Should I use an a-frame ladder or steps for my above ground pool?

Choosing a Ladder or Steps for an Above Ground Pool

26 thoughts on “Choosing a Ladder or Steps for an Above Ground Pool

  1. Hello! We have an above ground pool and trying to find actual steps for the outside. We have steps on the inside and a ladder on the outside, but the ladder just isn’t very sturdy. We purchased the pool about 2 months ago and the ladder/steps combo came with it when they installed it. The ladder has a 250 weight capacity and broke on me a couple of weeks ago and I weigh 115. I just want something with a larger weight capacity and steps so it is more sturdy. Do you know of any type steps made for the outside of the pool. We no not have a deck. Thank you

    1. Crystal: I, too, am looking for sturdier pool steps. I have a deck but am handicapped and fat! You will just have to research pool sites to find one that will fit your needs. The ones that are sturdier cost more ( a lot more). Wider steps also hold up better.

  2. Hi can u give me the hole opening measurement of the pool ladder brackets, the brackets that hold the ladder to the deck, when the entire ladder is in the water. Thanks! Hoping this opening will fit my ladder, as they are going to be to short for attaching the top handles to our deck! Thanks again

  3. Hi I have inside steps for my above ground pool eventually we will build a deck and the stairs will be bolted into the deck but in the meantime if we get a ladder to get into the pool how do we make it sturdy with the inside steps is there a way to connect it together?

  4. Why do pool stairs not have the rail spindles on the inside of the pool? It would seem to be more sturdy if the rails were inside as well as outside.

    1. Some do. There are now many choices in steps for above ground pools. Keep in mind though that the handles will be much sturdier if they are attached to a deck or pool’s top rail.

  5. Just got inside steps for our pool that hook to our deck (just like the ones pictured with the rails), how do we cover the pool inbetween uses with the stairs installed? We use the simple pull over cover that came with our pool.

    1. Some steps won’t allow you to use your cover as they get in the way. Some people take the rails off when using the cover. I’m not sure if that is worth it for you to do though.

  6. have a problem,we purchased an a frame ladder but our above ground pool bottom is lower than outside ground which makes ladder sit uneven, does anyone manufacture an a frame with adjustable steps on pool side to make that side longer? so pool side is longer than ground side?

  7. Hi. We have a small wooden deck on one side of our pool, and would like safety steps to climb up to the deck, but we do not need the other side. (we have a ladder going into the pool from the deck.)
    Can you recommend STEPS to connect to our deck? our

    1. I don’t know much about steps and ladders because I never assemble or attached them with the pool installs. I will say that most people build wood steps and make a wooden safety gate with a lack and a lock at the top.

  8. The bottom of our above ground pool is not flat. We have just been given a set of steps that are for a flat bottom. We have not installed them yet as we have not taken off the winter cover yet. Is there a way we can install these steps that won’t damage the floor of our liner?

    1. How “not flat” is it? Do you have a deep center or something? If the bottom is just poorly unlevel, then the steps should still work. If you have a deep center in your pool that started too close to the pool’s wall leaving a downward grade where the steps sit, then other than draining the pool, peeling back the liner, and building up the area of where the steps go to level, I don’t know what you can do to make it work.

  9. Hi,
    I just found this site after looking for a safe way for my grandchildren, ages 3 and 5, to enter
    and exit our little 3 ft. pool. We just ordered one of those Intex rimmed pool which seemed
    like our best option since we are only keeping the pool up for the 2 weeks they are visiting.
    The Intex pool has no platform and seems less sturdy than we prefer. Do you have any creative suggestions?? Obviously there is no pool deck since this is very temporary. I appreciate any and all replies. Also, there are many A-Frame ladders with a small platform at the top but they all adjust from 48-54 inches. It seems such a tall ladder would not be safe. Any thoughts?

    1. Hi. The only advice I give with making entering and exiting an above ground pool is to build a wood deck to you needs. This won’t help you as you are only going to be up for 2 weeks. I guess I say to use the ladder it comes with and assist the kids on it until they get used to swimming in the pool.

  10. I need help for above ground pool steps for a morbid obese adult son with special needs. We had 48 inch wide wooden steps built for outside pool. We would prefer something similar for inside pool. Is there a wood that stands up to being in the water all the time or some type of really sturdy steps that exist for inside the pool? We tried the wide inside pool steps that are plastic. They did not work and are now garbage.

  11. I see all the picture of the above ground pool step and they look like the top pool rail is being used as the top step when the deck is flush with top pool rail?? Won’t this break

  12. I have a 52 inch pool with a deck built around the pool. The height on outside of pool from deck to to top of pool is 3 feet. Is there a pool ladder/ladders for this pool? Thanks

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