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DIY Pool Float Storage

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This DIY pool float storage is perfect for organizing your pool floats. 

Typically, our deck is covered in pool floats in the summer. We’re currently working on refinishing it, so we needed another solution for pool float storage. 

We bought one of those mesh nets, but it wouldn’t stay hanging on our deck railing. Somehow, floats full of air were too heavy for it to stay hanging. 

So we did what any good DIYer does and made our own!

pool float storage using PVC pipe

DIY Pool Float Storage with PVC Pipes

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This solution is perfect for floats with holes in the middle. And let’s be honest, they’re the best kind of float anyways. 

Sure the animal ones are cute to take photos of, but try sitting on one for longer than 5 minutes. 

I’ve included our favorite pool floats at the end of this post.

You might be interested in this post on painting a deck.

Supplies Needed

Work in a ventilated area. PVC primer and cement are stinky!

Pool Float Storage Prep Work

  1. Cut your pipes to length. We used a miter saw, but be warned that it makes a huge mess and smells bad. A hack saw is probably the better choice.
  2. Each pool float holder needs 1 long piece and 1 short piece of PVC pipe. The short pipe is 12″ long and the long pieces range between 2-3′. Be careful of making them too long or you won’t be able to get floats on and off of the pipes easily.supplies for pvc pipe pool float holder
  3. Use PVC primer to prime the ends of the pipes, caps and elbows. This softens the PVC so that the cement can fuse the plastic together better.apply PVC primer to pipes
  4. To open the caps on these jars, use a wrench if necessary.use a wrench to open PVC primer and cement
  5. Apply PVC cement to each piece and join them together as you work.apply glue to pvc pipes
  6. Each piece forms a wonky 7 shape consisting of a short piece of pipe, and elbow, a long piece of pipe and a cap.
    finished pipe portion of pool float storage
    Our original versions were way too long to use. We had to cut them down and glue new caps on.
  7. Let the cement dry for about 30 minutes before attaching the pipes to the flange.

Installing the Pool Float Storage to a Deck Post

  1. In the mean time, you can install the flange to a deck post. Be sure to measure and make sure your floats will fit.
  2. Each flange was attached with screws and metal washers. They’re designed to be used with bolts, but that’s overkill for pool floats.
  3. After the cement dries for 30 minutes minimum, attach the pipes to the flanges. Each flange has a piece that tightens using an Allen wrench.
  4. Loosen it to make the pipe fit and then tighten it when the pipe is in place.
  5. In the winter, the pipes can be removed easily for storage.pool storage using pvc pipe on deck with cute black lab

The Best Pool Floats

Some pool floats are great for taking photos of. These are the best for actually using.

Floats rarely last from year to year, so I don't like spending a lot of money on them. They either get gross or my kids break them.

These are our current faves.

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