A deck provides a nice place to sit and enjoy the outdoors, but most decks are permanent. A small deck, like a 5-foot-by-6-foot deck, is something you can likely move with the help of a friend. A small deck is easy to build and can be as stable as a permanent deck but without all the aspects of pouring cement and mounting it to the house. In as little as weekend a person can build a 5×6 deck.
The first thing to do is to obtain the correct supplies. The supplies needed for a 5-foot-by-6-foot deck include: 13 treated 2-by-6 boards, 6 feet long; 5 treated 2-by-6 boards, 5 feet long; galvanized nails and a hammer. Theses supplies can be found at a local lumbar yard or hardware store.
Start the deck by aligning the 5-foot-long 2-by-6s on their edges so the 2-inch sides are facing up. Space the boards 1 and a half feet apart. These boards will be the joists of your deck and will make the deck stronger and more stable.
Lay one 6-foot-long 2-by-6–a decking board–across the top of the five boards that are standing on their narrow edges. Lay it flat, perpendicular to the joists, along one end of the joists. Use a hammer and nails to attach the decking board to the joists. Repeat this procedure with another decking board on the other end of the aligned joists. This will help to keep the deck square and will allow for easy attachment of the rest of the decking boards.
Attach the 11 remaining 6-foot-long 2-by-6s to the joists with the galvanized nails and hammer. Attach the boards starting at one end and working your way across the boards. Be sure to put two nails into the decking boards at every joist.
Position the deck where you will need it and make sure it is level. This will require the help of another person to lift and move the deck. If possible, put the deck on top of cement blocks or footings, but this is not required.
When working with wood and nails be sure use gloves and eye protection. This will prevent any un-necessary trips to the emergency room.