11 Tips for Arranging Patio Furniture

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Don’t try arranging patio furniture without reading these tips! Tired of rearranging your furniture over and over again? We’ve put together this list of patio arrangement tips to help you get it right the first time.

11 Tips for Arranging Patio Furniture

No more asking wondering “how do I arrange my patio furniture.” Just make sure you follow these simple rules to create the perfect patio layout.

1. Make it Feel Like You’re at Home

Bring the resort style feeling to your backyard! Use end tables, side tables, and ottomans to add convenience to your patio. These additional outdoor pieces provide a spot to place loose items, drinks, and snacks.

2.Decide on a Focal Point

Create a focal point that will anchor your outdoor space. This will serve as the primary gathering point and the heart of your patio arrangement. The remaining decor will build off of this area.

3. Accessorize

Don’t be afraid to accessorize with throw pillows, area rugs, greenery, and lighting. Adding in accessories can give your patio the look that people actually utilize the space.

4. Placement of Outdoor Furniture

Place the longest piece of furniture along the longest wall, facing the focal point. This will add to the area instead of detracting attention. Typically, the longest piece will be a 3 seat sofa or a love seat. Adding several individual chairs will encourage guests to “pull up a chair” and enjoy a good conversation!

5. Find a Purpose for Your Patio

Symmetrical patio furniture arrangements create a formal living space while asymmetrical arrangements are a bit more quirky and have a much more lax, casual feel. Pick which one you intend on creating

 

6. Consistency vs. Mix-and-Match

When figuring out how you want to arrange your patio, you should decide early on whether you want to have all your furniture from one set, or if you want to mix-n-match your patio sets.

Having your furniture come from one set or color can give your patio a sleek and modern vibe. While mix-n-matching will give your backyard a more rustic and homey feeling.

7. Divide and Conquer

By separating the space into smaller sections, you create a dynamic and functional living area. In this way, you have multiple areas of entertainment instead of one large patio with too much open space. By adding occasional chairs, an outdoor fireplace, or patio heater, you can craft an engaging outdoor living space.

8. Design Like a Traffic Conductor

When deciding on the layout of your patio deck, make sure you direct the flow of traffic in a way that eases congestion. Think about the way that guests will enter and travel through your outdoor space. Is there a clear and unobstructed path to the entrance and exit? Are there areas that will likely become crowded? You should allow 30″-48″ of space for high traffic areas. You can cut this measurement down to 24″ for areas that receive less foot traffic.

 

9. Organize!

Arranging patio furniture is just one step in the equation, you need to keep it organized as well. You want to keep things tidy just as you do inside the house. Especially if your neighbors can see over your privacy fence. A cluttered patio is one that your guests might not want to sit on.

10. Separate the Outdoor Kitchen

Keep the outdoor kitchen away from your dining area. You want to have some form of separation to differentiate between the two spaces. This also addresses safety concerns associated with the grill. Keep your outdoor kitchen close to the door to make food prep easy.

 

11. Fill the Perimeter First

On the other hand, if your patio is small, it’s wise to keep your furniture arranged around the perimeter of the space. This opens up more room for you to move through and can visually create the illusion of a bigger space. A fun outdoor rug in the center ties it all together.

Keep in mind that you can always rearrange your patio furniture.
By adjusting with the seasons, you’ll have a new perspective on your furniture that will make you appreciate it and make you feel like it’s a whole new set!

Have any questions about arranging patio furniture or your backyard? Contact us here!

The Early Bird Tent Sale

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Grab the early deals of the season at Cincinnati Pool & Patio’s Early Bird Tent Sale!

Find 75% off all patio furniture, all clearance items, and scratch-n-dent items now through March 25th!

To help you take advantage of this great deal, here are our tips on how to find the best patio furniture for you.

