What to Expect for Decks in 2021

While we say farewell to 2020, let's look ahead to some of the hottest deck design trends coming up for 2021! Knowing what to expect for decks in 2021 can help your home to have the hippest outdoor living space your family will love to lounge in.

As we've all been spending more time at home with our loved ones, expanding and improving your backyard deck and patio area allows room for everyone to spread out and enjoy each other more easily.

Top Deck Trends for 2021

No longer are decks simply some pieces of lumber nailed down to a frame. Instead, decks and patios have become extensions of your indoor style that reach outside to increase the livable areas of your home without the high cost of home construction.

2021 Deck Trends

Expanding your outdoor deck space to create larger livable areas is hot for 2021

1) Larger Decks

For 2021, DIY deck builders, homeowners alike want an increase of livable space outside. Gathering with friends and family in a backyard area where everyone can move about openly, space out safely, and relax is crucial going forward. Enhancing our outdoor spaces can help everyone find the peace of mind they've been looking for without even leaving the yard!

Decks, porches, and patios are becoming so much more than just a flat space off the side of a house. As lifestyles and culture evolve, decks are transforming into more complete rooms outside and fulfill more functions for homeowners. From relaxing yoga spots to sunset dinner shindigs, creating larger decks allows your space to be exactly what you need.

One way to create these more expansive decks is to plan more levels in your deck design and create dry patio spaces below. With multi-level outdoor spaces, deck drainage systems such as Trex RainEscape, ZipUP Under Decking, and UpSide Deck Ceiling can be installed and hidden beneath the deck boards to divert rainwater and snowmelt away from your ground-level relaxation area.

Building bigger and more complete outdoor living spaces is a huge factor in 2021

Adding outdoor firepits and fire tables can keep family and friends warm through chilly winter months

2) Fire Tables and Pits

Where there's smoke there's a fire and luckily with the new no-smoke design of many fire tables and pits; you have to be savvy to know! Deck and backyard design trends throughout the year are sure to include outdoor fire areas.

With families and roommates spending so much time at home, as well as the neighbors and friends looking to spend time together outdoors, bonfires and campfires are a surefire option for fun! Grab some logs and a warm drink for winter deck and patio fun all through 2021!

With creative designs now available, fire tables and fire pits are an amazing choice for 2021

Creating a growing garden space out on the deck, porch, and patio is good for your family

3) Growing a Green Space

An eco-friendly, functional, and cost-saving idea that many DIY deck builders and homeowners feel ripening for 2021 is transforming decks and backyards into garden spaces! Whether creating an organic backyard garden and growing crops like vegetables, fruits, and herbs or selecting beautiful bouquets to brighten your backyard; showcase your green thumb in 2021!

No longer do planters and vases have to take up space on the deck floor or blow over in the breeze, with deck railing accessories such as Hold It Mate's Planter Brackets, Extension Hook Bundle, or Ring Bundle. Attaching directly and securely to the deck railing, deck garden accessories can have a focused spot on your deck year-round!

Give your outdoor space function and flair with a growing DIY garden, perfect for 2021

Backyard shade structures such as pergolas and pavilions are all the rage for 2021

4) Shade Structures

DIY backyard structures such as pergolas, pavilions, and arbors bring your backyard space to life beyond just the deck and patio! Installing a DIY shade structure on your deck makes it possible to relax and lounge out on the space even when the sun is shining its brightest. Away from the deck, gazebos and pergolas provide perfect covered areas for working from home, meditating, or just trying to get away from it all for a bit.

With easy-to-install structural hardware and project kits like the LINX Simplified Pergola System and Simpson Strong-Tie Avant pergola hardware, creating the exact backyard design you want has never been more straightforward.

DIY pergolas, pavilions, and arbors provide shelter from the sun and rain all year long

Bring the big game or hit movie out into the backyard for a fun night under the stars

5) Outdoor Entertainment

Looking to increase your time outside but can't pull yourself (or family) away from their latest show? Move the party outdoors! Creating a comfortable space in the backyard, patio, or garden to lay out on some blankets and watch a film is a dream many people desire and everyone can achieve.

Whether projecting underneath a stunning DIY pergola design or directly underneath the stars, simply set up your projector and get the popcorn poppin'! Throw in some extra warm blankets for those chilly autumn and winter nights, and soon your home's outdoor entertainment space will be the most popular theater in town.

Creating a space for outdoor entertainment expands the room for everyone to relax in 2021

Mounting DIY privacy walls along areas of your home's backyard increases privacy

6) Privacy Walls

There are tons of inexpensive and easy DIY privacy ideas to add a touch of secrecy to your yard while keeping the area looking fresh! Eye-catching enough to enhance the overall feel of your outdoor area while still preventing prying eyes, Privacy Screen Panel walls help make a statement and up the seclusion.

Install a long privacy wall fence around your property or stack the privacy screens up tall to makes a statement; DIY privacy wall ideas are limitless and add detail to your outdoor space. Popular brands such as RDI HideAway Rail and Barrette Privacy Screen Panels make installation and design choices a cinch!

Keep prying eyes of neighbors away while relaxing and entertaining outside with DIY privacy panel walls

Learn more about the basics of deck framing and building in the Deck Framing Guide and put that building knowledge to good use with Pergola and Porch backyard shade structures for your DIY build!

Browse more ideas to upgrade and enhance your home's usable outdoor living space such as a dry lower-level patio by installing an under-deck drainage systems, creating a late-night relaxation spot with a deck screen system making a screened-in porch, or a DIY shade structure such as a pergola or pavilion.

The more you know, the better your deck and backyard projects will be! Whether you're looking at a brand new start or a fresh end-of-season deck renovation, give our deck designers a call at 1-888-824-5316 or send us an email at hello@decksdirect.com. Our deck experts will help you get the information, products, and tools you need for a gorgeous deck that you created and designed!