Poolside Dining in Style: 3 Fabulous Options

The best way to spend the long, lazy days of a Houston summer is hanging out in the pool. Whether the whole family has gathered for a spirited game of water volleyball or you are simply lounging on a float with an ice-cold drink, who wants the fun to end just because it’s mealtime? The pool area is the perfect place to enjoy laidback summer meals, and here are 3 great options for poolside dining in style!

A traditional patio table and chairs.

The Traditional Patio Table

As perfect for upscale entertaining as for savoring some orange juice and a morning bagel, the traditional patio table and chairs are a backyard staple. Outdoor dining sets can be had at just about every price point and come in a wide array of materials from wood to wicker, glass or metal. From a huge trestle table with long bench seats to a tiny table for two, there is a shape and size to fit every Houston backyard space and accommodate any number of guests.

For comfortable poolside dining, a traditional patio table and chairs can’t be beat. More than ever before, today’s outdoor dining furniture is thoughtful designed with ultimate relaxation in mind and is available with super plush, weather resistant cushions in myriad great looking styles for every taste. With matching outdoor couches, coffee tables and lounge chairs, it’s easy to coordinate an entire outdoor living area to entice family and friends year-round!

A beautiful outdoor kitchen with bar seating.

Bar Seating

The rising popularity of the outdoor kitchen can be credited with the introduction of bar seating. Usually built into the backside or side of an outdoor kitchen, bar seating most often consists of counter-height stools arranged side-by-side and is perfect for casual dining. Bar seating offers guests the ability to interact with the cook and even a comfortable place to sit while assisting in meal preparation. Line the kids up to chow down on hotdogs served fresh from the grill, or spread the bar with assorted appetizers for hosting easy minglers. Common outdoor kitchen features like refrigerators, wine coolers, and even kegerators also make a bar a perfect, fun place to serve and enjoy your favorite beverages.

A large, natural stone table built inside a niche in the pool and surrounded by submerged bench seating.

Swim-Up Seating

Perhaps best of all, why even leave the water to fill up on a tasty meal or refresh with a cold drink? With swim-up seating built right in, you can do both right there in the pool! You have two fun options for swim-up dining. The first is to incorporate a series of free-standing stools built into the gunite structure of the pool, arranged side by side, and rising to about 18″ under the water level. These are placed along a wall of the pool enabling diners to use the coping atop the wall as a bar. This is an especially cool idea for pools built in a multi-level terrain where the bar wall rises above the outside ground level and can serve as one edge of an outdoor kitchen area. This allows a host or hostess to conveniently spoil those in the pool!

The second option (shown above) is to design a section of the pool that consists of submerged benches partially surrounding a built-in table that rises just above the water of the pool. This seating area is usually recessed from the main body of the pool in a small niche and is an excellent place to observe the pool activity while sipping a tasty sweet tea. Consider notching the center of the table for an umbrella sleeve for poolside dining in shade! Of course, both swim-up seating setups require careful engineering, so be sure to choose and experienced and reputable pool builder like Elite Pools and Spas.

Incorporating one- or all three!- of these poolside dining options in your backyard master plan creates exciting new opportunities for entertaining or just privately enjoying your outdoor environment. This is guaranteed to increase the usefulness of your space as well as extend your enjoyment of it year-round!

When you are ready to build the backyard environment of your dreams, call the design and construction experts at Elite Pools and Spas of Houston for your free consultation!




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