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11 Irresistible Upgrades for Your Outdoor Living Space

Elevate your outdoor space with these 11 outdoor living features.

October 03, 2023

If you’ve been thinking about giving your outdoor living space a makeover, there’s no reason to start from scratch. This article shares 11 simple, yet stunning ways to breathe new life into your existing deck. From adding charming lattice screens for privacy to incorporating cozy fire tables for warmth, these upgrades will take your deck to the next level.

Is Your Deck Missing Something?

The needs of our outdoor spaces can shift over time as our lives, families, and hobbies change. What was once a suitable deck may now leave us wanting more. 

That's what makes upgrades so great. And they don’t have to break the bank. Quick, easy-to-manage, and affordable changes can make it feel like you have a new deck without the hassle of intense renovation, helping us fall in love with our outdoor spaces again. 

Here are a few scenarios that could be fueling your desire for an upgrade or two:

  • To accommodate a growing family
  • To embrace seasonal changes
  • To create safe and enjoyable spaces for furry friends
  • To impress guests and host memorable gatherings
  • To personalize and reflect evolving tastes and lifestyles

If you’re ready to revamp your deck, let’s dive into these 11 fantastic upgrades.

1. Add Privacy with Lattice and Screens

Lattice screens act as elegant partitions, shielding your deck from prying eyes and creating a cozy oasis for relaxation. They also serve as a versatile backdrop for climbing plants, infusing calming greenery into your space. Trex® Lattice™ options are both durable and decorative. 

For homeowners seeking even more seclusion, Trex® Privacy™ offers privacy screens that provide a solid barrier for maximum privacy without compromising style.


2. Cool Off with Pergolas and Umbrellas

Looking for a shaded retreat in your yard? Pergolas add sophistication while providing relief from the sun's scorching rays. Trex® Pergola™ kits are available in standard sizes as well as custom designs, along with multiple canopy and shade panel options for enhanced comfort.

If you don’t have enough green space or square footage on your deck for a pergola, consider adding an umbrella instead. It’s a simple and convenient solution for instant shade right where you sit.

3. Additional Seating and Outdoor Furniture

Flexible seating and outdoor furniture are key to creating inviting spaces that lead to memorable gatherings, making this one of the most easy and popular deck upgrades. 

From cozy loungers to chic dining sets, Trex's Outdoor Furniture collection has everything you need to host delightful get-togethers and enjoy the great outdoors in comfort and style.

4. Give Your Deck a Glow Up

Transform your deck into a warm and inviting space with solar lights. With no wiring required, they're easy to install and eco-friendly, saving energy and money. Solar lights create a relaxing ambiance that encourages you to keep the festivities going long after the sun sets.

5. Groove to Outdoor Tunes

Outdoor speakers are a quick and easy deck upgrade that creates whatever mood you desire with music that perfectly complements your deck's vibe. From lively get-togethers to laid-back evenings, speakers add an extra touch of enjoyment to your outdoor space.

6. Secure Your Space with Fencing and Gates

Fencing as an upgrade provides a secure boundary for your yard. With durable materials and attractive designs, Trex® fencing elevates your outdoor space while keeping it protected. 

When it comes to your deck, gates play a vital role in creating a safer environment, especially for families with young children and pets. Trex aluminum gates offer the perfect solution, combining strength, accessibility, and sleek aesthetics to enhance your deck's safety and charm.

7. Create a Green Oasis

You can easily revitalize your deck with lush potted plants and landscaping. Adding a few touches of green can create a nature-inspired retreat, even in the middle of an urban space. 

Don't worry if you're new to gardening. It's easy to get started with low-maintenance plants, like succulents on side tables or English Ivy on lattice panels. Spider plants in pots are also simple to maintain. Play with pots in various colors and shapes and the aesthetic options are limitless.


8. Cozy Warmth with a Fire Table

Adding a fire table to your deck makes the space more enjoyable and inviting. This essential deck upgrade extends its usability into cooler evenings and seasons, transforming it into a cozy gathering spot year-round.

Trex fire pit tables are designed to elevate your deck's ambiance at the touch of a button and come in a variety of styles to suit your needs.

9. Get Your Game On

Add a playful touch to your deck with fun-filled games, including quiet activities like cards to more active options like horseshoes or croquet. From casual hangouts to competitive game nights with family and friends, these entertaining activities complement fun and competitive vibes. 

For a classic favorite, check out Trex® Cornhole™. These regulation-sized boards can be left outside, making setup and storage effortless.

10. Unwind with an Outdoor Bar

An outdoor bar adds a level of excitement to your deck, making it the go-to spot for unwinding with family and friends. Enjoy the convenience of readily available beverages and refreshments, creating an upscale entertaining experience. 

Setting up an outdoor bar can be surprisingly easy. A portable bar or even repurposed furniture can do the trick.

11. Grill Like a Pro

Transform your deck into a culinary paradise by adding a grill, and you don't need a custom or built-in option to do it. A simple rolling grill can easily turn your deck into an outdoor kitchen that the whole family will love. 

Grilling on your deck adds a delightful culinary experience to any gathering. Plus, the convenience of a portable grill allows you to move it around effortlessly, creating the perfect cooking spot to suit your mood and weather.

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Upgrade Your Deck Today with Trex Outdoor Living Products!

Transforming your existing deck into a stunning outdoor retreat is easier than you think. From adding privacy screens, pergolas, and outdoor furniture to incorporating outdoor speakers, solar lights, and fire tables, the possibilities are endless. 

Visit the Trex Outdoor Living Collection now and make your deck the envy of the neighborhood.


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