Your deck is a great space to gather outdoors with friends and family. If your deck is dated or looking a bit worn, here are a few DIY deck upgrades you can tackle this weekend.

DIY Deck Upgrades You Can Do in a Weekend

Unify the Space with a Color Scheme

An easy way to make your outdoor space look fresh is to choose a unifying color scheme. Especially if the deck has a combination of furniture pieces, color is a great way to pull the space together.

Select a dominant color and add at least one accent color. If blue is your main color, add a blue outdoor rug under the table and chairs. Add blue and yellow floral pillows to the lounge area. You might include a blue umbrella and some bright yellow flowers as a finishing touch.

DIY Deck Upgrades: Create Shade

Summer is a great time for grilling and entertaining on the backyard deck. But, summer brings bright sunshine and warmer temperatures. Adding shade is an easy upgrade that helps keep everyone comfortable.

Installing a large stand-alone umbrella is a quick option for making a shaded area. A retractable awning will cover most of your deck and provides rain and sun protection. A fixed shade-sail of heavy-duty fabric is perfect for those who entertain throughout the year.

Add Lighting for Evening Entertaining

If you want to keep the party going after the sun goes down, install lighting to upgrade your outdoor spaces. Among the smartest options is solar-powered lighting. Solar LEDs are inexpensive and because they don’t require wiring, easy to install.

You can find a full selection of outdoor lighting options online and at your local home improvement store. Varieties include pathway lights, spotlights, deck post lighting, stair lights, and string lights. Use a combination of these to fully illuminate the space.

DIY Deck Upgrades for Privacy

While many of us would love to have a large private backyard, that’s not always the case. You may have close neighbors who can see and hear you from your deck. Privacy screens make it possible to enjoy your outdoor space without having to be concerned about the neighbors.

Over a weekend, you can easily construct and install simple wooden screens made of lattice and 1x2x8 lengths of wood. You might choose to make something more elaborate with wood or metal inserts. Another option to add privacy is to plant evergreen shrubs and place them to block the view of your neighbors.

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