Feature of the Month: Tanning Shelf

For new pool owners, tanning shelves are the new must-have feature when designing your pool! They are a great way to experience the luxury of sunbathing while still being able to enjoy the cool water of your pool! 
What is a Tanning Shelf?
A tanning shelf is an addition to your swimming pool that consists of a raised platform or area within the water that is extremely shallow. This shelf could be anywhere from just a few inches to over a foot deep. The idea is that you can sit in the water without having to swim or float. Tanning ledges may be used by families with small children, although many people place a couple of lounge chairs on the shelf, in the water, rather than using floating lounges in deeper areas of the pool. When designing your pool we will converse about the size, depth, and features that will meet your needs when you add a tanning shelf to your swimming pool.
Who Benefits from Using a Tanning Shelf?
Tanning shelves open the pool for use by many people who otherwise might shy away from the water. For instance, for those with mobility issues, tanning ledges provide the perfect depth for being able to use a larger area of the pool without needing to negotiate stairs. Tanning shelves also offer a safe space for your younger loved ones to enjoy the water. As tanning ledges can be designed to be entirely separate from the deeper areas of the pool, families often use tanning ledges as a shallow place for children—or pets! —to play.
The Sky is the Limit When Customizing!
Besides the practical aspects of having a tanning shelf, there are many ways to customize the design to increase its unique factor. Many people add lights and bubblers—these accessories provide a more enriching experience, especially in the evening hours. Lights can come in any color and can be customized to change at different intervals or at certain times. Bubblers shoot a stream of water above the pool’s surface, creating a fountain effect. You can even combine the two features: Many bubblers come with lights built in! A favorite of every pool-dweller, lights and bubblers adds tranquility to the tanning shelf experience.
Imagine a built-in umbrella stand creating a little shade for especially sunny days. Adorn your tanning shelf with matching tile or a custom mosaic tile design. Add a bubbler or a waterfall to your sun shelf and you’ll have the perfect place to relax and enjoy your pool.
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