We would all love to save money on a deck while having an outdoor space that is both beautiful and unique. There are plenty of deck patterns that can be used on your next project, but some deck patterns can actually save you money without a lot of extra time!
The short answer: shorts.
Most decks are built with 16 and 20 foot boards, but those popular lengths come at a premium price. Using shorter length boards (8-14 foot) can save you up to $2.35 per square foot, sometimes more if you’re using a hardwood like ipe. That means on an average sized deck (430 sq. ft.) you could save $1,011 by using shorts! To help you save money on your next project, we’ve put together six great patterns that primarily use shorter length boards.
By the way, all this information and more is in our new deck pattern resource, which includes framing structures and expert tips!
#1 Transition Board
Want to keep it simple? Here’s a subtle twist on the traditional deck pattern. By using a transition board running perpendicular to the rest of the deck you can break up the monotony plus use shorter board lengths. This pattern is also perfect for creating separation between different areas of the deck. Looking for something a little more interesting? Try using a different colored product or stain for the transition board.
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#2 Picture Frame
Take the transition board pattern to the next level by adding a picture frame around the edge of the deck. By adding a little extra framing the Picture Frame deck pattern creates a custom look for your project while saving money in the process. Using a different colored product or stain for the frame is another added touch.
Take a look at how we framed this deck in our free deck pattern eBook.
An expanded version of the once popular parquet flooring, this Patchwork deck pattern is perfect for using shorts on your project. With a little extra framing this pattern creates an incredible look, especially on decks with large surface areas. If you’re feeling creative, use a different colored product or species on some squares for added pattern options.
The framing on this deck pattern can be tricky, so we added expert tips in our free eBook.
The Herringbone deck pattern looks like a chevron pattern, but it requires fewer angled cuts. By taking short boards and placing them at a 45 degree angle, you can create a stunning look that sets your project apart. Don’t forget that placing boards at an angle requires you to shorten your framing span.
See how we recommend framing this pattern in our free resource.
#5 Chevron With Transition Board
You may have seen a chevron deck pattern before, but adding transition boards opens a world of possibilities. The transition boards make the pattern options endless while still allowing you to use shorts. Carry a chevron pattern across the whole deck, or use straight boards in some sections. You can also choose a different colored product or stain for the transition boards for a truly custom project.
We included framing tips for the transition boards in our free eBook.
#6 ATX Pattern
Looking for more of a challenge? Our deck experts at TimberTown Austin designed a one-of-a-kind pattern using only shorts: we call it the ATX Pattern. Drawing from the eclectic roots of Austin, TX, this pattern is sure to drop some jaws. Perfect for large commercial or residential projects, the ATX creates a seamless pattern so it can cover any size area beautifully. Use a different colored product or stain for the center inserts and you’ve got an outdoor space like no other.
Curious how we framed this deck pattern? The answer is in our 6 Deck Patterns That Save You Money eBook!