Decks don’t always have to be attached to the house to give you an effective place to gather and entertain. In fact, floating decks, or decks that are set away from a structure, are a great design feature to break up a boxy or boring yard. They are also a great idea for larger yards that have room for an additional seating space. For instance, a small deck set away from the house might be a good area for Mom and Dad to have some quiet time and a glass of wine on summer evenings. Or a yoga space? In any case, we found some great tutorials on how to build a DIY floating deck, that are sometimes called island decks as well.

From ‘Instructables‘, this simple floating deck tutorial is one of my favorites, because it’s so basic I think even beginning DIY’ers could do it.




Here is a great tutorial on how to build a DIY floating deck, from ‘Home Depot‘.





From ‘Apartment Therapy’, learn how to make an island deck from repurposed pallet wood. The whole thing cost less than $100 to make!



‘Family Handyman’ has a step by step on how to make an island deck, complete with photos and supply lists…




DIY Network‘ shows you how to build their version of a floating deck, and do it one better… there is even a video in this tutorial!



These last two are simply for inspiration, no tutorial with these. I wanted to include them so you could see how cool these can look in the landscape. So, time for a private space away from the house?

This DIY floating deck is from ‘Martha Stewart’… I like the way they used container plants to anchor the deck visually.



Our last bit of inspiration is from Abbey of ‘Aesthetic Outburst‘ via ‘Poppytalk‘… Now I bet you really want to get started on yours, right? Pass the Pomegranate martini!



How to Build a Fabulous Floating Deck


See also our post on DIY patio floor ideas and tutorials!

Image Credits: Home Depot, Instructables, Apartment Therapy, Family Handyman, DIY Network, Martha, Aesthetic Outburst



  1. Ron Frazelle April 2, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Floating deck adds curb appeals to backyard. I like it.

  2. Chad Pfeffer August 28, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I really love the floating deck idea, especially for home owners that have a tree or landscaping issues that might get in the way of a traditional deck. Of course you are adding square footage to your home and value! Win,win!

  3. Kristin Topping January 15, 2016 at 6:40 am

    Floating deck really creates a appealing look to your backyard. It adds a great prominent place to sit and enjoy a view of a yard.

  4. kent jardine May 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    I need a floating deck to hide 8 cords of firewood. Any ideas? Kent

  5. The DIY Hubby June 16, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for the article. I am adding a deck to my back yard this summer. Got some tips that will come in handy.

  6. Curious DIYer July 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Are there concerns with floating decks that critters might view the part underneath as a great home?

    1. Lazydaze February 24, 2017 at 11:13 pm

      I built a floating deck to make a flat seating area on a steep slope, the only ‘critter’ under it was a thief who had made a hollow lined with polythene to hide in while he spied on us in a lower level kitchen, before sneaking in to steal phones and a wallet. Front side is boarded up now.

    2. Deck Builder March 10, 2017 at 3:45 am

      Try putting down poly plastic sheet like vapour barrier and then covering with 3″ of 3/4″ clear gravel. Animals won’t like bedding on the gravel or digging through the plastic plus it helps reduce ground moisture so prolongs deck frame timbers. Don’t let leaves and other debris collect under the deck and don’t enclose the underside of the deck – this only makes it a better hiding spot for animals or thieves apparently….

  7. Scott Croydon April 21, 2017 at 2:50 am

    My wife and I are looking at options for a ground level (floating) deck. My concern is the opportunity for frost heaving the deck blocks over time. Have you experienced this issue?

    1. Kathy Woodard May 8, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      While we live in a zone6/7, and don’t have too much issue with that, the best thing to do is to talk to a home improvement specialist in your area… Not sure it would be a problem on a floating deck as much as one attached to a structure?


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