How to Choose Your In-ground Pool Size


The size of your pool should be big enough to meet its purpose to provide a great experience. As a general rule, an in-ground pool can be any size. However, the length should be twice its width. For example, if you opt for a 20-foot length, the width should be at least 10 feet. So, how do you determine the ideal pool size?

The Purpose of the Pool

As a homeowner, you should be clear on how you intend to use the pool. A small pool is ideal if you want a small lounge to unwind after a long day. And if you’re going to exercise frequently, the pool area should be large enough to include amenities such as the changing rooms. On the other hand, the pool should be deep enough and have enough space for a diving board if you like diving.

The Family Size

The number of pool users can influence the size, and that’s where your family and friends come in. Do you intend to invite friends occasionally, or would it be strictly a family pool? If your friends also use the pool, it should be larger to accommodate a sizable group.

If all you want is a family pool, you may have various sizing options for your children. This means the pool should have a shallow area for your kids to play in and some steps for easy accessibility. A deeper end with a spacious slope would serve as the adults’ section.

And since your family needs may increase in the future, you need to leave room for expansion. For instance, if you’ll have more children, you’ll require more space and additional accessories for the kids.


Like other projects, a pool may have limitations at the planning and design stages. These include:


You’ll most likely have a budget for the project to avoid incurring unplanned costs. However, if your budget can’t meet the total cost, you may consider leaving out the less essential accessories or doing a phased revamping.


As already mentioned, the pool should have enough space for the intended accessories. It should also fit in your backyard without restricting other activities, such as movement within the compound.


A pool requires frequent maintenance to ensure it operates at maximum efficiency. Occasionally, you’ll remove floating objects, clean the strainer baskets, brush the walls, and vacuum the pool. You’ll also clean the filters, check the water levels, and identify any leaking pipes.

If you’re planning for a larger pool, you should consider whether you need to hire a pool service company or conduct self-maintenance. Nevertheless, you don’t require as much maintenance time if you have a small pool.

Bottom Line

As you can see, designing an in-ground pool is not as easy as most people think. If the pool is too small, you won’t be able to meet your swimming needs adequately. And if the pool occupies all the space, there won’t be enough room for other amenities such as the changing area. So, to avoid guesswork, you need to hire a professional pool builder to handle all the work for you.

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