Pool Furniture Buying Guide For Beginners

Buying pool furniture is fun, but it can also be stressful if you’re unsure how to choose the right pieces. Here are some tips to help you narrow down your options and buy the perfect set of pool furniture.

I’m right smack dab in the middle of adding pool furniture and I’ve learned a few things in the process. That’s a pic of my pool down below!

I found the flamingos at TJ Maxx. It’s actually a toss game and has inflatable rings.

photo of pool with floating inflatable flamingos

Choose the Right Size.

You’ll need to consider the size of your pool when choosing pool furniture. If you have a small pool, you might only need one or two chaise lounges. However, if you have a large pool, you might need several lounges and other accessories.

The photo below is not my pool (I wish!).

pool furniture beside the pool

Select the Right Material.

There are two main materials used for pool furniture: aluminum and wood. Aluminum is often considered the better option because it’s easy to clean and maintain. It’s also durable and won’t rot or crack. Wood, however, has a natural beauty that makes it desirable. 

After doing a lot of research and while purchasing my own pool furniture, I’ve found that POLYWOOD is the best when it comes to longevity. Sure, it costs more upfront but you won’t have to keep purchasing pool furniture every couple of years.

So far, I’ve purchased four poolside lounge chairs and two POLYWOOD side tables. I also have a dining table with six chairs on the lanai. I also have this umbrella. It’s a cantilever and it’s gorgeous but I hate how it sways with the wind.

Look for Quality Construction.

You should consider how well constructed the furniture is before making a purchase. If the furniture looks cheap, chances are it probably is. A good rule of thumb is to avoid purchasing anything with visible screws or nails. Also, make sure the joints between pieces are tight and secure.

Favorite Pool Umbrellas

The first umbrella I bought for my pool area was a cantilever. It’s an umbrella that is suspended in the air, supported from the side rather than the center (market umbrellas are supported in the center).

I do love the resort vibes from that huge umbrella. However, if the wind barely blows, the umbrella sways, and I feel like I’m constantly adjusting it. If you know how to make this stop, please let me know in the comments. 

I really like this navy and white striped umbrella and I think I’m going in that direction.

Check Out The Warranty!

Most manufacturers offer warranties on their products. This means that if something goes wrong with the product within a certain period of time, the manufacturer will replace it free of charge. However, some companies only offer limited warranties while others offer lifetime warranties. It’s important to read the fine print so you’re aware of any limitations.

Research or Ask Questions Before You Buy.

If you’re not sure whether a particular piece of equipment meets your needs, ask questions before you buy. A salesperson should be able to answer these questions for you.

Favorite Pool/Outdoor Furniture

Below are some of my favorites. Just click a photo to get more information!

Alli loves her southern, country lifestyle. Whether she's decorating her new modern farmhouse or cooking up a storm for her family, Alli is all about living her best life now and spoiling her grandkids! She enjoys traveling, reading, Duke basketball, photography, and all things coastal. Alli wants to be a beach bum when she grows up.

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