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 DIY 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 floating deck, that are sometimes called island or freestanding decks as well. Some of these are low budget floating deck ideas as well!
How to Build a Floating Deck
If you want to learn all the ins and outs on how to build a floating deck, let’s start with one anyone would be proud to show off! From ‘Jen Woodhouse‘, this project not only walks you through every step, they tell you their “secret sauce”.
Awesome deck tutorial aside, they built this island deck for a neighboring family, welcoming home a returning soldier. I mean, if we all did things like that for people in our community, how amazing would that be! I can imagine that first big summer BBQ was a really special celebration! But back to the tutorial… This is no small job, but totally doable, and the end result? Will save you thousands over hiring a contractor.
Freestanding Floating Deck Ideas
Here is a great tutorial on how to build a DIY floating deck, from ‘Home Depot‘. Step by step photos on how to build the foundation, laying the boards, and even how to add a privacy wall. Tips for stying and decorating your new outdoor room as well!
Pallet Deck Idea
From ‘Apartment Therapy‘, learn how to build a floating deck from pallet wood. The wood was repurposed and extremely low budget. The whole thing cost less than $100 to make!
Be sure to choose your pallet wood carefully. Some of it is sturdy and perfect for a project like this. Some of it is no better than thin craft wood. Remember, people will be standing on this. You can be economical and still build a quality island deck that will last for years.
Step by Step Deck Instructions
‘Family Handyman‘ has a step by step on how to make an DIY floating deck, complete with photos and supply lists. You learn how to build a floating deck frame, what fasteners to use, even the best way to finish it!
Low Budget Floating Deck Ideas
If you are on the fence about whether or not you can actually pull off one of these floating deck ideas, read this. Ashley over at ‘Pretty Passive‘ built a low budget floating deck for less than $500! And yep, she did it all herself!
She gives you a great list of supplies, and of tools you will need to do this project. While she is making a small deck, you could adjust the size to fit your space.
Island Deck How-To
‘DIY Network‘ shows you how to build a floating deck, and then they do it one better. There is even a video in this tutorial! In fact, not only do they have several tutorials for island or ground level decks, they have ideas on how to finish them with lattice, how to build an attached deck, and how to choose which one is right for you.
Small Floating Deck Plans with Hammock
So, maybe you don’t need a large space for entertaining, but you still want to make a small floating deck for yoga, to have a private space in a garden nook, or for hanging a hammock! Shara over at ‘Woodshop Diaries‘ built this little floating deck idea in a corner of her yard. She installed a pergola to provide shade, and to anchor her hammock.
This is a great way to add the value of a deck to your home, without having to spend outside of your budget. It also requires a lot less effort! And while you are digging those holes and cutting that lumber, remember… You will get to lay around in that hammock afterward!
Teeny Tiny Deck Plans
Want to get even tinier? ‘Kippi at Home‘ made this super small floating deck for a place to rinse off her boots after being in the garden. This would also be a great solution for a place to put your garbage cans so they don’t sit in the mud! Or, make one just large enough to be able to tuck a reading chair amongst your roses.
It’s a great way to start with building projects too. Totally manageable deck plan for just one person to build, and low budget as well.
This next floating deck idea is simply for inspiration, so there is no tutorial here. 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 small deck is from ‘Martha Stewart‘. I like the way they used container plants to anchor the deck visually
Floating Deck Under a Tree
So glad you enjoyed our post on DIY Floating Deck Ideas! (Come on, if you read this far, you enjoyed it, right? :) See also our post on DIY Concrete Patio Cover Ups and DIY Patio Floor Ideas and tutorials! And build a deck for your own DIY stock tank pool with the tutorials over at TBD!
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