How to Fit an In-Ground Swimming Pool in a Small Backyard

Of course you want a swimming pool in your backyard. But you feel like there isn’t enough space outside your home. Well we have some good news for you! Swimming pools don’t have to take up a lot of space. You can install an in-ground swimming pool in your backyard to fit most spaces. There are a ton of variations available to ensure you get a design you love, with the functionality you need. A smaller size also doesn’t make your pool any less enjoyable, and with a little creativity, it can be just as delightful as bigger pools.

Having a smaller pool sometimes only allows for fun water play, but not actual distance swimming. However there are gadgets you may add to enhance your swimming experience. For example, you may install water jets and swim against the current to simulate lapping. There are also tether systems that keep you in one place as you swim. You’re making the same strokes as if you’re in a bigger pool, and are getting the same amount of exercise. As a bonus, having a smaller pool dramatically lowers your maintenance costs.

Since we don’t have that much room to work with, you can situate your pool right next to a wall that isn’t “in the action” of your backyard, or near a fence. Instead of having a traditional pool deck that surrounds the entire pool, you can save a lot of space by having one or more edges of your in-ground swimming pool run up to the walls of your house, depending on your backyard design. For these types of solutions, safety is always paramount. Speak to a professional pool installation company to ensure your design is safe for you and your family.

Pools are usually rectangular or oval shaped, but fire up your creativity and embrace other designs. Depending on which material you use, you can shape your pool and have it personalized to fit into an empty corner in your backyard. Concrete pools and vinyl pools are great options with very few limitations on size and shapes. Fibreglass pools have more restrictions but also offer a variety of shapes and sizes.

There’s no shape that’s best for a small backyard, but typically homeowners prefer free-form shapes such as curvy pools. It take ups some more water space but it allows more decking space for patio chairs. Homeowners also often surround their small backyard pools with rocks and plates for a close-to-nature look. If you have no space for a deck, you may add a waterfall at one side of the pool. Not only does it block off the edge, but it also creates a subtle luxurious appearance.

Don’t let the small space of your backyard limit your right to enjoy a nice, relaxing swimming pool with your loved ones. If you need advice on which materials to use or need help designing your in-ground pool, feel free to book an appointment today with Seaway Pools & Hot Tubs. Call us today at 905-294-8030, or toll free at 1-888-494-8030, or email

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