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Maximizing Outdoor Living: Creating Functional Spaces Around Your Pool

With warm weather quickly approaching, is it time to upgrade your outdoor living area? If you love your yard or pool area but feel like you aren’t making the most of it, now is the time to make some updates! Consider these simple changes to create a more functional space to entertain guests or enjoy a relaxing afternoon at home! 

Why Upgrade Your Outdoor Space?

Many homeowners focus a lot of their energy on enhancing the pool itself, and sometimes additional aspects of the yard can fall lower on the priority list. However, most pool owners spend the majority of their time around the pool, rather than in it. You can only use your pool for a few months each year when the weather is warm enough. However, you can enjoy your outdoor space in the early days of spring and late days of fall, in addition to all summer long! As such, it’s important to prioritize the design and decor of the area surrounding your pool so you can get as much enjoyment out of your outdoor living space as possible. 

Choosing the Right Furniture

The first step to choosing furniture for your pool area is to ensure that you keep your options limited to items that are specifically designed to withstand the elements. Refrain from utilizing any indoor furniture outside, as it will deteriorate rapidly due to prolonged UV exposure, moisture, and debris. Popular outdoor materials include: 

  • Metal: Aluminum is the most durable outdoor material because it doesn’t rust. It holds up great in harsh weather conditions, like cold and heat, and just needs to be covered in the winter. Wrought Iron is also a common outdoor material that holds up well over time, but can rust if the finish becomes chipped exposing the metal. 
  • Plastic/Resin: Furniture crafted from polymers and resins are naturally resistant to rot and discoloration. This material is perfect if you love teak but dislike the upkeep required.
  • Wicker/Rattan: If you prefer a more natural and classic aesthetic, wicker or rattan furniture provides the look you want with resistant durability. Many outdoor wicker sets are made of synthetic materials able to withstand the elements. 
  • Wood: Teak furniture is very popular for its timeless and natural look. Real wood furniture does require regular maintenance to prevent discoloration.

Add a Fire Pit

Fire pits are also an excellent way to add functionality to your outdoor space. You have several options when choosing a fire pit. You can choose a traditional wood-burning fire pit. If you love convenience, consider a propane fire pit. This allows you to enjoy your fire, without worrying about adding wood. You can even convert gas fire pits to natural gas for an even easier use! Tables that contain a fire pit are another option. It’s an elegant and cozy way to spend chillier evenings! 

Outdoor Cooking and Dining

When you have an outdoor cooking and dining area, there’s no need to go inside for meals. Grills are the most affordable way to cook outdoors, and lend themselves to awesome outdoor cookouts and celebrations! Creating a space for your loved ones to sit and break bread together is a good idea if you entertain a lot. Complete your outdoor dining space with a durable table set and you’re ready to host! 

Provide Areas of Shade 

We all love having fun in the sunshine, but on the hottest days of the year, you need some refuge. Investing in a high-quality patio umbrella is essential for creating the most functional outdoor space.

Don’t Forget Storage

Storage isn’t the most glamorous aspect of your outdoor space, but it’s essential for functionality. One way to ensure you have plenty of storage space is to choose seating that doubles as storage. If you need more storage, consider adding a small storage shed or an outdoor storage cabinet! 

Pool Services and Outdoor Furniture with Mt. Lake Pool

Looking for a pool company in Montgomery County, PA? Mt. Lake Pool is your one-stop shop for all your pool and outdoor needs. Complete your summer oasis with outdoor furniture in Huntingdon Valley, including patio furniture, umbrellas, and fire pits, and more!