42 Pool Deck Ideas For Above Ground Pools

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Having an above ground pool can provide hours of fun and recreation for you and your family during the sunny summer months. However, simply placing the pool in your backyard is only half the project – you’ll also want to create an attractive and comfortable deck space where you can relax poolside, entertain guests, and fully enjoy your new backyard oasis.

While decks are a fairly straightforward addition for in-ground pools, designing functional and attractive decking for above ground pools may seem like more of a challenge due to their elevated structure. In this post, we aim to provide plenty of creative deck ideas and design inspiration to help elevate the pool deck area of your above ground pool.

We’ll share over 42 different decking concepts specifically tailored for elevated pools, from basic wood deck layouts to more elaborate designs incorporating composite decking materials, integrated lighting features, built-in seating and lounging areas, landscaping elements, and water features.

Whether you’re looking for low-cost and low-maintenance solutions or high-end design inspiration, we’re sure you’ll find plenty of ideas here to transform the space around your above ground pool into an inviting poolside retreat for relaxing, entertaining, or just spending enjoyable summer days with family and friends. Let’s get started exploring our extensive gallery of above ground pool deck ideas!.

Timber Tech Pool Deck

Timber Tech produces attractive, realistic-looking composite decking materials that are a popular choice for pool decks. Their decking planks have the appearance of painted wood but are highly durable and require no staining or sealing. A Timber Tech pool deck creates a natural look around the pool while eliminating wood maintenance. Various plank styles and colors allow customizing the design to complement the landscape and pool aesthetics. Integrated lighting can also accent a Timber Tech deck for evening use and ambiance.

Timber Tech Pool Deck
Photo Credits= @Flickr

Wooden Crafted Pool Deck

A hand-crafted wood pool deck shows off carpentry skills while creating an inviting space. Corner post supports and railings are constructed from thick lumber for strength and longevity. Interlocking deck planks made of high-quality tropical hardwood form a durable, textured surface ideal for relaxing poolside. Attention to detail in joinery and finishes provides an aesthetically pleasing design. Special touches like built-in seating and a small canopy area further enhance this skillfully crafted natural wood deck oasis.

Wooden Crafted Pool Deck
Photo Credits= @Kris

Decked Oval Above Ground Pool

An oval-shaped above ground pool invites creative decking solutions to make the most of its unique space. This design features a deck built to match the oval footprint, allowing comfortable walking access all around the pool. Sturdy railings define the perimeter while maintaining open views. The deck surface matches the pool shape for a seamless appearance. Deck boxes and string lighting add functional and decorative elements that accentuate this creatively decked oval above ground pool design.

Decked Oval Above Ground Pool
Photo Credits= @Flickr

Terrace Deck Above Ground Pool

This multi-leveled deck design adds visual interest and versatile spaces to an above ground pool. Stone-paved terraces ascend in three tiers from the pool, creating natural seating and lounge areas to soak in scenic views. Sturdy railings define each level while allowing flowing circulation. Steps link the terraces for easy access. An upper wood-decked viewing area provides a perfect place to relax with friends and family while overlooking the whole oasis below. The terraced deck maximizes both function and aesthetic appeal of the pool setting.

Terrace Deck Above Ground Pool
Photo Credits= @abovegroundpoold222

Low Level Deck Above Ground Pool  

Keeping the decking close to the ground helps incorporate this above-ground pool into the backyard landscape. Soft composite deck planks lay only a few inches above the soil. This low-rise design maintains a close connection to nature without obstructing views of the yard. Stepping stones lead gently down into the shallow ending, avoiding the need for railings. An informal ring of lounge chairs and umbrellas define the space. A secluded, garden-like ambience is created without compromising accessibility or usability of the deck around this virtually sunken pool.

Low Level Deck Above Ground Pool
Photo Credits= @Flickr

Oval Composite Deck

Match an oval-shaped above ground pool with an oval deck frame. Lay out the oval on a taut rope between stakes. Cut boards to fit the gradual curve, leaving slight overhangs. Run perpendicular to shape. Frame sides with lengths of baluster or rail material. Or build a complete railing system around perimeter.

Oval Composite Deck
Photo Credits= @thelongawaitedhome

Spool Deck Pool

A unique deck design spiral radiates out from this above-ground pool in the shape of an oversized spool. Circular sections of composite decking wrap around the core in gradually widening rings, mirroring the form of an old-fashioned thread spool. Low railings trace each ring, containing the organic shape without disrupting its fluid curves. This one-of-a-kind deck enhances the playful spool appearance of the pool while offering seamless winding pathways for relaxing in its distinctive circular form.

