Five Design Ideas for Your Pool Deck

Five Design Ideas for Your Pool Deck
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    Warmer weather will be here before we know it, so it’s time to get your outdoor space ready for fun and entertaining.


Whether you’ve recently added a pool to your home or are thinking of adding one in the near future, one thing you should also consider doing is building a pool deck or patio. Decks provide a safe path around the pool area and, if space permits, can also be used as a place to relax or dine on warm days and nights.

There are many different ways to design and style the space around your swimming pool. It’s important that you build the deck to fit your specific needs—whether you plan to use it for sunbathing and lounging or as a space to dine and entertain your guests—so that you get the most efficient use from that space.

Before you build your pool deck, here are a few things to consider:

  • Material —

    The material you choose to build your deck is important. Most pool decks are made from concrete, stone, wood, pavers, travertine or brick. The material you choose for your deck depends entirely on your specific situation. Some people feel that concrete is the best material for their needs, while others prefer something more natural-looking like wood or stone.

    Remember that the sun will be beaming down on your deck or patio, and if you don’t plan to cover that space, then it can become very hot and uncomfortable to walk on. Light colors will better reflect the sun’s heat and keep your deck cool so your feet don’t burn. Go for a material with a textured surface to prevent slips and falls, even on a wet surface.


  • Shading —

    While your family and friends are lounging by the pool, they are also being exposed to the sun’s UV rays and radiating heat. You should incorporate shading into your pool deck design to protect your guests and keep them cool while enjoying a beautiful day out by the water. There are a variety of shading options to consider.

    Umbrellas are a relatively inexpensive solution. Cantilevers and pergolas, while pricier, are another great option for shading your pool deck. You can also try planting trees for natural shade. The downside to this is that as the trees grow, you may end up with too much shade. You may also have to worry about leaves and other debris ending up in your pool.

  • Decor —

    How you choose to decorate your pool deck is just as important as its design and construction. Transform your deck into an extension of your home by including reclining lounge chairs and other outdoor furniture, cushions, and rugs. You should also install outdoor lighting around your deck so you can enjoy your pool area even after the sun goes down.


Now that we’ve given you a few things to think about for the design of your pool deck, here are five ideas you can incorporate into your space:

  • Luxurious Lounge

    Turn your pool deck into a luxurious resort-style lounge area with a few simple yet chic additions. Relax and sunbathe on an elegant daybed with stylish pillows and cushions. Include reclining chairs and a sleek table for drinks and food. If you can, consider adding an outdoor ceiling fan to create a comfortable breeze in your space and hang sheer curtains to complete the look.

  • Tropical Escape

    Tropical themes are the way to go when you want to create an island-style oasis next to your pool. Choose Caribbean-themed decor with bright colors and floral accents, colorful rugs, and accent palm trees. Add wicker chairs, a dining set and lounge seating with vibrant cushions and pillows to give your guests a place to relax, dine and take poolside naps.

  • Cozy Rustic

    Don’t want to follow the same beach-inspired themes others seem to be using in their pool designs? Dare to be different—create a warm and inviting space for your guests by incorporating cozy country-style themes into your deck design. Go for wood or stainless steel furniture for an Old World vibe and choose rustic lighting options to create a timeless ambiance in your space.

  • Minimalist Retreat

    If you prefer simplicity over luxury, then try minimalist themes for your pool deck. Remember that in minimalist design, less is more. Go for simple and neat designs, neutral colors and avoid overcrowding your deck with too much furniture. Include only what you feel is absolutely essential, like adding a couple of reclining chairs, accent pillows, and a storage bench to keep towels and other poolside items out of the way.

  • Entertainment Lounge

    Convert your pool deck into the ultimate entertainment lounge for your family and friends to enjoy. Install an outdoor projector screen and surround sound speakers to watch your favorite movies and consider adding a popcorn machine for a truly movie theater-like experience.

    Why stop there? No poolside gathering is complete without food and drinks. Consider buying a grill for cooking delicious hot dogs and burgers, and make sure to include stylish tables and seating for your guests to sit and enjoy their meals. Keep a small fridge close-by for quick and easy access to snacks and drinks.

These are just a few ideas to help get your creative juices flowing. There is no limit to the possibilities when it comes to designing a one-of-a-kind space. You can even pick your favorite elements from these examples and incorporate them into your own custom pool deck.

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Final Thoughts

Decks and patios are an essential element of pool design because they determine how you enjoy your time poolside. It’s important that your pool deck is functional for your needs and lifestyle, but also complements the style of your pool and home. If you plan to build your pool deck yourself, check to see if you need a building permit. If so, take the appropriate steps to acquire one before you begin your project. Learn what building codes you have to follow in your area and make sure you design and build your deck following these guidelines. Happy designing!

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