11 Decking Ideas for Your Back Garden Swim Spa

2nd March 2023

If you’re about to get a new swim spa for your UK garden, you’ll want to think carefully about where to put it.

One of the most popular options is to position your outdoor swim spa on a deck. Decks not only look great, but they are a practical choice because they provide space so people can sit around and enjoy your swim spa properly.

But decks can come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and designs.

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If you need some inspiration, here are 11 back garden swim spa deck ideas for your garden swim spa to get you started.

1. Tiered Decking

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If you’re installing a swim spa in a small back garden, tiered decking can be a great choice.

Multi-level decks have a dramatic appearance, but they are also practical by making it easy to step up to the swim spa.

You can then make use of the different levels for different purposes. For example, use the top level to relax by the side of the pool and use the next level down to place a few comfy chairs and make an area for socialising.

2. Deck with Integrated Bar

Want to make your deck extra special? Consider integrating a bar into the design.

This is a great choice if you enjoy entertaining. You can invite your friends around, go for a swim and then enjoy a drink afterwards.

3. Decking with Privacy Screen

It’s important to have some privacy when using your swim spa if you don’t want the neighbours looking in all the time. A simple screen is a great way to achieve this.

There are many ways to incorporate privacy screens into your decking. You could plant a hedge next to it, put up a simple fence, erect an attractive trellis or weave wooden slabs together.

Be as creative as you want, then enjoy using your swim spa in complete privacy and comfort.

4. Deck with Gazebo

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A gazebo is a classic idea if you’re looking for swim spa decking ideas. The great thing about gazebos is that they look amazing but are also practical.

You can erect a gazebo over your swim spa deck to provide protection from the rain, so you can hang up towels and enjoy a sheltered area to relax before and after swimming.

5. Natural Deck

If you want a deck that blends in with the surrounding environment, use lots of natural materials.

Wood should be the main material, which adds warmth to your outdoor space. But stone is also beautiful and durable, so use it wherever you can, including natural stone steps leading to the deck.

Add lots of plants and succulents to add colour so your deck merges in with the garden and create a relaxing natural environment.

6. Sunken Deck

Create a standard wooden deck with the swim spa positioned inside a hole so the top is the same level as the floor of the deck.

A back garden inground swim spa has a seamless and classy appearance, and you can add some chairs around the side to sit back and relax before slipping into the pool whenever you fancy a swim.

7. Decking with a View

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If you have a stunning view from your garden, make good use of it. Position the deck and swim spa where you can enjoy the best view possible, and enjoy the feeling of openness while swimming in your spa.

8. Pergola-Covered Deck

A pergola is similar to a gazebo, but with a different style. This is a beautiful and practical option that provides shade and shelter so you can enjoy your swim spa at any time, making it a great choice for back garden swim spa deck ideas.

9. Secluded Deck

You may want to hide your outdoor swim spa away instead of making it the main feature of the garden.

You could do this by constructing the deck in the corner of your garden, tucked out of the way. You could then surround it with greenery or a screen to make it into more of a hidden retreat.

As well as enjoying more privacy, you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of your garden without all the focus being on your swim spa.

10. Deck with Fireplace

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Do something really different and add a fireplace or fire pit to the design of your deck. This will convert it into the ultimate place to entertain guests and sit out long into the night.

Make sure the fireplace is professionally installed so it doesn’t pose any safety issues.

11. Deck with Water Fountain

Another decorative option is to add a water fountain to the deck. A beautiful fountain provides the perfect backdrop to your swim spa, and you can sit back and listen to the gentle flow of water while you relax after your swim.

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These are a few creative swim spa decking ideas, so we hope you find something you like for your own deck. As well as the design of your deck, there are some other important considerations to keep in mind.

Where to position your swim spa

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For example, where should you position the outdoor swim spa? Do you want it right in the middle of your garden?

It depends on how much of a feature you want it to be. You might prefer it on one side of the garden or even tucked away in a corner.

There are many benefits of swim spas, one of which is that you can use them throughout the year. But if you use yours during the winter, you probably don’t want to walk far to reach it on a cold winter morning, so you might want to position it close to the back door.

Wherever you decide to position it, make sure it has easy access for maintenance purposes. When a technician visits to service it, all the controls should be easy to reach.

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Build decking around garden swim spa

It’s best to build decking around a swim spa once it has been installed. The top level of the deck should be built around it because it can be difficult to lower a swim spa into a hole. Build the boards up to the height of the swim spa if you want the sunken look.

The foundation is also essential. Swim spas are very heavy when filled with water, so you will want to position it on a properly prepared base, which usually means a concrete slab.

Swim spa installation is something to leave to the professionals. We include free installation with your order, so we’ll come and take a look at your garden first to help you decide where to install it.

Design Your Perfect Swim Spa Deck

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These are a few back garden swim spa deck ideas to get you started. There are lots of options to consider, so it’s completely up to you.

Whether you want to create a hidden place to exercise, an open deck with a view, or make it a key feature of your garden complete with a bar or fireplace, use these ideas as inspiration.

At Hydropool Surrey, we have a range of high-quality swim spas and hot tubs for you to choose from, and they are available in many sizes. Explore our models today, then book an appointment to visit our showroom.