Round pools start at 12 feet in diameter, with **24-foot-diameter** pools, which can fit four to five people, being the most popular choice, Carnes says. The most popular oval pools are 15 feet by 30 feet. The depth of your pool depends on the wall height.

For a family of 1-2 people, we recommend a minimum pool size of 14 x 25ft. For a family of 3-5 people, we recommend a minimum pool size of 16 x 32ft. For a family of 6-8 people, we recommend a minimum pool size of 18 x 36ft.

For a family of 8 people, a pool size of 18 by 36 feet is adequate. Even if you all decide to swim at the same time, there will be enough space for everyone. A rectangular shape is the best choice for this size of the pool. If there are six or less in your family, a pool size of 16 by 32 feet will be sufficient.

A 12x24 foot pool has a surface area that covers 288 feet, so it should be big enough for your needs based on this rough calculation.

Round pools typically range from 10 feet to 33 feet in diameter, and rectangles and ovals range from 12 x 24 feet to about 18 x 44 feet. Typical above ground pool depths are 48 or 52 inches deep. Above-ground pools require a level surface and access to electricity and water.

Size up your pool.

Round pools start at 12 feet in diameter, with 24-foot-diameter pools, which can fit four to five people, being the most popular choice, Carnes says. The most popular oval pools are 15 feet by 30 feet.

16 x 32 Rectangle (most popular)

How small can an in-ground pool be? Most of the smallest in-ground pools across all pool types, on average, are around 12' by 24', 10' by 15', or even a 10' x 10' Spool/Cocktail pool! In-ground pools can be even smaller.

10 x 20 is considered a small in-ground pool, while a 20 x 40-foot pool is on the larger side of things.

12x24 Inground Pool Cost

The cost for this size, on average, will be between $26,000 and $38,000, depending on the type of material used. Materials and their average associated costs are as follows: Concrete, $38,000. Fiberglass, $34,000.

Most rectangular pools are about twice as long on one side as they are on the other, with an average depth of around 5.5 feet. Typical swimming pool dimensions are 10 x 20, 15 x 30, and 20 x 40. When you think of a backyard pool, you think of a rectangular pool that's about twice as long as it is wide.

It's recommended having a depth fewer than six feet to meet most pool needs. For a family of six to eight people, an 18 foot by 36-foot pool is recommended. This should be sufficient to avoid crowding and allow for the playing of games. Rectangle shaped pools look best for this size.

Although not a limit, but used as a guideline, it is common to have no more than 1 swimmer per 15 square feet. If you have a 24-foot round pool you will be able to have roughly 30 swimmers.

The 18' was plenty enough room for 2-3 people floating around and good bit of people standing, but that's it, no diving or swimming laps.

A small pool may not offer the same range of activities that a large pool does, but it still serves a great purpose to your yard. Small pools look great from a design standpoint, and they offer a level of intimacy that a large pool does not provide. They're perfect for lounging and relaxation.

Your swimming pool should only take up about a quarter of your backyard, at most. By contrast, a pool that's smaller than a quarter of the total back yard's size may look awkwardly small, unless you use large and lush landscaping to break the expanse and make the pool area look more proportional.

While the sizes and dimensions of pools vary, anything that's about 10 feet by 10 feet or smaller is typically considered a small pool. In terms of depth, three feet is standard for soaking and floating, and four to five feet and above is the best depth for lap pools.

A swimming pool is considered small when the area does not exceed 10m². In addition to being perfectly adapted to small gardens, these mini-pools do not require a declaration of works (except in protected zones).

Typically, a long, rectangular pool is based for laps since it lets you swim in a straight line. A rounded pool would be better for lounging and for recreational swims. These pools are usually smaller and do not have a straight path for swimming laps.

This round framed pool is 20 feet in diameter and 48 inches tall, allowing it to hold up to 7,947 gallons of water.

While above-ground models are typically shallower than in-ground pools, they can still be too deep for small children or unsure swimmers. (Children can drown in as little as one inch of water.) The larger swimming pools can reach depths of about 4.5 feet. Smaller pools can be a mere three inches deep.