It’s no secret that pool equipment isn’t the most attractive thing around! For many of us, it can be an eyesore and the one thing that lets our gardens down.
Sure, we could store it inside our homes or garages, but let’s face it, who has the room? And who wants to have to lug it across the garden when you need it?
So what can you do? Do you deal with unsightly equipment ruining your relaxing zen vibes while you sunbathe or enjoy a good book? Or do we cover it?
That’s right! There are plenty of great and affordable options you can explore when it comes to creating an enclosure for your pool equipment.
Whether it is a cabinet, a fancy new shed, or just some well-placed plants you can protect your equipment from the weather and still have a beautiful garden!
Keep reading to find out how.
Pool Equipment Enclosure Ideas
Let’s get straight into it! There are lots of options you can explore when it comes to hiding your pool gear.
The easiest option is to buy a garden shed or box to use in your garden.
But, if you are looking for a cheaper option, or to explore your DIY skills, then you might want to create your enclosure.
This guide will walk you through some ideas you can use to enclose your pool equipment and how you can build an enclosure!
Let’s take a look at some pool equipment enclosure ideas now.
Plants And Landscaping
Plants or creating a garden in front of the pool equipment is your easiest and cheapest option.
For best results, you will want plants that grow 3 feet (1 meter) tall.
These will block the equipment from view and also provide some nice shade for any pets you might have.
We recommend opting for evergreen shrubs as they are low maintenance and usually pretty affordable to pick up.
If you want to invest a little more, we suggest purchasing some hedge trimmers and planting a hedge you can shape to suit you and your garden.
Is anyone else getting some Edward Scissorhands vibes now?
Screens And Fences
For those that are DIY-savvy, you can build a small fence around your pool equipment, keeping it out of sight.
Generally speaking, you only need to build two sides that will keep the equipment enclosed and still provide you with access to it.
The easiest way to do this is to buy three metal swimming pool fence posts. You can bolt these to some concrete, or concrete them directly into the ground.
Next, you can screw metal or timber palings horizontally onto the posts.
If you wanted to make them more decorative, you could opt for some lattice or vinyl panels.
You could also use opaque glass or some prefabricated vinyl panels to keep your equipment hidden from sight.
Here you can tailor the fence to the style and design of your backyard.
If you want to enclose your pool equipment and provide it with some protection from the weather, then a garden shed is a fine choice.
It will also provide you with some extra room to store any tools or gardening equipment you have, keeping your garden tidy.
When it comes to keeping it cheap, you will want to purchase a small garden shed.
Usually, you can buy them in kitset packages that are super easy to build. You can choose from a range of materials like plastic, wood, or metal.
You should put your shed on a concrete area or pave the ground underneath to ensure that it is level.
This should be simple enough to do yourself, but you can always have a professional come and do this for you.
How To Build A Pool Equipment Enclosure
Now that we have shown you some of the options out there, let’s take a look at how you can build a pool equipment enclosure!
Building your enclosure tends to be cheaper and allows you to truly customize it to suit your backyard.
If this is your first DIY task too, there are plenty of plans available online that you can use to help you create your enclosure.
Usually, customized pool equipment enclosures are a box with a lid. The lid tends to use a piston strut or hinge to keep it open while you grab your equipment.
Other popular designs include a garden shed, a seat or bench with storage underneath, a storage cabinet, or a fake rock that lifts.
You can add some plants to the area too, helping the rock or storage option blend in.
Today, we will walk you through some of the more popular design options for a pool equipment enclosure to help you create yours!
We do recommend that you do not use this enclosure to store any chemicals next to your pool pump or filter, as this can cause the metal components to rust.
Instead, store your chemicals in a cool and dry location out of reach of children.
Let’s get into it and start by looking at the different materials you can use to construct your enclosure.
The cheapest and most popular material used is wood.
You can easily construct a wooden pool enclosure and then paint or stain it to suit the style of any decor in your garden or yard.
Metal is another popular option in which you can cut and mount color bonded steel panels to a metal frame, creating a customized enclosure for your pool equipment.
If you wanted, you could make a large enclosure where you can store your garden tools too.
Now that we have taken a quick look at materials, let’s walk you through some steps you can follow to create a pool equipment enclosure.
Step 1 – Measure Your Equipment
Start by measuring your equipment to see how big your enclosure needs to be.
We recommend that you make your enclosure a little larger, to ensure that you have room for your current and any future equipment you might purchase.
Step 2 – Get Your Materials
Next, you will want to decide on the materials you are using and purchase them.
You can do this online or at your local hardware store, where they can cut the materials to size for you if you wish.
Here you will want to be sure that you give them accurate measurements.
Remember you will want to treat your wood beforehand to prevent any rot or damage from the rain!
Step 3 – Measure And Cut Them
Back home, it’s time to measure your materials and cut them to the correct size for your plan.
You will want to use your dimensions here and check the measurements carefully before cutting your materials.
We suggest measuring them three times to be safe!
Step 4 – Construction
Now take the plan you have created or bought and follow it to assemble your enclosure., if you are working with timber or metal, opt for screws.
For timber, you will want to pre-drill to make a hole and prevent your timber from splitting when you screw the pieces together.
If you are working with metal sheets and a metal frame, opt for self-tapping metal screws.
These come with a drill head to cut into the metal, making it super easy to attach your pieces!
Step 5 – Stain Or Paint
If you have used timber to create the enclosure, you will want to stain or paint it to protect it from the rain and other weather.
There are plenty of colors to choose from so you are sure to find one that suits your decor!
And there you have it, plenty of ideas that you can use to create your pool equipment enclosure today!
Whatever option you choose, be sure to measure and double-check your measurements to ensure that all your equipment fits inside!