Small Pools: Making the Most of Mini Backyards


Have you ever read those real estate listings advertising a “pool-sized backyard”? Wouldn’t it be great to have an acre of lush land for an Olympic -worthy swimming pool?

If you don’t have a large backyard, fear not—you don’t have to give up on your poolside fantasies. Swimming pools come in all shapes and sizes, and bigger isn’t necessarily better.

To make the most of the space you have, consider the unique advantages of installing a small backyard pool:

Intimate Spaces

A small inground pool offers a cozy space for relaxation, whether you’re swimming alone or with your special someone. You can tuck a smaller pool into a corner of your yard or adjacent to your patio, where you can accent the structure with exquisite architecture and landscaping features—think tropical flowers, a shade-giving umbrella, or a trickling rock fountain.

Small Inground Pool Smaller Pool Inground Pool Landscaping Features

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Water features like fountains and waterfalls will give your pool a refreshing aesthetic, and you don’t need a huge pool to incorporate them into your design.

Creatively Constructed for Layered-on Luxury

Let your creativity take the helm when designing a smaller pool to make the most of your space. Smaller pools cost less, which means you’ll have more money left for luxury features.

Make your backyard a private resort with a small tile pool. A suspended bed with an all-weather mattress is the perfect place to bask in your personal paradise. A fire bowl centerpiece will warm you and your guests up on chilly nights.

Backyard Private Resort With a Small Tile Pool

Imagine relaxing in a palm-shaded chaise lounger while listening to the gentle fall of water over a vanishing edge in this comforting pool.

Palm-Shaded Chaise Lounger

Install a fire feature beside your inground pool for dramatic night swims. Connect your pool to your patio or deck with a series of in-water stone steps that serve both artistic form and useful function.

Inground Pool With a Fire Feature

A small freeform pool provides enough room to stretch out or get cozy with friends around a small tile table. Don’t forget your favorite drink and a seasonal fruit tray.

Small FreeForm Pool, Spool

If you’re looking for the intimacy and relaxation of a hot tub, but need a little extra room, combine the features of a spa and pool to create a “spool”.

Backyard Swimming Pool & Dinning Area

This average suburban backyard fits a swimming pool, spa, and outdoor dining area into an elegant package.

Swimming Pool, Spa & Outdoor Dining Area

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Working with limited budget? An above ground pool has a small footprint and lower price tag. Dress it up with custom-built decking and tropical plants.

A little creativity combined with a small stretch of backyard can result in a beautiful oasis. As you lounge in the refreshing waters of your own private retreat, you’ll wonder why you ever doubted your backyard’s potential. After all, small yards—like small children—have plenty of wonder to share.

Small Pools for Training and Exercise

You aren’t confined to lounging in a small pool. There are plenty of options available for the athletically inclined to make the most of a small space:

If you have a long, thin slice of land available, a lap pool will allow you to work on your freestyle stroke without the need for a natatorium.

Lounging In a Small Pool

If a small square is all you can spare, check out a hydraulic current generator like the Fastlane® system by Endless Pools. You aren’t confined to swimming— work out those paddling muscles by kayaking in-place.

Fastlane® System by Endless Pools

Looking for more backyard makeover ideas? Check out our inspiration gallery for new and timeless designs that look great at any scale.