How To Select The Correct Sized In Ground Winter Pool Cover

WRITTEN BY:  Inyo Pools

  3.5 out of 5 stars on 10 ratings
(Click on a star to add your rating)

Getting ready to winterize your swimming begins with purchasing the correct size cover. Here a few tips that will help you choose the correct size.

Things You'll Need

Tape Measure

Note pad

Step by Step

Top

Step 1

Measure the size of the pool. Make certain to include the step section in your measurements if they extend past the pool. A standard in ground winter cover comes rectangular in shape. Record your measurements in a note pad.

Step 2

Take into consideration how low you plan to drop the water level. Most pool covers will come with enough material to compensate for a water level that is reduced up to 12". If you need to drain the water level more than that, you will need to purchase a larger cover.

Step 3

Keep in mind that if you have a step section the extends past the pool, you will need a winter cover large enough to cover it. The winter cover can't be cut to the shape of the pool. If you need a winter cover that follows the shape of the pool, you will need to purchase a safety pool cover.

Step 4

You will also want to take into consideration any obstacles along the pool's perimeter that can't be removed such as ladders, rails and water features. Since the cover can't be cut, the cover will need to be large enough to go around these items.

Step 5

Once you have received your new winter cover, carefully remove it from the box and measure it to ensure it is the correct size. If it is incorrect, please contact the dealer you purchased the cover from for further instruction.

Comments

Top
(1 to 34 of 34)

Sara  Posted: 10/6/2018 

Hi, I have a new 15x30 pool surrounded by only 1ft of blue stone coping then lawn on all four sides. I.E No patio or pavers. What size cover should I get ? Im assuming the anchors will have to fit inside the 1ft wide coping stone edging as only grass and earth beyond that? Thanks
 Reply

InyoPools Product Specialist Matt S.  Posted: 10/8/2018 

Hello Sara - it appears you are referring to a safety cover and not the winter cover this guide is referring to. For a pool with such a short deck, you would need lawn tubes that can be secured into grass and dirt. That type of cover modification would be classified as custom, so you would need to fill out this custom safety cover form.
 Reply

Matthew  Posted: 9/18/2018 

Hello Charity - if you have an odd-shaped or odd-sized cover, use a cover that is equal to or larger than the overall length and width of your pool to ensure proper coverage.
 Reply

Charity  Posted: 9/13/2018 

Hello! I have an odd shaped pool. It is rectangle and 10 1/2 by 28. We purchased a 16 by 32 pool cover and it is too big. Just trying to figure out what size we need. Thank you!
 Reply

Matthew  Posted: 9/5/2018 

Hello Dawn - if you read the second of the five steps listed in the guide, it states covers have enough material to account for dropping the water level up to 12-inches. So you can use the 16 X 32 cover unless you plan to drop the water level any farther
 Reply

Matthew  Posted: 9/5/2018 

Hello Dena - if you follow the instructions in the guide, it suggests getting a winter pool cover rated for the 15' X 34' pool or the next largest size.
 Reply

dawn  Posted: 9/1/2018 

16 x 32 rectangular pool with full water what winter cover would i need when we drop water down as well
 Reply

dena  Posted: 8/30/2018 

pool is 15 X 34 what is good cover size we drop the water 10 to 12". than you
 Reply

InyoPools  Posted: 8/21/2018 

Hello Eric - You'd want to go with a winter cover for a 20'x40' pool if your pool is 18'6"x38'.
 Reply

Eric  Posted: 8/18/2018 

my current pool cover is 18'6" by 38'. This does include the length of the center step. Is this the measurement I should order or should it be 18 x 34 plus the center step?
 Reply

Inyopools  Posted: 7/6/2018 

Hello JD - Safety covers have to be specific to the size of the pool. Your pool would require a customer safety cover. If you send us a completed custom safety cover measuring form, we can send you a quote.
 Reply

JD  Posted: 7/5/2018 

I have a 40.3 feet X 15 feet 9 inch pool. What size of safety pool cover should i go for?
 Reply

Inyopools  Posted: 4/9/2018 

Hello Bob - Specific strap placement would require a custom cover. Submit a support ticket here and our cover specialist will contact you.
 Reply

