Tap to Read ➤

How to Build a Floating Deck

Prashant Magar Nov 4, 2018
If you wish to add a bit of your own construction to a perfectly lovely house or garden, a floating deck happens to be a really nice option. This Gardenerdy tells you the easiest way to build a floating deck, all by yourself.
Floating decks, if used and constructed in a planned manner, can enhance the value of an area. The assembly for such type of deck is done independent of the location where it has to be set up. The entire design takes shape first, and then it is attached or placed at a suitable location.
The finishing touches are added to the structure to give it a characteristic look as desired by the owner. If you are wondering how to build it, there is a prior need to evaluate the place where you need to install it, the type of construction and design, and also the feasibility of the work.

Build a Floating Deck

If a properly formulated plan is implemented, floating decks offer a wide range of choices, ease of use, and a significantly low-cost. In fact, they can be the most hassle-free construction type, and the simplest one can be made in even a day. It is very important that you consider the geography and conditions of the surrounding area.
Using support work like piers can be an option for the base or foundation for the required deck. It has following advantages:
  • Supports the structure firmly, being the foundation for the floating deck.
  • Helps in even distribution of the weight of assembly over a large area making it strong.
  • If the ground level is uneven, using piers will even out the base.
The next stage involves laying the floor work as per the decided pattern. The supporting structure is first raised and strategically placed. This consists of the end board, placing and attaching the support planks. This process can be followed by placing of the surface planks, and securing them firmly to the support structure.
All the above arrangement can be secured with a firm wood adhesive. Once it dries up, you can test for its usability, and enjoy the comfort of your creation. Depending on user concerns, professional help can also be taken in making a deck.There is a great deal of concern over the safety of a floating deck.
But statistical data over the years has proved quite conclusively that they are a safe choice. Over 95% users in the United States are satisfied with the use of floating decks, provided the construction and its usage is proper. Since it is an independent structure, it is flexible enough to be located as per choice.
The building of these decks do not involve cement work, making holes or using messy hardware, and involves less material. This material can be availed of in a large area all across the country. Inspecting existing works such as composite decking and comparing various structures can provide a decent idea about the requirements of the task.

Step-by-step process of building a floating deck

Step-1: This is one of the basic steps to be taken before going ahead with the designing and construction process. There are permissions needed from authorities before embarking onto the project. The design and construction of the deck must conform with the rules and regulations of the area. Failing to follow the rules may lead to breaking down of the deck.
Step-2: The next thing in line is the design of the deck that you would like to adopt. There are ample number of options as to which design would suit your budget as well as your area and style. You can pick from any one, or may be even mix and match the designs.

Taking the Measurements

Step-3: The next vital step is to take accurate measurements. 
The area that would be occupied by the deck should be properly demarcated. Unless the measurements are precise and correct, the final outcome would be far from satisfactory, and the effort wouldn't pay off. If the area is covered with grass and weeds, it should ideally be cleared.
Step-4: The deck area must be level and equal. Unequal areas will create discrepancies in measurements, and while placing the piers there would not be a uniform height, resulting in an imbalanced deck.
Note: Now you can choose between a free-standing deck which is stand-alone and doesn't procure any kind of structural support from the house. The other is the deck made adjacent to the house, supported by the walls of the house. Considering your requirement, you can then proceed towards the design. Here, we take into consideration the free-standing deck.

Laying the Structure

Step-5: The concrete piers are set on the ground. The wooden frame is erected by placing the planks of the wood on the piers, such that a square frame is formed.

The Deck Frame and Structure

Deck Frame

The Initial Frame

Laying the Planks

Step-6: Once the frame is steadily formed, the remaining planks are placed atop the frame, such that a sturdy platform is formed.


Step-7: The final step would be to render some finishing touch, like a varnish and paint.

The Final Floating Deck

Floating Deck

Once done, the deck could be placed anywhere, or could be left where you have made it.
Decorate it with furniture and greenery, and also with some flowers. Some antique ideas could also be added to enhance the place further.