rectangular vs freeform

Picking the Perfect Pool: Rectangular vs Freeform

rectangular vs freeform

Picking the perfect pool for your family is not always an easy task. As you research pool design, there may seem to be infinite choices, and that may leave you wondering which style best suits your taste and backyard.

There are two basic categories of fiberglass pools — “rectangular” and “freeform”.  Although the shape of rectangular pool is obvious, a freeform pool is comprised of curves, rounded corners and flowing lines. Let’s take a closer look at these two designs and see how easy it is picking the perfect pool.


Rectangular Pools

Rectangular pools are one of the most popular, and standard, pool shapes available today. Relatively simple in nature, these pools create clean lines and are usually welcome in a variety of pool spaces. Rectangular pools are perfect for a more sophisticated and formal space.

One great feature of rectangular pools is that they tend to have a lot of space for both swim and play. These pools will usually include steps and benches, But all have an open corridor that is great for the possibilities of end-to-end swimming and play. Many rectangular pools also offer the amenity of depth. Deeper pools (8’ or deeper) are great if you desire a diving board, and more shallow pools (around 5’) are great for playing games with all ages.

Our Lineup of Rectangular Pools

Leisure Pools currently offers six different composite fiberglass rectangular pools:

  • Elegance – The Elegance offers a classic shape with a large swimming corridor and bench seat.
  • Reflection – The Reflection is a standard rectangular shape with a large swim corridor, full-length bench seat, and the option to have an auto cover.
  • Harmony – The Harmony is a smaller and more shallow rectangular pool, but still offers plenty of space and a full-length bench seat.
  • Pinnacle – The pinnacle is a rectangular pool featuring ample space, deep end seats, and a splash deck that is perfect for small children or sunbathing.
  • Ultimate – The Ultimate is a deluxe rectangular pool. It has the standard features but also has a built-in spa and splash deck. The “Ultimate” pool!
  • Icon – The Icon is modeled directly after the Ultimate, but has a deep depth of 8’, deep enough to have a diving board.
  • Palladium Plunge – In many areas, space for a pool can be limited.  The Palladium Plunge is the perfect pool for small spaces.  Whether using it to cool off in warm weather, or adding a swim jet system for training, this plunge pool offers many options.

Freeform Pools

Freeform pools are not any particular shape. In fact, the word “freeform” encompasses any pool that is flowing in design and does not fit into any other existing category. This pool shape typically has rounded edges and may even include large curved areas, making landscaping and features seemingly endless.

Freeform pools are perfect for blank-slate backyards. This means that you can customize the landscaping to fit the freeform shape of the pool. A cluster of palm trees in one curve, a nice swim-out bench in another! If you see your backyard as a paradise or an imaginative getaway, a freeform pool could help you create that perfect atmosphere.

Our Lineup of Freeform Pools

Leisure Pools has five stunning freeform composite fiberglass pools that are perfect for any space and use:

  • Riviera – The Riviera features gentle curves around the entire perimeter, giving it a subtle freeform shape. It has a large wrapped bench seat at the shallow end, leaving plenty of swim space.
  • Eclipse – The Eclipse is a newer model that is perfect for swim and play for all ages. The shallow end features a splash deck and swim nook, while the deep end reaches to 6’ 8”.
  • Allure – Much like the Eclipse, the Allure holds a similar shape while offering a splash deck, built-in spa, and a deep end swim out seat.
  • Mediterranean – The Mediterranean has subtle curvature around the perimeter, allowing for a large swim corridor. There is a large bench seat in the shallow end, and the deep end is diving board compatible at 8’.
  • Caribbean – The Caribbean is nearly identical to the Mediterranean but only reaches to 6’ 6” in the deep end.
  • Tuscany – The Tuscany, which is a kidney shape, is a delight to the landscape.  Its free form shape can also adapt well into difficult corner sites and can be maneuvered into places that many other more formal shapes won’t fit.

Lines AND Curves

If you desire a pool design that has clean lines in addition to some curves, you have even more options.

  • Moroccan – The Moroccan incorporates a rectangular look while having rounded corners and a nice curve on one side. It’s perfect for unique landscaping or for adding a Tanning Ledge.  The Moroccan also provides end-to-end swimming with not one, but three entry points.  It’s a spacious pool the entire family can enjoy.
  • Roman The Roman shape has endured for centuries and offers timeless elegance.  The clever use of a rectangle and two semi-circles also unlocks unlimited possibilities for landscaping.
  • Courtyard Roman – The Courtyard Roman offers the traditional Roman shape while being smaller in size and suitable for smaller spaces.  It is also packed with features.  It’s ideal for adding a swim jet system, spa jets, or even for playing games or relaxing.

Decisions, Decisions

Picking the perfect pool — rectangular vs. freeform — comes down to two general decisions: “What do I want to use my pool for?” and “What do I want my space to look like?”

Whatever you decide, your swimming pool will definitely bring you and your loved ones joy and memories! We hope this article helped in picking the perfect pool for you.

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