In some ways, the area under the deck is a natural space for storage–it’s out of the way, it’s dark and it’s roomy. Yet, there are so many under deck ideas and possibilities that you can try to capitalize on that excess space, as opposed to just tossing your lawnmower and garden hose under there.
Secret Fort – For areas under a high deck, you can use this space as the ultimate play area for kids. It allows them to still play outside even when the weather’s bad and allows them a small amount of privacy for make-believe games. Outfit the area with AstroTurf or any other kind of artificial covering so that kids can sit and play. Set up a hammock and perhaps a small, safe rock-climbing wall against the side of the house. Hang a tire swing and a punching bag and paint the area myriad youthful, vibrant colors. You could even add a mural from famous children’s books such as “Treasure Island” or “The Swiss Family Robinson.”
5 Photos Gallery of: Inspiring Under Deck Ideas
Dining Alfresco – If the upper part of your deck is reserved for a hot tub or garden, you can apply under deck ideas of a very private alfresco dining area. This is especially perfect for parents who sometimes like to have intimate grown-up dinner parties away from the shouts and noisiness of their kids. Arrange candles, lanterns or tiki lights to give the area an exclusive, romantic feel. Bring a portable music player to give the space ambiance. Place stone or large tiles on the ground to cover and dirt or muddiness. In this way you can dine outside, even in the rain.
Sun room – Creating a sun room under your deck truly is a way to enjoy the outdoors in inclement weather. This area will keep you cool in the hot days of summer and keep you dry during the rainy months. You could put a couch in there, some lamps and a few bookshelves with protective glass and the area would transform almost into an open-air library. This would also be a good space to tell a misbehaving child to go to when he is in “time out.” If you live in a warm climate, kids could have camp-out sleepover parties in this area, protected from bugs and dirt.
Elevated decks give a refreshing view of the backyard but leave unsightly, dark areas underneath. A little bit of creativity and elbow grease can transform amazing under deck ideas into hidden storage or an outdoor breakfast nook.