Pool depth and slope small plunge pool


New member
Jul 23, 2020
Hi all! We are new here and hoped you could weigh in / help us figure out the best pool depth(s) for a very small plunge pool - water’s edge to water’s edge is 16x8. The depths are currently ranging from 3.5-5 but the slope feels like you’re always on a hill. Should we add to the shallow part and make the 3.5 depth cover half of the pool length then slope down more steeply to 4.5’ (instead of 5’)? Or should we just leave it as is? I am kind of regretting not doing 4’ or 4’5” all the way across and so am now trying to make myself feel like I didn’t totally screw up this one of a thousand pool building decisions! Does anyone else have a small pool with a slope to the deep end? Should we ask to go 3.5-4 the rest of the way? Or will a slope be fine once we are filled with water? So anxious! Sorry for the wordiness. Just a little panicked!


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In The Industry
Aug 10, 2017
Morris Cnty NJ
Plunge pools are laid different than larger pools. I've never seen one 3.5 before. Usually a 4 or 4.5 flat bottom or a 4 to 5ft taper. I'd leave it alone the angle feels alot less in the water you want some water to be chest high