Guide written by:
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford
The size of your inflatable pool will be based around the amount of space you have (making sure to leave clearance space around the pool) and what you plan on using it for (for example, a kids' pool or a space for adults to cool down). Of course, you'll have to think about the length and width of your pool (bearing in mind that some can reach the same size as an in-ground pool!) but you'll also have to think about depth. If the pool is to be used by toddlers, it should not be any deeper than 20 cm. For older children the water should not go beyond their knees or waist. If your pool will only be used by teenagers or adults, you can go over 1 metre in depth.
Another essential factor when making your decision is the type of equipment supplied. Depending on the model, the pool may be sold as part of a kit with all the equipment you'll need for installation and use including a ground mat, chlorine dispenser, a filter system (so you don't have to change the water every couple of days), and so on.
And don't forget to think about your budget. While inflatable pools are the least expensive type of pool on the market, you'll still need to set aside the cost of water treatment products (chlorine, foam remover, etc.) as well as a few care accessories (skimmer, brush, etc.).
No matter their colour or shape, inflatable pools will always feature one or more inflatable rings. But there are two basic types:
The pool liner is usually made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride). The thickness of the material will determine how resistant it is; the thinnest liners are around 0.2 mm while the strongest are around 0.6 mm.
Larger inflatable pools may feature a reinforced liner made up of two PVC layers held together by polyester mesh lining for greater stabilisation and tear resistance.
A reinforced base will also be a bonus and may even allow you to safely set up your inflatable pool on a slightly bumpy surface.
Inflatable pools can come with any number of essential and non-essential accessories.
A ladder for easier access to deeper pools.
Inflatable pools must be installed on flat ground so it is essential to prepare your surface properly. Once you've levelled out your surface, you'll have to get rid of stones and rocks, fill in any holes and lay down some sand before you set up your ground mat.
Blow up the pool making sure that base is not folded. Screw in the filter system connections and treat your water according to the size of your pool and the manufacturer's recommendations.
Even if you have a very shallow pool, it is essential to follow safety precautions.
The number one safety rule is to never leave children unattended in the pool. Be sure to block access to the pool with safety equipment such as barriers, alarms, covers or safety ladders (with removable rungs, for example). Choose your apparatus according to the size of your inflatable pool and the age of your children.
When the temperature drops below 13°C, it's time to store your inflatable pool.
Start by emptying the pool, then clean the liner using a specialist product. Leave the pool to dry then fold it up. Ideally, your pool should be stored in its original packaging.
Place your pool alongside its filter system and any other accessories you may have in a dry and frost-free spot. Store it correctly and your inflatable pool will be ready to enjoy when summer rolls around again!
Guide written by:
Crystal, Owner of a small gardening business, Oxford, 54 guides
From a background in waste transportation, I became a farmer specialising in organic gardening. A graduate of Horticultural Production, I tried for several years as a young farmer to settle in the beautiful region of Oxfordshire. After many disappointments, I finally started a small-business in home services, specifically in gardening, assisted by my loving, dear husband. Passionate about nature and wild edible plants, I am very attentive to ecological solutions and respectful of our environment in all aspects of my daily life. From the vegetable garden to the flower beds, from seed to harvest, I have all kinds of advice up my sleeve. Do not hesitate to ask me your questions.