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5 Fantastic Poolside Extras

There is no doubt that adding a pool to your backyard definitely ups your home’s fun factor. It’s a great place to throw parties and provides hours of entertainment for both adults and children. But why invest in just a pool, when you could create an entire backyard oasis?

Adding a few poolside extras not only enhances your yard’s aesthetic appeal but makes hanging out poolside a memorable experience. Instead of going the usual route with diving boards and slides, go for the gold and invest in a few of these items.


A cabana is the perfect place to indulge in a post-pool nap or snack without having to endure the blazing sun. If a tented cabana is a little too bohemian for your taste, construct a sleek, wooden pergola like the one below. Don’t forget to add cozy, waterproof lounge chairs or soft throw pillows and a spot to rest drinks and snacks.

Changing Room

A parade of wet guests traipsing through the house can be a host’s worst nightmare. Add a changing room poolside and the problem is immediately solved. Not only does it give family and friends a space to don their swimsuits, but it’s also the perfect spot for you to store towels, sunscreen and pool toys.

You can build an entirely new structure or choose to convert an unused free-standing garage or tool shed. Go whole hog and build one with a bathroom. Guaranteed your guests will be impressed.

Outdoor Shower

Yes, outdoor showers are practical, but they can also be kind of charming. Who doesn’t find lathering up under the stars after a nighttime swim a little romantic?

That said, you want to pick a design that fits in seamlessly with your backyard’s aesthetic. This won’t be hard since there are a surprisingly wide range of designs. From enclosed structures made of wood that provide total privacy, to extravagant open showers lined in ceramic tiling, the options are almost endless. Really enhance your post-pool shower experience by adding a luxury shower head and a towel warmer.

Swim-up Bar

Love vacationing at resorts that let you swim up and order a frosty cocktail? Indulge in this out-of-town treat in the comfort of your own backyard by installing a swim-up bar. Not only will it elicit “oohs” and “ahhs” from friends and family; but it’ll keep kids from running in and out of the pool to grab a cool drink. Give guests the option to relax at the bar by adding underwater stools.

Baja Step

Some days you just want to dip your toes in rather than go for a full swim. This is when a Baja step comes in handy. This oversized pool step, gives you a shallow area to place patio furniture directly into the water. It’s also a great play area for little ones who don’t know how to swim.

Yes, these poolside extras may be a bit of an investment, but they’re guaranteed to make your pool experience that much better. Your tricked-out pool area will truly help make summer memories for years to come.

We’ve handed you the steps on how to add the perfect touches to your poolside experience, now it’s up to you to get started. You can find a little help with the eieihome directory of swimming pool contractors, dealers and designers. 

By Megan Mostyn-Brown

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