Tips on choosing the perfect swimming pool size

Swimming pools are a great addition to your backyard! Are you thinking of adding one to yours?

If you are, your first steps are to choose where to put your new pool and decide on the swimming pool size that works best for your backyard. To help you get started, we have created a guide below.

What to consider before choosing the right swimming pool size



The size of your backyard

Knowing the size of the space where you are wanting to put your swimming pool is an important early step in choosing the right pool size. Once you know the accurate size of your space, you will be able to decide which one of these standard swimming pool sizes works best: 

  • Small pool: approximately 12’ x 24’
  • Medium pool: approximately 16’ by 32’ 
  • Large pool: approximately 20’ x 40’

Another important factor to consider is landscaping features that you are keeping or removing. Whatever you decide to do, you will need to accommodate the size of your pool to fit your landscaping preferences. 

The style of your pool deck 

The size of your swimming pool should accommodate the style of your deck and what you are wanting to use it for. Whether you need an area to host social gatherings, have kids who need space on the deck, or need room for additional decor your swimming pool size should fit your lifestyle. 

Some popular ideas for styling your pool deck include: 

  • An entertainment centre
  • Backyard spa
  • Kitchen and barbecue area
  • Comfortable lounge
  • Kids fun zone 

There are a number of ideas you can choose from or customize to your own liking. Deciding how you will style and use your swimming pool deck is one of the first things you should consider before picking a swimming pool size. If you are in need of some inspiration, take a look at our 8 ways to style your pool deck article

The style of your backyard

Similar to your pool deck, you should also consider how you will be styling and using your backyard. 

Are you planning on having a hot tub? A large garden or dining space? These are all ideas that would be affected by the size of your pool. 


Every individual’s budget will differ, although size is a large factor in determining the cost of your pool and potentially anything else you would need to be changed in your backyard to accommodate your pool. Planning out your budget beforehand will definitely help you in choosing the right pool. 


Who is using the pool? 

Are you using the pool by yourself or do you have a large family? These are all considerations for choosing the best pool size for everyone. 

What are your local laws?

Each city has different permits that could affect how large your pool is allowed to be. Here are links to information on building permits for the following locations: 

The best way to ensure that your pool complies with local laws and regulations is to hire a Vancouver pool contractor. That way you will be guaranteed that your pool size is allowed. 

It is always exciting to build a new pool! Choosing the right size may take some time and consideration, but it will be worth it in the long run giving you the perfect pool experience! If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us today.