Have a small backyard but can't get visions of a swimming pool out of your head? The good news is that you can certainly enjoy a pool even if your lot is short on square footage, you just have to get a bit creative when it comes to size and shape. Small pools go by different names: spools, plunge pools, cocktail pools, and wading pools. Some are even placed aboveground, while others feature eye-catching features like fountains, built-in ledges, and other special details.
The following 25 small pools are all ones we'd love to spend time in—keep reading to gather plenty of inspiration as you plan the next steps for your backyard.
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Many small pools are kidney shaped, like this one, but this style happens to also feature a small spa. These commonly feature jets to help relieve sore muscles while staying stationary.
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This pool features a spa area with a waterfall-like feature that adds character to the yard. Part of the pool is surrounded by grass, rather than concrete, the former of which is a common feature in backyards in the Northeast.Continue to 3 of 25 below.
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Water cascades into this kidney-shaped pool, making it appear extra resort-like. Seating inside the pool makes it easy for swimmers to rest and enjoy the feeling of being ensconced in water when they aren't completing laps.Continue to 4 of 25 below.
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A square shaped pool is simple and timeless when surrounded by elegant stonework. A flagstone patio is classic and inviting.Continue to 5 of 25 below.
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By the Beach
Positioned at the edge of this expansive property, this small pool serves as the last stop between the grassy backyard and the beach. Swimmers can enjoy ocean views without having to venture through the sand.Continue to 6 of 25 below.
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Nice and Sleek
A modern style backyard features a sleek, rectangular shaped pool with a built-in spa. A tiled border complements the crisp hue of the water and adds intrigue to this contemporary backyard.Continue to 7 of 25 below.
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A small pool shines in this Ontario backyard. Measuring just 14 by 30 feet, it is petite overall yet still sizable enough for a family to enjoy. You may be surprised to find that your lot does have enough room for a pool if you think strategically about size and placement.Continue to 8 of 25 below.
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Surrounded by grass on all sides, this geometric shaped pool appears stately and elegant.
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Nestled within a walkway like space and surrounded by natural materials, this pool makes the most of every square inch available.Continue to 11 of 25 below.
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The spa pool (or spool) pictured here is equipped with a bench along two sides to allow lounging and also features spa jets to use for therapy or massage. The adjacent wood deck allows family members and guests to sit pool side with just their feet in the water.Continue to 12 of 25 below.
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Above Ground Ambiance
An above ground pool adds a cozy touch to this backyard, particularly due to its built in bench with cushions that makes it easy to lounge outdoors at all times of day. The way the seating is situated makes it easy for those sitting outside the pool to engage in conversation with those who are in the water, making this a particularly ideal setup for large families or entertaining.Continue to 13 of 25 below.
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A simple, kidney shaped pool shines in this backyard. When a pool is shaped in this way, it's easy to tell where the shallow area ends and the deep end begins.Continue to 14 of 25 below.
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A chic bistro table is positioned right at the edge of this small pool, making it easy to sit nearby and enjoy a beverage before popping in for a quick dip.Continue to 15 of 25 below.
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The addition of beautiful fountains make this pool feel ultra special. Kids will enjoy trying to jump up to touch the sprinklers while adults will appreciate the serenity that this feature provides.Continue to 16 of 25 below.
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Neat and Narrow
Long and narrow is the name of the game when it comes to this pool design. A pool like this one is the perfect complement to a modern, minimalist home.Continue to 17 of 25 below.
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Tiled for Privacy
A tiled wall serves to provide a bit of extra privacy beside this backyard pool while also adding stylistic flair. Blue tile is a common choice for pools, as it blends so seamlessly with the water.Continue to 18 of 25 below.
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This above ground pool, which also contains a spa, features thin edges that make it appear to be floating above the grass. This setup goes to show that not all above ground pools are bulky in shape—they can be quite minimalistic if that is the look you desire.
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This L-shaped pool overlooks a Minnesota lake. It is actually raised quite high above the ground, which allows for swimmers to take in majestic views of Lake Minnetonka.Continue to 20 of 25 below.
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A pool like this one is perfect for swimming laps. Think about your day to day needs when designing a pool for your backyard—families with kids will need more space to play, while adults may enjoy a narrow lap pool like this one.Continue to 21 of 25 below.
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Sequence of Steps
Wade your way into this pool, which features plenty of steps to help older ones and young children get situated as they make their way into the water. Various sections allow space for the whole family to splash around.
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There's something so satisfying about a perfectly rectangular shaped pool like this one, which gracefully connects to a nearby grassy area.Continue to 23 of 25 below.
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There's nothing wrong with a simple approach! This pool is a classic and is surrounded by gorgeous limestone.Continue to 24 of 25 below.
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In the Clear
Many families opt to install a gate in front of their pool to prevent young ones from veering too close to the water. Here, a lucite gate serves both an aesthetic and practical purpose. The clear design allows everyone to admire the pool yet plays a major safety function.
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Just add palm trees! Plenty of lighting and some lush tropical plants will help turn your backyard into a relaxing oasis. It's all in the details.