Spool Deck Pool
Photo Credits= @patio_pools

Tropical Deck Pool

A thatched cabana and day bed area furnish shelter from sun or shower. River rock accents flow into a bubbling spa to complete the escapist island ambiance. Whether lounging poolside or dining al fresco, homeowners transport effortlessly to an indulgent tropical retreat surrounded by nature yet tucked in their own backyard retreat.

Tropical Deck Pool
Photo Credits= @tropicalpoolinteriors

Oasis Pool Deck

This backyard retreat exemplifies an inviting tropical oasis for enjoying the warm weather. The custom-built wooden deck surrounding the refreshing blue pool provides plenty of space for lounging with family and dining al fresco. Premium hardwood planks offer a natural complement to the surrounding lush landscaping, from tall palm trees to potted plants. Comfortable chaise loungers and a bistro table furnish the deck, allowing relaxation as well as entertainment. Meanwhile strategically-placed string lighting and torch accents enhance the ambiance into the evenings. With beauty, functionality and relaxation in harmony, this tropical pool deck is the ideal summer escape.

Oasis Pool Deck
Photo Credits= @tropicalpoolinteriors

Aquantas Deck Pool

This spacious wood deck surrounds the backyard pool, providing an ideal oasis for relaxation on warm summer days. Lounge chairs and a bistro table invite guests to unwind poolside with friends and family. Potted greenery and the shade of an umbrella enhance the natural atmosphere while strategic perimeter planting allows privacy. With its roomy, welcoming layout and touches of nature, the deck offers the perfect setting for escaping the heat of the day or entertaining outdoors in stylish comfort near the sparkling water.

Aquanta Deck Pool
Photo Credits= @aquanta.ca

Rectangular Composite Deck

For a low maintenance option, build a simple deck frame of pressure treated lumber. Lay interlocking composite deck boards like Timber Tech in a straight run pattern. Their wood-grain look and waterproof durability withstand elements. Add stylish railings in a matching tone. Requires no sealing or staining.

Rectangular Composite Deck
Photo Credits= @thepoolfactory

Built-In Seating Deck

Enhance a basic deck by notching 2×6 boards between the joists to create built-in bench seating all around the pool edge. Cut boards and nail into place. Use the space underneath for cooler or storage. Drill drainage holes to prevent water puddling. Comfortable shaded spots to relax.

Built-In Seating Deck
Photo Credits= @thepoolfactory

Entertainer’s Deck

This large wooden deck has a spacious layout perfect for parties and gatherings. A built-in grill, fridge, and sink allow for casual cooking. String lighting and a fire pit provide ambiance after dark. A mix of lounge and dining furniture offers comfortable spaces for socializing while taking in the pool view.

Entertainer's Deck
Photo Credits= @thepoolfactory

Modern Concrete Deck

Clean lines and smooth concrete lend a contemporary feeling. Intricately patterned pavers lead to the rectilinear deck. Sleek, colorful furniture invites lounging without cluttering space. Integrated lighting washes up the planar surfaces after sunset. Automatic safety cover ensures seamless transitions between day and night.

Modern Concrete Deck
Photo Credits= @thepoolfactory

Family Fun Deck

Play areas include a basketball hoop, tetherball, and badminton net. The deck blends function with fun via vibrant colors and varied textures. Refreshment station and sliders to the patio facilitate casual cookouts and entertainment. Sturdy railings and lifesaving equipment keep relaxation relaxing for every member of the crew.

Family Fun Deck
Photo Credits= @thepoolfactory

Outdoor Deck Room

With roof, cladding and a floor, this self-contained cabana doubles indoor living space. One wall slides away for an open-air feel. Built-in banquette sits beneath string lights. Dense planting and an exterior fireplace encourage retreat. Overlapping levels connect to a lounging deck via hidden stair. With comforts of home, it’s the ultimate private oasis.

Outdoor Deck Room
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

The Infinity Lodge

A large privacy fence shelters this timber oasis like a luxury resort nestled in nature. The wraparound deck blurs indoors and out, extending the wood-clad lodge interior. A ribbon infinity pool seamlessly borders one deck edge. Outside kitchen appliances and a fire pit foster socializing under abundant string lighting.

