Modern pool design allows for so many different features and configurations, especially when it comes to blending both your pool and your outdoor living space. Swim-up bars are becoming more and more popular, combining a pool, bar, and even the potential for an outdoor kitchen so that you can have a luxury resort-style experience in your own personal paradise.
This month at Morehead Pools, we wanted to talk about swim-up bars to bring you expert insight and hopefully provide inspiration for transforming your backyard. We’ll start by detailing exactly what a swim-up bar is for anyone new to them, followed by five tips to keep in mind when you come to add your own.
Something of a luxury addition, a swim-up bar is a bar integrated seamlessly with your pool. It allows you, your family, and any guests to glide, paddle, or splash over to the side of the pool where the bar is and grab a refreshing beverage or snack, all without ever leaving the comfort of the pool.
This is the perfect addition to any pool so that you can enjoy a hot summer day for longer, removing the need to go marching back and forth between the pool and the house.
Now you’ve got a better idea of what a swimming pool bar is, let’s dive into some handy tips!
When designing your swim-up bar, it’s essential to consider the space you have available in your backyard. Swim-up bars should be placed in shallow areas where the water level comes up to roughly 30–42 inches. This is so that you and your guests can sit comfortably, partially submerged, while still keeping your arms free to enjoy drinks and snacks at the bar. Placing a swim-up bar in deeper water is next to impossible, so it pays to think about your pool design practically.
Make sure you have comfortable seating options for your guests within the pool at the swim-up bar. You can choose from built-in seating or stools supported by stainless steel posts. Built-in seating is great because it provides a more permanent solution and can be customized to fit your pool’s design. Stools supported by stainless steel posts are still a great option, however, because they are easy to move around and can be adjusted to different heights.
It’s important to create shaded areas around your swim-up bar so that your guests can relax and enjoy their drinks without being exposed to too much sun. You can use umbrellas or pergolas to create shade around your swim-up bar. Alternatively, if your swim-up bar forms part of an outdoor kitchen, the roofing over this area can be extended to cover your seating area.
Safety should always be a top priority when designing your swim-up bar. Make sure that the area around the outside area of the bar is slip-resistant and that there are handrails for swimmers to hold onto as they approach the bar. You should also consider lighting around the bar so that the stools and bar are visible at night in the water for anyone taking a dip.
Designing a swim-up bar can be a complex process, so it’s always a good idea to consult with professionals who have experience, such as our team at Morehead Pools. We can help you design a swim-up bar that fits in with the rest of your pool design, creating a space that flows and offers practical benefits.
Transform your backyard with a pool and swim-up bar and enjoy lazy summer days and long warm evenings with family and friends. From luxury pool designs to outdoor kitchens, wherever you are in Shreveport and Bossier City, we can make it all a reality for your home.