Outdoor season is nearly upon us so get ready to take full advantage of the warm weather and hang by the pool in comfort and style. Furnishing your backyard pool area with comfortable patio furniture will maximize the enjoyment of this already near-perfect backyard feature. Read on to discover swimming pool furniture ideas for outfitting your space as well as helpful tips to consider when shopping for furniture for your pool area.
Pool Furniture Ideas
You’ll need lots of places to lounge and relax as well as plenty of outdoor shade options to protect you and your guests from the sun. Scroll through to see more types of pool furniture to equip your space.
Chaise lounges are a wonderful addition to any poolside, allowing you to lie back and read, chat, or just soak in the sun.
Outdoor daybeds make for a comfy place to sit and lay down. Some daybeds even come equipped with a retractable canopy so you can choose when to have sun and when to have shade without having to move any furniture.
Whether you’re a collector of different floaties or just looking to store the cleaning equipment that any pool requires, a good storage box is a wise investment. These containers make pool cleanup quick and easy, without having to drag anything through your home to the garage or basement. They also help protect the pool equipment, so that you’re sure it’s functional when next you need it.
For tips on what to consider when shopping for a pool storage box, read our Deck Box Buying Guide.
If you want to be able to have friends over for a little lunch and swim, be sure to find a table big enough to fit everyone.
Outdoor bars or counters with a few stools give you extra seating and surface space. They also have the added benefit of giving you extra storage – either for a small, outdoor refrigerator and snack cabinet, so that you don’t have to run in to the house every time you feel a bit peckish, or for hiding extra folding chairs or pool equipment when they’re not being used.
Once you commit to diving in, a few floatation devices can allow for continued relaxation and leisure in the water, or they may help your pool come alive with laughter and sport. Think about the size of your pool when considering how many or what types of pool toys to add. Whereas a couple of rafts are terrific for lounging on the water or teaching kids to swim, too many floatation devices can quickly make even a large pool feel small, as well as dangerous.
With the addition of some simple outdoor features, your pool doesn’t have to be only a summer attraction. Patio heaters provide extra warmth when climbing into and out of the pool, allowing you to enjoy your pool earlier in spring and later in autumn. Even without trying to stretch the season, climbing out of a heated pool almost always chills a swimmer. These handy heaters provide a nice, cozy spot to warm up while drying off. With options for gas or electric models, for mobile-freestanding or wall-mounted styles, there’s sure to be a heater that fits your needs. Or for a more decorative statement, outdoor fireplaces add a sophisticated ambiance to the warming equation.
For more information on choosing a patio heater, visit our Patio Heater Buying Guide.
Poolside Furniture Considerations
When picking out patio furniture for around your pool, there are a few things to keep in mind:
The pool and its side seating should be, above all else, relaxing. Strap or sling seating is one type of surface material that cradles the recliner and is very easy to maintain. However, some people prefer to have a full surface below them. For harder surface frames, consider adding seat and back cushions to make them both more colorful and more comfortable. Most pool furniture has some degree of waterproofing and stain-resistance that allows you to wipe off oily sunscreen or spilled drinks. You may want to invest in quick-dry fabrics for next to the pool so they dry out more quickly and completely. Be sure to look for a high-quality fabric that also won’t fade or crack from constant sun exposure.
Material & Construction
How often will you be moving your furniture? Depending on the material, outdoor furniture can be cumbersome to move. If you’re planning a relatively static sitting area or don’t have a lot of extra room to reconfigure things on the pool deck, weight might not be an issue. But if you plan on frequently rearranging things depending on who’s using the pool, you’ll want to be sure to look for a lightweight option like resin wicker or aluminum. You’ll also want to be thoughtful about choosing an outdoor furniture material for your climate. Some materials do better in warmer, dryer climates while others stand up well to moisture and colder temperatures.
Do you have some place like a pool house, garage, or basement that will allow you to tuck away pool furniture in the off season or when it’s not in use? How much storage space you have may dictate your requirements in terms of how compact your pool furniture must be. If you don’t have the required storage space, consider getting outdoor furniture covers that are designed specifically for chaise lounges, patio dining sets, and more.
Backyard pools are a nearly perfect way to bring family and friends together for either a special event or simple, spontaneous fun and exercise. Follow these ideas and helpful considerations for buying pool furniture to make sure you have a spot that’s inviting and comfortable for you and your guests all season long.