Transform your outdoor area

For coffee in the morning, reading in the afternoon, and cocktails at night, your outdoor space is an extension of your home. And with more time to dream big, outdoor-living expert Tyler Banken suggests brainstorming the functionality of this area. Whether you have a patio, deck, or apartment balcony, small changes can make a big impact. To begin, look down! Changing your deck tiles can add style and dimension instantly, and set the stage for the decor of your choice.

What you’ll need: Deck tiles, a tape measure, and a jigsaw if needed.

Step 1: Take the square-foot measurements of your outdoor seating area. Many deck tiles are sold as one-square-foot pieces, so order accordingly. Banken suggests buying a few extras, just in case there is damage or you make a mistake.

Step 2: Choose a corner as your starting point and start interlocking the tiles, using rings or pins, whatever is included in your order.

Step 3: If you need to cut some tiles to ensure a proper fit, Banken suggests using a jigsaw tool (along with the proper safety equipment).

Step 4: After you’re finished, add your seating! From rocking chairs to outdoor bean bags, get cozy outdoors, however, you’d like.

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