After spending about 10 hours researching the top steps for the above ground pool, we have realized that making your own DIY walk-in steps can be a great, economical option if you’ve the basic tools needed and like doing some handy work.
When you buy an above ground pool, it feels like you have bought a bare-bones pool kit. You are also responsible for buying a pool pump and filters separately and then comes the trouble of installation. After you have the pool ready, you will need steps to reach it and take a dip.
If you’ve read this far, you have already made up your mind to build your own walk-in steps. It’s a great idea. The best part is the process is pretty straightforward.
How To Build DIY Walk In Steps For Above Ground Pool
If you are choosing a material such as PVC, it will be easier to create a ladder at home. Before you do anything, you must measure the height of your pool. When it comes to depth, on average, most above ground pools are 48 to 52 inches deep.
These are the materials you will need to start this project:
- 2 inches PVC pipe (ideally the pipe must be twice the height of your pool)
- 6×2 inches 90-degree PVC elbows
- 2×2 inches tee
- 4×2 inches 45-degree elbows
- Spray foam insulation
- PVC primer
- Skateboard tape
- PVC glue
Steps For Building The Stairs
Step 1: Cut the PVC pipes into 18 inches for creating steps
Step 2: Spray some foam insulation into each one for improved stability. Leave the pipes for drying.
Step 3: Take the 90-degree elbow and connect 2 elbows with one 18 inches piece of PVC for creating the bottom rung.
Step 4: Next, insert 2 pieces of 12 inches PVC for creating the height of the ladder. Top each section with a tee joint and glue them into place at the same time.
Step 5: Keep on repeating until you reach the desired height.
Step 6: Once you are done, add 2 90-degree joints at the top and set the ladder aside.
Step 7: Follow the same steps to build the other ladder. However, when you reach the top, this time, you need to add a 45-degree joint at the top for creating a slope.
Step 8: Use the glue to attach the ladder with your above ground pool. After this, use a waterproof skateboard tape on each rung to prevent slipping.
There you go, you are done building your DIY steps. This is wonderful for small kids. If adults are to use the above ground pool, it’s recommended to choose another material for building sturdy steps.
Factors To Consider Before Building Walk-In Steps
Here are some important factors to consider before building the steps:
You can design your above ground pool steps with any material – wood, plastic or metal. Wood is a great option because it is weatherproof. Metal, on the other hand, can get rusty so it’s best to avoid. Plastic is an ideal option because it’s durable and it is a safe material.
- Number of Steps
The next thing you need to know is how many steps you want. You can design steps that exist inside the pool leading to a deck or another set of stairs. It’s totally your call.
One-step design is ideal if you want it to exist inside the pool or outside it as one piece.
Two-step design sandwiches the wall of the pool with the base of the steps. It must rest on the ground and the floor of the pool.
It is very important to consider the orientation of the steps when you are designing DIY walk-in steps for an above ground pool. This has a lot to do with the comfort.
You can either construct them like a ladder or normal stairs. It depends on the kind of comfort you are looking for.
Make sure you take accurate measurements of the height of the pool before starting your DIY project. You will only be able to use the stairs if the height of the ladder is compatible with that of your pool.
Take all necessary precautions when building the steps. Keep children away from the premises. Double-check the connection just to be sure the joints of the pipes are secure in position before using the steps.