9 Free Do-It-Yourself Deck Plans

Build your dream deck with one of these free plans

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These free deck plans will help you build the deck of your dreams. With a little bit of know-how and some hard work, you'll be sitting out on a deck that you built yourself.

Each free deck plan will tell you which materials, supplies, and tools you'll need to collect as well as cutting instructions. They'll then step you through building the deck with photos, videos, and illustrations laying it all out.

None of these free deck plans require any of your personal information and they are all completely free for you to download and use to build your very own deck.

We have a lot of other free woodworking plans besides these free deck plans, like free plans on how to build raised planters, dog houses, sheds, picnic tables, pergolas, porch swings, gazebos, picnic tables, chicken coops, and even homes and cabins.


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  • 01 of 09

    How to Design and Build a Deck

    A deck built off a back door.


    Lowe's has a great free deck plan that includes a tools and materials list, tips on designing and laying out the deck, as well as step-by-step instructions that will take you through every step to build the deck, stairs, and railing. If you feel like getting more creative, Lowe's Deck Designer is a great way to create plans for your own custom deck.

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    Floating Deck Plan

    A floating deck built off a backdoor.

    Rogue Engineer

    Here's a free plan for a floating deck from Rogue Engineer. Since it doesn't need to be attached to a house, you can build it literally anywhere you want. There's a required tool list, materials list, color photos, and written instructions.

  • 03 of 09

    DIY Island Deck

    A woman reading a magazine on a floating deck

    The Family Handyman

    The Family Handyman has a free deck plan that will get you a floating oasis in just one weekend. A materials list, cutting list, construction drawings, step-by-step directions, color photos, and even a video will help you complete this project. 

  • 04 of 09

    Freestanding Deck Plan

    A free blueprint for a freestanding deck.

    Humboldt Redwood

    Here's a plan from Humboldt Redwood for both a freestanding deck and an attached deck that measures 8x10. This free plan is all ready to go in one PDF file that includes building instructions, diagrams, and blueprints.

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    Free Floating Deck Plan

    A drawing of a floating deck with a table and plants

    How To Specialist

    How To Specialist has a free deck plan for a floating deck in the shape of an octagon as well as a wooden path leading to it from your house. Included in this plan are a materials list, tools list, written directions, diagrams, and tips.

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    How to Build a Floating Deck

    Home renovation
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    DIY Network has a completely free plan that will help you complete a DIY deck in just a few days. With this free plan, you'll find a tools list, materials list, color photos, step-by-step directions, and even a video.

  • 07 of 09

    Free Backyard Pool Deck Plan

    French country house in Provence
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    Here's a free deck plan from Popular Mechanics that will help you create a spacious 10 x 18 ft. backyard pool deck that your family can enjoy for years. The ten easy to follow steps within this free deck plan will help you gather your tools and materials, frame the floor, set the posts, lay the decking, and build the guardrails.

  • 08 of 09

    How to Build a Deck

    Jetty wood planks
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    This is a great looking deck that's perfect for entertaining, relaxing on the patio furniture, and grilling out. This free deck plan from DoItYourself includes advice on choosing materials, instructions for preparing, laying out, and building the deck, as well as information on how to build the deck railings.

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  • 09 of 09

    Free Deck Plan

    Couple sitting on backyard deck
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    The first section of this free deck plan from Handyman Wire includes a tool and supply list, planning and construction tips, as well as advice on designing and estimating your deck needs. In the second part of this free deck plan, you'll find detailed illustrations and blueprints along with step-by-step instructions to build your new deck. You'll also have the option of asking questions from the experts on the deck plan in the Handyman Wire's forums.