Corner Steps for Above-Ground Pools


Corner steps for an above-ground pool will provide access to your swimming pool. Since most above-ground pools are round, you would build the corner steps off the deck surrounding your pool. These lead from the deck to your backyard and are convenient for getting into and out of the pool with ease. There are several options available if you plan to build your own steps for any above-ground pool.

Choosing Materials

  • The first step is to select your materials. An above-ground pool deck is often made from pressure-treated wood, or a composite board material. Manufactured timber or deck systems are an alternative to natural wood, so if your pool deck utilizes this option, make the stairs out of the same material. This will ensure continuity in color and the steps will not rot or wear down faster than the rest of the deck.

Building the Steps

  • To build the steps, you will need to create a small deck along the side of the pool and then attach a set of stair stringers to it. Attach the stair stringers, which are 2-inch boards that provide the framework for the stairs, to the deck frame. Use metal stair stringer brackets, which are metal braces that slide onto the end of the stringers and are nailed into the deck frame with galvanized nails. Both stringers and braces are available at the home improvement store or lumber yard. Make the steps wide enough to accommodate two people, if possible. A width of at least 3 feet will be plenty of room. You must support the bottom of the steps with a concrete foundation slab that is the width of the steps. Pour this on top of a layer of gravel and set it to dry before you begin the project.

Treads and Risers

  • After you install the stringers, lay down tread boards and risers (if you are using them) and screw them into place using wood screws. Tread boards are the boards that run flat across the stair stringers--the actual step boards that you walk on. They are 2-inch boards made of pine or birch. Risers are the boards that run perpendicular to the tread boards, the boards which form the vertically aligned portion of the steps. They are not required, however. Use nonskid strips on your riser boards, or paint a coat of mixed dirt and paint onto the treads. These steps are going to get wet, and if your tread boards are slick, they could cause an accident. Grip tape also works well. If you are using pine or another hard wood, treat it with waterproof stain before you install the nonskid pads and strips.

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