How Much Sand Do I Need for My Pool Base?

Updated 2 months ago ​by Zach

It is commonly recommended by above ground pool manufacturers to have a 2" sand base inside the pool, under the liner. This will help protect your liner, and provide a soft floor that provides comfort while walking in your pool. Always use masonry sand, which is a washed sand, free of rocks and debris. This is widely available for delivery from earthworks, and landscaping centers. 

  

For reference we have provided a chart of sand requirements for common pool sizes. 

 

 

Round Pools  Sand Bottom 
12'  2 tons 
15'/16’  2 tons 
18'  3 tons 
20’/21'  4 tons 
24'  4 tons 
27'/28’  5 tons 
30'  6 tons 
32’/33'  7 tons 
  Oval Pools     
12' x 20'  3 tons 
12' x 24'  3 tons 
15/16’ x 24’  4 tons 
15’ x 25’/26’  4 tons 
15' x 30'  5 tons 
16' x 32'  5 tons 
18' x 33/34'  6 tons 
18' x 36'  6 tons 
18' x 38'  6 tons 
18' x 39/40’  7 tons 
21'x 41'  7 tons 

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