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What Are the Dimensions and Cost of a Small Lap Pool?

Pools aren’t necessarily always designed for swimming. Some people use them for relaxation and enjoyment, while some play and splash inside. A small lap pool is ideal if you want to swim. If you pre-plan the dimensions of your lap pool with a designer, you’ll be able to design and install the best one for your home.

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Small Lap Pool Dimensions

What’s a standard length for lap pool? It’s considered that at least 46 feet (14 meters) in length is proper for lap swimming. More length is, of course, preferable, but you might have a limited space.

Now, what should be the standard width of a lap pool? Minimum 8 feet (2.4 meters) is recommended, while an extra 4 feet in width is preferred especially if two people intend to swim at the same time.

Regarding the depth of your lap pool, take care that your fingers don’t hit the bottom when swimming. So, roughly, it should be 3.5 feet (1.1 meters) deep. These dimensions are just a minimum estimate. The final figures are up to you and your ideal layout.

Some people prefer rectanglular-shaped lap pools while others prefer L-shaped lap pools. The shape of your lap pool can easily beautify your surroundings, so plan accordingly.

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Small Lap Pool Costs

Normally, the cost of an average lap pool is not easy to determine. It mainly depends upon the contractor, construction material, and where you live. Without a doubt, the addition of any custom designs can increase the cost, such as an over the ground lap pool, elongated shape, etc. The bigger the area, the more the material, and, hence, the higher the price.

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Before you get a rough estimate of the cost from a designer, confirm the same dimensions from several other experts. A professional and skilled contractor can provide a lot of guidance. Still, if the cost of a lap pool is out of your budget or the area does not meet the minimum dimensions, it’s best to abandon the lap pool dream for now. Thankfully, there are alternative ideas to a lap pool.

One alternative is to get a swim spa, which is essentially a big tub with water jets. The constant flow of the jets allows you to swim endlessly. They occupy much less space and the expense is also lower compared to a lap pool.

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