When you create a new deck in your garden, it isn’t always guaranteed that you’ll use ALL of the deck boards that you purchased.  In fact, there are often times where homeowners are left with spare boards. If you’ve spent your hard-earned money on your garden renovation, the last thing you want to do is throw your leftover boards away, but it’s not always easy to think of ways to use them. 

Well, in today’s blog, we take a look at three different ways that you can use your leftover composite decking boards to create something beautiful and functional. Let’s dive right in.

1. Garden Planter

You might want to consider adding a complementary garden planter to your new deck, it certainly is a great way to add a touch of colour. There’s plenty of flexibility when it comes to designing your planter. It could be a small, short simple box design or a larger, deeper and more complex shape (it really depends how many boards you have to work with). The finished planter will blend seamlessly into your new deck and give you an opportunity to add some vibrant flowers or tasty herbs to you new garden.

If you want something a little daintier than a standalone garden planter, why not create a windowsill box? This small box can be left inside or outside a sunny window where you can grow all kinds of produce including strawberries and tomatoes. Some windowsill boxes can cost around £50, an expense that you can avoid altogether with your homemade composite decking box.

2. Bird Box/Kennel

If you’re an animal lover, you might want to turn your leftover composite deck boards into a home for your furry or feathered friends. 

Using a few composite deck boards, you can fashion a bird box that will provide a cosy place for birds to nest, especially during the winter months. The durable, water resistant material will help to protect the little birds within from the harsh elements outside. 

With a few more composite deck boards, you can create a kennel for your beloved pet. They’ll thank you for the shaded spot on sunny days and while you enjoy an autumn evening around the fire, your furry friend can cosy up in their very own shelter. 

3. Garden Bench

With the right number of leftover boards, you should be able to create a gorgeous garden bench for you and your guests to sit on all year round. The durable nature of composite decking means that your garden bench will last a lot longer than other, timber, variations. Most of which end up splitting and flaking after only a few years. 

We think that this idea is a great way to create a coherent garden, without having to fork out lots of money on additional garden furniture. Your custom bench can be designed to suit your garden needs exactly. Simply add some waterproof cushions for a comfortable finish. 

Hopefully these ideas will help you make the most of your leftover composite decking. When you get creative you can achieve some really breath-taking results.