What Is A Baja Shelf?

A baja shelf, also known as a sun shelf or tanning ledge, is an extended step into the pool that creates a shallow area in the water for lounging and play. It’s a great spot for those who love to swim but aren’t a fan of full-body immersion, as well as children and pets. It’s also an ideal place to sit, relax, and sip an umbrella drink while partially submerged in the cool water. And if nothing else, it’s undisputedly a wonderful place to just take a break from it all and rest in comfort for once. 

Many high-end resorts use a baja shelf in their pools, but you can now add one to your own backyard oasis! Baja shelves have grown in popularity since the 1990s, adding functionality and a sense of scale to residential pools. Typically, a baja shelf sits no more than a foot below the water’s surface and is large enough to accommodate a few chaise lounges or chairs. With some customization, a baja ledge is sure to add a little luxury to your backyard. 

Depending on your budget and design needs, you can choose to accessorize a baja shelf with specialty tiles, water features, lighting, or even umbrella sleeves. These features can help add a pop of color to your pool design and provide an extra ambiance for relaxing in the yard! If you are looking to install a Baja shelf yourself, it is best to consult with experts in custom concrete pool design and construction. The experts at Avanti Pools, Inc. can help you choose the right shape for your pool and recommend the right water features and lighting for your custom baja shelf!