Tanning Ledge

Also known as a “Baja Bench” or “Shamu Shelf,” this feature provides a flat, shallow area for adults to relax and tan, and/or for children to play. Typically only about six inches deep, it’s somewhat similar to a beach entry, except that it’s not sloped, and it usually has a defined edge, such as the coping of the pool.

While most people are happy with just one tanning ledge, don’t be afraid to consider the possibility of multiple tanning ledges for your project. Not only can they look quite artistic, but the can also offer alternating sun and shade at different times of the day, depending on the placement in your yard.