Small Inground Pools: Sizing Them Up

The two main reasons people decide to get small inground pools are cost and space. Because the cost of an inground pool is mostly determined by its size (length, width, and depth), small inground pool prices are lower than those for larger pools. But even if you have the money to pay for a larger pool, you may not have the space in your backyard.

Small Inground Pool Prices

Small inground swimming pools are generally on the lower end of the cost scale for inground pools. That typically means something less than $50,000 for a fully installed pool, but of course, the exact price depends on a lot of different factors.

However, a smaller pool offers additional advantages that could reduce the price even further. The smaller size may make it viable for you to install the pool yourself, especially if you use a pool kit. But even if you don’t do the full job yourself, you may at least be able to do some or all of the digging, which could save you a significant amount of money.

Maintenance for a small inground pool is also easier and cheaper. With less water, you don’t have to spend as much on chemicals or heating. There’s also less surface to clean.

Space Savers

Whether you have a small backyard that simply won’t accommodate a large pool, or you just don’t want to use up so much space, small pools are easier to fit into your plans. In addition to cutting overall costs, they also greatly simplify installation. Larger pools often run into problems with excavation, additional fencing required, and similar issues. A small inground swimming pool can be plugged into more places without complications.

Some of the most popular small inground pool design include plunge pools, swim spas, and spools (pool/spa hybrids). These designs are all about providing the full “pool experience” in miniature form. They also have a lot to offer in the looks department.

Having said all that, it’s important to note that there’s a limit to the space-saving ability of a smaller pool. In particular, many pool owners underestimate how much space they need the pool deck. If you’re thinking about cramming a swimming pool into a tight space, make sure you’re not compromising its functionality.

Small Inground Pools – Great for Some, but not Others

While saving money and space are valid reasons to go with a small pool, you have to ask yourself if the sacrifice in size is worth it to you. For example, very small pools may not be safe – or even legal – for use with a diving board. If you want to use a lot of pool toys or equipment, you may have trouble doing so in a small pool without feeling cramped. Finally, if you have a larger family or plan to host swimming parties, a smaller option probably isn’t what you want.

On the other hand, small inground swimming pools are just as good as larger pools in some respects, such as:

Exercise. If your primary goal is to get some exercise, then a smaller pool will serve you fine. Your laps may be shorter, but in the end, the workout will be just as effective. If space is really tight and/or you’re serious about aquatic exercise, you can always install water jets that allow you to swim in place. In fact, there’s plenty of exercise equipment that works fine in any sized pool.

Relaxation. If you plan to spend more time lounging around the pool than swimming in it, then a smaller option should work just as well as a larger one. The money you save by trimming the pool’s proportions can instead be invested in a killer pool deck, awesome outdoor furnishings, beautiful landscaping, or even a kickin’ outdoor stereo system.

Small luxury pool with hedges and tropical plants providing privacy
You don’t need a lot of water to create an inviting getaway spot in your backyard.

Couples and Small Families. If only a few people will use the pool on a regular basis, then there’s really no need for a larger pool – unless you want a diving board or other equipment that requires extra space. Just keep in mind that small families have a way of growing into large families!

If small inground pool prices are what are driving your decision, you might also want to consider other affordable options such as above ground pools or semi inground pools. Another way to save without compromising size is to choose vinyl lining instead of the more expensive options such as gunite and fiberglass. Smaller pools are ideal for many people, but if you’re only interested in going small to save money, you may find yourself with a pool that doesn’t live up to expectations – and that’s a true waste of money.