The Easiest Way to Hang String Lights On Your Deck


Learn how to hang outdoor string lights on a deck. It’s a simple task with only a few materials needed.

We’ve been using our deck space so much more this summer now that we can spend our evenings out here, even when the sun sets and it gets dark.

Can you see the wooden stake on the top right hand side of our deck? That’s a string light pole and it’s all you need to hang deck string lights!

We used two – one on each of the farthest corners of the deck. This way we could attach hooks to the house and to the poles and swag the lights back and forth.

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Ours is way over next to our bulkhead, which is about 15 feet away from the deck. We plugged an extension cord in, tacked it under the siding and ran it all the way over the deck and up side to meet the lights.

Our deck is not huge, so instead of swagging the lights back and forth, we chose to simple create a perimeter of lights around the deck.If you wanted to get the swag effect, simply attach more hooks to the house and a center pole (or more) attached to the deck.

The same ideas will apply! Instead of attaching the wood poles to a deck, I would suggest putting them into a planter and perhaps filling it with a small amount of cement (maybe 1/4 of the way) to really weigh it down. 

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