7 Projects that Can be Built Using Leftover Decking Material

Posted 4 September 2020 5:00 PM by Jase DeBoer

You’re feeling accomplished about building your new deck, but what should you do with the leftover material that you have? There is no reason to waste perfectly good building materials. Here are some quick and easy building projects that you can tackle with your leftover deck boards.

Planter Box/Raised Garden Bed

If you are a green thumb or strive to be one like me, why not make your own planter boxes or raised garden beds. You can put them together in about the same amount of time it would take you to go to the store and buy them. Money-saving and time-saving. It’s a win-win. If you have leftover Deckorators® mineral-based composite decking, your planter box will last year-after-year. Deckorators® mineral-based composite decking is warranted for contact with ground and water, making it perfect for plantings. Take a look at these free raised planter/garden box plans


Bird House

Create a nesting haven for birds by building a bird house. Bird houses are easy to make and don’t require a lot of material. Build one on your own or turn it into a fun activity to do with your kids. Download a free DIY bird house plan to get started.  


Kids Play Kitchen

Let the kiddos get messy outside by building them a mud kitchen. It doesn’t take a lot of material to build, and it is always helpful to have new outdoor activities for your kids. Take a look at these steps to build your own outdoor play kitchen. It may even be a good project that your kids could help with.


Deck Skirting 

Enclose the underside of your deck with leftover deck boards. You can install the boards vertically or horizontally to create a more contemporary look. Here are some deck skirting installation instructions that you can follow. 


Outdoor Bar/Kitchen

Upgrade your outdoor space by building an outdoor bar or kitchen with your leftover decking. With an outdoor kitchen, you can enjoy cooking and festivities outside on beautiful days. Another great way to add entertaining space to your backyard is by building your own tiki bar. Check out these step-by-step instructions on how to build your own tiki bar. 

Deck build by Certified Pro, New Creation Decks


If you haven’t gotten around to getting furniture for your deck, no worries… Get creative and make a few benches, chairs or tables from your leftover materials. Take a look at these simple instructions on how to build a deck bench. 

Deck built by Certified Pro, Tara Hill Construction

Privacy Screen

Your new deck may not be so enjoyable with your pesky neighbor, Wilson, peering over at you. Build a privacy screen with those leftover deck boards and create a secluded space you can enjoy throughout the day. There are many designs to choose from and a variety of sizes and styles. Check out these steps to build a privacy screen for your deck.