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How to Build a Wet Deck

By Keith Allen ; Updated September 21, 2017
Wet decks can be added when pools are constructed or refurbished.
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A wet deck is defined as a shallow portion of the pool where people can wade or sit on deck furniture with their feet in the water. Rather than a portion of a deck, the wet deck is actually part of the pool. Pool water over the wet deck is often ankle deep, allowing a cooling and relaxing effect without entering the pool. Wet decks are usually included in new or refurbished pool constructions.

Excavate the area for the wet deck. Remove surface materials to a depth approximately 8 inches below the pool's water level. This allows for 4 inches of deck or pool floor material and 4 inches of water.

Pave the surface of the wet deck. Concrete is commonly used to provide a waterproof backing to the floor of the wet deck. Cover the concrete with any decorative tile work or other finishing surface you desire. Because the concrete surface serves as the waterproof barrier between the wet deck and the ground grouting is not required between tiles but may still be done for aesthetic purposes.

Construct the walls of the wet deck. Often these walls are poured at the same time the floor of the wet deck is poured. The reinforcing rods used on the floors should be bent and extend up into the walls of the wet deck to tie the two structures together. In some wet decks, the floor is sloped to a higher level than the water surface of the pool.

Fill the pool with water. The wet deck should have about 4 inches of water across the surface.


Things You Will Need

  • Excavation tools
  • Cement
  • Non-slip surface material


  • The wet deck can be used as a children's wading pool if the area is separated from the deeper part of the pool by a temporary or permanent fence.
  • A bar can be included in or on the edge of the wet deck. This gives a new meaning to a "wet bar."
  • Additional options for the wet deck can include receptacles or sleeves for the umbrellas, boulders that serve as tables or other structural and decorative elements.


  • A wet deck can add to the cost of the pool project. Use non-slip materials on the surface of the wet deck for safety.
  • Use plastic or resin deck furniture on the wet deck.

About the Author


Keith Allen, a 1979 graduate of Valley City State College, has worked at a variety of jobs including computer operator, medical clinic manager, radio talk show host and potato sorter. For over five years he has worked as a newspaper reporter and historic researcher. His works have appeared in regional newspapers in North Dakota and in "North Dakota Horizons" and "Cowboys and Indians" magazines.