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Top 10 most popular deck projects

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A deck can help extend your living area and embrace the outdoors. It provides a fantastic space to relax and entertain friends and family.


Whether you are considering building a new deck or rejuvenating an existing deck, we trust you will be inspired and informed by these decking projects from the clever and creative Bunnings Workshop community.


Here’s our top 10 most popular decking projects on Workshop by pageviews:Daniel had “never built anything” in his life...Daniel had “never built anything” in his life...


1. Backyard transformation by @LePallet 


Once the new deck was installed as part of this comprehensive backyard makeover, creator Rylie says "things started to fall into place". Around 40 square metres in size, the deck look four days to build and has inspired many other Workshop members with their own low-level decking projects.  


2. New outdoor entertaining area by @danieltheman


Workshop member Daniel had “never built anything” in his life. But after a fire damaged an old patio, Daniel constructed this stunning deck that has been hugely admired by the community.


3. First deck from scratch by @Tara86


Workshop member Tara was justifiably proud of completing her first deck from scratch. Measuring 12 by 4.2 metres, the Merbau deck cost around $6000 to build and was later extended with steps leading down to a new garden bed.


4. Low profile deck by @hadi 


A deck like Tara's can dramatically increase your living area.A deck like Tara's can dramatically increase your living area.

After months of careful planning and lots of amazing assistance from ever-helpful Workshop members, @hadi used a modular decking frame from Bunnings for this wonderful low-level Merbau deck over the top of existing brick paving. "Without this forum it was impossible," says the proud owner.


5. Deck renewal project by @Jason


The harsh Australian sun combined with heavy foot traffic and outdoor furniture can leave decks looking shabby. This project involved sanding the deck back to raw timber before oiling to bring the timber back to looking good as new.


 6. Low-level deck by @Harv


If you have limited clearance between the ground and your deck, this project is a good example of how to deal with such limitations. It’s also a terrific example of how helpful the Workshop community can be when you have questions and challenges.


7. Merbau decking over concrete slab by @Neo19 


Another first decking project where the member got fantastic advice from the Workshop community to help them build a brilliant deck featuring 90 x 19mm Merbau boards from Bunnings. The discussion has also helped inspire and inform many other members tackling their own projects, with @Neo19 kindly sharing his experiences to assist others.


Composite decking boards can look great and require less maintenanceComposite decking boards can look great and require less maintenance

8. Strip, sand and oil project by @DIY_Dan


Cleaning with a pressure washer is often all that is needed before re-oiling a deck. But this deck was in poor shape, requiring stripping of the original coating before sanding and oiling. The result was well worth the effort.


9. Timber-free deck by @Adam_W


A pool presents a very tough environment for a traditional timber deck, so experienced Workshop member Adam used a pre-fabricated steel frame with HardieDeck fibre cement boards. His video on the build process is both informative and entertaining. Adam's subsequent outdoor entertaining project was even more impressive.


10. Spotted gum deck by @Darren


While many Aussies choose Merbau decking boards, spotted gum can look absolutely beautiful, as this deck from Darren demonstrates. This helpful discussion also includes advice about choosing the right oil to bring out the best in the timber.



More outdoor ideas for your home


Workshop members have shared many great outdoor projectsWorkshop members have shared many great outdoor projects

Visit the Bunnings Workshop Project Gallery for more fantastic decking and paving projects. The gallery also includes other inspiring projects such as outdoor tables,  bench seats, pallet bars, bar stools, day beds, and planter boxes.


Our How to section should also be helpful for tackling your projects, with articles such as How to build a low-level deck and How to lay paving for a path.


And make sure you check out our Top 10 most popular outdoor projects as well as our Top 10 most popular outdoor furniture projects.


Feel free to share your project on Workshop today, or hit the Start a discussion button if you'd like a hand with creating something new. We're here to help.



Last updated: October 2020

5 Replies

Wow, so inspiring. I have been thinking of building a deck in my house for more than 4 years, but could't never get it started :unhappy:


Hopefully 2019 is the year.


Is there any single page, where it lists all the tools, materials and step by step instructions to do it? 

Community Manager
Community Manager



Many thanks for the feedback. I also find it really inspiring when I see what other Workshop community members have achieved! We're more than happy to help ensure that 2019 is indeed the year for you to transform your house. We have loads of helpful and experienced community members who can share their knowledge and experience. 


I would recommend you start with the Bunnings D.I.Y. Advice series on How to build a deck. You might then want to start making a plan. At that point, it would be good if you hit the Start a discussion button and share your plans and photos of your site so our community members can assist. Include as much detail as possible. 


Hope that helps get you started. 




Community Manager
Community Manager

It's been fantastic to update our collection of most popular decking projects. Congratulations to all those Bunnings Workshop members who have projects featured. I trust you are all still enjoying spending lots of time on your wonderful decks. 




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I'm building a deck 8m x 3.5m and I'm unsure what size timber to use for the bearers and joists and also where to position my posts.


I have seen some previous posts on this topic where free sketch ups are done?


Any assistance would be greatly appreciated 

Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @Bibes09. It's great to have you join us and many thanks for your question.


There are plenty of online tools to design your own deck. I've used your provided sizes to create a basic layout. This uses a traditional system of a 90 x 45mm joist over a 140 x 45mm bearer. You should find this guide useful if you need to build the deck in a limited height: How to build a low-level deck by @Adam_W.


I trust this will give you a starting point. You might like to create your own discussion so we can talk more about your project and questions.




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