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35 Above-Ground Pool Deck Design Ideas

Make a splash in your backyard with these inspiring ways to make your above-ground pool the ideal summer destination.

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Deck Out Your Above-Ground Pool

Do you love lounging around on hot, summer days in your above-ground pool but hate the way it looks in your yard? You aren't alone. While above-ground pools boast a ton of positives (budget-friendly, easier to keep clean), they simply aren't as aesthetically pleasing as their in-ground counterparts. But that doesn't mean they can't be! Whether you're searching for ways to spruce up your current pool's look or are looking for inspiration before you buy, we've got you covered with eye-catching above-ground pool ideas to fit any size budget or backyard.

First up: These homeowners bridged the gap between their above-ground pool and wooden deck with a lively container garden and strategically planted shrubs. Six terra cotta planters overflow with saturated orange, lilac and yellow blooms to brighten the spacious deck. A lush flowering bush grows wildly over the shallow end and disguises the otherwise unfinished pool exterior with a blanket of striking white blooms.

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Implement Seating and Safety

This multi-tiered deck with a built-in bench and sitting ledge provides plenty of seating so parents can sit and watch the kiddies frolic in the pool. For peace of mind, large planters, a gated entry and a lattice wall at the far end of the deck prevent little ones from accessing the pool when they shouldn’t.

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Photo: Tomas Espinoza. From: Tiffany Brooks.

Lounge Beneath a Poolside Pergola

Make the most of your deck with an inviting poolside pergola. This custom pergola sets the bar with a head-turning geometric roof and a well-appointed lounge space complete with a pillow-clad love seat, printed area rug and two woven armchairs. Install a similar pergola on your above-ground pool deck and outfit it with outdoor lounge furniture or an alfresco dining table to enjoy snacks and sips between afternoon dips. See more of this pool in the next slide.

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Photo: Tomas Espinoza. From: Tiffany Brooks.

Enjoy the Views With Barely-There Balusters

Traditional wooden deck balusters are lovely, but sometimes a bulky railing detracts from otherwise unmatched pool views. Embrace the beauty beyond the balusters by swapping the hefty wood features on your above-ground pool deck for contemporary alternatives. Black or charcoal balusters will seemingly disappear into the landscape, allowing you to enjoy the sweeping views ahead while splashing around this summer.

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