Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

Patio & Porch

The patio and porch are great places to relax after a long day. Learn how to create and outfit a patio or porch.

How to Build Patio Furniture

Building patio furniture is a great alternative to buying expensive ready-made furniture. Learn how to build a picnic table and benches, an umbrella table, and more using simple step-by-step instructions and helpful diagrams.

5 Ways to Protect Your Deck

Are you looking for some ways to protect your deck? Check out this article and learn 5 ways to protect your deck from wear and tear. See more »

Can you use lag screws to install decks? Visit to learn about using lag screws to install decks. See more »

Top 5 Materials Used in Patios

There are all sorts of materials used in patios these days. So what should you build yours with? Check out these top 5 materials used in patios. See more »

How to Build a Patio

Building a patio can be expensive, but you can save money by doing it yourself. Get the step-by-step directions for pouring a patio in this article. See more »

How to Build Patio Furniture

You need patio furniture to really enjoy your patio. Learn how to build your own patio furniture by following these simple instructions. See more »