Thinking about spending time by the pool a bit too often lately? Then get your poolside deck properly furnished, sit back and relax soaking up the sun without worrying about common outdoor furniture problems like rust, discoloration, tear or mildew. Choosing the perfect furniture by your swimming pool is an easy task if you have the right materials, styles and colours sorted out so that it complements and coordinates with your surroundings.
You might not like to spend as much time in water as your family and friends do, but that doesn’t mean you should be oblivious of your furniture’s vulnerability to the water, sun and weather elements. Poolside furniture needs to be UV resistant, water-proof, weather-proof and chlorine-proof. The materials you should be looking for include metal and aluminium, as well as resin and PE rattan.
Metal doesn’t rot and is particularly durable against the elements, but make sure you pick lightweight furniture options or pieces with wheels so you can easily store them, change the layout of your deck and get the most out of the sun when it changes position. UV treated, waterproof cushions are desirable in this case as metal furniture gets hot in direct sunlight.
If you do want to opt for lightweight metal, go for aluminium; it is hard-wearing and rustproof and requires little maintenance. When purchasing aluminium poolside furniture, make sure the structural components include seamless welds and hardware that doesn’t corrode, and the piece has a UV-resistant powder-coat finish to protect your aluminium furniture from oxidation.
Metal furniture is so versatile these days, you can easily achieve sleek, contemporary, sophisticated looks, eclectic bohemian settings, vintage, rustic or industrial ensembles, all lovable looks depending on your home style and pool features.
Another good material to opt for when purchasing poolside furniture is resin, as it is lightweight, long-lasting and weather resistant. Resin furniture is perfect for creating a laid-back setting or one with a coastal vibe.
Very adaptable and easy to use, PE rattan styles are water repellent, UV resistant and weatherproof, an provide the best option if you’re looking to achieve that classic outdoor furniture look with a rustic vibe.
If you like the look and comfort of slings, it is imperative that the sling fabric is UV-treated, otherwise due to being stretched tightly onto the frame of the chair, it is vulnerable to over-drying and tearing up. This will also protect it against fading. And if you want your stylish sling chairs to maintain shape over time, look for slings that incorporate PVC yarn. It will prevent the fabric from sagging.
Lightweight and portable
Bulky furniture styles are a big no-no if you don’t want to ruin your poolside fun by moving furniture around. Avoid sharp edges as well and consider getting furniture items equipped with wheels or adjustable and easily portable versions.
Consider the natural beauty of your surroundings and the colours of your pool and deck and try to coordinate your furniture with these aspects. It is easy to match the blue tones of the water with the colours of your furnishings, or create vibrant contrasts. Both natural/neutral and colour-infused styles are in!