The early bird catches the worm — and the same goes for pool installation and accessorising.

Waiting for the weather to get warm before you begin reno projects in the backyard pool isn't the best strategy. After all, spring and summer are the peak months for pool maintenance, during which service companies are booked for months.

The fact remains that maintaining and renovating a pool requires some time-consuming research. If you already have a pool in the backyard and are planning to add some functionality or make it more interesting, then this is the list for you.

These pool accessories are well-suited for different kinds of pool needs; some make maintenance easier, while the others make you never want to head back inside. With that being said, there's no time to waste — let's get started before swim season comes around!

Pool Accessories for Every Pool

1. Ideal Accessories For All Pools

Man on edge of pool with view

a) Mesh Pool Skimmers And Baskets

Not all of us can afford to hire a pool boy to fish out leaves from the water every other day. At the same time, maintaining a lush green lawn or garden to create the perfect poolside ambience will leave the pool water less than clear blue.

With that being said, the most inexpensive way to remove garden debris and other contaminants is to buy pool skimmers or cleaners. A filthy pool is a breeding ground for disease and home to uninvited frogs. So, maintaining a pristine pool with daily cleaning is more than just for aesthetic purposes.

Just be careful not to tip over while trying to catch floating leaves!

b) Robotic/Automatic Pool Cleaners

Cleaning pools day in and day out can get tedious and boring. After all, who wants to spend more time cleaning than swimming?

Perhaps with this thought in mind, a few lazy geniuses got together to present the world with automatic pool cleaners. Whether you opt for a suction-side pool cleaner or a robotic one, consider these accessories as a vacuum cleaner for a pool.

Whether it's for a mossy layer that has formed on the pool bed, or floating debris defiling the clear waters, these machines are a big help. Simply lounge by the poolside with a cold beverage, and watch as the device does your job.

c) Pool Heating

Everybody knows that summers are for frolicking in the pool — then why not winters too?

On the other hand, pool water may become too cool for swimming even during summer evenings. The one solution to both these problems is installing a pool heater to control the temperature of the water.

Needless to say, heated pools stretch out pool season to cover all the months of the year. Moreover, there is something therapeutic and romantic about a steamy dip under the stars.

d) Pool Lights

Not just stars, you can even use artificial illumination to maximise the thrill of a late-night swim.

Whether you prefer colourful floating lanterns or the more understated LED wall lamps, lighting up the pool will add a touch of elegance. These are also great functional party decor for all those pool parties that continue through the night.

Anyhow, outdoor pool lighting keeps people from slipping in the darkness and falling into a pool. Although it makes for a funny story, this can actually prove fatal, especially if kids are running around the house.

e) Floating Accessories

If you are looking for some light-headed fun, nothing sets the vibe quite like bright-coloured floating toys.

Whether you are looking for floating recliners or inflatables that look like delicious doughnuts, these accessories have a fun and relaxing element. Flotation devices are great for teaching kids (and adults) how to swim.

Anyhow, imagine how great it feels to sit back on a recliner in the middle of the pool with an inflatable flamingo-shaped cup holder holding your drink. What's more, this is one of the cheapest pool accessories on this list.

f) Speakers

Is your pool not big enough for cascading waterfalls? Install speakers near the poolside area to imitate the noise instead. You can even add some insect noises to the sound of ocean waves or babbling brooks to really bring in the feel of a tropical island.

Alternatively, there are plenty of portable speakers on the market that are affordable and water-proof to boot.

2. Ideal Accessories For Large Pools

Pool Accessories for Large Pools

a) Waterslides

Enjoyed by kids and fun-loving adults alike, waterslides are amusing, entertaining and add a whimsical, family-friendly look to the poolside.

If you have kids in the house, be prepared to have little guests come over every weekend; this addition to the pool will make them the most popular kid in class. At the same time, even teenagers and adults can reap the stress-busting benefits of splashing into the refreshing water.

After all, who doesn't like a mini water park just outside the back door?

b) Waterfalls And Fountains

Perhaps a more grown-up approach to decorating the pool would be to add waterfalls and fountains. Don't get it wrong — the whole family, including the kids, will love standing under the waterfall to feel the gushing cold water.

At the same time, cascading water is also equally refreshing to look at from afar. Even small fountains, placed strategically, can add an aura of luxury and sophistication to your homely backyard.

Not to mention how the sound of gurgling water will put you in peace; it is indeed the best music to fall asleep to as you lounge by the poolside.

3. Small Pools

Young girl playing in swimming pool

a) High-Powered Jets

Does a bubbling pool that aids in relieving stress and soothes backaches sound tempting? If yes, then perhaps it's time to invest in some high-powered jets. With that being said, plenty of spa jets are available on the market, and they can turn your small swimming pool into a big jacuzzi. Better yet, install multi-massage jets for the total spa experience!

The choices are endless — from rotating single pulses for your shoulder blades to double pulses meant for foot therapy. Suffice to say, getting a massage while sitting in a heated pool after a long day is unbeatable.

On the other hand, smaller pools, such as plunge pools, should not deter you from exercising. Of course, you may not be able to swim seven laps because of the size constraints, but the addition of powerful swim jets allows you to swim in place. So, stay cool even as you work out!

The Complete Pool Accessories Guide

Soak up the sun and the fun with these pool accessories that take your pool parties up a notch.

Just like the accessories you don before heading out, these pool accessories aren't essentials. Instead, additions, such as pool lights, can be compared to the watch you wear on your wrist. It's helpful because it tells you the time while being a style statement.

Whether you are looking for functional items, entertainment for the kids or pleasing decor, dip your toes into these projects for a better poolside experience. Happy Swimming!

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