There are many water fountains available on the market. It can be difficult to decide on which style is the most suitable for your space. The choice can be confusing because every water feature has its benefits depending on the style, theme, and ambiance that you want to achieve.

When looking for a fountain, you first need to know what type of fountain would suit your space. Having an idea of what you are looking for will set you on the path to finding the perfect water feature.

Here are the top factors to consider when choosing the right water fountain

Fountain Design

The first thing to do in choosing your water fountain is to look at the overall landscape and ask yourself why you want to add a water feature. Would it be as a design feature or as an accent? For people who like to entertain, try considering the traffic in your space and what the place would be like when filled with guests.

You also have to factor in the noise level in the area. If you plan to use the sound of water to drown out the noise from the outside and want to add the trickling sound of water to improve the ambiance, then you have to choose a fountain style that would accomplish this goal.

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The Weight

Another factor to consider that many people tend to overlook when choosing a water fountain is the weight. For an outdoor water fountain, the patio should be able to handle the weight of the fountain because it is made from heavy stone or concrete. Some fountains are much lighter due to their fiberglass component. These are great if you have wood patios as they hold less weight than their concrete counterparts.

There is a formula that you can use to calculate the weight per square foot of the fountain. First, you need to measure the base, in inches, divide these inches per foot and then, multiply it by two. The result would be the area of the base.

To compute the weight per square foot, use the total weight of the water fountain and divide it by the base in inches. By determining the weight, you can determine whether

Overall Size and Shape

After determining the weight of the water fountain for your desired location, the next thing you have to decide on is its overall size and shape. It will depend on the interior design of your home for indoor water fountains and the landscape for your outdoor fountain. If you are not sure, make sure to review the height and overall shape of the fountain.

Focal Point

Another point of consideration in choosing the right water fountain is whether the fountain is the focal point of your design. The most ideal kind of fountain as a centerpiece is the tired design. The tiers of the cascading fountain can be pleasing to the ear and eye. For small areas, you can settle for pot-style fountains that are round and smaller in size.


The last factor that you should consider is the splash of the fountain. All water fountains tend to splash outside of their barrier. If the outdoor fountain has water landing on its surrounding area, the walking surface can be slippery. To prevent this, you can consider urn fountains that only bubble and cascade down its sides. Tiered fountains tend to have a higher level of a splash.

To mitigate the splash issue, you can add flow restrictors to the fountain tubing. It will help cut down the amount of water that will flow on top of the pump.

Once you have ticked all the boxes on the factors mentioned above, you can start by deciding the type of fountain that will work best for your lifestyle, needs, and home. Adding a water feature will enhance your decor even more.