Custom Deck with Amenities by Archadeck

Custom Deck with Amenities by Archadeck

In our earlier post, “Awesome Deck Accessories You May Not Know About” we discussed ways in which contractors add custom detail to a deck project with floor board pattern, inlays, material/color combos and trimmed-out deck posts, beams or stairs.

But once your contractor wraps-up the building phase, it’s time for you to finish-out the space to best suit your lifestyle.

So to help out, we’ve gathered some tips from around town (and around the web) for more awesome deck accents and accessories with creative comfort, cutting-edge convenience and ultimately, your contentment in mind.

Creative Comfort

Pottery Barn Saybrook Collection of Outdoor Furniture

Pottery Barn Saybrook Collection of Outdoor Furniture

Comfortable, eye-catching deck furniture is probably the first thing you’ll want to add to your new ‘outdoor room’.  Furniture will set the stage for relaxing, dining, entertaining or conversation.

With today’s selection of fashionable weatherproof furniture, your ‘inner-exterior-decorator’ can shop until you find your ideal, outdoor-living groove.

From high-end specialty shops to online or big-box retailers, options are abundant.  But don’t be afraid to get creative and look beyond conventional furniture ‘sets’.  Hit your local flea market or garage sale to mix-things-up, have fun and save a little moolah too.

And for the tech-savvy consumer, look to Pinterest for inspiration!

No matter where you shop, be sure to let the overriding style of your home and your budget be your guide.

Outdoor Furniture and Weatherproof Cushions by Ikea

Wood Outdoor Furniture and Weatherproof Cushions by Ikea

Wood, metal, plastic and wicker furniture are all popular and each has its own advantage.

If you love a ‘rustic’ or ‘natural’ look, wood furniture such as teak might be ‘just for you’.

Metal pieces can last a really long time and range from light-weight aluminum to the heavy-weight, wrought iron.

Plastic furniture can be manufactured from high quality, high density polyethylene or it might be made with resin which is a molded plastic.

High Quality Poly Outdoor Deck Furniture from Berlin Gardens

High Quality Poly Outdoor Deck Furniture from Berlin Gardens

As an outdoor furniture, some resins don’t last as long as other material; however, it’s easy-to-clean, portable and lower cost.  On the plus side, newer ‘designer-resins’ are available with chic lines and bold colors.

Wicker is, and always has been, a real crowd pleaser.  It embodies vintage styling and an organic ‘outdoorsy’ look.  With proper cushions, wicker becomes very comfortable too; it’s lightweight, easy to move and budget-friendly.  Traditional woven wicker (willow, bamboo, rattan) is perfect for screened in porches; however, redesigned all-weather, synthetic wicker is best for deck usage.

Just like your interior rooms with furniture, size and style matters outdoors too.  Don’t use large furniture in small spaces.  It looks odd and dwarfs the space to appear even smaller.  Hint:  Stackable chairs and nesting tables offer a simple furniture solution for small deck spaces.

Sunbrite Outdoor Television and Fireplace by Archadeck in Charlotte

Sunbrite Outdoor Television and Fireplace by Archadeck in Charlotte

Cutting-edge Conveniences

The outdoor living phenomenon is here to stay and companies are scrambling to stay ahead of the trend by developing new products to ensure that your life outside is met with indoor accommodations.  From gizmos to gadgets, there’s no shortage of new-fangled, fun, extravagant or simple, cutting-edge conveniences.

Take for instance, outdoor cooking options today. There’s an entire industry devoted to grills, smokers, outdoor kitchens and all the fixins’ too — storage bins, countertops, rolling carts and more.  ‘Big Green Egg’ is all the rage.

And then, there’s gardening.  Oh my.

Did you know that some folks plant complete container gardens — flowers, foliage, herbs, and vegetables — directly on their deck, particularly if their home is skimpy on lawn-space.  Check out these links from Archadeck for detailed information on “Ideas for Gardening on Your Deck” and “Grill Decks vs. Outdoor Kitchens”.

But wait, there’s more.

From '26 Ideas to Dress Up Your Deck' by Midwest Living

From ’26 Ideas to Dress Up Your Deck’ by Midwest Living

Want to know what time it is?  Add an oversized outdoor clock.  If you want to forget the time and ‘zen-out’ on the deck, try a water feature.

If you’re hot, there are cooling devices like fans and misters.  When it’s cold outside you can easily warm up with portable heaters, fire pits or a built-in fireplace.

Do you adore rockin’ get-togethers with music?  Want to watch ‘the big game’ out on the deck?  No problem, just add ‘night-life’ lighting, a weather-proof television and sound system.

And finally, be sure to make your deck an entire-family-friendly-zone with electrical and wireless access conducive for kids-at-play or adults-at-work.

Key Takeaways:

  • Avoid ‘booorrring’ with a creative, stylish synergy between your outdoor and indoor spaces, jam-packed with comfort and convenience too.
  • Repeat your indoor style, outside.
  • Repeat your indoor color-scheme, outside.
  • Add conveniences for temperature control, outdoor cooking, gardening and entertainment.
  • Some trending accessories can cost a pretty penny.  Others, not so much.

Make your backyard deck (or other outdoor space) more usable and enjoyable all day, all night and all year with awesome deck accents and accessories that are a good fit for you and your pocketbook.  In the end, you’ll be really content.

Solar Pergola by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Solar Pergola by Archadeck, St. Louis Mo

Next Steps:

Considering a deck, screened porch, pergola or other outdoor addition for your St. Louis home?  If so, please consider Archadeck.  We aim for better building with smart designs.

We’re located in West County and serve the metropolitan region including all areas of St. Louis, St. Louis County, St. Charles, St. Charles County and parts of Illinois.

Should you decide to learn more about Archadeck, read ‘About Us’ on this blog for highlights and brand information.

And when you’re ready to get in touch with us, head on over to our website, to send us an email or fill out the online inquiry form.  If communication via the internet isn’t your ‘thing’, just pick up the phone and call us anytime, 636.227.0800.

Sources and Citations:

Archadeck Outdoor Living, Beautiful Backyard Blog, Loving Outdoor Living Blog, Better Homes and Gardens, Plow and Hearth, Forshaw – St. Louis, Lowes Outdoor Furniture Buying Guide, Home Advisor, DIY, Huffington Post, Washington Post –, House Beautiful, Berlin Gardens, Pottery Barn, Ikea, Archadeck in Austin, Archadeck in Charlotte, Midwest Living