With swimming pools, the conventional logic is usually this: the bigger the pool the better the pool! While it’s certainly great to have an amazing and large outdoor swimming pool, there’s something to be said for smaller ones. For one, you won’t have to worry about upkeep nearly as much, and the water and heating bills won’t be as exorbitant. But, small swimming pools are so much more than mere money savers. They can be incredibly attractive design elements that will totally make your outdoor living space!
Of course, there are a number of different ways the small swimming pools can be laid out and incorporated into your backyard. To give you an idea of the full range of possibilities, we’ve collected 23 stunning examples. Some of these small backyard swimming pools feature incredibly simple and contemporary design, whereas others make use of natural elements to create exceptionally attractive outdoor oases.
So, if you’re thinking about building a small swimming pool for your backyard – or if you simply don’t have the space for something larger – come check out these awesome small swimming pool designs we’ve collected! You’re sure to find something appealing and that will inspire a design for a small swimming pool for your home.
Three simple waterfalls really make this small swimming pool with hot tub a stand out!
The natural rock face with waterfall helps to complete the look of this small backyard swimming pool.
With two tile walls illuminated by green LED lights, this small swimming pool has a distinctive and attractive look.
If the natural rock face isn’t for you, then you may appreciate the design of this very similar swimming pool.
The grey slate tiles used around this small backyard swimming pool are an excellent design choice.
With an interesting shape and smart design choice, this small swimming pool is able to pack a larger pool’s wallop.
7. Tall Falls
While many small swimming pools will have small waterfalls, you can always go bigger if you want.
This small backyard swimming pool demonstrates perfectly how you can create your own private oasis.
9. Grab a Seat
Choosing to use most of the space for a seating area, this attractive backyard area still manages to make room for a small pool.
10. Draw the Eye
With a smaller backyard swimming pool, you’ll want to make interesting design choices with the fences to draw the eye.
11. Stone Wall
For this small backyard pool, the high stone wall is the feature that will draw the looker’s eye.
12. Long and Thin
For something as inviting as it is attractive, check out this long and thin backyard swimming pool.
13. Unity of Design
This small pool was clearly conceived of as an architectural feature of the home and not just an add-on.
Even with a smaller pool, there are still plenty of possibilities for interesting design. Check out the “island” in this pool.
15. Building In
The small swimming pool in this backyard is incorporated beautifully into the wooden deck.
16. Thing of Beauty
The shape of both the small swimming pool and hot tub are beautifully anticipated by the pattern of the patio surrounding.
Check out how the dolphin pattern at the bottom of this small swimming pool adds visual interest to the design.
For this modern home, the small swimming pool is stunningly incorporated into the overall design.
With a smaller backyard pool like this one, water jets can be a really great design choice.
With a small backyard pool like this, having a comfortable sit and enjoy the sun is ideal.
21. Spilling Over
You have to love how this small backyard pool has been designed, with the hot tub spilling over into the pool itself.
22. Doing Laps
This design perfectly demonstrates how a small lap pool can be incorporated amazingly into the design of your outdoor living space.
Here, you can see how an elevated seating area can be just the thing to set off the design of your small backyard swimming pool.