Inflatable Hot Tub Ideas For Your Outdoor Space

Garden retreats like outdoor hot tubs add instant luxury to backyards. However, investing in one can cost so much, not to mention its ongoing maintenance.

Before you dismiss the idea due to budget constraints, there’s an alternative you may not have thought of. Have you heard about inflatable hot tubs? One offers an affordable way to experience a spa indulgence right in your backyard. Imagine ordering it today and unwinding in its soothing bubbles as early as tomorrow!

Here, we’ve put together the best inflatable hot tub ideas you can consider. Keep reading!

Enclosure Ideas

An enclosed inflatable hot tub can provide more privacy, allowing you to enjoy all its perks. Be it an actual Jacuzzi or an inflatable one, it can last much longer than if exposed to the elements.

Most importantly, you may get more seasonal use out of it! Your hot tub becomes a delightful retreat, even during chilly evenings or rainy days.

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1. Shelter it with a pergola tent

Embrace the beauty of your garden while enjoying privacy by housing your hot tub in a pergola tent. This airy structure allows for year-round use of your inflatable hot tub. And the best part? It provides an unobstructed view of your surroundings. Consider adding weather-resistant curtains for additional privacy and a touch of charm.

2. Put it inside a garden building

Convert a multi-room log cabin into a paradise of relaxation and entertainment. Dedicate one room to host gatherings and another to house your Jacuzzi. The outdoor structure offers both privacy and protection from harsh weather elements.

Cabin outdoor hot tub with mountain views
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3. Beachside retreat

Beachside pools and hot tubs are the perfect combos to lounge in during hot days. Take your coverings to the next level and stick to a theme that inspires an escape you look forward to. A thatched gazebo screams the perfect summer getaway – even when you’re just in the comfort of your garden!

4. Floating deck with cover

Elevate your hot tub experience with a floating deck featuring a motorised cover. This unique setup adds a touch of luxury and keeps your inflatable spa protected when not in use. The convenience of a sliding cover with a gate motor ensures easy access and keeps debris at bay.

Covered outdoor hot tub on patio deck
Image Credit: Flickr, David Cedrone

5. Summer solstice in parasol

A practical garden parasol that can serve as a shelter for your compact hot tub. Choose the right size to provide adequate shade while avoiding harsh UV rays. This setup ensures you can bask in the hot tub’s warmth without worrying about sunburns.

Yellow parasols
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6. A simple corner

Even a small patio can transform into a private vacation spot with the right furniture. Consider having your simple corner retreat under an open post. Add a polyester fabric cover to protect it from the sun. Plus, hang string lights for a magical ambience during nighttime soaks.

7. Tucked in a wooden gazebo

Combine simplicity and sturdiness by housing your hot tub in a custom wooden gazebo. What we like about this rustic and homey setup is it provides protection from light rain. The natural charm it adds to the outdoor oasis is a bonus!

BillyOh Quadra Timber Gazebo
BillyOh Quadra Timber Gazebo

8. Thatched but make it unique

Dare to be different with a one-of-a-kind thatched enclosure for your hot tub. This innovative design gives the illusion of a space-like experience. It also comes functional, maintaining a simple and effective cover for your tub.

9. In a conservatory

Who says you can’t use your conservatory for your outdoor hot tub? Enjoy the natural light and outdoor views while remaining protected from the elements. It’s a delightful way to merge your garden and spa experience seamlessly.

10. Go rooftop

Elevate your relaxation with a rooftop hot tub setup. The location offers a picturesque view of sunsets and cityscape! To ensure a worry-free soak, add a canopy for cover during unexpected rain showers.

A women enjoying a hot soak on a rooftop hot tub
Image Credit: Flickr, Bex Walton

Dual Purpose Ideas

Why not make your Jacuzzi a part of your outdoor entertainment area? Make the space more functional, such as a hot tub in a gazebo with built-in bar seating.

