make this deck corner your spot.  

This raised and above ground traditional deck is made from wood or woodlike materials. It is spacious and has this little corner you can call your own. Installed with seating as its border with a few soft pillows, it can be cozy when you want it to be. 

Make Sure That Your Deck’s Design Matches Your Home’s Architecture

Outdoor area with small deck and cozy furniture pieces Your deck’s style and design should not be different. It must complement your home’s design. 

If the deck is beside the kitchen, it will be a great place for breakfast or dinner. If your bedroom opens to the deck, it will be the perfect location for your daily yoga exercises or sunbathing needs. 

This contemporary deck is connected to a part of the home with only a glass door panel between them. The wooden design of the floor showcases a homey and comfortable ambiance. The pathway from home directly to the deck offers convenience and functionality. 

Add Greenery Or Take Advantage Of Existing Shrubbery And Trees

Wooden outdoor camping deck Decks are part of outdoor designs and making the most out of nature as aesthetics is a smart thing to do. Even more than for looks, shrubbery, and trees can be used for shade and additional ambiance. 

“Build around nature to create a deck that blends with the landscape and scenery, rather than fight with it.” – Chris Peterson, Deck Ideas You Can Use

If you have an existing tree near where you plan to build your deck, you’re lucky!

In case you don’t have the support of nature, you also have the option of installing plants on pots on your deck. You can even choose the color of the planters and the variety of plants. 

This mountain-style deck showcases the best way to integrate nature and greenery into your deck’s design. It has a wooden deck floor with a canopy held down by different log sizes. It has an unfinished and rough feel, adding more to its rustic charm. 

The tent-style deck features a stone pathway surrounded by trees and shrubbery. The design of the deck itself is perfect for nature. 

Small Deck Furniture Ideas 

Louvered roof pergola with outdoor furniture under A small deck requires a well-thought-of set of furniture and decor. Since the space is limited, you must be sure about your choices. You would want your deck to feel refreshing and uncluttered!

Before choosing any deck furniture, visualize what you want your deck to look like. Do you want it to be your own personal spot with fluffy pillows and rugs? 

Do you want to use the deck for entertaining guests and dining? If you are still unsure, let us help you. Regarding your choice of furniture for your small, here are some ideas you can consider. 

Multi-Purpose Furniture

Nice view of villa with outdoor wooden deck patio Check out multi-purpose furniture if you are unsure about what furniture to include. This furniture has a double-duty functionality, depending on its design and purpose. Some examples of furniture are the following:

  • Garden stools for sitting that can transition into a dining table
  • An umbrella stand that is at the same time a side table
  • A cooler that can be used as a table

Comfortable Furniture

Wood outdoor furniture with cushions on deck Whatever furniture you choose, make sure you are comfortable with it. Choose a color palette that fits your personality, and add soft pillows to comfort when drinking coffee.  Avoid bulky furniture, though that can take up too much space. 

Space-Saving Bench

Outdoor furniture with pillows A small deck can quickly feel cluttered after bringing in a few pieces of furniture. One piece of furniture you can consider is a space-saving bench.

With it, you get to add more seating without adding more chairs. You can also use the bench as a border to the perimeter of your deck. Add fluffy pillows to make it cozier. 

Hanging Chairs

Whitewash outdoor furniture swinging bench Hanging chairs are not only space-saving but also stylish for your small deck. Just make sure to install the hanging chairs where they can maximize the space of your deck instead of taking up space. 

Outdoor Rug

Outdoor sectional sofa with area rug and wire coffee table An outdoor rug is not just for your deck’s aesthetics, but it can also cover the entire deck floor, defining the space of the deck. 

Add a touch of your personality through the rug you choose. Just make sure it is inexpensive and built to last. 

Outdoor Lighting – Hanging Lights

Wooden pergola on patio with string lights Install outdoor lighting to add to your small deck’s aesthetics and functionality. The lighting will set the ambiance and mood of your deck, so choose well. It can be hanging lights or mini lanterns, whichever you prefer. 

Read more about our guide on outdoor deck lighting ideas here.

Small Deck Ideas on a Budget 

Construction of small elevated deck Let’s face it. You don’t want to empty your pocket to build your dream deck. And, honestly, you don’t have to! 

