Once the summer season rolls in, many want to lounge by the pool. It's only natural for people to spend more time outdoors, basking in the sun… but what if you can sit in it instead of sitting by the pool? Yes, you can do this using a tanning ledge.
What is a Tanning Ledge?
You may have spotted a tanning ledge before, but you're likely unaware of it. Commonly known as a tanning shelf, Baja shelf, or sun shelf, it refers to a shallow shelf in the pool measuring at least 5 feet wide and 9 inches deep.
The shelf design acts as the entry point to the pool and may commonly span its total or partial width. Its design is made to be just deep enough for pool users to soak themselves in the water without needing to swim or float around. In most cases, it is commonly used as a relaxation lounge where people can read a book or keep cool. Some homeowners also like putting furniture in their tanning ledges, such as small tables, lounge chairs, and umbrellas.
Tanning ledge pools are nothing new. The design has been around for many years now. But it's seeing an increase in popularity nowadays due to its aesthetic appeal.
How Much does a Tanning Ledge Cost?
Now, let's talk numbers. Depending on the most common tanning ledge materials, here's how much you'll typically pay. This will also greatly depend on your particular pool type.
Vinyl Pool Tanning Ledge
$2,000 to $3,000
Installing a tanning ledge on an in-ground vinyl swimming pool will have a few additional building and liner customization costs. It replaces the traditional drop-in white thermoplastic steps found in this particular pool type.
Concrete Pool Tanning Ledge
Installing a tanning ledge in your concrete pool will cost you additional dollars, depending on the ledge’s total square footage. The local crew may also charge you extra, especially if building the ledge extends the project’s original timeline.
Fiberglass Pool Tanning Ledge
$400 (Built-in tanning ledge installation)
$5,000 to $15,000 (separate fiberglass tanning ledge)
A fiberglass pool shell with a tanning ledge will be cheaper if you have it installed built-in. But if you have the budget to take the aesthetics of your pool to the next level, you may opt to buy a separate one which will undoubtedly cost you a few more thousand dollars. Homeowners looking to cut costs may want to choose a model with the ledge built in.
Do you need a Tanning Ledge in your Pool?
If you find yourself hosting frequent pool events, outdoor activities, or social gatherings by the pool, then a pool tanning ledge is a good project to consider. Other benefits to expect are as follows:
However, if any of these situations apply to you, you may not need a pool tanning ledge:
Aesthetic Plans for Pool Tanning Ledges
Your pool tanning ledges can be customized depending on your preferences and the aesthetic you're going for. So, if you're browsing through various ideas and themes, start with the following:
Homeowners who tend to spend long hours lounging in the pool may want to consider having a tanning ledge installed. This is ideal if you plan to include various pieces of in-pool furniture or if you have small kids or furry pets playing in the pool often.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is there a difference between a tanning ledge, tanning shelf, Baja shelf, and sun shelf?
All of these terms mean the same thing and may be used interchangeably. Depending on the region, it's known as a tanning ledge, sun shelf, Baja shelf, and other names. If you ask your pool builder or manufacturer for one, no matter what you call it, they'll probably know what you're talking about.
What types of pools can tanning ledges be installed in?
Tanning ledges may be customized to fit practically any pool type or design. For example, fiberglass pools come with various tanning ledge selections, some of which are compatible with several models. The trendy Rectangle or Semi Circle layout will go well alongside a pool's straight side if you have a square swimming pool. Furthermore, these shelves may be installed in most inground pools, including fiberglass and vinyl pools.
How deep should a tanning ledge be?
We recommend a maximum of 9 inches of water on your ledge, which implies it should be no more than 12 inches deep.
What do people use tanning ledges for?
Of course, a tanning ledge's broad, shallow area is excellent for tanning. Sunning yourself while lounging in a chair with a favorite beverage or book is one way to use a sun shelf. Additionally, these shelves are perfect for: