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Small Pools 101: Shapes, Dimensions, Features And Other Considerations

By: Jason Hughes on January 21st, 2016

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Small Pools 101: Shapes, Dimensions, Features And Other Considerations

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Thursday_pools_Jasper_HR-1032_1.jpgIf you are considering an inground pool and have limited space to work with you're likely thinking that a small pool could be the way to go.  Today we're going to discuss some of the major questions we receive on a daily basis here at River Pools Powered by Thursday Pools Manufacturing from folks who think that a small pool might be the best option for their backyard.  Let's jump right in!

What Are The Dimensions or Sizes Of Small Pools?

We consider small pools to be up to 26' long and up to 12' or 13' wide.  If this is too small for you, perhaps a medium pool, which ranges up to 34' long and 14' wide would be a better fit.  Then there are always large pools which can be 40' or even longer.  

What Shapes Of Small Pools Are Available? 

This is a great question and the truth is that you have a lot of options.  The first big decision to consider is whether you prefer more of a linear design like a rectangle, or a shape with flowing lines such as a freeform design.  Here at River Pools Powered by Thursday Pools Manufacturing we specialize in inground fiberglass pools and we actually offer both rectangular and freeform designs in small pool sizes.  

How Much Do Small Pools Cost? 

The answer: it really depends.  It depends on whether it's a concrete, vinyl liner, or fiberglass pool, on what type of patio material you select, and on what inground pool accessories you decide on.  But we find that a typical small pool project can range somewhere between $25,000 and $75,000 with many exceptions being lower and even much higher.  

What Features Can You Get On A Small Pool? 

The good news is that you can add any pool accessory to a small pool.  For example, pool heaters, salt chlorinators, pool lights, automatic covers, and the use of virtually all other accessories are not limited by the size of the pool.  There are also other types of pool features such as tanning ledges, sun shelves, or baja shelves (all virtually synonymous) that you can integrate into a small pool design, either as part of the pool or as a separate body of water that would typically spill over into the pool.  You can also have pool side water features on small pools which add both beauty and sound quality to the space.   

What Is The Best Type Of Small Pool? 

As we alluded to earlier, there are three distinct types of inground pools: concrete, vinyl liner, and fiberglass.  Small pools are available in all three types, however there are significant differences between them.  If you are seriously considering investing a lot of money in your backyard, we would strongly suggest you check out our honest and comprehensive comparison of the three types of pools here.   

Are Small Pools Easier To Maintain? 

Yes, just as a small yard takes less time that a large one, so too does a small pool take less time to maintain than a large pool.  But, exactly how much time depends on several factors such as what type of pool it is, how many trees you have surrounding the pool, what type of sanitation equiupment you have, whether you have an automatic pool cleaner, etc.  Based on our experience, we would expect the average small fiberglass pool owner to spend about 20 minutes a week maintaining their pool.  

Well, we hope you have found this helpful.