One of the big decisions in swimming pool design is choosing the shape of your pool. There are so many ways your pool can be shaped, so it’s helpful to have an idea of popular shapes and classic shapes.
The straight edges of geometric pool shapes are what give them the formal design. The rectangle was one of the most common shapes in early pool design. Its long straight and narrow design is ideal for swimming laps. A rectangle with rounded corners is also a popular design that tends to tone down the formality.
Free Form Pool
A truly free-form design does not adhere to any typical pool design patterns. It is typically designed around elements in nature or to blend with nature. It also is chosen for incorporating landscaping elements such as providing inlets into the pool area for palm trees or shrubbery.
Kidney Shaped Pool
It is a popular choice because it is conducive to nearly any size of backyard space. Without the crisp lines of a geometric-type pool, the kidney-shape tends to look more natural. It also provides natural placement of a shallow end and a deep end for swimmers.
Figure-8 shaped pools are great for families or those who want a pool to work for many activities. One end of a figure-8 pool does not necessarily have to be a mirror image in size of the other end. The figure-8 provides a nice separation for an obvious shallow area and a separate deeper area. For families, young children can enjoy activities in the shallow area with obvious perception of where the deeper area begins.
The l-shaped pool was a natural extension of the typical rectangular pool. This type of pool shape is great for those who like to exercise or train by swimming laps, while still providing a smaller shallow-end area for young swimmers.