Guide to Pool Shapes

Find Out Which Pool Shape is Right for You


Shape is an important part of your pool design. , not only for the pool, but for the entire backyard landscape. Factors such as ambiance, theme, size and potential for landscaping and design need to be taken into account when choosing the right pool shape. While pool materials and cost still play a significant role in what pool shape will be chosen, the pool owner’s life style and purpose of the pool needs to be considered as well.

Geometric Shape

Geometric pools can be good for a variety of reasons. A rectangle or other shape with angles is ideal if the pool is to be used for fitness purposes. Depending on the size of a geometric shaped pool, fiberglass pools are more readily available. This cuts back on cost. Some common geometric shapes include the rectangle and the “L” shape, which allows for additions of shapes like rectangles and triangles. This shape is good for a modern backyard design. They can also be the perfect addition to a large or small backyard depending on what they will be used.

Oval Shape

Oval and circle shaped pools allow for a more uniform look, while providing a softer shape than a geometric shape with sharp lines and corners. These are perfect for the pool owner who wants something uniform yet natural. Oval shape can be placed in a more modern surrounding as well as contribute to a nature inspired landscape, depending on the materials, elements and features used in and around the pool. These shapes can also be provided in various materials ranging from fiberglass to gunite.

Free Form Shape

A free form shape depends on what the pool owner can dream up and what the pool designer and contractor can supply. Most pool designers work diligently to make the pool owners vision become a reality when choosing a free form shaped pool. This shape is also ideal for both big and small backyards. With a smaller backyard the pool can be designed as a spa style pool or pond style pool. In a bigger backyard the pool owner and designer can get creative with the placement and shape. This pool shape usually requires gunite or shotcrete and tends to be more expensive.

Infinity Shape

With the right backyard, any shape of pool whether free form, oval, or geometric can become an infinite pool. Most infinity pools are designed when the landscape behind the yard includes a drop off or body of water. This gives the pool the allusion of merging with the scenery. The materials, design and engineer behind an infinity pool tend to cost more but are aesthetically pleasing as an end result.