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February 12, 2020
If you have a pool on your property, you probably have—or would like to add—a pool shed to store the various supplies needed to use and maintain it. Pool sheds can range from small structures that house only the basics, to larger buildings that contain just about everything you could ever need. Optimizing your pool shed space can reduce clutter, make maintenance easier, and improve the overall pool experience. But, before you add a new structure to your yard, take a look at the creative pool shed ideas listed below.
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One of the best ways to get value from your pool shed is to blend its basic functions with some “creative comforts” for your enjoyment of the space. For instance, you could create a shed that has storage in the back and a covered area in the front where people can relax and get a break from the sun. With some outdoor furniture placed under the covered portion, you would instantly have a great hangout spot near the pool for those who aren’t swimming. For instance, if placed properly, this could be a perfect place for parents to sit while keeping an eye on the kids who are in the pool.
If you are going to use your pool shed for nothing more than storage, you might want to divide the space into two sides. This way, it can serve as both a pool shed and a garden shed. On one side of the shed, you will keep items like pool maintenance equipment and supplies, while the other side will house shovels, rakes, pots, and maybe even a lawnmower. This approach allows you to get all the storage you need in a single structure, saving space and money at the same time.
An empty shed structure isn’t going to be particularly effective for storage purposes. This setup will likely end with everything getting tossed onto the floor, and it will soon be a cluttered mess. So, to avoid that result, you will want to add some modular shelving right away.
Plastic is a great choice for this task for a couple of reasons. First, many items you’ll need to store for the pool are pretty light, so the plastic shelves should handle those items just fine. Heavier objects can stay on the ground. Also, plastic will hold up in the damp environment of a pool shed just fine, and it should last better in the long run over metal or wood options.
On the exterior of the shed, it might be possible to add a couple of extra touches that will make it even more useful. For instance, if the shed is within close proximity to the pool, you could add some hooks that can hold towels and extra clothes while people are swimming. This is just a small touch, but it makes the pool experience more convenient than having to toss things on the ground or find a chair that isn’t being used. Also, the exterior of the shed can be used to brighten up the space through the use of bold color choices. Even if your pool shed is about function more than anything else, you can still make it a valuable piece of the landscape design by picking the right colors and overall style.
It’s bound to happen that you will be in the middle of a swim session when you realize that you forgot to get something out of the shed. In that case, you’ll have to walk with wet feet over to the shed to retrieve what you need. To prevent this, consider designing the space in such a way that the walk is as comfortable and convenient as possible.
You don’t want to put a stretch of dirt or gravel between the pool and the shed since those would be messy or uncomfortable with wet feet. Ideally, the ground surface will be finished all the way from the pool to wherever the shed is located, with something like concrete or patio pavers. Even walking across grass would be an acceptable solution, although that could get messy as well, depending on the weather.
We hope you’ve been inspired by these creative pool shed ideas! A small metal building from American Carports, Inc. would make a great choice for your new pool shed. Our structures are durable, attractive, and affordable—everything you need for this project. And, thanks to our handy Build & Price tool, you can customize the structure to suit your needs perfectly. Start designing your pool shed now!