10 Must-Have Add-Ons for Your Custom-Built Deck


When building a custom deck, you have a lot more to consider about its design than materials and placement. Finding the right add-ons and extra features to spice up your deck’s design will ensure that you’re investing in your dream deck. Here are ten must-have add-ons that can make your custom-built deck shine:

1. DIY Decor

Do you want your deck to be truly yours in its aesthetic and visual appeal? If so, adding a touch of yourself through DIY decor is the way to go. Whether you’re using found materials, family heirlooms, or adding spray paint murals to your deck, this project can make your home feel artsy and unique in a jiffy. The more effort you put into this project, the more amazed your friends and family will be when they spend time lounging on your brand-new custom deck.

2. Gazebos

Gazebos are perfect for homeowners who want to add a sense of style and grace to their deck’s design. When building a custom deck, you should talk to your deck builder about the ways you can add a gazebo to a central area of your deck. This will give you a fantastic space for hosting, staying cool during harsh summer days, and enjoying a well-cooked meal.

3. Outdoor Furniture

No deck space is complete without some quality outdoor furniture. If you want, you can even ask your deck builder about built-in furniture that will naturally arise from your deck’s base structure. Not only are these built-in options fashionable, but they are incredibly durable and easy to maintain as well. Those looking to add a ton of value to their already-amazing deck design should seriously consider the impact that the right outdoor furniture can have on a deck’s design and layout.

4. Deck Heaters

While most people get the most use out of their decks during warm summer days, a properly set up deck can accommodate winter night hangouts as well. Adding a safely-installed and high-quality deck heater to your deck’s design will allow you to enjoy your new custom deck year-round. Even on summer nights, the air can get mighty chilly, so it’s best to be prepared for any weather the world throws your way.

5. Ceiling Fans

Speaking of staying comfortable while using your deck, sometimes you need an add-on that will help you stay cool. Ceiling fans can be added to sections of your deck, especially if you have overhangs or gazebos built into the design, to add an extra layer of comfort to your deck experience. The fact that they are easy-to-install, and are more affordable than they’ve been in quite a while, makes adding a ceiling fan to your deck’s design an absolute no-brainer.

6. Privacy Curtains

Especially if you live in a crowded area, you’ll want some add-ons that are intended to allow your deck to feel comfortable to use at any time of day. Whether you’re planning a romantic afternoon, or you simply enjoy being away from potentially prying eyes, a privacy curtain set up on your deck will come in highly useful. Depending on the mood and personality of your next guest, you may end up needing a privacy curtain for them to feel fully comfortable relaxing on your deck.

7. Plants, Plants, Plants

If you want a space to feel truly alive, you need to add some actual organic life to its design and layout. Once your deck is constructed, you can add plants galore to the space to add extra clean air and a comforting ambiance to the space. Ask your custom deck builder about built-in plant storage spaces to make your deck feel that much more enchanting.

8. Electronic Entertainment Options

Adding plenty of power outlets and built-in entertainment center storage options to your deck’s design will allow you to host with the full power of modern tech. Given all the amazing smart tech you can use while deckside, you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you did not optimize your deck’s design for electronics in 2023.

9. Umbrellas

While privacy shades and gazebos are a more all-encompassing option for staying in the shade, umbrellas are also a charming, and more low-key solution that you can consider. The sheer variety of styles, colors, and functions built into modern-day umbrella designs will make your search for the perfect umbrella that much more exciting as well.

10. Built-in Storage

Lastly, you’ll want to add some built-in storage spaces to your deck’s design. This will help your deck stay clutter-free and will give your home’s deck a much more cozy feel at the same time. Talk to your custom deck builder about the best locations to add built-in storage to ensure your deck’s design is fully optimized.