Deck Design Tips: Size And Placement


A thoughtfully-designed and well-installed deck is an amazing addition to any home. This alternative to the traditional patio has its own signature appeal and serves as a spot to entertain, socialize, grill and enjoy the outdoors. Plus, it can add value to your home. The key is ensuring that your deck has been designed well. There are a lot of considerations that go into a deck design, and this blog series is going to cover them all. Our first deck design tip relates to size and placement. How big should your deck be, and where should it go? Here’s what to keep in mind.

First, Decide Where To Put The Deck

Once you’ve decided that you’re adding a deck, placement should be the next consideration. Your property and your home will dictate exactly where it should go. Maybe you have exterior doors from the kitchen to the yard, which would work perfectly to facilitate indoor-outdoor flow on the new deck. Maybe you have a particularly beautiful view you’d like to take advantage of. In that case, a raised deck may be a good call. If there are mature trees or natural features, it’s possible to build your deck around these elements, so don’t assume those areas are automatically out of consideration.

Spend some time walking your property and visualizing where a deck might best be placed. It can also be helpful to look for inspiration online. You may discover examples of decks in outdoor spaces that are similar to yours.

Then, Start Thinking About The Most Appropriate Deck Size

Once you’ve settled on a great location for your deck, size is the next obvious consideration. This is arguably one of the most contentious issues in deck design. There’s no single rule or recommendation, but the most appropriate size is generally based on the property size, your lifestyle, how the deck will be used, and whether or not you’re planning on adding deck furniture or a grill.

Deciding how the deck will be used, whether for private lounging or entertaining friends and family, can help steer you toward the ideal size. Factoring for about 20 square feet of space per person on the deck allows for plenty of room to get around. Adding elements like a table and chairs, an outdoor sofa and a grill will eat up space, so keep that in mind as well. From a design perspective, a deck that’s no larger than 20% of the home’s square footage ensures it won’t overwhelm the house visually.

For perspective, a small deck is something around eight feet by eight feet. Average decks are around 12 feet by 12 feet. For space to entertain guests, a deck that’s 16 feet by 12 feet is a good option. Usually, going larger is rarely a mistake. While you won’t regret having the extra space, you’ll certainly notice if the deck is simply too small.

The Benefit of Professional Insight

If you’re debating placement and size for your new deck, this is where a professional recommendation can be very useful. Here at Golden Eagle Builders, we’ve installed multiple decks for homeowners in Reno and Sparks, and our experienced craftsmen have the expertise to guide you through your project as well. Whether you’re going the DIY route or looking for a professional deck builder for your project, we’d love to answer your questions. Contact the Golden Eagle team today.