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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Outdoor Deck Tiles

Sarah from The Ugly Duckling House was talking today about outdoor deck tiles, and reading her post made me realize that I never blogged about MY outdoor deck tiles from Ikea!  Probably because the project was completed pre-blog.

Here's the before:
Pretty basic concrete slab leading to the front door.  And, here's the after:
Lovely 12" square interlocking tiles really make a huge improvement.
Here's a closeup of the tiles.  Each tile is actually made up of 4 smaller squares.  Aren't they lovely?!
And, since they are interlocking (and floating), the installation is a cinch.  We had the front porch covered except for the part around the edges that needed to be cut in an hour or two. 
When it was all said and done, we ended up putting the cut edges next to the house, but that was just a matter of sliding the entire layer of connected tiles out from the house several inches and squeezing in a cut tile.  As you can see from this picture, I decided not to do anything on the front face of the slab.  I had thought about adding something to cover the concrete completely, but I worried about drainage and really just never came up with a good plan. 
The one thing we did do, though, was tack down the tiles where the step is from the walkway to the front porch.  I found that it was too easy to stub your toe on it as you stepped up onto the porch.  But, those screws can easily be removed if I ever decide to replace the decking.  But, I can't imagine why on earth I'd do that!
And, frankly, since the front garden has taken off, the front face of the concrete slab is hardly an eyesore.
Now that I have shown you what a difference these guys made on my front porch, I will say that if you plan to use them, do yourself a favor and seal them.  I did not seal mine prior to putting them down, and after 2 summers they are looking kind of rough already.  I get a lot of direct sun for most of the day (hence the lovely perennials), which really has wreaked havoc on the tiles.  I think I discovered after installation that they are stained but not sealed (!??!?!), so I really should take care of them soon.  But, well, that's just another project for the list.  :)

Hope that helps, Sarah, if you decide to give outdoor deck tiles a shot!




  1. Great job, Emily! This is definitely giving me some thought on what mine might look like!

  2. You did a great job, Emily. I have never seen those before...they look wonderful! xo Diana

  3. Hi Emily!

    I really like the way you used the deck tiles! I'm writing a post on this topic myself and wanted some interesting sites for my readers to check out! I've definitely found one :)

    Thanks again for sharing. If you get a chance, you can visit me at diyinteriordesignideas.com

    Tonya D

  4. Hi Emily I salute you for doing some renovations..Makes me think that I needed one for my porch too! And the wood tiles are really perfect for my porch. It brings out the "nature" look in a place plus the plants they are all lovely!


  5. Hi Emily,
    It's wonderful and fascinating work to see here! I think you made really easy to choose beautiful deck. I recently got calgary deck and it gives me same satisfaction as I got from yours. I would love to say everything has its own features. Anyway, thanks for sharing this beautiful idea.

  6. Oh yes, the tiles completely transformed your front porch! I don’t know if it’s only me, but the tiles have a welcoming aura. I can imagine myself sitting on the chair, sipping tea, and watching the flowers dance on a Sunday afternoon. Kinda like what you see in the movies, huh? :)

  7. Hi Emily.....great job dear...i loved your wonderful post....thanks for sharing this beautiful idea.
     Decking tiles