How to Create Gathering Places In and Around Your Pool


One of the many benefits of working with a custom pool builder is the ability to incorporate unique design features. Whether you plan to have lavish pool parties or smaller gatherings with family and friends, adding a few seating areas is a must. This will help keep the conversations flowing and ensure everyone has a comfortable place to kick back and relax. 

If you’re looking for some inspiration, you’re in the right place. Here’s a look at some of this season’s hottest pool seating trends. 

1. Conversation Pit

A conversation pit is a sunken area that’s designed to give guests a secluded spot to gather and socialize. These flexible spaces can be incorporated into your pool patio, placed nearby the pool, or built right into the pool with a separate underwater seating area. 

In-pool conversation pits are often placed off to one side so they do not interfere with other pool activities. However, it’s also possible to make a bold statement by building one right in the center of your pool. 

2. Tanning Ledge Lounge

Many pools have a wide, shallow area near the entrance, known as a tanning ledge or a sun shelf. These areas can be the perfect spot for in-water lounge chairs. You can also anchor umbrellas into the pool floor and add small side tables or even a built-in cooler to create the ultimate social gathering area.  

3. Swim-Up Bar

Having to get out of the pool to enjoy a snack or a drink can put a damper on the party vibe, but when you have a swim-up bar, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds. It’s easy to add a bar and underwater seats to your pool design. You may choose to match your bar to your pool, so it integrates seamlessly, or draw attention to it by choosing a complementary style and/or color. 

Adding sun shades or a pergola over the bar area can give guests a much-needed respite from the sun. You may also consider adding a wet bar on the patio and incorporating features like a television, sound system, and/or tiki torches. 

4. Fire Pit

There’s something magical about combining fire and water, making fire pits with seating is a very popular feature despite Florida’s high temps. Adding a fire pit to your pool area will give it an upscale look and help keep the party going long after the sun goes down. 

If you really want to make a bold impression, try adding a fire pit alongside the pool and installing swim-up seating around it. Or, install a fire pit along the side of your spa or hot tub, so guests can enjoy the flames while relaxing in the heated water. 

Create a Unique Pool Design with Swim Inc. 

These are just a few of the exciting features a custom pool builder can help you incorporate into your pool design. If you’re ready to start exploring your options, the team at Swim Inc. is here to help. Reach out today to schedule a consultation.

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