You can enjoy a hot soak on a cold evening while enjoying your favourite beverage with your friends! Here are a few more ideas on how you can have a dual-purpose outdoor hot tub set-up.

11. Packed with amenities

Create the ultimate backyard retreat by incorporating various amenities into an enclosed space. Combine a dining area, fire pit, grill, and hot tub amidst lush greenery for a serene outdoor oasis.

Ensure privacy and comfort with carefully placed plants and cosy seating. That way, you can have a delightful spot to unwind and entertain guests.

12. Near the grill

Elevate your outdoor cooking experience by situating your inflatable tub near the BBQ! Enjoy the perfect summer day with a relaxing soak and delicious grilled foods. Top tip: Use the extra space available to integrate the tub into your outdoor kitchen layout.

13. Provide a spa experience

Treat yourself to a spa-like escape by installing a hot tub on the deck. Sink into the warm waters after a long, stressful day and let the worries melt away. Create a soothing ambience by adorning the deck with plants, candles, and incense. With this kind of setup, you can turn your hot tub into a tranquil sanctuary.

A women on a hot tub spa
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14. With deck for alfresco dining (picnic)

Optimise your outdoor space with a round hot tub area surrounded by a deck that doubles as a bench and a table. Embrace the joy of dining alfresco in your garden while relishing the comfort of a hot tub retreat. Gather loved ones for a relaxing picnic in the company of nature and the tub’s therapeutic waters!

Outdoor hot tub on a deck
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Decorating Ideas

Inflatable hot tubs are trendy and they can open up a world of possibilities. Here are a few design ideas to spruce up your inflatable hot tub, so it looks better in your outdoor space.

15. Put up decorative lights

Hang fairy lights above and around the poles of your tent or fence. Light them up whenever you use your at-home spa at night.

This creates a romantic ambience while setting the mood for relaxation. It’s as if you’re soaking under the starry night.

BillyOh Solar Powered Lantern String Lights
BillyOh Solar Powered Lantern String Lights

16. Go with lanterns and candles

If string lights aren’t your style, lanterns and candles are great alternatives. Surround your hot tub area with warm lighting fixtures for a rustic appeal. Light the candles and play some jazz or calming music to set the mood.

Top tip: The more coordinated the lights are, the more luxurious the spa will look.

Lit lantern cable at night
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17. Extra seating is key

Add a couple of outdoor chairs or make a custom garden bench for the side of your inflatable spa. This will create a seating corner that helps make the space more functional. Add cushions covered with waterproof fabric for a nice decorative touch.

Malmö Bench with Aluminium Frame
Malmö Bench with Aluminium Frame

18. Potted plant decors

Consider adding more greens into the background. Line up some potted plants around the tub to make the space look more lively.

Use taller plants to add a sense of privacy. Opt for leafy or bushy plants that fan a gentle breeze when you’re soaking during hot summer days.

Small wooden crate filled with assorted pot plants
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19. Put a privacy screen

When it comes to garden privacy ideas, you can never go wrong with tall wooden fences. They offer an airy enclosure which you can also decorate with lights, bunting, flowers, etc.

Wooden garden privacy screening with wheels
Image Credit: Flickr, Gary J. Wood

20. Hang some curtains

Soften the ambience of your outdoor space by hanging light and airy curtains. You can do this with a tent, gazebo, or pergola. This adds a layer of privacy while blocking the light from seeping through.

Sheer white curtain
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21. Place a trellis

On top of adding privacy, trellises support climbing plants that would make a perfect fit for the spa. You can enjoy the hot steam bath and the comfort of your tub in a nice and healthy environment.

Freestanding metal trellis with rose climbers
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22. Add a green wall

Green walls, whether it’s alive or faux, make an excellent privacy provider. Create a living wall using a set of planting pockets or scented herbs to add interest.

To skip the maintenance, opt for faux foliage, especially if your patio doesn’t get much sun.

Garden green wall
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23. Surround the tub with trees

This idea will give you the sense of “forest bathing”, soaking while zenning out amongst trees. A natural way to de-stress and boost your wellbeing.

