Now you have your staycation pool resort, you don’t want it to look cluttered with toys and stuff. So, how best to pack away the things you and your family need to enjoy the space without making your pool area look like a junk yard? It’s easy and here are some ideas to streamline the stuff that accumulates by the pool:
- The storage bin.Rubbermaid has a line of outdoor storage bins and benches if you don’t need much storage space but the color options are limited. Deck manufacturers also offer storage solutions for their products. Sites to check out include Azek and Trex. Storage boxes can be made of their products to blend with decking. Many people customize storage bins based on their needs.
- Storage benches. Think outside the box. Storage benches are an asset. They’re attractive and functional. You can buy fabricated benches or have them custom built to complement your deck, patio or pool area. If you purchase ready-made benches, be sure to check the hinges, particularly if you will use the bench to store children’s toys. Look for safety hinges that hold the seat when opened and do not collapse to cause injury. Look for benches and materials that are water-resistant and rot resistant, especially if the bench is made of wood.
- Hooks and grids. Consider adding hooks for storage if your outdoor living space has a wood fence or adjacent wall. One idea we like is using rubber coated hooks to hang hoses and to create upright storage by adding small bungee cords for pool items such as skimmers and “noodles”. Installing a grid with hooks near a pool can provide a solution for hanging pool skimmers, towels and baskets for storing pool toys.
- Sheds, pool cabanas and detached structures. A garden shed or pool cabana is an optimal solution for outdoor storage. A shed can be integrated with a deck. A cabana can be customized to be used for a variety of functions, including a bar area for entertaining, a dressing room for pool users, storage of pool supplies and winter storage for outdoor furniture.
- Use the area under your deck for storage. If you have an elevated deck, consider using the area below for storage. You could add doors to provide access to and protect the contents. If you’re building or replacing a deck, discuss storage options with your contractor.
- Covers for grills, fire pits and outdoor furniture. Some people will leave their deck and patio furniture outdoors during the winter or store it in a garage. If you want to protect this furniture for future use, consider purchasing protective covers., Target and other on-line resources. If you’ve thought about ordering covers, now is the time! If you wait until fall you may find that the suppliers are out of stock.