Affordable DIY Deck:
A beautifully laid out deck in a home adds a lot of oomph to your home. The site of many get-togethers, parties with family, friends, and colleagues, or just a laid back evening with yourself in the quietude of the home, the deck becomes a focal point of many fond memories. Making a custom made deck can be quite a burn on the pocket. But if you go the DIY way, then you can easily make a deck in a small budget. An affordable DIY deck involves the smart use of things at hand and a few other materials sourced from a good store.
Here is how you can design an affordable DIY deck:
- Pallets –48 inches x 48 inches, 2-way barrel pallets
- Concrete Half Blocks – 8 inches x 8 inches x 6 inches
- A Stain or Paint in any color of choice. It is better to use Stain, as the paint tends to peel off outdoors.
- Gravel and Sand for leveling
- Paint Sprayer (optional as it is less time consuming than painting by hand and also dries off much quickly)
Depending on the size of the deck you want, get the pallets. For a deck of small size, 6 Wood Pallets are required to make an 8-foot x 12-foot deck.
Clean the pallets with a deck cleaner, remove any protruding nails and splinters.
Stain the pallets using a sprayer. You can also use a paintbrush or roller but then painting turns into a tedious task.
- Mark the area where you want the Deck to be laid.
- Tidy up the area by removing any undesirable plants or weeds.
- Decide on the size of the block you need. A half-block is ideal to lend support to the corners of the pallet.
- Decide the number of concrete blocks you will need for each corner of the pallet. Roughly 12 concrete blocks are needed for the 8 x 12-foot deck. Place the blocks at least 4 feet apart.
- Shove a hole, twice as deep as the block.
- Now add gravel and sand to the hole and pack it down firmly.
- Lay the block in the hole and level.
- Flatten each block as you proceed.
Lay the wooden pallets on top of the blocks and ensure to lay the corners on top of the concrete blocks. Arrange in any direction that you wish.
Allow the deck to set for a minimum of 24 hours. Once done you can arrange some furniture and planters to decorate the deck.
Add lots of colorful cushions, pillows to the deck to make it appealing. Planters with succulents, palms, and flowers look fabulous too. A bright rug to cover the deck also does wonders.
Your affordable DIY deck is complete with color and rustic charm. And the best thing, it was on a shoestring budget and yet looks amazing.