Bob in NJ  Posted: 4/7/2018 

my pool is 20 x 40, with a 4 x 8 center step at the shallow end. I have existing anchors for the existing winter cover; may I specify where the straps will go?
 Reply

Inyopools  Posted: 10/11/2017 

Rosie - You may need to buy a custom cover. Please call us at 407-834-2200 and one of our service reps will help determine what you need.
 Reply

Rosie  Posted: 10/5/2017 

We have a 12 by 24 rectangular pool with four steps that one and what size cover do we need?
 Reply

jayswalls  Posted: 9/2/2017 

I have a 16x34 kidney shaped pool will a 21x41 size cover be the recommended size
 Reply

InyoPools Product Specialist Dennis R.  Posted: 8/29/2017 

jp - I'd suggest calling us at 407-834-2200 and taking to one of our service reps to see if you need a custom designed cover.
 Reply

jp  Posted: 8/28/2017 

Hello:

I have a 16 1/2 x 34 1/2 grecian pool with a permanent slide 1 foot off the coping and three total feet on the other side of the pool. I also have a steps on the left side.

What size pool cover would I need?

Thank you
 Reply

InyoPools Product Specialist Dennis R.  Posted: 8/28/2017 

Anonymous (Oval Pool cover) - You may have to buy a custom designed cover to fit your oval pool. Call us at 407-834-2200 for more information.
 Reply

InyoPools Product Specialist Dennis R.  Posted: 8/20/2017 

Matt - I would figure that the 3' step extension adds 3' to your pool length, making it 43" long. The listed pool size closest to your extended pool dimensions is 20' x 44' which requires a 25' x 49' cover. See our "Swimming Pool Winter Covers" product page for our cover options.
 Reply

InyoPools Product Specialist Dennis R.  Posted: 8/20/2017 

Anna - You will need a 30' x 50' winter pool cover for your 25' x 44' pool. See our "Swimming Pool Winter Covers" product page for our cover options.
 Reply

Matt  Posted: 8/14/2017 

My pool is 20' x 40' with a 3 ft. step extension centered on the 20' width (adds 3 ft to the 40' length). What size pool cover do you recommend?
 Reply

Anna  Posted: 8/14/2017 

My pool is 25 X44 rectangular. What cover size do I need?
 Reply

InyoPools Product Specialist Dennis R.  Posted: 6/13/2017 

kcox31 - I'd recommend the 30' x 50' cover for your 20' x 45.5' pool.
 Reply

kcox31  Posted: 6/13/2017 

my pool is 20 x 45.5, what size do I need?
 Reply

InyoPools Product Specialist Dennis R.  Posted: 10/24/2016 

Kathy - According to Step #3 of this guide, you ordered correctly. If your steps are on the right side when standing in the shallow end, you needed a right cover. If you ordered from us, give one of our service reps a call at 888-367-3082 and we will correct your order.
 Reply

Kathy  Posted: 10/23/2016 

Pool is 18 wide by 36 long. When standing at shallow end steps are on the right hand side of the shallow end. I ordered a right hand step cover and it isn't correct. Should this be a left had cover?
 Reply

InyoPools Product Specialist Dennis R.  Posted: 9/5/2016 

Edward - You are going to have to order a customized pool cover. Please talk to one of our services reps at 877-372-6038 and they will take you through the ordering process.
 Reply

Edward  Posted: 9/2/2016 

pool size 20x40 with 12x12 L shape what size cover do i need ?
 Reply

InyoPools Product Specialist Dennis R.  Posted: 12/31/2015 

dshaw - Unfortunately we do not carry an electronic winter cover.
 Reply

dshaw  Posted: 12/28/2015 

Do you carry electronic replacement pool cover for 20x40 inground pool?
 Reply

InyoPools Product Specialist Dennis R.  Posted: 11/16/2015 


Bud - Based on your pool size, you would go with a standard 25' x 49' winter cover.
 Reply

Bud  Posted: 11/12/2015 

My pool is 42' x 16'6",that includes a 3'6"extension. There is a ladder on the side. What size do I need?
 Reply