The Infinity Lodge
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Penthouse Deck

High up in the city but as serene as an estate, this sprawling teak terrace surrounds a glass-walled pool. Streamlined loungers dot the open layout. Glass windbreaks with potted succulents provide privacy from loft windows. A freestanding bar delivers drinks and light bites throughout the day and night. Exuding calming luxury from every detail, this deck is urban oasis redefined.

Penthouse Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Suspended Suite Deck

This one-of-a-kind design is cradled between support beams high above a wooded valley. Floor-to-ceiling glass on all sides heightens the aerial experience. A freestanding soaking tub on its own deck hangs over untamed wilderness. Sleek furnishings invite lounging in the protected open-air nook with panoramic mountain vistas.

Suspended Suite Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Plunge Pool Deck

Guests are immersed in luxury from the moment they step onto this indulgent teak deck surrounding the outdoor oasis. Sleek loungers and daybeds provide a sheltered haven to relax in the sun or shade. A chic fire pit beckons social evenings under a sky full of stars. The sparkling plunge pool invites cooling dips to refresh the senses any time of day. With its seamless flow of functionality and leisure against a backdrop of natural beauty, this deck heightens the experience of unwinding in paradise within reach of home.

Plunge Pool Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Patio Paradise Deck

In the heart of town, this compact deck maximizes every square inch of outdoor space. Folds of wood climb the walls to extend the deck vertically. Built-in banquettes and tables allow dining for a crowd. Potted citrus trees offer shade and scent. A glowing spa is perfect for unwinding after work. Together with the lap pool, it feels a world apart from the bustling streets below.

Patio Paradise Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Pocket Patio Deck

Nestled in a small urban yard, this makes the most of limited space. Vertical gardens on timber lattice panels extend the deck upwards. Modern furniture invites lounging and dining for groups. Pot lights and torch sconces set the ambience. A compact spa allows unwinding within city sounds. Maximize both function and views from this chic yet relaxing oasis.

Pocket Patio Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Multi-Level Deck

Stepped platforms of hardwood create multiple levels for various activities. The uppermost level near the house extends the indoor living space. Middle terraces offer built-in seating. Loungers dot the pool-level surface. Railings line each tier. An infinity edge merges the lowest deck with the gleaming water below. Lush planters soften angles along the stair-linked structures.

Multi-Level Deck

Perimeter Rail Deck

A simple wood deck surrounds the pool while an entirely encircling rail ensures safety. Unobstructed space remains for relaxing poolside or entertaining family and friends.

Perimeter Rail Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Fire Pit Deck Area

A section of the deck dedicated to a built-in stone fire pit creates an inviting spot for evenings enjoying conversation and S’mores under the stars. Implementing planters, railings, trellises or screens provides separation from neighbors without compromising views of the yard and pool

Fire Pit Deck Area
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Water Feature Deck

A bubbling fountain brings calm ambiance as its soothing sounds mask any neighborhood noise and enhance relaxation near sparkling water. Incorporating a bubbling fountain, bubbling spa, or calm koi pond adds visual interest, ambient sound, and relaxation to the deck.

Water Feature Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

String Light Deck

:Overhead festoon bulbs illuminate and softly outline the wooden perimeter deck like magical strings of glowing jewels after sunset. Additional lights twinkle from trellised areas and railings. The atmospheric glow awakens long evenings perfect for al fresco dining, visiting with company, and setting just the right mood for gathering under the stars.

String Light Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Furniture Layout Deck

:Strategic grouping of wicker sectional seating, bistro tables, and loungers provides well-defined zones for relaxation, dining, and play. The unconstrained layout maximizes space for hosting while guiding organic social flow between activities. Waterproof cushions ensure seated comfort near the pool’s edge.

Furniture Layout Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Trex Composite Deck

Constructed of recycled wood and plastic, this eco-friendly surface resists cracking or warping even in variable climates. Its wood-like aesthetic complements the natural backyard environment beautifully without costly upkeep. Stainless steel fasteners cement its longevity for entertaining around sparkling water.

Trex Composite Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Tile Deck

Interlocked stone tiles create a water-resistant surface that stays cool underfoot during sunny afternoons. Varied patterns mimic natural elements for a look that integrates seamlessly with surrounding foliage. Grouted seams sustainably lock tiles in place for worry-free poolside relaxation.

