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What Shape Swimming Pool Should You Get?

Pools come in all shapes and sizes, and determining what's right for your home comes down to not only budget but also stylistic preferences and available space. Whether you have young kids or are retired and just looking for something to relax in, here are the available options along with their advantages.


Rectangular pools have been popular for years. Because of the hard angles on the edges, this shape has a formal feel. They're ideal for homeowners that want a "neat" appearance and who primarily enjoy using the pool for swimming laps or other types of exercise.

If you prefer a more casual rectangle, you can customize the corners by rounding off the edges. If your backyard is narrow and long, the rectangle pool is a good choice.


These pools have somewhat of a retro feel, probably because they were so popular during the '50s and '60s. They've lost a little popularity over the years, but they do tend to be a preferred choice for those who want to maintain the integrity of an older home, specifically one from the mid-century.

Kidney-shaped pools look more natural than other shapes, which is why a lot of homeowners choose them. They also lend themselves to versatility because the space that's left at the indentation can be filled with all sorts of landscaping or even a hot tub.

You can still swim laps in a kidney-shaped pool, but you'll need to make sure entrance ladders and steps aren't placed in the path of the swimmer.

One benefit of this shape over others is that while you might have a smaller perimeter (saving you money on construction costs), you can still enjoy more square footage of swimming area.

Figure 8

This pool is similar to a kidney shape, but it appears straight instead of curved. It looks like the number "8" with an oval at one end and a slightly larger oval at the other end.

This pool type shows a clear division between the shallow and deep ends, making it a good option for those families with small children. It also has a more contemporary look than the kidney while providing more swimming area.


Oval-shaped pools fall into the category of geometric designs and offer a sleek and modern, customized appearance. They function similarly to the rectangle but with smoother edges. They're a great choice for the homeowner that wishes to swim laps or play pool sports since the smooth perimeter can easily host multiple types of equipment.

L-Shaped (and T-Shaped)

An L-shaped pool consists of a rectangle with an extension at the foot. It offers a shallow play area with a deep end for diving so swimmers can enjoy opposite ends without interfering with one another. A true diving pool should be 38-39-feet long so that the slope to the deep end is gradual. And an L-shaped pool is ideal for that.

For a more natural look, you can request the lazy-L. This shape has a little more "curve" to the "L" with a smaller extension at the end. That section is typically reserved for people to enter and exit the pool without being in the line of swimmers.

If you have a lot of space, you can opt for a "T" shape. This is almost like having two pools side-by-side, giving homeowners double the swimming space for doing laps. Large families with frequent guests and parties enjoy the T-shaped pool.

Roman, Grecian, and Free Form

Roman and Grecian pools have an overall rectangular structure, but the ends are shaped with angles and curves. For instance, a Roman pool may appear scalloped on one end, whereas a Grecian pool has hard lines like an octagon. They offer an elegant and sophisticated look.

Free-form pools are just like they sound. They have multiple shapes and are geared to blend in with existing structures such as trees and shrubbery. They don't have to adhere to any rigid shape or pattern. Free-form pools are idea for homeowners that want a truly natural look for a pool they can relax in.

Go to sites of local pool builders to learn about which shapes would work for you.