7 Tips For Buying a Pool Table

A pool table will add decades of year-round family fun to your home as well as entertainment for your guests. It also will be a focal point and set the tone for the room where it is located. You can get tables in a variety of woods, styles, and even different color cloth to coordinate with the decor of your room. Some tables are custom-built, allowing you to choose rail inlays, inlaid counters, or monograms. However, after reading the tips included, you will know that there is more to consider when buying a table than how it looks.

You need to consider aspects of the pool table that make it fun to play while remaining affordable. Choosing the right size table for your room and for playability is the first aspect to consider. Another aspect is the type of cloth that covers the table. The slate under the cloth and being sure that the table is level are extremely important to the playability. You should also consider the cushion rebounds, pockets, installation, service, and warranty.


1. Playability

There is no official regulation size for pool tables. The regulation length to width ratio is 2:1. So, a table that is eight feet long should be four foot wide. Pool tables are available in a variety of sizes: 6′, 7′, 8′, over-sized 8′ (pro size), and 9′ (tournament size). Most people buy 8′ tables for their homes, but there are two issues when you are choosing a pool table size. The first issue is the space you have available, and the second issue is how the size affects play.

When you have decided on the size, put some painters tape on the floor outlining the table’s play area, and look for obstacles that could affect play. If you can place the table so that any obstacles are at the side, especially by the side pocket, that is the best option because more shots are made from the end of the table or on the sides near the ends of the table. If an obstacle has to be on an end, make it the end where you take the break shot. You can also buy shorter cues for playing around obstacles. You can get cues as short as 36″ that are weighted to feel like longer cues. If you have to make rules to protect an area of the room that is an obstacle, make sure that all players know the rules.

When choosing the location for your table, whether the table sits on a bare floor or carpeting does not matter. The floor should just be as level as possible. You do not want to have to move the table, and you want it in a cool dry room.

To get additional use out of your pool table you can select one that is convertible and can be used for other games or as a dining table. You can also get a cover that will allow you to use the table for other purposes.