What is a Standard Pool Size?

There is no such thing as a ‘standard pool size’. While some pool sizes are more common than others, the ideal pool size will vary for each customer, depending on factors ranging from the type of pool you want to the budget you have to spend.

In this article, Aqua Blue Pools explore all the different factors that will affect the size of your pool. Find the perfect size for your pool today.

What are common pool sizes?

Pools typically have a 2:1 length-width ratio. The most common pool sizes you might find include:

  • 12’ x 24’
  • 15′ x 36′
  • 16′ x 32′
  • 20′ x 40′

But remember — these sizes are for rectangular pools. If you’re interested in a geometric or freeform pool, your pool won’t follow the same ratio.

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In addition to pool design, there are many other factors that will affect the size of your pool. These include who will be using your pool, the purpose for using your pool, the depth of your pool and the surroundings of your pool.

Who will be using your pool?

When planning your pool size, you should consider how many people may be using it at one time. If you have a large family, you will need to get a larger pool if you all want to use it together. This will avoid overcrowding and allow everyone to enjoy the pool safely.

For a family of 1-2 people, we recommend a minimum pool size of 14 x 25ft.

For a family of 3-5 people, we recommend a minimum pool size of 16 x 32ft.

For a family of 6-8 people, we recommend a minimum pool size of 18 x 36ft.

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What will you be using your pool for?

Will you be regularly swimming laps or do you just want somewhere to relax in? Do you have small children who need a shallow end to wade in? How you use your pool will influence the size and depth of the pool.

If you intend to use your pool mainly for swimming laps, you will want a pool with a far greater length than width. We recommend a length of at least 30ft. It should also have uniform depth of 4-5ft.

If you require a shallow end, you will need to get a pool on the larger side. This is because only a large pool can accommodate a suitably sized shallow end and deeper end. A larger pool is also required if you wish for the pool to be slanted so that it transitions from shallow to deep. This is because extra length will be required to fit the ramp.

If you wish to use your pool for diving, you will also need a larger pool. A pool used for diving must have a significant depth — generally between 7.5 – 9ft. Remember, the size of the pool is directly correlated with the depth of the pool. The deeper you wish to have your pool, the larger it will need to be.

What will be surrounding your pool?

When building a pool, there is more to consider than the pool itself. You must account for the perimeter of the pool, too. You may want to border your pool with paving or landscaping, both of which will take up extra space.

Pool Feature surrounding your pool

A popular addition to a backyard pool is a decking area. A typical deck has an area of between 600-900sqft, so this space must be accounted for if you wish to add a deck. When planning your pool, make sure you choose a size that leaves enough room for any accommodating structure or surround.

You will also need to take space into account if you wish to add a pool or spa. You may need to sacrifice some size from your main pool to fit these features.

Other considerations

Two of the biggest factors that will determine the size of your pool are budget and backyard space.

Larger pools cost more money. If you want to add a decking, landscaping or additional extras, your project will cost even more. Make sure you have established your budget and size your pool appropriately. You also want to consider ongoing maintenance costs, as a larger pool will typically require more maintenance than a small one.

The size of your backyard will also be a factor. You cannot have a 50ft pool if your backyard is only 30ft length. Your maximum size of your pool is limited by the size of your yard. If you’re unsure of which pool size would be best for you, consult professional pool builders to help.

However you’d like your pool, Aqua Blue Pools can bring it to life. As the Lowcountry’s premier custom pool builder, we design and build pools to your exact specification. Our award-winning team has decades of experience designing and installing luxury pools for customers across South Carolina SC. Choose from a variety of styles, sizes and features for your own little slice of paradise.

Take the plunge today. Contact our team to start your journey to owning a pool.


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