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What are the Different Types of Pool Entry?

Types of Pool Entry: Baja Shelf, Steps, or Beach Entry When designing a swimming pool that fits your home and family, you have to think about more than just where it will fit in your backyard. How are you planning to get into your pool? And who will be using your pool?Sponsored Advertisement The types…

Types of Pool Entry: Baja Shelf, Steps, or Beach Entry

When designing a swimming pool that fits your home and family, you have to think about more than just where it will fit in your backyard.

How are you planning to get into your pool? And who will be using your pool?


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The types of pool entries can vary greatly depending on whether you are designing a pool for children or adults or even your pets.

One popular type of pool entry is the shelf feature. You might have heard it called a baja shelf, an acapulco shelf, a cabo shelf, shamu shelf, sun shelf, or a tanning shelf. Sounds like a lot of shelves right? Various different pool entries are utilized depending on the specific pool design the homeowner chooses.

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We at Pool Marketer like to call it the baja shelf. It’s essentially an oversized second step that allows for a standing area with a few inches of water. It’s just enough to get your feet wet. The pool shelf lets you sit with your kids or possibly your cat or dog and splash around without full immersion in the water. Some even set up lounge chairs on their baja shelf with a nice umbrella to protect from the sun.

baja shelf with lounging area

Then there’s the beach entry set up which is fun for somebody wanting a unique pool that stands out. It’s also really good for someone with a physical handicap. So somebody in a wheelchair could quite literally wheel themselves into the pool for a great time!

a beach entry into your pool

When all else fails there is always the simple steps are the traditional type of pool entry that will guide you into your pool. But be ready to think outside the box. Whether you want something angular, geometric or freeform to suit your décor, ideas and tastes.

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Whatever your preferences when it comes to types of pool entry, your local pool builder can help you bring your design ideas into reality.

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Author: Pool Markerter
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