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Small Pools, Big Impact

What is a spool?

"Spools" or small + pools are compact backyard swimming pools. You may have heard of them referred to as "plunge pools," "cocktail pools," or "swim spas," but we use "spools" to refer to the broad category of small pools. Pools that fall into the category of "spools" have a maximum length of ten to sixteen feet.

Why should you install a spool?

Spools are wonderful additions to the backyard because they fit into almost any size space and promote a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, their smaller sizes mean that spools require less chemicals and are quicker to clean than expansive pools – a delightful compromise for those who looking to minimize maintenance and ownership costs. From natural-looking spools to breathtakingly modern designs, pool builders are showcasing their creativity by making spools in every shape and size. Check out 12 spools that inspire us below:

Spool Design Ideas

Bohemian Beauty

Highlights of this bohemian beauty are the NPT StoneScapes Midnight Blue Touch of Glass pool finish, lush landscaping and reclaimed brick coping. A tanning ledge with bubbler makes a perfect spot for cooling off during hot summer days.

City Spool

Spools are ideal for urban areas because of their compact size and health benefits. This multi-level outdoor living area nestles a small pool with a cascading bond beam and tanning ledge.

Suburban Stunner

This outdoor living area has it all: two-tier spool with connected spa, outdoor kitchen and beautiful, unique furniture. The combination of NPT’s StoneScapes Aqua Cool Touch of Glass pool finish with bright travertine coping and decking give this backyard a refreshing feel.

Sophisticated Spool

This spool’s soothing color palette created with white plaster finish, Travertine Split Face Silver stone veneers and porcelain paver coping and decking define contemporary glamour. The addition of a raised spa and bond beam with cascades enhance the elegance and relaxation in this backyard.

Scandinavian Style Spool

Scandinavian style is defined by the use of wood, neutral tones and touches of organic material. This spool’s beautiful PolishedScapes Silver Reef finish, composite decking and turf surround give it a stylish Nordic feel.

Mountain Pond

This infinity spool is pure magic with its QuartzScapes Curacao Night pool finish, natural rock features and beach entry, opening up to breathtaking views of the surrounding environment.

Modern Marvel

Do you love the industrial, clean look of modern design? You’ll love this fabulous contemporary infinity edge spool with inset spa overlooking a California lake. Its knife edge and black finish create the captivating, mirror-like surface.

Sporty Spool

Imagine starting your morning with a refreshing swim in your very own backyard. Lap spools are fantastic ways to use your backyard to improve your health and fitness. This pool features a long but narrow design with a central tile lap lane.

Adventure Spool

Think a spool is too small to fit all the features you want? Think again! This beautiful spool features a raised spa, waterfall made with natural stone AND tanning ledge!

Tropical Vibes

We love the fun personality that bright blue NPT JewelScapes Iolite pool finish and turtle mosaics bring to this tropical-inspired spool. Natural stone waterfall, NPT Verona Borba Turquoise pool tile and turf surround enhance the beachy feel of this backyard.

Rustic Retreat

This homeowner chose a custom-shaped pool to maximize their outdoor living space. We love how the NPT QuartzScapes Barbados Blue pool finish contrasts with the warm-toned natural stone features like the spa and fireplace.

Build Your Spool Today

We hope we inspired you to build your very own backyard spool. As you can see in the above designs, the only limit is your imagination and creativity. Not sure where to begin? Start by taking our pool personality test to define your backyard style. Then, reach out to a builder or find a design center near you to bring your vision to life.


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