How to Feng Shui a Deck

Feng Shui is based on an ancient Chinese philosophy that purports decorating and arranging your surroundings based on the flow of energy, or Ch’i. A deck, whether it is attached to your house or not, is considered an extension of your living space and can be arranged according to Feng Shui principles. The art of Feng Shui is not complicated; it is simple matter of creating harmony inside and outside your home with aesthetically pleasing decorating touches. It’s fun and easy to apply Feng Shui principles to your deck.


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    Clear your clutter first. According to Feng Shui principles, it’s important that you first make space for new opportunities (good fortune) to enter your life by removing junk and clutter that impedes the smooth flow of Ch’i. Sell, throw away or give away all items on your deck that do not bring you pleasure.
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    Set aside all the objects you love. Surrounding yourself with furniture and objects that are pleasing to you increases your happiness and your energy.
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    Clean your deck thoroughly before you redecorate it. This could be as simple as power washing the wood. Repair any parts of your deck that are unsightly or unsafe.
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    Give your wood deck a new coat of stain if it shows signs of wear. (Some decks are made out of other materials that don’t require any maintenance other than a good washing from time to time.)
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    Get familiar with a bagua, which is a Feng Shui chart that relates to all the aspects of your life. You can download and print a bagua, or you can make your own:
    • Draw a large square on a piece of paper.
    • Create 9 squares by drawing 3 horizontal lines intersected with 3 vertical lines. All of the 9 squares should be the same size. Each of the 9 squares relate to correspond to your environment and how they affect your life.
    • Label each square with the name of the life area it corresponds to.
    • Overlay your bagua on the floor plan of your deck.
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    Look at each of the 9 main life areas and decide how you would like to enhance those areas using the principles of Feng Shui. Perhaps you want to increase your wealth (which includes all abundance in your life). The wealth area is in the top left corner of the bagua. Look at that corresponding corner on your deck and choose items to place there that are meant to increase prosperity. Adornments or accessories can be functional and practical; what’s most important is that everything you place in your wealth corner should represent prosperity to you. If the wealth corner can’t accommodate a chair or lounge, consider a luscious potted plant. Place crystals or amethysts in the soil around the base of the plant.
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    Continue to furnish your deck according to the principles of Feng Shui. You can choose colors, specific objects and water features that will enhance each life are of the bagua. Here are some examples:
    • Arrange groupings of chairs in the family area of the bagua. Choose furniture that is inviting so family and friends feel comfortable and welcomed.
    • Place a grill in the area that corresponds to health. A grill could also be placed in the wealth corner; its presence is a reminder that there is always an abundance of food.
    • Put a basket of toys or games in the area that relates to children and creativity.
    • Create a quiet meditation area in the wisdom area of the bagua.
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    Include ways to please your sense of hearing and smelling. Put pots of fragrant flowers or herbs near or on your deck. Place a bird bath, fountain or wind chimes nearby. You can also consider a discreet placement of outdoor speakers so that you can enjoy the sounds of soft, gentle music while you are on your deck.


  • If you furnish and decorate your deck with only the objects you love, you will create a balanced living space that is infused with energy. When you have completed your Feng Shui design, stand back and look at your deck. If everything on it pleases you, then you have accomplished your goal. If anything you’ve placed on your deck makes you unhappy or if you find it disconcerting, get rid of it.
  • If you cannot stand your deck furniture, but don’t have the budget for new furniture, you can toss your favorite throws on the furniture. Work with what you have to enhance its beauty until you can get something that pleases you more.


  • It’s not necessary to buy books about Feng Shui, unless you want to do so. It’s more important to surround yourself with furniture and objects that you find pleasing.
  • Don’t feel as if you have to know everything there is to know about Feng Shui in order to redecorate your deck. Feng Shui is a combination of common sense and esthetics. If you are happy and pleased spending time in the space you have created, you can be assured your efforts reflect the basic principles of Feng Shui.

Things You’ll Need

  • Trash bags
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Stain or paint (optional)

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