Do you already have some in-pool chairs on your pool’s tanning ledge? If so, then you need to add an in-pool table (or two!) to go with these chairs so that you have a convenient area to place your drinks and phones, or even mount an umbrella!
There aren’t as many options on the market as there are for in-pool chairs, so finding a good option for your pool can be a bit tricky. That is why I put this list together to help you easily see the best in-pool table options across different brands.
So, read on below!
Can You Put a Table in a Pool?
It is becoming very popular to have furniture in your pool, and in-pool chairs are some of the most popular items that you will see on the tanning ledge of a pool. But if you have chairs in a pool, then you will naturally want a table near these chairs too!
Luckily, there are several in-pool table options that you can put directly in your pool that can withstand being in your pool water.
The key is that these tables are made from durable, weather-resistant materials that won’t corrode or fade when exposed to pool water and ultraviolet (UV) rays. This means you can have outdoor furniture right in your pool.
Best Materials for In-Pool Tables: Plastic
When it comes to in-pool tables, there is only one type of material that is best: plastic. As you shop for in-pool tables, you will find plastic material referenced by different names like resin or polymer, and manufacturers use different types of plastic material like high-density polyethylene, low-density polyethylene, and polypropylene.
The plastic used in-pool furniture is designed to withstand the harsh chemicals of your pool and the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays. The types of plastic used for in-pool tables are durable, meaning they won’t break, crack, or chip.
The key point is that if furniture is going in the pool: it must be completely plastic. Or else the water and pool chemicals will damage the furniture.
Materials to Avoid for In-Pool Tables: Metal and Wood
Although metal and wood are popular materials for outdoor patio furniture, do not use these materials for any reason for in-pool tables.
Water will corrode metal (yes, even aluminum). This corrosion (i.e., rusting for steel and iron) will not only damage and degrade the furniture but can also damage your pool and leave stains. Additionally, the sharp, metal edges of your furniture can damage your pool, especially if you have a pool with a vinyl liner.
But what if the metal is powder-coated? It doesn’t matter! Powder-coating can get chipped or damaged, which will leave the metal exposed, leading to corrosion of the metal.
Do you think wood furniture can be used in the pool? Forget about it. Water can cause wood to warp and can potentially lead to rotting and decay.
✨ Tip: Are you considering using a plastic table that isn’t labeled for in-pool use? Check the table for metal screws or other metal parts as these may corrode and rust in pool water. If there aren’t any metal parts, then it may be acceptable to use the plastic furniture in your pool for a limited time.
Where in a Pool Can You Put a Table?
More than likely, you are going to put an in-pool table near your in-pool chairs. In-pool chairs can take up a bit of space, which is why these are best placed on a pool’s tanning ledge (also called a Baja shelf, sun shelf, or tanning shelf).
A tanning ledge is a shallow area in the pool that has a water depth of 9-18 inches. It is usually at an edge of the pool and may be used as an entryway to the deeper parts of a pool.
Tanning ledges are becoming increasingly popular in pools because they provide a place to relax and soak up some sun without getting all the way into the pool. Additionally, tanning ledges are great places for small children to play in a pool.
Common Types of Tables for In the Pool
The majority of tables that we will cover in this post are standalone in-pool tables that sit directly on your pool’s tanning ledge. These are typically the size of an ordinary side table.
There are also table options that can be placed around an umbrella pole or floating tables. We will highlight a few of these later on in this post for you to check out!
Key Considerations for In-Pool Tables
When shopping for in-pool tables, there are several key things that you need to consider to find the right one for you:
- The size of your pool ledge: You must know the dimensions (length and width) of your pool’s tanning ledge to find furniture that will fit. Some manufacturers will provide tanning ledge sizing guidance for their furniture.
- The size of your in-pool chairs and other furniture: You will need to account for the space that in-pool chairs will take up on your tanning ledge to make sure you will have enough room for a table.
- The water depth of your tanning ledge: Some tables are designed to be used in specific water depths. If a table is placed in deeper water than it was designed for, it may float. Make sure you compare the actual water depth of your sun shelf with the stated water depth limitation of the table.
- Additional features: Besides providing a level surface, some tables have a cooler/storage compartment, while others have an umbrella hole.
- Your budget: In-pool furniture can range in price, with several great options costing a few hundred dollars per table.
5+ Best In-Pool Table Options
If you are on the search for the perfect in-pool table, have a look at these options below (in no particular order):
Ledge Lounger Side Table
Ledge Lounger is one of the leading brands of in-pool furniture on the market today. And you may be familiar with its popular in-pool chaise lounges and chairs. So, it makes sense that Ledge Lounger would also have a great in-pool table option for your to pair with their or another brand’s in-pool furniture
📣 Debating if Ledge Lounger is the right in-pool furniture for you? Then check out our pros and cons of Ledge Loungers!
Ledge Lounger Side Table w/ Ice Chest
Unlike the first Ledge Lounger side table option on this list, this table can work in water depths up to 15″ and it has a compartment to hold ice and beverages while still being able to mount an umbrella! Talk about having it all! The downside is that these features come with a higher price tag than the first table on the list, but it may be worth it for you!
Aqua Outdoors Side Table
If you are looking for a straightforward, sturdy table that is designed to withstand being in the pool, the Aqua Outdoors side table can be a perfect fit for what you need. The square-shaped design of this table can fit neatly in any pool layout with any type of in-pool chairs.
📣 Need a table for up to 14″ of water? Check out Aqua Outdoor’s larger version of this table design for deeper water!
Soleil Umbrella Table
The Soleil Umbrella Table from Frontgate is sleek and stylish and can handsomely complement any type of in-pool furniture. The 10″ water depth limit means it can fit in most pools’ tanning ledges, and the umbrella holder allows you to bring shade wherever you place this table.
📣 Looking for a more affordable option of this table? Check out the version without an umbrella hole.
Floating Luxuries Kai Side Table
Floating Luxuries has quickly made a name in the in-pool furniture market with its popular in-pool chairs. But not to be overlooked is this great side table that can be used in nearly any tanning ledge and provide shade wherever it is with its built-in umbrella hole.
Tupelo Loop Table
Tupelo has expanded its in-pool furniture offerings over the past year, but one of its first products was the Loop Chair and Table. This modern-styled table is a very attractive piece that will look great on any pool ledge, especially with some Loop Chairs as well!
Additional In-Pool Table Options
Maybe a standalone table isn’t the right option for you, or you want to have additional table options for your pool. Below are some different kinds of table ideas for you to consider for your pool…
If you have an umbrella in your pool, a smart and very budget-friendly way to add a table to your pool is to get an umbrella table tray like the one above. This table tray simply attaches to your umbrella pole to provide a great spot to store drinks, snacks, and more!
Another easy and budget-friendly way to add a table to your pool is with a floating table like the one above. This one from FEEBRIA comes with a variety of holders to hold drinks, cellphones, and larger items.
If you would like a floating pool table that is more stylish, then you should definitely check out this floating beverage tub from Frontgate! Its large center tub provides a big area to hold plenty of drinks and other items, and its high-quality material construction should make it last for many years.
There are plenty of great options for in-pool tables to add to your pool! Make sure you pick one that fits your style, available space, and budget!