Top Swimming Pool Accessories Every Backyard Needs

Wooden outdoor poolside patio furniture

Swimming pool accessories help you get the most out of your backyard swimming pool. When you first started planning your private oasis, the pool may have been the centerpiece, but you likely went through plenty of ideas about the layout surrounding your pool. From landscaping to fixtures, furniture, and equipment, these accessories make your pool area complete and support your ability to use your pool in a manner that provides plenty of safe, fun enjoyment.

Your Swimming Pool Is More Than Just Water

Your pool is where you relax, entertain guests, exercise, or just hang out. A single pool design can support any of these or all of them, so it’s not just about the design of your swimming pool itself but rather the swimming pool accessories you install along with it. That’s what turns your pool from just a place in your yard that makes your skin all pruney into the retreat you dreamt of for so long. They are the ultimate expression of form following function, and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to what you need for your pool area.

You need to consider what experience you want from your swimming pool. Once you know your goals, you can start evaluating swimming pool accessories and toys for kids that help you meet them. While there isn’t a simple answer to what you need to build the best swimming pool, there are some good places to start when creating the best swimming pool for you.  Here are a few ideas to get you started so you can create a pool that supports your vision.

Top Pool Accessories

When considering the swimming pool accessories you want to invest in, it’s important to understand you aren’t looking for things as much as you are looking for an experience. Just as your swimming pool build isn’t complete without the pieces you choose to add, without your pool, they lose much of their appeal. It is when you have the right gear to go with the right pool that you can create the perfect swimming pool lifestyle for you and your loved ones.

Poolside Furniture

White poolside patio furniture

Your furniture helps define both the layout of your pool area and the purpose you’re going to use it for. Poolside furniture is available in a wide range of styles, colors, and textures to fit your vision. Choose functional pool furniture pieces that support your lifestyle.

  • Chairs – Sitting may not be what you first think of when your swimming pool comes to mind, but what about visiting with friends? Hosting a party?  Enjoying a sunset in the backyard you’ve created for yourself? 
  • Tables – Tables tend to get crowded fast, with our phones, towels, drinks, snacks, and more. Make sure you have plenty of tables of the appropriate size around your pool.
  • Lounges – Whether you want to catch some rays or catch some ZZZs, lounge chairs can be a welcome swimming pool accessory. Helf chair, half bed, all functional.

Removable Mesh Pool Fencing

Black mesh pool fencing installed

One of the most important safety accessories you can invest in for your swimming pool, a removable mesh pool fence gives you a barrier that protects the perimeter of your swimming pool area from unsupervised access. An average of ten people a day–most of them children–lose their lives to accidental drowning, and many more seek medical attention for drowning and other pool-related injuries. 

An ASTM-compliant removable pool fence uses strong poles anchored in holes sunk into the ground with a rip-resistant mesh stretched between them. The taut material resists climbing, snagging, and tearing. The gates are self-closing and self-latching, reducing the risk that a child or pet could enter due to a gate being left ajar. Beyond the protection it gives your loved ones, however, it offers you the flexibility to do more with your pool. Unlike traditional pool fences, mesh pool fencing can be taken down to allow for more room when it’s needed for parties, barbeques, or just to give you a little more elbow room, then reinstalled in mere minutes to restore your pool’s protection when the day is done.


Kids splashing around a pool with inflatable floats

We’ve talked about the top pool inflatables before, and it’s hard to overstate that these aren’t just the best pool toys for kids but also accessories that can enhance the enjoyment of the pool for all ages. From inflatable sports packages to slides that turn your backyard oasis into a mini waterpark, there’s something for everyone. When picking the right inflatable accessories for your swimming pool, focus on two categories: those that support your current pool use and those that add something that’s missing. As an example, a pool slide could both add one more feature to the most popular kids pool party spot on the block, and add something fun for the grandkids when they visit the relatively sedate pool you use to get low-impact exercise.

Swimming Pool Safety Net

Black swimming pool net installed on a pool

Whether you have a traditional pool fence or a removable mesh pool fence, a swimming pool safety net can give you a second layer of drowning prevention that can work with your pool, permanent swimming pool accessories, and surrounding structures. Safety net anchors can be installed in decking, on walls, and positioned to secure permanent pool features, like ladders, from being used to gain entry around other types of barrier installations. Once the net is anchored and in position, you tension it using springs and twine, making it perfect for odd-shaped or unusual pool set-ups. The wider mesh is hard for animals and children to walk on, keeping them up and out of the water near the edge of the pool, where they can be pulled back to safety.

Pet Ramp

White dog in red life jacket exiting pool on a ramp

One of the smartest swimming pool accessories to install when your furry family members take to the pool with you is a ramp that makes it easier for them to get in and out of the pool without help. Pets love swimming too, and will happily join the family, playing with kids and toys in the swimming pool. They may not always understand how fatigued they get, and trying to lift a sopping wet pet out of the pool can be a strain. Training your pet to use the ramp not only saves you both effort when they join you but also trains them to stay calmer should they gain access to the pool when you aren’t around so they can save themselves.

Emergency Equipment

Orange pool safety flotation devices

They may not be pool toys for kids, and they aren’t the most fun of swimming pool accessories, but they can save a life. Emergency flotation devices, long hooks, and first aid kits can all help you manage emergencies when they happen around your pool. Even if you’ve been trained for water safety and rescue, it’s still important to make sure you have the tools at hand to put your skills to use.

Get A Free Quote To Protect Your Pool

Your neighborhood installer both lives and works in your community. Protecting our neighbors is a passion, and we want to help you create a safer pool area for all of your loved ones. When you request a no-cost, no-obligation estimate, we’ll take measurements, talk to you about your goals, and give you a written estimate that lets you make an informed decision about protecting your pool. Find out how cost-effective peace of mind can be. Schedule your free quote with Lifeguard on Duty today.

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