Asked on Jul 10, 2018

What are some smart tricks/hacks for a deck no one wants to use?

Jenny SchlueterCynthia HZest it Up


I have a long narrow deck. It overlooks a lake but the railing is right at eye level making it impossible for me to enjoy. A second problem is that it gets the afternoon sun. I want to enjoy this area but with the sun and the hampered view, I just don't use it like I would like. I know there is something I can do to make this space useful.

3 answers
  • Zest it Up
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Adirondack chairs are sometimes low enough to the ground so you can see through the railing of the deck. You can also buy a tall, bar height table with bar stools so you can look over the railing. An outdoor umbrella would be an easy fix for the sun but another good idea is an outdoor shade cloth that you can hang from the roof over the deck.

  • Cynthia H
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Is it in your budget to replace the railing, Jenny? There are materials that could minimize the blocking of the view. You might also consider an overhang to protect you from the sun.
  • Jenny Schlueter
    on Jul 10, 2018

    Chairs and Table with umbrella may be the cheapest way true. Was thinking of a pergola since I have no overhang, but height from house may be too low for that. Hoping to provide more permanent protection.

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