12 Multi-Level Deck Ideas

There are so many different ways to dream up a unique deck design, whether you only have a small spot to work with or you want to explore something more grandiose — like a multi-level deck. A multi-level deck provides all sorts of great options for flexible outdoor living. For example, you can create a subtle step-down to another deck level or access your outdoor area with stairs that weave along your exterior layout. Read on for some of our favorite multi-level deck ideas that are sure to get you inspired.

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large lake house with multi-level deck

#1 // Lakefront lounging 

Such a gorgeous lake house deserves a deck that makes a statement. Our designers suggested a multi-level deck with striking iron railings. Each level of the deck has room to relax, unwind, and entertain. The layout provides a physical barrier between the home and the lake without imposing a visual one, so the homeowners and their guests can take in the views while lounging outdoors.

charming white house with multi-level deck

#2 // A layout that flows

Multi-level deck ideas don’t always involve profound height differences. Our designers embraced subtle rises for this deck, resulting in a layout that flows easily. The steps between levels are embedded into the deck for a seamless look.

modern house with multi-level deck

#3 // Sprawling spaces

The upper portion of this two-level deck stretches beyond the exterior walls of the home, for a sprawling outdoor living space. The levels aren’t connected by stairs, but they are by design. We love how the shape of both deck levels mimics the home’s triangular bump out.

gray house with multi-level deck

#4 // All the way up

This multi-level deck starts on the rooftop and ends on the ground. The unique deck design features outdoor seating areas on every level, maximizing the space’s potential — and views.

modern house with backyard hardscape and jacuzzi

#5 // Create zones

This backyard oasis covers all the bases. Jacuzzi? Check. Fireplace? Check. Lounge spaces? An outdoor cooking and dining area? This design has it. To make the layout more purposeful and distinct, we used a multi-level deck, creating defined zones for lounging, relaxation, and dining throughout. 

modern house with multi-level deck and glass railing

#6 // Multi-function, multi-level deck

Multi-level decks offer space for all sorts of outdoor activities. From lounging around the firepit and soaking in the hot tub to relaxing on the sofa or grilling and dining, this deck (and yard!) has a place for it all. 

traditional house with multi level deck

#7 // Simple and stunning

Decks aren’t always elaborate. This design is both simple and functional. Each one of the back exterior doors opens up to a different level of the deck, making for accessible indoor-outdoor living. The intentional layout also features steps that lead directly to the backyard. This design is ideal for having lunch on the deck before heading down a few steps to enjoy the yard. 

blue house with multi-level deck

#8 // Mix materials for dynamism

For the backyard above, our designers used a variety of materials, including walkway pavers over pea gravel, wood plank flooring for the open-air deck, and wood and iron for the covered deck and balcony railings. The result is an enviable, dynamic outdoor living space.

modern house with decks on each side

#9 // Separate the levels

While most multi-level decks stagger the deck on one side of the home, or across the home’s entire width, this design splits things up. Our designers included deck spaces on each side of the house, plus a stairway and walkway leading to a raised deck in the center of the backyard.

#10 // Stairway to outdoor relaxation

When it comes to multi-level deck ideas, stairs are often an important element. This design features several sets of stairs: the steps leading from the side gate (on the left) to the backyard, two sets off the bottom level of the deck to the patio, and a couple of steps between the patio and the yard. To make the staircase connecting the upper and lower levels of the deck stand out, our designers suggested a distinctive mix of wood and iron materials.

Dark exterior on modern rustic lake home in upstate New York

#11 // Staggered deck levels 

To complement this home’s sloping landscape, our designers helped the homeowners visualize a staggered multi-level deck. Each level of the deck also features paned double doors to access the home, making for a sleek, beautiful, and functional design.

neutral stucco house with multi-level deck and pool

#12 // Build around your pool

If you have a backyard pool, building a multi-level deck around it is a great way to get the best of both worlds: a pool deck and a separate deck for entertaining and unwinding. In this design, the main deck space is just outside the home and offers plenty of room for outdoor seating and dining. The main deck features two sets of stairs: one that leads to the side yard and one that leads to the bottom-level deck and pool. The layout is as functional as it is visually appealing.

modern home with green siding, cultured stone, and multi-level deck

Deck it out

If you enjoy spending time outside, why settle for a single-level deck? Multi-level decks not only add dimension to your exterior, they can also help maximize your outdoor spaces. Whether you want to keep things simple or tackle a more elaborate design, we’ve got you covered.

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