If you’re without a pool, you might start feeling some FOMO this summer when you scroll through a feed chock-full of floaties and colorful pool parties. But did you know you can add a giant tub to your backyard without dropping a ton of cash? Stock tank pools are the newest, most wallet-friendly answer to your mermaid dreams. These nifty gems cost around $350, plus the price of a pump to keep the water crystal clear — and a little landscaping if you’re feeling extra fancy. Scroll on for a few of the coolest examples of the trend, and get ready for some serious summer fun!

1. Popped Umbrella: Give yourself a shady space to chill with a patio umbrella mounted over part of the tub. Keep as much dirt as possible out of the pool with a rock base and a cement path leading right up to the new addition.

2. Room With a View: There would be no bad days waking up to a view like this and walking straight out into that pool. While stock tanks can be pretty basic, you can take a note from this setup by covering the perimeter in wood or concrete. (via Murray Mitchell)

3. Water Features: Can you believe this was a DIY project? Come to our backyard next, please? (via A Stroll Thru Life)

4. IKEA to the Rescue: Tired of bugs eating you alive while you take a dip? Let IKEA’s canopy net help you out *and* add a touch of romance to your tiny pool. (via Let’s Add Sprinkles)

5. Jungalow Dream Come True: Turn your next soak into a rainforest retreat with plenty of plant life. We love the idea of setting up shelves right on the edge of the tank to hold potted plants, candles, and a glass of wine. YAS. (via Rikke Waal)

6. Poolside Bonfire Hangs: If you have a bit of land, reserve this weekend for turning your backyard into the ultimate summer hangout. With a killer stone fire pit AND a stock tank pool, you prob won’t go inside all season.

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