Clever Upcycling Ideas for Your Old Decking – Inspire Your Garden

Collaborative post by another author. Upcycling might be the key to enjoying your gardening hobby. It is a good way to reuse pieces you own and turn them into something more useful and beautiful, in this case, your old deck.

Turning your focus to upcycling can help you make your garden ideas a reality – without burning a hole in your bank account.

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Don't just throw out your old decking when it's time for an update

Your old decking that needs replacing might not be completely useless. Why not upcycle those old decking boards and transform them into something useful in your garden?

When it comes to upcycling, you don’t have to spend so much time changing the item into something new. In most cases that might be needful but sometimes, even small changes can do the trick.

If you looking to revamp your outdoor space, then you need to check out our list of upcycling ideas for your garden with your old decking boards.

Garden furniture

You can use your old deck to build a sizeable and good-looking seating area in your garden which you can paint with any soft colour of your choice.

Instead of the expensive stuff, you can construct a centre table with a nice centrepiece. You can fill them with narrow-stemmed bottles or jars and add wildflowers. You can decide to leave the box natural or add a paint effect.

Decking Board Path

A cheap decking board path is perfect if you are looking for an affordable and eco-friendly garden path.

You can use your old composite decking to create a path in your garden. This will not only save you money but also reduce waste and help the environment.

Soil Sieve

This might sound weird to you but hear me out first. Your home can be in an area where the soil is awful. It could be in an area where many construction projects have been done and the soil is full of clay, twigs, rubble, bolts, nails, and the rest.

Before using the soil for flower beds in your garden, you should construct a sieve to sift out all the junk. You can do this by using four planks of your old decking and some mesh in the middle to make a square sieve and voila!

Garden Accessories

If you want to make your outdoor space a bit different, you can decorate it with vintage signs, use your old decking to frame your mirrors and paint it. You can also use your old decking for picture frames to create a playful area perfect for parties.

Privacy Wall

Using your old deck to build a privacy wall will be perfect for keeping the wind from blowing away or ruining your dinner. This is a good idea for upcycling your old deck because, you won’t have a lot of junk to dispose of, and you can recycle and revamp it by painting a soft colour to make it look new.

BBQ Side Table

If you don’t have a dedicated outdoor side table, using your old decking to construct one would be great. It can be used for serving drinks or keeping your BBQ essentials safe.

Cover Ups

If you have old and unattractive-looking pipes around your garden, you can use your old decking boards to deck around it, boxing in the pipes and grids.

This will mean the pipes and grids will not get clogged with leaves again and it can be a nice spot to place your potted plants outdoors.

Use Old Decking to Construct a Potting Bench with a Sink

Covid-19 reinforced the importance of regularly washing our hands. If you are hosting family and friends outdoors, you would want to ensure that there is a place where people can wash their hands whenever they need to.

Use your old decking to create a new potting bench with a sink. A potting bench is appropriate as a countertop to place things like handwash and hand towels on.

Private Pergola

A pergola over a decked area helps to create an intimate space where you can eat or simply relax with a book. Using your old decking to build a private pergola can save you the money you’d have spent to get an umbrella. The pergola helps to offer some privacy to the decked area you’ve created and further helps to define the boundaries of the deck.

If you’re looking for a traditional English country style in your garden, a pergola is the way to go. Painting the wood in a classic shade of sage green or duck-egg blue will add to the country chic style of the pergola.

While the pergola is stylish all on its own, you can enhance its beauty by hanging flower baskets or planting climbing plants at the base of the deck to trail up the pergola.


So there you have it! This list of upcycling ideas for your old decking is not an exhaustive one. It's all about using your imagination to find new and interesting things you’d want in your garden and if they can be done using a deck. Get creative!

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