Early Bird Tips

Quality over Convenience

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is true for patio furniture. Plastic resin chairs or side tables look great on the shelf and will keep their good looks for a year or two out in the sun. Though, in time they will become brittle and lose their vibrant coloring. The same is true for some wood products and wicker pieces. Shop with care, checking consumer reports and reviews, before making a big purchase.

Think About Storage

Add years to the life of your patio furniture by storing it in a protected location. Such as a garage or basement during the offseason. Even the toughest furniture, such as teak chairs or a wrought-iron settee, will last longer if it is placed in storage when not in use. If your storage space is limited, look for patio furniture that folds or is easily taken apart for compact storage.

Comfort over Style

Take a seat before you buy. Comfortable patio furniture, just like interior furniture, will be used regularly as opposed to uninviting patio furniture, which might have good looks but not-so-good comfort.

Check out our list of patio furniture here! 

If you have any questions about patio furniture or the sale, contact us here!

Chemical Brands You Can Trust

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As a pool owner, there are too many chemical brands for you to research, buy, test, and use for you to know which ones are the best for your pool.

That’s why we’ve assembled a list of our favorite pool and spa chemicals to help make your pool maintenance a little easier this pool season.

Chemical Brands

Baquacil

With premium Baquacil pool care products, you can achieve the clarity your pool was designed for. Their chemicals do away with tedious pool care. By enabling you to convert your pool into a chlorine-free, carefree sanctuary in less than 24 hours. The result? Clear, beautiful water that’s gentle on eyes, hair, and skin, not to mention pool surfaces and swimsuits.

The real advantage of the Baquacil brand is the peace of mind all of our products offer thanks to the brand’s dependable, consistent bacteria control. And less time worrying about bacteria means more time to enjoy fun in the water with your family.

Poolife

Leave the complicated decision making at the office and escape to your own backyard. Poolife Pool Care Systems include the products you need to have a clean pool all summer long. Your professional Poolife dealer will help you select the system that’s best for your pool and your lifestyle.

Rendezvous Spa

From sanitizers and balancers to algaecides, the Rendézvous Spa Specialties line of products offers everything you need to keep your spa clean and inviting. Designed with you in mind, Rendézvous Spa Specialties features color categorization for quick and easy product identification. This high quality, easy-to-use products that will help take the hassle out of maintaining a spa so you can truly enjoy your investment.

Have any questions about chemicals brands? Contact us here!

pHin and Your Pool

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As a pool owner, it’s difficult to give your pool’s chemical all the attention they need. With the introduction of the pHin, all of your problems can be solved.

The pHin is a blue-tooth enabled machine that constantly monitors the chemicals in your pool and will alert you when they change.

Everything Works Together to Keep Your Water Healthy & Safe!

1. Monitor with the pHin

The pHin monitors your water continuously. It knows what the levels of your pool should be.

You’re able to track it through the helpful app while the device live updates any changes there may be.

The days of using testing strips are over!

2. Be Notified

The app alerts you when your water needs attention. You’ll be sent a notification straight to your phone.

The pHin will notify you ASAP when your levels are changing and when you should add more chemicals. You’ll be able to add them to your levels turn your pool water turns unsatisfactory.

3. Add Chemicals

Follow the simple instructions to add chemicals and balance your water. The device breaks down exactly what your pool needs and how much you need to add.

If you have any question about what chemicals or brands to buy, you can always give us a call.

4. Get Swimming

Keep your pool safe and ready for your family this summer. With the help of pHin, you’ll never have to worry about your pool balance again.

Have any questions about the device or your pool’s chemical balance? Contact us here!

The Benefits of an In-Ground Pool

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Whether your backyard is a clean slate waiting to be turned into an in-ground pool paradise, from in-ground pools to water features, decking and lighting, living spaces and landscape, the choices may seem endless. Consider these important design elements before creating your masterpiece.

The In-ground Pool

A pool makes a definite statement and, depending on the added touches, begins to set the tone. Consider a vinyl lining for the following reasons:

Easy installation makes it one of the lowest initial costs of all types of pools. Plus, the material is durable, smooth and inhibits the growth of algae.

