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Build a Great Shelf for your Above Ground Pool


Pool Shelf Information

In this tutorial I walk you through the entire process of building an accessory, drink pool shelf for your above ground pool. There is a parts list included and cutting guide so that the shelf will fit together without issue. The entire process from start to finish only took me about two hours. Post your recommendations and pictures of your shelf and customize it to fit your needs for others to see. I will also show you how to customize the overlay on the edge to fit the specific thickness of your frame. Have fun with your new shelf!!

Pool Shelf Tutorial

PVC parts


Helpful guide to show the pieces all cut to lengths

Below is the size cutting picture for the various pieces.

Cut Piece Layout


Tools Needed


Tools Needed

  1. PVC Glue
  2. PVC Cutter
  3. PVC Saw
  4. Drill
  5. Tape Measure
  6. 1/4" Drill bit

© 2015 James


Lydia on August 03, 2020:

I made mine and modified it to fit my hard side pool.

Dana on July 11, 2020:

I just made this and the directions are great. I read somewhere that PVC pipes should be painted if they are left outside. Did anyone paint theirs? And if so what type of paint is safe for the pool?

Jake on June 24, 2020:

If you want to break it down for storage, glue everything except the middle braces in the Ts...then use bolts long enough to go through the entire T and plexiglass...end of year, unscrew, unattach the braces, store bolts in capped ends and stowaway

Rob on June 14, 2020:

Thanks great idea love you included supply list very informative video

James (author) from Florida on June 14, 2020:


That sounds like a real nifty idea. May keep falling leaves and some bugs out also.

James (author) from Florida on June 14, 2020:


Technically PVC will hold when not glued. I still recommend gluing because it could still come apart in some areas. It will hold somewhat, but not as good as glue.

Arin on June 14, 2020:

Do you have to glue it all together? I would like to be able to take apart for storage in the winter.

Mimi on June 11, 2020:

Awesome idea! I am going to give it try. I think I would like a top over it that would shade my drink and phone.

Michele D. on March 03, 2020:

Thanks for these great directions! Very much appreciated!

Sla on July 23, 2019:

Awesome video and instructions! Thank you!

Maxiel on July 01, 2019:

Awesome idea - very creative!!

Rdl on July 01, 2018:

Very good idea. Thanks for the supply list.

v jones on July 10, 2017:

Awesome idea. Enjoyed watching the tutorial.

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