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DIY Ideas To Try With Composite Decking

DIY Ideas To Try With Composite Decking

Posted by Deckorum Admin on March 23, 2023

Feeling creative? We have a bunch of (not for sale) decking boards available for free, just cover the cost of delivery. Some Ts & Cs apply to allow everyone a fair share*

Composite decking ideas to try in the spring summer of 2023 to spruce up the garden has never been easier. With composite decking being versatile and easy to use, the options are plentiful. We have gathered together the best ones that most enhance the outdoor space and living.

Create A Quiet Corner

Space to read a book or to sit outside and listen to nature. Create a level platform of 4 square metres to place an outdoor chair and small table on comfortably. Immerse yourself by adding plants around you and really step into serenity.

How to make it happen:

Timber Frame 2m X 2m

Based on an area of 2m length by 2m width, level the area. Compact it by stepping over it on the heel of the foot. Use a weed membrane if needed. Make a square out of treated timber material. Add 9 rows of treated timber every 250mm apart in between the square frame. These will be placed opposite to the planned direction of the decking boards. Fixing the timber together with long screws of 100mm each. Cut the composite decking boards to 2m lengths. Add the starter clips every 250mm on one end of the timber frame and place the first board in place. The opposite side of the board place

the T Fastener and screw to keep board in position but don’t tighten yet. Place the next board into the T fasteners just installed add another row of T fasteners. Now go back to the first row of T fasteners to tighten. The last board, place the starters clips onto the frame then add the last board and insert T fasteners to finish.

Build A Planter

Planters are a great addition to get those fruits and vegetables growing plus add some greenery to the garden landscape.  When green fingers can be as easy as planters, it’s a no brainer. Strawberries, onions and even rhubarb can be grown at home.

So How Do I Make a Planter

Composite Decking Planter

A  planter at  1m length, 500mm depth and  44cm height (3 boards width) allows you to grow most fruit and veg plants. Start with 4 timber or alternative material pillars (44cm) for each corner. Attach the boards to the pillar using 70mm stainless steel screws.  Pilot hole the composite decking boards to avoid cracks and using a countersunk bit to create a flush finish.  Fixing the bottom boards first and working upwards. Allow an overlap on 1 side of each corner making it a right-angle corner.  This helps to tidy up the edges using corner trim for a finished look.  The structure is made so use weed fabric at the bottom of the planter covering up the  internal sides. Use a soil suitable for your choice of food and order approx.  125kg of the chosen soil. Add to planter slowly and reap the rewards of the seeds we sow.

Add Some Plant Pots

Plants come in all shapes and sizes so customise a plant pot to the size needed. Pots are great space savers and can be moved easily for a change in scenery. With less weeding and low maintenance, you can have a variety of different plants that vary in soil types. Plant pots are a simple way to add beauty and functionality to your outdoor space

Let’s make a plant pot

Use a decking board to cut at 45 degrees in 50cm intervals for a 50cm x 50cm plant pot. Sand any rough edges and arrange the boards into a square. Using L brackets connect the boards using 20mm screws. Always predrill the composite decking boards. Attach boards to the bottom side of the plant pot. Fill with soil best to the desired plant. Place the plant in position and add water to complete.

Add Some Plant Pots

Plants come in all shapes and sizes so customise a plant pot to the size needed. Pots are great space savers and can be moved easily for a change in scenery. With less weeding and low maintenance, you can have a variety of different plants that vary in soil types. Plant pots are a simple way to add beauty and functionality to your outdoor space

Let’s make a plant pot

Square Plant Pots

Use a decking board to cut at 45 degrees in 50cm intervals for a 50cm x 50cm plant pot. Sand any rough edges and arrange the boards into a square. Using L brackets connect the boards using 20mm screws. Always predrill the composite decking boards. Attach boards to the bottom side of the plant pot. Fill with soil best to the desired plant. Place the plant in position and add water to complete.

Create A Cooking Corner

BBQs are a great event for the family and a small functional section of composite decking makes it great to do all the cooking and serving in one place. Try that new recipe and impress guests with delicious food whilst you relax, socialise and eat.

How to cook up a BBQ deck

Recommended to have a backsplash to your BBQ, plan the section next to a wall that you can also add utensils on.  Deckorum Composite decking is fire rated Bfl1s1 making it safe to use and achieves the highest possible rating for composite decking.

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A BBQ area is approx. 4 sqm but with chairs and table it is estimated to have 10-12sqm. Creating a 4sqm deck  level the area. Compact it by stepping over it on the heel of the foot. Use a weed membrane if needed. Make a rectangle out of treated timber material. Inserting treated timber rows in the opposite direction of the boards every 250mm apart in between the rectangle frame. Fixing the timber together with long screws of 100mm each. Cut the composite decking boards to desired lengths.

Add the starter clips every 250mm on one end of the timber frame and place the first board in place. On the opposite side of the board place the T fastener and screw into joist keeping the board in position but don’t tighten yet. Place the next board into the T fasteners just installed, add another row of T fasteners to the second board. Now go back to the first row of T fasteners to tighten. Repeat until the last board. Place the starters clips onto the frame then add the last board and insert T fasteners to finish.

Create A Kids Area

Encourage outdoor play that is safe and durable. Outdoor play promotes creativity and imagination in a natural environment according to Harvard Health. With the versatility of composite decking and safe components, it is a great material to use for a children’s play area.

Composite Decking Chalk Board Sand Pit

Let’s Play

To install, plan the space you want to dedicate considering the features to include. With safety in mind a sand pit, chalk board and collapsible hanging pegs are great options. Build a frame that will house the features. Cut the decking boards to size and fix onto the frame using fasteners. Using weed fabric for the bottom of the sand pit then fill the sand area with soft play sand. Attach chalkboard to a vertical wall and finish with some pegs.

For more great composite decking ideas on adding features to your garden space in quick time view Ideal Homes. Need some design and materials help, you can contact the Deckorum team or use the online decking calculator and see more on installation.

Ts & Cs

We have available a limited amount decking boards that may have been returned as surplus to requirement or might have slight damage. The boards are varied in length in size but generally come in 2.9m or 4m lengths. Due the weight and length of the boards the delivery prices can vary. The cost price for delivery of 1-2 of the 2.9m (7.25kg) and 4m (10kg) board is approx. £15. As the weight increases to 20kg -50kg the price increases to £36. Over 50kg would then need to go with an independent courier service which start at £65 – £99.60. Not sure? Contact the team and we will find the best available price based on the items required.