Whether you use your deck for family gatherings, grilling, hosting friends, or relaxing, you can constantly improve your deck on a budget. Deck improvements can prove costly, but they don’t have to set you back thousands or even hundreds of dollars. With a bit of ingenuity and determination, you’ll have your deck looking better in no time.

How to Improve Your Deck on a Budget

Below are four ways to upgrade your deck without breaking the bank.

Add a Roof or Privacy Screen

Most people enjoy the space a deck provides to entertain or relax. However, not everyone has a large property with privacy from neighbors. Improve your deck by adding a privacy screen on sides facing neighbors’ houses or roads. A permanent or portable privacy screen is easy to set yourself up and makes the deck a more comfortable place to hang out. 

If you’re in a location prone to harsh weather but still want to enjoy what your deck has to offer, install a simple roof to protect you, your furniture, and the deck from the elements.

Invest in Outdoor Solar Lighting

A deck is a great place to soak up the sun or watch the moon and stars at night. Adding outdoor lighting improves your deck’s appeal significantly and serves a functional purpose. Solar lights are versatile because they don’t need to be plugged into an outlet and turn on automatically at dark. 

Add an Outdoor TV Screen

The age of drive-in movie theaters is long gone, but nothing says you can’t watch a movie outdoors anymore. While outdoor TVs can be costly, there are plenty of options to help you set up an outdoor movie theater.

Look for a basic projector. The only other thing you’ll need is a white screen on which to project, which you can DIY from a simple bed sheet or even project onto the side of your house. 

DIY a Storage Bench to Improve Your Deck

Additional storage is always a welcome feature in any home. Decks benefit from extra storage spaces. A storage bench not only provides a place to sit or relax, it gives you a hidden space to store away items you regularly use on your deck but that you don’t want to leave out and expose to the elements at all times.

As you can see, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your deck on a budget. Even something as simple as adding hanging or on-deck potted plants will dramatically enhance your deck.

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