A tanning ledge is a versatile and attractive addition to any vinyl or fiberglass pool. Use your tanning ledge as a space for sunbathing, sipping on summertime cocktails, or splashing in the shallows with your little ones. From playtime with the kids to naptime in the sun, a tanning ledge offers something for every member of your family to enjoy. With over 60 years of experience, Latham Pool Products can customize the perfect tanning ledge to fit your needs and preferences.

What Is a Swimming Pool Tanning Ledge?

Like swimming pools, tanning ledges can be constructed from several different materials.Latham offers two types of tanning ledges, Fiberglass Gel Coated and Vinyl. Every tanning ledge consists of the same basic elements: a shallow, elevated platform that features openings into the main swimming pool. However, there are countless design variations to choose between, from modern to rustic to classical and beyond.

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Fiberglass Gel Coated Tanning Ledges

Fiberglass has several qualities that make it ideal for tanning ledges. Its smooth texture prevents painful snags or scrapes, while its unique chemical composition ensures high durability. This translates to huge savings over time, since less maintenance and fewer repairs are required.

Fiberglass tanning ledges are standalone independent structures so they can be added to virtually any type of inground swimming pool, including fiberglass and vinyl liner pools. Often you see these types of tanning ledges installed adjacent to one side of the pool wall and raised up a step or two so the ledge can spill over and create a water feature that softly flows into the pool.

Semicircle Tanning Ledge

Fiberglass Tanning Ledge Shape Options

Fiberglass Gel Coated tanning ledges come in a variety of pre-engineered shapes and sizes to seamlessly integrate into any new or existing pool design. Our selection of rectangular and freeform tanning ledges shapes can be added to any inground pool, whether you have a fiberglass, vinyl liner or any other type of pool.

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Size: 9′ – 4″ x 16′ – 5″

Depth: 10″

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Size: 5′ – 9″ x 9′ – 8″

Depth: 10″

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Size: 7′ – 8″ x 15′ – 8″

Depth: 10″

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Size: 8′ – 4″ x 16′

Depth: 10″


Vinyl Liner Pool Tanning Ledges

Vinyl is a high-performance alternative to fiberglass, boasting its own unique set of distinctive features. Like their fiberglass counterparts, vinyl swimming pool ledges are also soft to the touch and quick to construct, delivering excellent value for your investment and providing a highly customizable social area.

These types of liner tanning ledges are only offered on vinyl liner pools as they are built using polymer or steel forms and then leverages the actual pool liner for the finished look. Vinyl tanning ledges are fully integrated into the pool’s inside perimeter so the best time to add a vinyl tanning ledge is either at the time of new construction of the actual pool or possibly during a renovation of an existing pool liner.

Always be careful of what types of foreign non pool type toys and furniture used on a vinyl surface. Check with the lounge chair manufacturer if the lounger is approved to be used on vinyl surfaces as Latham does not warranty any cosmetic or degradation.

Vinyl Liner Pool Tanning Ledge Shapes Are Completely Customizable

Vinyl tanning ledges are crack-proof, offer fast and easy liner replacement, and can be customized to enhance any vinyl liner pool design. The size and shape options are nearly endless, such as end-to-end rectangular ledges or curved ledges that extend from your vinyl pool steps. Get inspired for your pool design by our rectangular, semicircle and freeform vinyl tanning ledge examples below:


How Deep is a Pool Tanning Ledge?

The purpose of a tanning ledge is to create an oasis of calm. Since they are designed for lounging instead of exercising, tanning ledges are intentionally shallow — often, containing less than a foot of water. For example, our Gemini, Semicircle, and Picasso tanning ledges are each 10 inches deep, despite measuring different widths and lengths.

Genesis/Synergy Semicircle Side Tanning Ledge

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