It might seem like there is only room for one deck area in most backyards. Truth be told this is mostly true in almost all cases. But that doesn’t mean your deck only has to serve one purpose. Without an obvious divide, a deck can be split into multiple use areas by using different design features. Not only incorporated design features, but also by the use of furniture or planters. A properly placed privacy panel can also be great to help define different areas.
This deck we recently took on makes great use of space and has the entire deck split into three different areas. One designated area is the large dining area underneath the canopy. This area is for sitting at the table with family or friends. A comfortable gathering area protected by the overhead canopy. A privacy panel in the back helps keep your gatherings more intimate. This space is great for all year round use.
Just outside of the canopy, there are two outdoor chairs and a medium sized plant. This area is a lot smaller but gives the option for a smaller more intimate amount of people to hang out. This area is not so much a design feature that is built into the deck, but more an area defined by the placement of the furniture and chairs.
Finally, the outer edge of the deck sits a large L-shaped lounge chair with a table feature. This lounge chair area is a more intimate area and is nestled in the corner of the deck. A large tree behind provides some shade during the day. The railing behind the chair is a great defining edge. With the two plants acting as book ends, this area is cosy, warm and a great place to spend the afternoon with friends.