What shape shall I choose for my pool?

The most usual shapes when building swimming pools

One of the main concerns when deciding to build a swimming pool is determining what shape it will be and then choosing its colour.

Wherever the pool is going to be situated, the first step when it comes to building a pool is deciding on its shape – as there are endless possibilities.

Before establishing the shape of the pool, we must carefully analyse the characteristics of the garden and surface area to make the most of our water area.

This step has to be studied with care as it is not only about each of our personal and aesthetic tastes but we also have to take into account where the pool will go, and the shape and size of the space. We also have to consider the use to be given to the pool when making our decision – so it is time for some reflection before deciding on one shape or another.

If we take pools built using the traditional concrete system as our basis, we have an advantage when it comes to choosing the shape as concrete pools can be designed in any irregular shape.

With regard to the type of site where the pool will go, this factor carries weight in terms of cost and greater or lesser difficulty when making the pool, as we will have to adapt to irregularities in the shape of the site.

Lastly, we have to stop and think about how we intend to use the pool, as it will be a decisive factor when it comes to choosing a certain shape. For example, if we want to do sport and swim lengths, a long, narrow pool will be perfect, but if we want to have a kid’s area in the pool, the wider that part is, the better and it should also be shallow.

One division of frequent pool shapes is traditional square, rectangular or round ones and the irregular ones that are no standard shape and whose design is limited only by your imagination and the dimensions of the site.


Rectangular pools

Among traditional shapes, rectangular pools are among the most preferred as they are easy to integrate into almost all gardens. A rectangular shape always gives an image of sobriety and elegance, whatever the general style of the pool.

There are several other shapes derived from this category – pools that are based on the rectangle but presented as an “L”, “T” or “U”.

Square pools

They are not very frequent either because they are usually impractical. This type of design is usually used when one of the sides is next to the wall of the house, for example.oor space. Sandy swimming pools are an example.

Kidney-shaped pools

The traditional kidney shape is, no doubt, the star of many private gardens thanks to its functionality and appearance. The main features of this line are that it is an attractive design and it adapts easily to winding sites.

Triangular pools

These are bordered by three straight sides. They are not very usual when being built privately and are normally in response to very specific needs of the site.

Irregular-shaped pools

Ones with no symmetry and complete freedom of form. Pools with an irregular design easily adapt to the site whatever its shape and dimensions, thus allowing us to get much more out of our outdoor space. Sandy swimming pools are an example.