When we think of designing a pool, the first two thoughts that come to mind are often shape and location. How big will your pool be and how will it fit into your property? While you’re considering the many options having a concrete pool offers, you are also going to want to think about the pool entry. It has a huge impact on how the pool functions.


If you have children in your house, they’re of course an important consideration when designing your pool. Whilst they may be small when you first install your pool, you want to think about how they will use the pool next summer and for years to come. How can your pool entry be best designed to meet these changing needs?

Designing a larger pool access step,  beach entry  or bathers platform will allow children to stay and play in shallower water or provide somewhere for teenagers to sit , sunbathe and chat. Adding an additional top step can also make it easier for small children to get in and out of the pool.

Kids Pool Entry

People with Physical Limitations

If you’re young and injury-free, you may not think to consider how your Great Aunt Barb with the bad hips will get in and out of the pool. In addition to this, you never know when you or someone at home may need to use the pool to gain strength and flexibility after an injury.

It may be worth thinking about how you will use your pool after the kids have packed up and gone. If you stay in your home for years to come, you may feel the effects of aging yourself. Whilst stylish ladders are coming back into vogue, It may be a struggle to get up and out of the pool using a ladder, keeping this in mind it may be an idea to also a set of walk in steps, possibly with a architecturally styled handrail installed to one side.

Pool Use

Swimming is a great form of exercise for everyone, which is why many people consider lap pools to add to their property. If your pool is going to double as a lap pool, you will want to make sure your pool entry isn’t close to where swimmers will need to flip and change direction at either end. Swim jets are a great innovation enabling never ending ‘lap swimming’ in smaller pools or where you may not have the ability to avoid steps in your pool entry.

Lap Pool Pool Entry


Remember that shallower areas of the pool tend to be a lot warmer in the summer months. It’s something to take into consideration when designing an extended pool entry suitable for small children.

These are just a few things that you may want to think about when designing your pool. Don’t hesitate to call the team at Pools by Design or come into our showroom with your ideas and your questions. We’re always happy to help you create the perfect pool design to suit your needs now and into the future.