To enjoy the experience in your own plot, place your tub near trees.

Various trees in the garden
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24. Alone time with candlelight

Candles are a real mood booster – even better when combined with an outdoor hot tub. It’s always a treat to light candles with your bath for a solo-pamper session, especially if you do it outside.

Get that “me time” and enjoy a warm soak to take your mind off.

25. Create your own starry setting

Enjoying a lovely soak at night with a starry night is dreamlike. Unfortunately, the night sky can be a buzzkill.

But with the help of a patio cover nearby, you can have your own starry scene using LED lighting! Or use string lights and hang them on your pergola.

Globe lights on tree
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26. The addition of patio heaters

To make the most out of your outdoor hot tub experience, think of getting a patio heater. And the BillyOh Aurora could be the missing piece to the setting. It’s a brilliant heat source and doubles as a stylish ornament for your at-night soaks.

BillyOh Aurora 2-in-1 Free Standing/Wall-Mounted Electric Patio Heater
BillyOh Aurora 2-in-1 Free Standing/Wall-Mounted Electric Patio Heater

27. Add decorative crystals

Crystals are popular ‘new age’ tools that heal the chakras and boot the bad aura in your surroundings. To think that you’re surrounded by them while bathing outdoors sounds healing.

Hang some crystals at the sides of your inflatable hot tub, or set it up around the gazebo or on the walls.

LED garden crystal gems
Image Credit: Flickr, Orbital Joe

28. Under the solarium

Solariums are typically used for gardens, but you may also use one to create a luxurious space for your inflatable spa. Thanks to their wide glass windows, you’ll essentially enjoy your garden view.

And when you’re done with your spa, you can use the solarium as a potting shed idea, or she shed.

36. Winter bliss

Hot tubs are an amazing commodity for winter use. They provide a peaceful retreat where you can make the most of the cold season without having to bundle up.

Find a portable unit that’s tough enough to survive outdoors in winter.

Heated outdoor hot tub in a winter garden
Image Credit: Flickr, rosipaw

29. On the balcony

No rooftop? Your balcony makes the perfect alternative to enjoying a spa-like experience outdoors. Find a spot for your inflatable tub and take delight in warm soaks in a private setting.

Ancient style wooden hot tub on a balcony
Image Credit: Glen Malley

30. Take advantage of the lake dock

Take advantage of your pond or lake dock to take your outdoor bathing to another level. A stationary dock is more capable of supporting an inflatable tub than an actual hot tub.

You can enjoy the sunset and beautiful views while soaking in!

Wooden hot tub on lake dock
Image Credit: Flickr, Andrei!


So, you think you want a hot tub, but your budget is limited? Then, an inflatable one is the perfect solution for you! You can enjoy hydrotherapy in your own backyard without spending too much money.

We hope our various ideas will help you make your hot tub area an oasis! And if you haven’t found the right one for you, browse our amazing inflatable hot tubs by clicking the button below:

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An inflatable hot tub will use up to 1.5 kWh of electricity while the heater is running.

Due to the risk of splashes and water spilling, it's recommended only to put your hot tub on the ground floor. If you put it on the first floor or in an apartment, for instance, chances are:


  • Any water spillages will gradually weaken the floor
  • The weight of the hot tub (even if it's inflatable) can cause structural damage in the long run

Inflatable hot tubs offer an economical way to enjoy a warm, bubbling soak. Although they might not have all the fancy features, they can be a great investment.


But with one of our enclosure ideas, you can take the look of your ordinary hot tub to the next level!

Yes, but make sure that they can bear the weight of the hot tub, including water and people. You'll also want to ensure the floor is level and solid.


The slope is not suited for an outdoor hot tub.

Yes, but make sure there's enough space for the hot tub. This includes water and electricity supply, proper drainage and protection from mould and mildew.

You can use it as a pool, sure, simply don't heat it! As long as you treat the water and circulate it the way you would a hot tub, it's safe to use it as a pool.