When we lived in Canada we really discovered and fell in love with deck living. It’s been on the house to do list since we moved in 18 months ago but as usual, the outside is the last job. But having drawn up the designs and found our deck guy we’re all booked in for next week so it was time for me to find items for the sitting area.

When I designed the house I picked a palette for the deck area: grey, white, yellow and industrial. And even though the deck wasn’t there – it’s just a huge mess of concreted areas – it meant that I could pick out items along the way knowing that they would work in the end design.

Deck grey and yellow styleboard

This is computer version of how the dining deck will look using the items we already have:

  • the IKEA FALSTER grey table which is now out of stock but MADE have a similar table which would work
  • the IKEA SALLADSKAL outdoor plant stand which I found in the bargain corner last month
  • 3 yellow ROTERA lanterns
  • if you follow my blog you’ll know that I have a thing about chairs: good looking chairs. Tolix inspired chairs are on that list. They are comfy, hard wearing, French, you can use them indoor and outdoor and they stack! Amazingly 2 summers ago Tesco sold a collection of the chairs and stools and one weekend they were on offer and with some Clubcard vouchers in hand I got 4 yellow chairs and 2 low white stools for a steal! They are long gone sadly but here are some reasonably priced ones in the opposite colour way: Tolix style white metal chairs from Amazon and  Tolix style yellow metal low stool from Amazon.

Deck grey and yellow styleboard

I have designed a long deck with a dining area and a lounging area under a pergola. We didn’t have any lounging items so here’s what I picked.

Made lyra outdoor 2 seater sofa charcoal grey

The MADE Lyra outdoor sofa comfy and stylish.


To go with it, I wanted something similar but not a complete matching set. The B&Q CUBA rattan collection is lovely and a great match with the MADE sofa. You can either buy the 2 seater set which includes the coffee table or you can buy the chairs individually as an armchair or a rocking chair (and bonus points as they stack).


I would love to have the budget and the cushion storage to have this B&Q JUNEAU gorgeous set.


I also love this retro B&Q SAKAR set but in our case the wood would have clashed with the decking.



The more budget friendly and still lovely set is the IKEA MASTHOLMEN collection – you can buy all the items individually to suit your garden perfectly.

Made Piggy bag

I couldn’t resist this pop of comfy yellow in the form of an outdoor beanbag: MADE Piggy bag. It comes in red, yellow or grey and in 2 sizes. I went for small.

Sainsburys Home Standing Tall Metal Planter Sainsburys Home Solar Utility Black Lantern

Sainsburys Home are killing it with their outdoor range again this summer. I LOVE the hairpin leg planter and the industrial style solar lantern is the perfect fit for my industrial inspired design. And they are super affordable!


According to my husband you can’t have a deck without a firepit. We picked the B&Q BLOOMA ULONG one, not only is it compact and lovely to look at (my main requirement!), it has room to store logs underneath.  I then found this tray table which is the same diameter as the firepit so we can put the tray on the pit when it’s not lit and use it as a table.

Can’t wait to share the finished deck with you.

I hope you’re inspired!

Updated: you can see the finished deck project here.