When you have a swimming pool in your backyard, it can be a lot of fun. However, the pool deck or patio also needs some decorating to make it attractive and functional. Here are some tips for setting up the pool deck and arranging furniture.

Have Multiple Sitting Areas

If your pool deck just has a few sun loungers, you're missing out on a lot. Most decks or patios near a swimming pool have enough space for more than one sitting area. Close to the pool, it is a great idea to have sun loungers that let you lay out and get a tan or enjoy a book while watching your kids play in the pool. However, if you also have extra space, set up a separate sitting area with outdoor furniture arranged like an outdoor living room. Include multiple sitting options with a table in the middle to add more accent pieces. Pull it all together with a nice outdoor-friendly area rug. For a patio, you can even add a third sitting area that is next to the barbecue grill or outdoor kitchen where you have an outdoor dining table and chairs. You can find outdoor furniture that suits your needs at a place like The Greenery Garden Centre.

Add a Fire Pit

Fire pits are a great option for a poolside patio or deck because they provide warmth in the evenings, a great place to roast marshmallows and they are simply something beautiful to look at. You can either get a small fire pit with a covering that can double as a coffee table, or you can get a larger pit specifically to be used for bonfires. This helps to create an outdoor oasis close to the swimming pool and gives you additional possibilities when you want to spend more time outdoors.

Choose the Right Tile

If you are still working on construction of your pool deck or patio, you have the option to choose flooring that goes beyond what plain concrete will give you. For example, you can install travertine tile, which is a type of natural stone that is attractive and provides a neutral tone. The simplistic look of it is perfect for a pool area, while the texture allows it to be more slip-resistant. This is perfect when you have kids running around after getting out of the pool and you don't want them to slip and fall.

Have Plenty of Shade

Another important thing to have on your pool deck is proper shade. There will be times when you want to enjoy your backyard and pool area without the direct sunlight or extreme heat during a hot summer day. Try to have at least one area with proper shade, whether from a large umbrella, an outdoor feature like a gazebo, or a large tree.