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Incorporate a Sun Shelf Into Your Pool Design

You’ve finally made the decision to treat your family to the fun and relaxation of a new inground pool. Now comes the hard part: deciding which features to include in your new pool design. One popular feature you may want to consider is a sun shelf, or “tanning ledge”.

Benefits of Adding a Sun Shelf to Your Inground Pool

A sun shelf is a raised flat area of your pool that provides shallow water where swimmers can rest, lounge, tan or keep cool. A sun shelf is also sometimes called a tanning ledge or shelf, a Baja shelf, or an Acapulco, Shamu or Cabo shelf. A sun shelf has many different benefits, from providing a place to relax to giving special members of your family a place to play safely in the water. Read below to learn more about the benefits of a sun shelf or contact Anthony & Sylvan to discuss adding a sun shelf to your custom inground pool design.

Sun Shelfs Allow You to Fully Relax While Keeping Cool

A sun shelf allows you to lounge and tan while keeping you partially in the water, so you can stay cool. Depending on the size and shape of your sun shelf, you can take the relaxation factor up a notch, adding lounge chairs and even an umbrella.

Pets Can Lounge on a Sun Shelf

If you have pets who want to stay cool outside but don’t love to swim, then a sun shelf is a good place for them to rest and relax in shallow water. The addition of a sun shelf allows pets to keep their bodies wet without the stress of swimming. Remember – pets should be monitored at all times around the pool. (To be extra safe, put a life jacket on your pet.)

Children and Handicapped Individuals Can Enjoy the Pool From a Sun Shelf

A sun shelf allows people of any age and ability to enjoy the pool safety – including children, toddlers and those who are handicapped. While these individuals may not be able to swim in deep water, a sun shelf allows them to keep cool and splash around with the rest of the family. It’s essential, however, that anyone who cannot safely swim wear floaties or a life jacket to ensure they are always safe in the water.

How Pool Shapes and Other Factors Affect Sun Shelf Design

Not every pool or backyard space is equipped for a sun shelf. When designing the sun shelf for your new backyard retreat, one of our experienced Anthony & Sylvan Design Consultants will consider a variety of factors, including pool shape. Some pools can nicely accommodate a small sun shelf that is positioned in the shallow end of the pool. Some pools, however, are better suited to a platform-like sun shelf located in one corner of the pool. A larger platform provides more space to place chairs or can serve as an area for children to play while staying cool.

Contact Anthony & Sylvan for a Customized Pool With a Sun Shelf

Anthony & Sylvan can help you determine how to incorporate a sun shelf into your pool design. Request a consultation with the pool design experts at Anthony & Sylvan or call us at 1-877-729-7946 to get started on your new pool design.