Summertime—and swimming pool season—are still going strong. Make your pool *the* place to be for some fun in the sun with these incredible pool accessories!
The first order of “pool” business is to have a variety of pool loungers and floats on hand. Swimming and splashing around is hard work, and it’s important to take a rest. Choose a padded floated lounger with a cup holder, an inflatable raft, or even a pool sofa—which is basically a massive bean bag chair designed to be used in a pool. You can pick a theme when it comes to rafts. There are rafts that look like food, fruit, suntan lotion bottles, letters that form popular sayings, and so much more. If you are feeling adventurous or have young kids, you can choose your favorite animal raft. Or, if your pool is larger, consider a pool “yacht.” Approximately 8 to 12 feet in length, these rides are designed for the pool, fit one or two passengers, and have two cup holders and a cooler in the bow. No matter what kind of floats you opt for, choose colors that complement your pool liner!
Speaking of kids, or even those adults who are athletic or young at heart, playing games in the pool can be an awesome way to hang out and be competitive—without breaking a sweat. You can go for the traditional volleyball and basketball by getting a floating volleyball net and floating hoop. Place some diving rings and sticks at the bottom of the pool and see who can grab the most in the fastest amount of time. Inflatable beach balls are great for both the pool and the patio. An inflatable slide provides a nice change of pace, and can be stored away from the pool when you don’t want to use it. Are you a pool shark that also loves swimming in the pool? Get a waterproof pool table and rack ‘em up.
Pool lighting is another must-have for the swimming pool and patio. Illuminate the pool during some night swimming with lanterns, party lights, and Tiki torches. Or, to add a splash of color to the pool water, opt for some floating lights such as flowers or aquatic creatures!
Hot ticket pool accessories this year include a floating aqua table that seats four for a serious game of cards, a floating cooler so you can have a cold beverage without drying off, and a swimming pool/backyard movie screen for the ultimate movie night. Don’t forget the popcorn! To indulge those with a sense of adventure, install a rock climbing wall poolside. Climbers can let go and drop right into the pool to cool off.
Make sure to have some of these accessories in your pool before your next pool party so you can take the festivities to the next level and be the most talked-about pool in the neighborhood! And don’t forget to have a responsible adult supervise the children at all times.