Pool Furniture Ideas: 5 Considerations for Your Pool Patio Furniture Setup

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Poly outdoor furniture is waterproof and serves as great pool furniture

If you plan on doing any entertaining at your pool, the most important decision other than what you're grilling is your poolside furniture. Knowing what furniture to get and how to arrange it can seem a bit overwhelming. You want pool furniture that is stylish, comfortable, but equally durable to take the constant exposure to water and the sun.

While there are many furniture considerations both in terms of material and style, we are happy to guide you through the process to make sure you find the right pool furniture for your patio.

In this post, we'll discuss 5 pool furniture factors to consider when planning your patio setup -  the size of your space, the layout of the area, durability, comfortability, and how you plan to use your patio space.

Pool Furniture Idea #1 - The Size of the Space

The first thing to consider is how much room you have for pool and patio furniture. Jamming furniture in a tight space can do more harm than good. It creates a stressful and crowded look that feels forced. The number one goal is to ensure the poolside layout has flow, balance, and enough room to get around safely.

The best solution for small space outdoor furniture settings is to utilize multi-purpose pool and patio furniture. Instead of having a specified dining area, lounging area, and sitting area, you can choose pieces that allow you to do it all.

Rest assured that Phat Tommy offers a wide range of pool patio furniture from individual chairs to larger pub table sets. 

4 pool furniture ideas for both small & large patio spaces:

1. Tall Adirondack Chairs

  • Why you'll love them - Versatility & height. The balcony chair seat height is 28". Allowing you to use them as standalone seating, lifeguard chairs, or include them with a tall table or counter / bar to create a set. 

2. Folding Adirondack Chairs

  • Why you'll love them - Relaxing and comfortable design. Our classic adirondack chairs feature extremely comfortable contoured chair backs and seats. Not to mention, they include wide arm rests - perfect for holding your favorite beverage in the hot sun. The durable poly lumber also enables you to place them directly in your pool if you prefer.

3. Outdoor Chaise Lounge Chairs

  • Why you'll love it - Your pool patio furniture setup is not complete without the chaise lounge. This style of patio chaise has many names including: chaise lounge, pool chair, sun deck lounger, beach chair, or just simply a lounging chair. Regardless of what you call it, you'll be glad to relax and soak up the sun in this comfortable, durable, and weatherproof piece of poolside furniture!

4. Outdoor Pub Table Set

  • Why you'll love it - Style, presence and sturdiness. The outdoor pub table set is a best-seller. It's a substantial tall patio dining set perfect for entertaining guests. It includes 3 tall balcony chairs and round pub table. Comfortably sits a 4th chair if you prefer. 

all weather pool furniture ideasAll weather pool patio chairs resist fading in direct sunlight

Pool Furniture Ideas #2 - The Layout of The Space

While the size of a space is a key component, the overall layout is just as important. For example, poolside areas can vary depending on whether you have an above or below-ground pool, a deck or patio, or a grassy site rather than a paved one. Each of these varying elements can impact where and how pool and patio furniture should be arranged.

If the deck connects directly to the house, it's best to arrange furniture to allow a clear path from the door to the pool. This often means positioning the furniture to one side while leaving the other more open. We suggest having an dining table and chairs set on one side and additional more casual seating, such as tall adirondack chairs or the best-selling balcony settee (two tall adirondack chairs with a removable center side table). 

For patios with inground pools, it's best to maintain a wide space around the perimeter of the pool. A classic combination for this setup is using poly adirondack chairs with a patio accent table between every other chair or pairing each chair with a comfortable adirondack chair footrest. 

Another poolside furniture idea to consider adding are timeless poolside lifeguard chairs. Our tall adirondack chairs (shown below in teal) make excellent statement pieces as poolside furniture. 

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Tall adirondack chairs make excellent lifeguard chairs

Pool Furniture Ideas #3 - Material Durability

Water, humidity, and constant exposure to the sun can take it's toll on pool patio furniture. Especially if you live in regions of the U.S. with above average temperatures and sun light. 

While there are advantages and disadvantages to all patio furniture material types, the best material for your pool patio is undoubtedly durable poly lumber. Phat Tommy's proprietary poly lumber is made of high density polyethylene, or HDPE - making it sourced from 100% recyclable products. 

Not only are you helping the environment with sustainable poly furniture, but you're also ensuring the longevity of your patio furniture. Unlike metal, wood, and cheap poly wood alternatives, Phat Tommy's poly furniture is fade resistant, waterproof, and will remain beautiful year after year with no rotting, cracking, or splitting. All poly products include a 10-year warranty.

pool furniture ideas tall balcony counter height chairsTall adirondack chairs are great pool furniture ideas for your outdoor bar space

Pool Furniture Ideas #4 - Comfortability

Your pool patio is your outdoor oasis. It's a stress-free environment that encourages family, friendships, and active lifestyles. As such, your pool patio furniture must help create a space that is comfortable and relaxing. 

Nothing ruins your patio dining experience or tanning session more than an uncomfortable chair. 

At Phat Tommy, we live for the laid back lifestyle. During the manufacturing process, our local artisans prioritize comfort. Each poly chair features contoured seats and chair backs - making them relaxing and easy to get in and out of. All of our chairs also built with wide arm rests and our tall adirondack chairs include a convenient footrest. 

Lastly, the durable poly lumber material enables you to use the folding adirondack chairs as pool chairs in the shallow end of your pool or simply place them around your pool deck. 

pool furniture ideas white adirondack chairPoly adirondack chairs are foldable, waterproof, & fade resistant

Pool Furniture Ideas #5 - How You Use the Space

When designing the layout for your pool furniture, it’s crucial to consider the different ways you intend to use the space. Beyond, cool dips in the pool, it may also be an outdoor cooking area, a child’s play space, a family gathering spot, and so much more. If you have ample space, and are looking for pool furniture ideas, consider the outdoor pub table set - great for entertaining guests.

Dining areas need more space for people to easily get in and out of their chairs and serve food. Make sure when you are picking out a dining set that it not only fits within the space but can maintain adequate distance from the pool.

If your kids or grandkids play around the pool you will want a durable place for them to sit and play. You also want to ensure that it’s 100% waterproof and won't mold or crack when splashed or exposed to wet towels.

The Phat Tommy Difference

No matter how you style your pool patio furniture, the most important element to consider will always be sourcing high-quality and durable furniture. Poly outdoor furniture is an excellent choice as it's much more durable compared to wood, metal, and cheaper poly wood alternatives. Poly is also fade-resistant and available in 10 vibrant colors.

Lastly, poly outdoor furniture is waterproof and can easily withstand splashes from the pool, wet towels, and playful kids. You can also leave your poly furniture outside all year long without having to worry about rotting, splitting, or cracking.

Design your picturesque patio with Phat Tommy poolside furniture!