Tile Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Blue Deck Design

Vibrant cerulean tiles form a geometric pattern radiating tranquility. The calming hue encourages relaxation near shimmering aquamarine waters. Complementary pool noodles and floatation loungers enhance the soothing tone. At night, subtle lighting washes the tiles in a reflection of waves.

Blue Deck Design
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Stone Deck

Warmed limestone pavers laid in a herringbone pattern withstand bare feet and natural elements. The luxe material flows fluidly from indoors, wrapping an open-air lounge and built-in fire feature perfect for cool evenings enjoying conversation and swooped views of the yard.

Stone Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Natural Wood Deck

Raw cedar planks weather naturally over time, taking on textures and tones that blend beautifully amongst surrounding greenery. Constructed with durable tropical hardwood, the organic material remains low-maintenance for poolside family fun and soirées under the stars.

Natural Wood Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Painted Deck

A fresh coat of surfboard-like teal fortifies the deck structure for pool parties while incorporating nautical flair. Accent striping in royal blue echoes subtle pattern in the water below. Waterproof chalkboard paint along the rail allows guests to leave messages with the day.

Painted Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Built-In Planter Deck

Deep in-deck planters overflow with ferns, citrus trees and flowers, softening visual boundaries. Behind discreet rails, the bounty provides privacy while freshening the air. Periodically maintained blooms offer seasonal color and texture that relaxes around clear water.

Built-In Planter Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Box Deck

Recessed cubby holes beneath deck boards showcase potted succulents, herbs and trinkets throughout. Their popping pastel colors lend whimsy against the neutral woodgrain. Hidden deck lighting illuminates the planted pockets to guide evening entertaining.

Box Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Paver Deck

Interlocking concrete pavers laid in intricate patterns flow smoothly from land to several patio spaces. Built-in planters containing olive trees separate seating areas yet maintain connectivity and views. Spotlighting after dark showcases the dazzling design.

Paver Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Infinity Edge Deck

The impression that pool water spills beyond its boundaries is heightened by the deck surface extending to the tantalizing edge. Sleek loungers appear to float amidst the seamless blue expanse for photos destined to impress.

Infinity Edge Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Boardwalk Deck

Simulated wooden planks form a winding path throughout lush tropical foliage. Built-in daybeds offer rustic lounging while enjoying an outdoor stroll winding casually back to the pool.

Boardwalk Deck
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Terraced Grove

Stacked deck platforms wrap three sides of the yard, planted with fruit trees on each tier. Built-in stone planters double as central gathering spots within each level’s mini-orchard.

Terraced Grove
Photo Credits= @we_landscapedesign

Lily Pad Deck

Floating on the calm surface of the pool is an imaginative oasis straight out of a storybook – The Lily Pad Deck. Round composite pads in varying sizes resemble giant lily pads floating upon the water’s surface. They are anchored securely yet allow subtle movement with the gentle currents.

 Lily Pad Deck

Tree Pod Deck

Individual hanging daybed suites suspended from rope swings in branching trees allow lounging amongst leaves. Retractable roofs deployed from within shelters each serene canopy suite.

Tree Pod Deck
Photo Credits= @donpedrobrooklyn

Conclusion

there are endless possibilities for unique, functional and beautiful pool deck designs tailored for above ground pools. As demonstrated through the multitude of ideas presented, materials, layouts and amenities can be customized to suit any space, style preference and intended uses. Whether opting for traditional wood, low-maintenance synthetic surfaces or artistic patterns in stone, selecting a durable deck material is key to its longevity through constant summer enjoyment.

Proper sealing and routine maintenance will ensure materials withstand daily exposure and elements unabated. Thoughtful consideration of purposeful zones, flow between activities and incorporation of shaded spots, entertaining conveniences and privacy are important for maximizing active and passive recreation area around the pool. Built-ins from cooking stations to planters can also optimize space.

No matter the scale, an above ground pool deck has immense potential to uplift enjoyment of the backyard oasis for relaxation, fitness, fun and gathering with loved ones. With creativity and customization, any deck concept can transform an above ground pool setup into an impressive outdoor sanctuary worth showing off.

The ideas presented serve as inspiration to craft exceptional personalized deck designs. With careful planning and execution, all budgets and properties have opportunity for a stunning aquatic retreat to create memories for seasons to come. Done right, every above ground pool deck is an island escape right at home.

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