The most common place to find a rooftop deck is in the city, where lack of space lends itself to building up. However, their unprecedented views make rooftop decks an enviable feature in any home. Even if you have the space for a traditional outdoor deck or patio, you may want to consider looking into rooftop deck designs for your home.

Decide how you want to use your deck. Image: Chicago Roof Deck & Garden

Types of rooftop decks

When putting together a rooftop deck, the most important thing to decide upon is how you intend to use it. There are three main purposes to choose from. They are:

  • Lounge area: The most common use for a rooftop deck is a lounge space. If this is the type of design you’re after, be sure to include plenty of comfy seating options, plus plush accessories like throw pillows and blankets. In this case, a focal point like an eye-catching table or fireplace will help round out your design.
  • Rooftop garden: Adding a rooftop garden, or living green roof, isn’t just about the aesthetic benefits; there are practical ones as well. For one, these features help reduce flooding and protect your roof from wear and tear. For another, they help insulate your home, which saves on heating and cooling costs. If you decide to go this route, choose plants that will do well in your particular climate.
  • Dining space: If you’re craving an outdoor dining space, your rooftop deck would be mainly used as a space for family and friends to gather for meals. Here, all you really need is a dining table, but you could consider adding a wet bar or kitchen to the mix.

Rooftop deck design ideas

There’s no reason not to include a bed for when you feel like reading or lounging. Image: Liquid Interiors Limited

These canopies provide a dramatic flair in design, as well as protection from the hot sun. Image: Chicago Green Design Inc.

Feel free to get creative with seating, like with this clam on a half shell. Image: KÜCHE & DESIGN

If you live in a cooler climate, extend the life of your rooftop deck by adding a fireplace. Image: Dufner Heighes Inc

If you have enough space, consider adding two distinct functional areas: one for sitting and one for dining. Image: Jacalyn Gould Landscape Architect

A rooftop deck is a great place to store and grow your herb garden. Image: Time2Design

Consider adding a pergola to help keep the rooftop deck cool in the summer sun. Image: Lolo Mestanza

Adding plants and greenery helps your rooftop deck design pop. Image: Adolfo Harrison Gardens

Sometimes rooftop deck designs can be simple. All you need is a bench and some fun accessories like throw pillows. Image: Laura Garner

As with any deck design, always make sure there is plenty of seating. Image: MB Design & Build

Adding a table instantly finishes the seating area, signifying that it’s a place to gather. Image: Randle Siddeley

If you can, consider incorporating a wet bar to make entertaining easier. Image: Chicago Green Design Inc.

Do any of the above rooftop deck designs inspire you to create one of your own? How would you like to utilize your space?