23 Amazing Sun Deck Ideas To Inspire Your Own Backyard Getaway


A sun deck is the ultimate outdoor entertaining space, featuring a terrace or balcony that is positioned to catch the sun. There are plenty of benefits to adding a sun deck to your backyard. No matter the size, it can be refreshing to have a dedicated outdoor living space to relax and soak up some Vitamin D!

These outdoor spaces will provide you with additional space to entertain. A sun deck is perfect for hosting gatherings where your guests can enjoy nature while lounging and spending quality time together. Be sure to incorporate plenty of greenery around your deck to create a peaceful backyard oasis. Adding greenery to your sun deck brings life and color to your outdoor space. Whether it’s potted plants, hanging baskets, or vertical gardens, greenery helps create a refreshing relaxation area. 

Sun decks are a great addition to any outdoor space, providing the perfect setting for relaxation and entertainment. If you want to make your deck more comfortable, consider adding a shade solution such as a covered deck or patio umbrella. Outdoor umbrellas offer a functional solution to provide shade and add a focal point to your deck. They add to the relaxing feel of your deck and help to keep you cool on hot, sunny days. 

It is also important to choose the right furniture when creating your custom deck designs. Lounge chairs or sectionals paired with outdoor tables can set the tone for relaxation and socializing. Adding outdoor rugs can create a cozy atmosphere and create the perfect place to enjoy a good book and spend time with family and friends. 

Tell Us: Take a look below for some fabulous ideas and don’t forget to let us know which one of these ideas most inspired you and why in the Comments below!

floating sun deck with blue and white chairs

1. Rounded Deck. A contemporary deck is connected to a screened porch for the ultimate in entertaining. The Ipe decking features stainless steel pipe rails. (via K Squared Builders)

multi level sun deck with sitting area with white chairs, lights and trees in the background

2. Multi-Level Deck. This Montauk house features a multi-level deck design using cedar. A custom spiral staircase was selected in a hue to match the sea below. This helps to conveniently connect the master bedroom to the pool deck. For the deck railings, a stainless steel mesh was used for transparency and for its nautical imagery. (via Studio Robert McKinley)

floating deck with black railing

3. Elevated Ipe Deck. A hardwood Ipe deck elevated in the treetops for a stunning view of Sausalito. If you are requiring a more refined, rich deep look for your ipe deck, then maintenance is key. However, if you wish for it to age naturally into a mousey gray surface, it can be pressure washed as desired to bring it back to its original beauty. (via Gary Marsh Design)

elevated sun deck with two sitting areas and a wooden privacy shade

4. Deck With Privacy Screen. This multi-level deck features a wood privacy screen between neighbors. The comfortable outdoor furnishings are perfect for entertaining family and friends. (via Patio Deck-Art)

overhead view of dark brown sitting sun deck with plants and umbrella

5. Ipe Wood Deck. This sun deck steps down from the back of the house, offering complete privacy thanks to a lush forest. (via Pinterest)

modern deck with sitting areas and pool

6. Sleek Sun Deck. A country house in Colombia features this expansive swimming pool and deck. The property is oriented north-south, so the outdoor spaes back in the sunshine throughout the day. (via Arquitectura en Estudio)

overhead view of modern landscape with sun deck with pool

7. Modern Landscape Design. A beach house features this spectacular backyard sun deck. The site features a built-in spa, outdoor shower, raised redwood deck, fire-pit, and Loll outdoor furniture. (via Falling Waters Landscape)

lake house sun deck with trees and the lake in the background

8. Lake House Deck. A beautiful craftsman cottage in Maine features a deck with a hot tub overlooking a serene lake. (via Richardson & Associates Landscape Architects)

wooden platform sun deck with modern landscaping and pool

9. Wood Platform Deck. Next to a  swimming pool, a raised deck comprised of teak is the perfect spot for sun loungers. See the rest of this incredible home here: Modern Menlo Park Residence with warm and inviting design. (via Dumican Mosey Architects)

sun deck with sitting area, pond and greenery in the back

10. Balinese Inspired Garden. In this backyard, the deck appears to float above the water, providing a whimsical paradise.  (via Mom’s Design Build)

sun deck in the forest with seating area, a swing and flowers with paper lanterns

