How are you and your family going to keep cool this summer? Maybe you're lucky enough to have a swimming pool in your backyard. If so, you need a pool house for all of your pool-related items. If you have an unused shed, then you have the perfect solution! This week, I have a few ideas for how you can turn your shed into a pool house that will be the envy of the neighborhood.
Hang Some Large, Multi-Purpose Hooks on One Wall
Consider attaching several large hooks to a wall of your shed. Use them for storing your pool vacuum hoses, beach towels, floating inner tubes, and more. I suggest you look for hooks with a rubber coating, so they won't scratch any equipment you hang on them.
Keep an Ice-Filled Cooler on a Small Table in Your Pool House
No pool house is complete without a cooler of refreshments for swimmers. Set aside a low table in your shed for a cooler filled with ice and bottles of water, soda, and juice. If I were stocking the cooler, there would definitely be some chocolate bars thrown in with the drinks, making it a little more like the concession stand at the local swimming pool!
Put Some Folding Chairs Out on the Porch
If you own a shed with a porch, put a couple of folding chairs out for swimmers to rest in while they dry off. Also, this would be a cool place for grandparents to sit, sip an iced tea, and watch the kids have some fun splashing the afternoon away in the pool.
Get Clear Plastic Bins to Stack in a Corner
Keep a few clear plastic bins in your pool house for pool-related items. Label one bin for swimming goggles and snorkel masks. Use a larger bin for foam noodles, scuba fins, and medium-sized pool toys. You may want to keep a bin for extra swimsuits, sandals, and beach towels.
Hang Some Curtains Over the Windows
If you have a pool party, some of your guests or relatives may want to change into their swimsuits in the pool house. Put up some colorful curtains on your pool house windows for privacy. Also, close the curtains during the afternoon hours to keep your pool house a bit cooler, making it a nice spot to cool off in the shade for a bit before diving back into the pool.
Place a Shoe Rack Near the Door
A simple shoe rack near the door of your shed/pool house allows your friends and relatives to change from tennis shoes into sandals in a jiffy. They can walk out to the pool area in sandals, leaving their street shoes and socks in the pool house to stay dry. When the swimming day is done, they can slip back into their socks and tennis shoes and leave their sandals behind for next time.
And don't forget to personalize your shed/pool house by hanging a sign on the door. You could have a wooden sign made displaying your family's name or make a homemade painted sign. Either way, have some fun creating a pool house you'll enjoy. Thanks for reading. - Alan