Free Deck Plans and Designs

  • 01 of 07

    Beginning Your Deck-Building Project

    Lounge Chairs and Deck
    Lounge chairs on deck with a view of the ocean. Getty Images

    The most difficult part of building a deck may be planning and designing the project. You've decided that it's a deck and not a patio you want to build and that you want to use real wood or synthetic decking. But determining where the deck should go, how large it should be, whether it should connect to the house. or be free-standing are all important considerations before jumping into the project. The free deck plans we've assembled will hopefully serve as a springboard, helping you to define what you want and where to go from there.


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  • 02 of 07

    California Redwood Freestanding Deck

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    California Redwood Association

    Source: California Redwood Association

    What: A freestanding deck.

    Excellent, clear instructions and detailed drawings are included in this download for a freestanding deck from the California Redwood Association. The deck is a standard 8' x 10' and recommended knotty redwood garden grades to use in this project are Construction Common or Deck Common.

    The plans also allow you to attach the deck to a house and include a railing.

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  • 03 of 07

    Deck Over Concrete Slab

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    A deck covers up a cracked or uneven slab of concrete. California Redwood Association

    Source:  California Redwood

    What: A wood deck built over an existing concrete slab or patio.

    A plain concrete slab in your backyard can be an eyesore, especially if it's cracked, is in a weird location or doesn't tie-in with the rest of the yard. One of the easiest and results-oriented ways to deal with that unsightly slab is to build a deck on top. The concrete is a solid raised foundation upon which to build a beautiful redwood deck.

    In a nutshell, the deck-over-concrete project includes two basic steps:

    • Attach construction heart or deck heart redwood 2 x 4 sleepers to the concrete slab.
    • Nail 2 x 4 or 2 x 6 construction heart or deck heart decking to the sleepers.
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  • 04 of 07

    TimberTech Deck Plans

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    One of the plans available from TimberTech's online Deck Design tool. TimberTech

    Source: TimberTech

    What: a composite deck that you can adjust according to your needs.

    TimberTech makes composite and PVC decking, and offers consumers a full-experience website that allows them to peruse a gallery of deck designs, decking products and a color visualizer. The online Deck Designer tool allows you to play around with the size, shape and color of your deck, along with adding details like stairs, levels and railings.

    To make it work, you will need the approximate shape and dimensions of your desired deck before creating in the Deck Designer tool. Designs come with a materials and cut list. Using precise dimensions will improve the accuracy of these lists.

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  • 05 of 07

    Popular Mechanics Above-Ground Pool Deck Plans

    An above-ground pool deck, similar to the one you can build from the PM plans. apsp

    Source: Popular Mechanics

    What: Above-ground pool deck

    Popular Mechanics has been around since you were a distant twinkle in your great-grandfather's eye. The magazine/institution has probably tackled every DIY project imaginable, so inclusion on this list is no surprise.

    PM's deck is built around a 21-foot-diameter above-ground pool. The plan is for a generous-sized 10 x 18-foot wraparound sun deck made out of pressure-treated wood. A 3-1/2-foot-wide circular pool deck offers swimmers quick access to the pool, while the wood deck is big enough to accommodate outdoor patio furniture, including a dining set and chaise lounges.

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  • 06 of 07

    A Comprehensive Deck Building Guide and Plan: American Wood Council


    Source: American Wood Council 

    What: The Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide is a comprehensive guide to basic deck building with minimum code standards. The AWC walks you through the requirements and limitations of constructing a wood deck and explains things in detail along the way. You'll learn about beam sizes and assembly, joist-to-beam connections, wood species and decay resistance, post requirements, and much more. The plan, which can be adapted to any size deck, includes charts and diagrams, including an excellent deck framing plan.

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  • 07 of 07

    Decks: Wood or Composite?

    Hardwood dining table on outdoor deck. Getty Images