Most above ground pools are offered in two different shapes - round and oval. Smaller, more conservative pools are 12 to 18 feet in diameter while larger pools can go up to 33 feet round or 21x41 feet in the oval shape.
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.
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.
An 18 foot above ground pool will comfortably fit 4-5 average size adults to swim, float and play.
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.
I would say 27 is big enough if you are not going to have a deck around most of it. My 28 ft pool is almost too big to vac from the sides. The only way to do it properly is from inside the pool wich isn't a problem most of the time. We'v had lots of kids and adults in the pool and had plenty of room.
27' Above Ground Pools are the perfect fit for those with a small to mid-size family or with a reasonable amount of yard space. A 27 foot above ground pool will comfortably fit 5-6 average size adults to swim, float and play.
Standard pool dimensions usually measure something like 10 x 20, 15 x 30, and 20 x 40, with an average depth around 5.5 feet. 10 x 20 is considered a small in-ground pool, while a 20 x 40-foot pool is on the larger side of things.
In general, the most common inground pool sizes are: 5-10 ft long (spa size) 10-15 ft.
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.
This will depend on the size of your yard and the size of the pool that you want. For example, you should probably have a minimum of 1,200 square feet of space to install a small inground pool that's around 12 feet by 24 feet (this includes around ten feet on all sides to account for setbacks and patio).
It will be a snug fit. If I go with a 21ft pool, it will be no problem. Obviously I would have 1 1/2ft extra from the septic and property line. That would give a foot more away from the pine trees.
The number one reason homeowners choose round above ground pools over ovals is the price. While that may not be shocking, just how much can be saved overall might be. Round pools provide more swimming area at a lower price meaning you're getting the best price per gallon.
There are a select few that actually will swim some form of laps in their above ground. So, if you are planning on proving me wrong by being one of them, make sure to get an oval that is at least thirty feet long. That'll help set you up for success.
In round pools 15', 18', 21', 24', 27' & 30'. *Note: not every size is available in every model.
A rectangular 7m or 8m is the most common size families with up to 4 kids go for and is plenty big enough. If the kids have flown the coop, think of future grandkids who will love a shallow end at first and deep end as they grow older. Keep in mind the future buyer of your home should you sell.
At 18 feet wide, 48 inches in height and loaded with great accessories, the Intex Metal Frame Set Pool is great for making a splash in the warm weather.