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What is a standard swimming pool size ?

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There is no “ standard swimming pool size ” . Everyone has different needs and wants when it comes to the size of their swimming pool. Some people may want a small pool for exercise while others may want a larger pool for recreational activities. As such, there is no one size that fits all.

Choosing the right swimming pool size

The size of a swimming pool will depend on the space available, the budget, and the desired activities.

The budget

It is well known that the larger the pool, the more expensive it is to construct. What we often overlook is the fact that the size of a pool will also affect its maintenance expenses: more water means more chemicals.  This is also true for a salt-treated pool, as salt dosage is determined by the volume of water to be treated. So, when budgeting for a pool, it’s important to consider both the up-front construction costs and the ongoing maintenance expenses associated with the size of the pool.

Available space

Ideally, the pool should be seamlessly integrated into the landscape of the home. Indeed, its design should respect the house’s architecture as much as possible, as well as its footprint on the land; in short, both must be harmonizing with each other.  Furthermore, make sure there is enough space around the pool for additional features, such as a deck/terrace for relaxing, a BBQ area, etc. It is often possible to create a convivial and aesthetically pleasing space by slightly reducing the swimming pool size. A circulation area around the pool measures approximately 3 ft (0.91 m), and a deck for sun loungers measures approximately 8 ft (2.44 m) to 10 ft (ca. 3 m)



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Utilization of the pool

As part of the design process, it is pertinent to consider how the pool will be used: for children, for swimming laps or for relaxation, and the pleasure of cooling off in the heat of summer. Even though there are many reasons to install a swimming pool, they should not obscure the fact that it is also an investment. It is often designed to increase the value of your home.

Pool building regulations

Swimming pools are almost always subject to administrative formalities, which is why mini-pools, also known as XS pools, are becoming increasingly popular. French law does not require authorization for pool construction if the surface area is less than 107 sq ft (ca. 10 m²). We will examine the various French administrative formalities involved in this post. Accordingly, this type of pool may be of particular interest to those who do not wish to be subject to authorizations.

In conclusion, various studies have strongly suggested that the standard swimming pool size is 30 ft (ca. 9 m) by 15 ft (4.57 m). This is, of course, only an average. You can make your own choice, remembering that solutions exist for reducing dimensions while maintaining the desired effect.

Options to compensate for small swimming pool size

For sports enthusiasts looking for training, the counter-current swim machine is an excellent alternative. In addition to being visually unappealing, swim lanes are often unsuitable for family use. A swimming pool can be equipped with this equipment either during construction or in an outboard configuration after it has been constructed.

A zero-edge pool gives the illusion of a larger pool area since the pool edge is virtually invisible. Of course, it is an illusion, but it produces a real effect! Aside from the technical aspects of the overflow, which enhances the recycling of pool water, the pool/garden ensemble conveys a feeling of serenity and tranquility.

Even though integrating a pool into a larger project might seem obvious, it is all the more critical when it comes to small pools. The focus is shifted away from size and towards coherence when landscaping is well planned, designed in harmony with the house, and respect for the environment is observed.

Equipment costs are influenced by the size of the swimming pool

It seems obvious that the larger the pool, the more expensive equipment such as bubble or mesh covers, automatic slatted covers, movable floors and fences will be. But they’re not the only items that add to the cost.

The filtering system, i.e., the pump and filter, is selected according to the water volume, i.e., width x length x depth. It is therefore evident that filtration costs increase as the size of the pool increases. In addition to this, the increased cost of pipes and valves, resulting from the switch from 1.5 inches (Ø ext 50 mm) to 2 inches piping (Ø ext 63 mm) will require more budget. As a result, it is important to consider the total cost of the filtration system when planning the size of the pool.

Many options are available to the user, such as heating or automatic disinfection according to the volume of water to be treated.

Finally, larger pools require more water to fill and maintain. Heating and automatic disinfection systems can be energy intensive, increasing electricity costs. Lastly, more chemicals may be needed for larger pools, which increases maintenance expenses.

And what is the ideal pool depth?

The depth of the pool must be considered when discussing its size, even if it has little to do with its aesthetics. A few decades ago, the depth of the pool often approached 6.5 feet (ca. 2 meters). The trend has now passed. Currently, an average depth of 4.2 feet (1.28 m) is considered acceptable. This shallower depth ensures that both adults and children can swim and play safely in the pool.

For ease of construction, flat bottoms are becoming increasingly popular; however, it is perfectly possible to create a gently sloping bottom even if you are making your own.

You can reduce the volume of water in a 16 ft (ca. 5 m). (ca. 5 m) x 32 ft (ca. 10 m) pool by around 15% by reducing its depth by around 8 inches (ca. 20 cm). There is also a reduction in construction costs.


According to theory, a swimmer needs approximately 6.5 ft (ca. 2 m) of space to move freely through water. This is the minimum width of swimming lanes in municipal pools. A pool width of 13 ft (ca. 4 m) is normal. In terms of the length, it is up to you to decide, but it must nevertheless maintain a harmony with the width.

In today’s world, water and electricity conservation are priorities. As a result, it seems more appropriate to emphasize aesthetics rather than a large surface area. For us, there is no ideal pool size, as we must consider the size of the family, the age of the children, how it will be used, and all the other factors we have mentioned previously.

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