The Lighting

Lighting offers both beauty and safety, and it is a vital element in setting your tone. From underwater hues to subtle illuminations along walkways and lights filtering through trees and waterfalls, the possibilities really are endless.

Water Features

This is the pièce de résistance–the crowning glory. From waterfalls to grottos to diving rocks or unique and inventive slides, this is the place where your imagination soars.

We are recognized as the leaders in our market for innovation and the use of the latest green technologies and, in the process, save you thousands of dollars in wasted water and energy. Contact us and we will help you create your vision.

3 Chemicals You Need To Open Your Pool

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Pool season is almost here and as every pool owner knows, it’s better to be prepared than not. Most people will want to automatically start adding in adjustment chemicals, but this is actually a mistake.

The best and easiest way to open your pool is to start with a clean and fresh base. Here are the chemicals we recommend using before you open your pool.

Stain and Scale Chemicals

This chemical will prevent scale, rust, and other stains from appearing in your pool. This is great prep to make sure your pool is clean right from the start.

Algaecide

Algaecide will help remove most of the oxygen from the water, to prevent any algae or other organic material from growing. The mixture should also kill any algae that are already currently in your pool from the winter season.

Chlorine

Last, but not least, you need to add chlorine. To open your pool, you’ll want to add double the amount of chemicals that you would do for a regular shock.

Doubling the chemicals will help kill any bacteria, algae, and anything else that was growing over the winter.

Next Steps

Your pool isn/t swim ready yet, especially after you had just added all of these chemicals.

Give your pool at least 48hrs before you test the water again. Bring your sample to the pool experts, and we can help you decide what you need for your pool.

Contact us here or visit us at our Evendale location.

How To Open Your Pool

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We know there’s still time before pool season starts. But there’s no harm in being extra prepared when spring rolls around. There’s, unfortunately, some necessary tasks and work that needs to be completed before you can open your pool for the season. If only there were some ways to make this daunting task seem easier. Luckily, we are here to help you with two time-saving tips on how to open your pool.

Clean The Deck First

Always sweep and clean your decking before you begin to clean your pool. Nothing will frustrate you more easily than watching leaves from your deck blow into your freshly skimmed and vacuumed pool.

Use Your Pump

If you’ve had a cover on the pool for the winter, chances are some water has pooled up on it. You can utilize your sump pump to drain the water off before you try to move it. This will help to eliminate excess debris from falling into your pool and also make the cover much easier to move and open your pool. (You can also create a siphon effect with your garden hose to remove water from the top.)

Need help opening your pool this year? Contact us here!

Easy Spring Grill Recipes

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Spring is almost here, and that means it’s time to put your apron on, clean off your grill, and brush off your book of spring grill recipes!

These easy grill recipes will help you and your grill transition into the season.

Pizza

The only thing better than pizza is grilled pizza. Grilling pizza isn’t as daunting as it sounds. It’s also the perfect way to get a crispy crust with a great charred flavor.

You can use any topping you’d like, but seasonal toppings will always “top” the competition.

Chicken Wings

That’s right, frying isn’t the only way to enjoy chicken wings. Grilling chicken wings can give a great smokey flavor to them, and enhance the flavor of their marinades or sauces.

Grilled Peppers

Flame-licked red, green, and even bell peppers make a great appetizer for outdoor parties.

You can fill them with anything from a cream cheese spread to a spicy sausage mix. They’re spicy, filling, and satisfying.

Grilled Shrimp Tacos

An easy way to improve your usual taco recipe is to cook them on the grill.

Nothing is better than coating your shrimp in olive oil, herbs, and spices and charring them on your grill.

You can even crisp up your tortilla on the grill to add an exciting element to the dish.

Are you looking to replace your grill or just looking for something new? Check out our selection of grills here.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions!