If last summer taught us anything, it was how to make the most of any outdoor space. And this year with holidays still looking uncertain, there's never been a better time to invest in a good garden paddling pool. Summer has a tendency to always take us by surprise in the UK- we long for it all winter but as soon as it hits we're all looking for a stylish way to cool down.

Investing in a stylish inflatable pool brings cool and trendy joy to any outdoor space. Blow up paddling pools are no longer the preserve of children and luxury pools designed around an adult aesthetic are this summers hottest garden accessory. They can quickly be pumped up to fit on a terrace, garden, rooftop, patio or decking and stored away after to reuse.

Here's our guide to setting up and caring for your inflatable pool so you can enjoy it for years to come. It's so easy an adult can do it!

Where is the best place to set up an inflatable pool?

The first thing you need to think about is where you have enough flat space avoiding anything that might damage your pool. Before you begin to inflate the pool lay it down flat and think about how you manoeuvre around it - you want to be able to get in and out of the house! Think about splashes, don't put it too close to an area you don't want to get wet like a washing line. If it's going to be used by adults for a sun lounger then full sun is fine but if children are going to be sharing it shade is important.  

How do I inflate my paddling pool? 

Don't over inflate your pool. A good pool should be made using strong, heavy weight vinyl. The vinyl is designed to flex and stretch with the sun so don't worry if your pool isn't perfectly round when you first inflate. It will expand into shape in the heat of the sun. A manual or electric foot pump is best, keep it handy so you can top it up regularly when needed. Never use a high pressure pump or air compressor.

How do you heat an inflatable paddling pool?

The pool is the perfect place to cool down in the garden but if it's too chilly it won't be enjoyable. The best and quickest way to fill an inflatable paddling pool is by fixing a hose attachment to a kitchen tap using warm water. If that option isn't available our best tip is to cover the pool with large black bin liners. The black absorbs the heat from the sun and will heat up your pool in under an hour. 

How long can you use the water for in a paddling pool?

UV rays will break down the antibacterial properties of tap water throughout the day. Using fresh water every day is the healthiest option but it isn't the most environmentally friendly so to conserve water use a chlorine free treatment which will allow you to use the same water for two weeks.

When it's time to refill use the water in the garden on plants or to clean the car.

How do you clean a paddling pool?

It's important to give your pool a really thorough clean before putting it away. You'll need a soft bristled brush, bucket and simple anti-bacterial soap like washing up liquid. Clean the base and the sides to remove any suncream with diluted washing up liquid.  Once clean give it a rinse and turn it upside down to drain and dry. 

What's the quickest and easiest way to deflate a pool?

Our best method of deflating a paddling pool quickly and easily is so simple you'll be sharing this life hack with all your friends. All you need is a strong thin stick or alternatively use cotton wool buds. The bamboo ones are best, just cut each bud in half first. Insert the bud or stick into the open valve and leave in the hole.  The bud or stick keeps the valve open without you having to hold it. Leave to deflate and after 20 minutes you'll have no air in your pool. 

How to pack away your pool for next summer

Once your pool is deflated and completely dry fold it in half and half again as many times as you can to store. Pack it into its storage envelope or tie with string and place into a bag to stop it expanding.

So, now you know exactly what to do, make the most of your summer with our modern luxury inflatable pools designed with adults in mind. 

Take me to the pool!


May 12, 2021 — Zoe Anderson