sun deck in forest with swing, flowers and a sitting area, with paper lanterns

11. Sun Deck In A Forest Garden. An old children’s sandbox in the backyard was transformed into a sun deck. This entertainment deck is a wonderful place to sunbathe, swing, and play table football. Get the DIY tutorial at the provided link. (via Twoje DIY)

moden sun deck with water fountain

12. Deck With A Water Fountain. This sun-filled backyard in Perth, Australia features a terraced deck to sit, relax and enjoy the sound of the water feature. The timber deck is comprised of Batu and the stain is natural – this is the true color of the timber. The white material is concrete with an exposed aggregate. The water blade is brickwork clad with travertine. (via Cultivart Landscape Design)

sun deck that goes around a tree

13. Deck Around A Tree. This contemporary deck of a home in Melbourne, Australia. was built around an existing tree with the edges being cut once the boards were laid. There is a frame underneath to support the decking. The deck is composed of Yellow Stringy Bark with a Cutek Stain. The plantings in the background are Bambusa Textilis Gracilis. (via C.O.S Design)

overhead view of wooden and rock sundeck with sitting area and hot tub

14. Sunken Hot Tub. If you don’t have enough space for a swimming pool on your backyard deck, why not integrate a jacuzzi or a plunge pool? This compact deck features an in-ground hot tub that creates a seamless aesthetic compared with a raised tub that may make this space feel too cramped. The sunken spa also creates the illusion of more space compared to a raised tub on a small deck. (via Tamsin Johnson Interiors)

multi level cedar sundeck with flowers, bushes and an umbrella covered sitting area

15. Cedar Sun Deck. This two-level deck design creates an eating area and a sitting area–a great option for entertaining groups of friends and neighbors. Deck Style 24′ x 12′ Pre-Stained Cedar Sun Deck. (via Fence-All)

large sundeck with bushes, fire pit, sitting area and a big tree

16. An expansive cedar deck with a fire pit in the countryside of Kansas. The steps are made out of stamped, colored concrete. The structure of the planter is a concrete block covered with a natural stone veneer. A natural flagstone is used for the cap. (via Artistic Concrete Surfaces)

light colored concrete sun deck with a sitting area

17. Floating Sun Deck. A backyard in Northern California features a raised sun deck next to a spectacular swimming pool. The pool is 9’wide by 40′ long. The pool is raised about 24″ but the pool depth is deeper than that. The plants at the base of the pool are horsetail reed (Equisetum hyemale). (via Nick Noyes Architecture)

sun deck with a view of the lake at sunset

18. Deck With A View. A modern-rustic home nestled on Lake Joseph, Ontario, Canada features this gorgeous sun deck with an enchanting view. (via Anne Hepfer Designs)

large multilevel sun deck with sitting area, stairs and plants

cedar desk with sitting area, stairs and big grass yard

19. Two-Tiered Cedar Deck. This outdoor space in Toronto, Canada is the perfect home living extension. The deck is comprised of western red cedar stained. Steps lead down to a paver patio on one side and to the garden on the other. (via ROYAL Decks and Landscapes)

modern wooden deck with seating area and fire pit

20. Rooftop Garden Sun Deck. This multi-level wood deck is bordered with hedges for privacy in this urban townhouse in Boston, Massachusetts. Comfortable outdoor furnishings are set around a concrete fire pit, while the upper level of the deck caters to a built-in kitchen with alfresco dining. (via Jacalyn Gould Landscape Architect)

sitting area on wooden sun deck with flowers

21. Outdoor Living In Style. This wood deck sits off the kitchen/dining room and is on the second story of this home in Oregon. The Natural Cedar is stained in a Behr product purchased at Home Depot. The outdoor furniture and rug are from Walmart/BHG – Englewood Heights Collection. (via Paradise Restored Landscaping)

hot tub sun deck with sunset in the background

22. Hot Tub With A Sun Deck. A cedar deck offers sweeping views over a canyon in Santa Barbara, California. An integrated hot tub provides the ultimate in entertaining. (via Projects General Construction)

overhead view of sundeck on the side of the pool with rocks on the side

23. Pool Oasis With A Large Deck. The pool finish is Pebble Sheen by Pebble Tec, the dimensions are 8′ wide x 50′ long. The sun deck is Dasso XTR bamboo decking. The shrubs along the wall are Cryptomeria japonica – a fast-growing evergreen that loves the sun and makes a great screen. See the rest of this incredible home here: LEED Silver house in Atlanta nestles into its wooded environment. (via TaC Studios Architecture)

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