It may be steaming hot outdoors, but if you’ve spent your week indoors in the air conditioning you may be yearning for poolside time. If you look at the pool area and it’s not as great as you hoped it would be we have tips for upgrading your poolside furniture to make outdoor living as comfortable as your living room.

There is no better place to relax than poolside and if you have a well-furnished swimming pool deck. There are myriad shapes, styles and materials for pool and patio furniture. There are the traditional webbed lounge styles, hammocks and hand-hewn wooden furniture.

Tips for upgrading your poolside furniture

Styles

In the past, you may not have cared if your pool furniture was mismatched but today everyone wants the patio and poolside to be comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. Sure you can have mismatched styles and fabrics, but even then people are mixing and matching with purpose and with a unifying theme or color.

Furniture in matching and complementary styles and colors whether lounges or chairs or complete outdoor patio sets including outdoor eating areas lure you to spend time outside.

Whether contemporary or modern, a central color theme and furniture style pulls the whole outdoor living area together.

Furniture materials

Choose from wrought iron or cypress and cedar are durable woods that are popular for outdoor furniture. Cedar and cypress can withstand the water swimmers drip onto it when they’re coming out of the pool and are looking for a place to relax and dry off. These woods both age well and can last for decades. If you’re looking for an option that is a little less expensive choose aluminum frame furniture. This furniture can stand up to years of use and weather.

Cushion fabrics

Ask us for insight into what the best fabrics for withstanding weather and prolonged exposure to chlorine-soaked bathing suits. Choose from vinyl, polyester and various cottons made specifically for outdoor use. If you have children you might want to choose a material that is easy to be cleaned in the event drinks are spilled.

Colors

Decide if you want your colors to be bold and bright or soft and muted or a mixture. Do you want a splash of colors reminiscent of a jungle or floral garden? Do you want colors that offer a feeling of zen once you lower yourself into a chair after a swim or when you’re serving meals al fresco.

Don’t make a rush decision because it is a major investment. We also urge you to dress in shorts and sit in furniture before you buy it. If it’s not comfortable during a “trial sit” it won’t be comfortable to a long time relaxation session.