A sunshelf, also known as a baja shelf, is a swimming pool feature that allows you to relax in the pool and be partially submerged, but not have to tread water. Add a sunshelf to your swimming pool and you will be able to relax in the water and it is a great place for a young child to be able to sit (always with supervision) and not have the water be over his or her head.

If you’re in the process of a new pool build or a pool renovation, talk with your swimming pool contractor from Imperial Pool Builders in Champaign, Illinois about how this accessory will fit into the project you’ve already planned.

Add a sunshelf to your swimming pool

People and pool builders also call a sunshelf a tanning ledge in addition to the baja ledge. This type of construction is popular in resort swimming pools. Many pools in hotels or commercial settings will have a ledge that encircles the entire swimming pool. The ledge is usually several feet wide and can be submerged anywhere from three inches to a foot and a half under water. Depending on the width of the ledge you can lie on it or you could even place a patio chair in it so you’ll be able to relax in the chair and still be in the water.

Your sunshelf can be designed to match your current pool finish or you can choose a design that complements your current pool color. Some pool owners will have their sunshelf decorated with some whimsical designs like a frog, mermaid or even a sports theme.

One thing you may want to consider for your sunshelf is whether it should be of a non-skid material — this is especially useful if you have children who will be using the swimming pool and the shelf. Depending on the size and placement of your sunshelf, you may want your pool contractor to construct a place where you can insert an umbrella to provide shake while you’re on the sunshelf.

Adding a sunshelf is a project that can add several thousand dollars to your project — whether a new build or a remodeling project. If you want to add this high end accessory to your swimming pool, let’s talk!