People who spend a lot of quality time around their swimming pools learn what types of furniture work best and what types are poor choices. If you're planning to install a pool in your backyard or if you've recently moved into a home with a pool, this little primer on the best patio furniture for lounging around the pool will help save you from the trial and error method of choosing poolside furniture, which, after all, is a costly way to outfit your pool and patio area!
Think About Mobility
Good poolside furniture is designed for easy re-positioning so that both sun lovers and shade seekers can move into just the right spot as the day progresses. Chaise lounges on wheels are a smart choice because they can be moved easily and quietly (no dragging across concrete or tile!). If you can't find a style you like with wheels, make sure it's lightweight.
As for cushions, you'll want something that won't fade in the sun, won't easily develop mildew, since poolside furniture is frequently dampened from wet bathing suits, and something that's fade-resistant. The following fabrics will pass muster on all three requirements:
- Solution-Dyed Acrylic (Sunbrella makes an excellent one.)
- Weather-Treated Polyester (A close runner-up, though it's not as fade-resistant as solution-dyed acrylic.)
- Woven Mesh (This is usually found on "sling" furniture, and is very durable. It doesn't stretch out, is mildew-resistant, and can be hosed off if it gets soiled.)
Make Your Own Shade
If you've got a family member who just doesn't like to sit in the sun for long, consider getting a cantilever umbrella. It's similar to the umbrella that shades your outdoor table, but it's offset, and can be pivoted to shade a chair or a lounger.
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