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4 Ways to Make Your Deck the Gathering Place of the Summer

How to Make Your Deck the Gathering Place of the Summer

Summertime is a great time of year to make your backyard deck the superstar of your home! If you’ve spent time cleaning, staining or painting your deck, why not show it off by making it the place to meet, greet, and eat! The skillful arrangement of furniture, cooking stations, canopies, hammocks and seating on your deck can be used to encourage people to socialize, set up meals, and have a nightcap.

Here are 4 great ways to make your deck the place to be this summer:

1. Create a Grand Dining Hall

If you have a large or multi-level deck, you can transform this outdoor space into a grand dining room with a ceiling of stars.

For large, single-level decks, create separate cooking and dining areas divided by drapes, a canopy, or rows of benches. Or, if you have a multi-level deck, reserve one deck level for a large dining table or picnic table and seating, and then decorate to match with string lights, tiki torches, potted plants, and a tall centerpiece.

2. Make it Chic and Cozy


Deck Gathering Place - Chic & Cozy

You don’t need a large deck area to create a cozy gathering place for friends and family. A little goes a long way when you have comfortable loveseats and couches, a beautiful fireplace feature and a great natural view!

Think about adding an overhead structural element like a canopy or this deck arbor (from TImberTech), to draw the eye upwards and give the feel of a larger deck space.


3. Arrange Lounge Areas


Deck Gathering Place - Lounging

Rather than formal sitting and dining areas, you can create laid-back lounging and seating for your guests instead.
Take advantage of built-in benches and seats by adding soft, colorful throw pillows to encourage your guests to sit and relax. You can also add interesting features, like hammocks! I can’t imagine anything more relaxing than swinging in a hammock on a deck on a lazy summertime afternoon!


4. Give the Space a Whimsical Touch!


Deck Gathering Place - Whimsical

Any deck space can be transformed with small, whimsical touches, to better express your style and personality.

The easiest way to achieve a unique look is to think outside the box when it comes to deck furniture. Use bright-painted retro tables and chairs make of slim metals to contrast with broad wood decking. Or why not place traditional indoor furniture below a canopy on your outdoor deck?


When making your deck the superstar of your summertime gatherings, you are only limited by your creativity and imagination! Check out TimberTech’s “What’s Your Style” guide to help you choose a style that best matches you. And don’t hesitate to stop by your local GNH Lumber for expert tips and guidance for your decking project.

At GNH Lumber, we have everything you need to create your backyard deck retreat! For more guidance, tips and ideas, stop in to our Greenville or Windham locations, or visit us today online!