Home Improvement and DIY

Five Beautiful Small Pool Designs

Spring has just arrived, but summer will be here before we know it! If you have been considering installing a swimming pool or planning a pool resurfacing Las Vegas project, chances are you are making plans now. Maybe you have always wanted a pool, but you have limited space to work with on your property. Have you heard of “spools?” This is the new term for trendy smaller pools in all different shapes that can allow you to enjoy the benefits and luxury of having your own private pool without having to take up a lot of yard space. If you have always dreamed of having an in-ground pool but space is an issue, today I am sharing five beautiful small pool designs that just might work for you. *This post contains affiliate and/or sponsored links.

spa pool spool | Spool with waterfall


Years ago our family had a pool and we used it all summer long. We had hoped to put in an above ground pool here at the yellow brick home, but our back yard has quite a bit of a slope and there were some issues with how the pool would be blocking a portion of the light coming into our neighbor’s garden (a delightful master gardener!) I started researching in-ground pools and discovered “spools.” In addition to small square, oval and rectangular shapes, spools come in a variety of other shapes that can be more suited to challenging yards.


Small Pool. Perfect for soaking and cooling off...for those of us that don't like to swim laps.


Swimming has been one of the absolute best treatments I have found for autoimmune arthritis. Having our own private, small pool   for relaxing and doing some mild stretching would be wonderful for me to be able to use from May through September.



The pool I would love minus the hot tub section.


A hot tub is a perfect companion to a swimming pool, and it doesn’t have to be inconveniently located in a separate area away from the pool. Many of the spool designs have an integrated hot tub so it is easy to move between the hot tub and the pool.  The addition of a hot tub is also a great way to make your pool area a more sociable place for family and friends. If you choose to install beautiful concrete or hardscaping, you will also have plenty of space for entertaining by the poolside.


If you have children and teens still at home, there are some small pools that still allow enough room for a bit of water volley ball or a traditional game of “Marco Polo.” Even if you choose a traditional square or rectangular pool, the addition of a water feature  or an aqua fire pit can make it an extraordinary summer oasis.  You can browse here to see many gorgeous designs. Just be sure to install a fence for safety and research causes for swimming pool accidents  to be on the safe side.


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Coolest Small Pool Ideas: 155 Nice Example Photos


If you have very limited space but are looking for a place to cool off, float on a raft, or do some water stretches, this small in-ground pool is perfect!

Of course, if we do end up installing a “spool” one of these days, I dream of having a shabby chic “she shed” pool house decorated with my vintage gardening goodies and coastal themed treasures to go along with it!


This would be a really cute pool house.



In this post I have only shared some examples of in-ground small pool designs, but there are many small, above ground pools available on the market today as well. If you clean up your landscaping and add decking or even stonework around the outside of above ground pools they can look just as elegant and classy as in- ground pools. I will be exploring above ground pools in a future  post.

Most people are deterred from installing swimming pools because of the upkeep, cost and maintenance, but spools provide less expense and less work, with many of the same relaxing benefits of a larger pool. What do you think about these little spools? Yay or nay? I love to hear from you!


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