14 Poolside Must-Haves
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14 Poolside Must-Haves

Installing a pool is just the first step. Now it’s time to round out your outdoor living space. The best furniture and décor makes entertaining fun and cleanup easy after spending all day outside. There’s a lot you can do and many options to choose from depending on your lifestyle, but we decided to share some of our poolside must-haves to help inspire your own creativity.

Toy Storage

1. Noodle Rack

Keep those light, flimsy pool noodles from blowing away and in an easy-to-grab spot with this noodle rack.

Noodle Rack

2. Pool Pouch

Inflatables can be difficult to wrangle. The Pool Pouch from Water Tech makes it easy. It stretches, so you can fit in everything from rafts to beach balls to animal rings.

The Pool Pouch - Water Tech

Towel Organizers

3. Towel Cabinet

Have an old jelly cabinet? Transform it into a poolside towel cabinet! Need some inspiration? Here’s a completed project from Bliss Ranch.

Towel Holder - Bliss Ranch

4. Beach Towel and Bathing Suit Rack

This easy DIY sign and rack from The Summery Umbrella is the perfect drop-off point for wet bathing suits and towels. Full instructions for making it can be found on their blog.

Beach Towel and Bathing Suit Rack - The Summery Umbrella

5. PVC Towel Rack

Need a large rack for drying towels and other gear? This PVC towel rack is perfect for keeping towels off the fence and poolside furniture. This is a DIY project and you can get the plans from TowelMaid on Etsy.

8 Bar Towel Rack - TowelMaid

Snazzy Furniture

6. Wine Barrel Cooler and Table

If you can get your hands on a wine barrel, this is an incredibly easy way to make a poolside cooler and table. You’ll just need to do some cutting, install some reinforcement, and prepare the finished for outdoor weather. You can see one way to do it at Better Homes and Gardens.

Wine Barrel Cooler and Tabletop

7. Outdoor Coffee Table with Metal Bucket Base

I love furniture that doubles as storage and this metal bucket coffee table does just that. The tutorial from Melissa of A Place to Nest (shared on Remodelaholic) shows step-by-step how to create it. Melissa secures the top of the table to the base, but if you want to use the interior for storage look at the comments to find out how. Also, an extra hole and some gravel or sand inside could make this table double as an umbrella stand. Just use your imagination and your needs will be met.

Outdoor Coffee Table with Metal Bucket Base - A Place to Nest - Remodelaholic

8. Murphy Bar

Lacking space? This Old House has put together a neat project called a Murphy Bar. Folded up and hung on an exterior wall, it looks like a cabinet. Folded down, it becomes a table and organizer. It’s safe to handle food on and weather resistant.

Murphy Bar - This Old House

9. Comfortable Loungers

It goes without saying that you need a comfortable place to sit poolside. Amy Baesler at Remodelaholic shared FREE plans for making these comfy DIY loungers that are not only adjustable, but also have a storage area inside. Very convenient for keeping all your pool stuff in one place!

DIY Reclining Outdoor Lounge Chair with Storage - Remodelaholic

10. A Reading Chair

Then again, if you’re like me, you’re just trying to find a comfortable spot for reading and soaking up some rays. This Reading Lounge Chair from Brookstone helps you relax and get the perfect spread of sunshine on your back.

The Reading Poolside Lounge Chair - Brookstone 

11. KidKraft Lounger

If you’re in need of something for the kiddos, KidKraft makes a wonderful lounger. It’s covered, so it provides an extra layer of protection from sunburn. Plus, there are convenient cup holders.

KidKraft Double Chaise Lounge

12. Tire Tube Chair

Looking for a cheaper alternative for the young’uns? Take some inner tubes and cover them with fabric. They’re colorful, can be thrown around, and will float if thrown in the pool. The Whoot has some directions.

Upcycled Tire Chair - The Whoot

A Place for Trash, etc.

13. Double Trash and Recycling Bin

This DIY project from Ana White is a great project for the poolside. It’s covered, so it’ll keep bugs out of the trash. It also can be used for more than one purpose. Already have a trash/recycling can? Use one side to store pool toys and the other for dirty towels.

Double Bin Trash and Recycling - Ana White

Art

14. Pool Rules Sign

Of course, you need a sign outlining the pool rules. Here are a couple of our favorites…

Pool Rules - Drop a Line Designs

By. DropALineDesigns

Pool Rules - FransCountryNY

By. FransCountryNY

Pool Rules - UniquelyCraftedSigns

By. UniquelyCraftedSigns

Pool Rules - kshopa

By. KShopa

What is your poolside must-have? Share in the comments!

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