Boats dock on water, but that doesn’t mean docks have to be plain. As a dock owner you likely want everyone to admire your dock and boat. That means it is time to make sure your dock is lit up for all the world to see. Decorating a dock can be effortless or difficult, depending on your approach and how much you want to do. If this is the first time you’re decorating your dock, there are many ways to make it stand out.
Here are some ways you can make sure your dock will stand out no matter what time of day or night!
Improve Your Dock’s Lighting
Your dock lighting is an excellent way to add value to your home, so consider adding piling lights, hanging lights, fox lights, sconces or lanterns around it. Use a timer to switch off the dock lights at nightfall (or during winter months), and turn them on just before dinner, drinks, entertaining, etc. This way your guests will see your beautiful dock lighting as they arrive at your house!
Decorate your dock in the summer months by hanging baskets of flowers, lanterns and stringing up twinkle lights to create a beautiful display. It is important to consider safety when lighting your dock, for both you and your dock! Make sure that the materials will be able to withstand outdoor conditions such as storms or strong winds. It’s also worth hiring an electrician to ensure your dock is properly wired, especially if you’re exposed to salt air.
Bring Your Home to the Water
Your dock doesn’t have to be empty all year round either; fill it with furniture during warm weather or even decorate it with a table, BBQ, mini-fridge, and teak bench seating. It’s a great way to enjoy the day’s catch right by the water with your friends and family.
Create a cozy gathering spot for friends and family by adding chairs, potted plants, weather-proof rugs, cushions and throw pillows.
Create a dock that reflects your style and lifestyle during the different seasons of the year. If you like to fish, make sure there is enough lighting along your dock so you can see beneath the surface of the water at night. If you live in colder regions where ice forms on waterways, be sure to have some overhead lighting or standing lamps nearby so people can see their way around safely. You want to be able to walk on your dock even when it snows!