A small deck is an excellent add-on to your home; you can create new memories and experiences just in that little extra space. Even if you are on a budget, there’s something you can do!  

Building the deck yourself is one way to reduce your small deck’s budget drastically. But before you start hammering away, make sure you know some DIY tricks up your sleeves. 

A good example of this is building this small deck. This raised deck is easy if you have the tools and materials. Wood is one of the most basic materials used for a deck. 

Some of the most popular wood used for decks include cedar, pine, and Ike. Choose the wood you would want to use.  Read more about our guide on cedar vs. composite decking here.

Contemporary backyard with deck built-in bench Additionally, you need to check your local building code to determine whether you need to acquire a permit. Some cities may require you to procure a permit, especially if you plan to build a deck 30 inches above the ground at any level. [Source:]

Here are other small deck ideas you can do when on a budget (besides building your own deck).

Use Colors That Complement Your Home

Marine grade polymer outdoor furniture Being on a budget does not mean sacrificing aesthetics and having a good-looking deck. Simply making sure that your deck has a complementary color to your house can help it look more polished. 

Your deck needs to have harmony with your house. This is why you should also ensure that your deck is in scale with it. 

This wooden platform deck complements the house’s color theme. The wooden floor of the deck complements the house floor. Similarly, the deck canopy also complements the color of the house’s walls. 

Add Some Greens to Your Deck

Small wooden deck on concrete One way to spice your deck up without costing you too much is through plants. You can use existing trees and shrubs surrounding your deck for additional aesthetics. 

You can also install your own potted plants. You can even choose the design of the pots to use and the type of plants to install. Perhaps you can choose the low-maintenance cactus or the double-duty insect-repelling plants. 

Potted plants improve the style and ambiance of this simple platform deck, giving it an edge and some character.  

Incorporate Built-In Seating

Small wood deck with white curtains Built-in seating is one of the techniques used to maximize the space on a small deck. Integrating a bench into the deck railing makes it a double-purpose design. 

Compared to chairs, the built-in seating won’t take up much space. It provides more standing room and saves you a lot of money. 

This platform deck has built-in seating that also serves as its railing. While it may appear small, the deck is stylish with its see-through curtains and potted plants. 

It also feels like a standalone deck, considering its deck floor uses a different kind of wood from the floor it’s attached to. 

Choose to Be Low-Maintenance

Small deck idea for homes Going on a budget when building and designing your DIY deck can be limiting. Choose to be low-maintenance. 

If you don’t need it, don’t buy it. If your small back yard deck doesn’t need cushioned seats, don’t buy them. 

This platform deck is a low-maintenance addition to one’s house. Its wood-and-stone combination has a DIY charm to it. 

While it may be bare, save for that little potted plant in the corner, the deck still serves as an extension of the home. 

Choose A Color Palette That Reflects Your Personality

Small deck with dainty decorative elements and chair This is the time to use your creativity! Reflect your personality by choosing the color palette you like for the pillows, cushions, and rugs. 

Choose bold patterns as your primary colors. Remember not to forget the neutral palettes as your complementary colors, though. 

This traditional platform deck is as cozy, rustic, and homey as it gets. The neutral colors used in the deck are calming, while the addition of pink adds personality. 

Make Sure to Anchor Your Seating

Modern deck design with sofa chairs Rugs are both functional and fashionable. Anchor your seating to the rug and choose one that can cover the entire deck. This will protect the deck and keep it clean at the same time. 

This contemporary-looking deck uses bold designs for its rugs and pillows. This deck is a good home extension with wood/woodlike material used for its floor. The rug used also covers most of the space on the deck.

Install Chairs In Diagonal

Contemporary white house with small deck If you are going to use chairs, make sure to install them diagonally. With a small deck, there might be an instance where a chair might fall off the edge. Installing them diagonally will help avoid these situations. 

This wooden platform deck is a simple extension of the home. Chairs are installed diagonally, with the table right in the middle. 

This deck is perfect for your morning coffee and personal conversations with family and friends. See more related content in our article about deck designs on this page.

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Marisa Bolivar is an interior design writer with a passion for decorating and home design. She has a keen eye for aesthetics and specializes in rustic and minimalist styles that are budget-friendly.

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