Billiard pool table frequently asked questions
What size of room do I need for a pool table?
Since most billiard / pool cues are 57″ or 58″” in length, you’ll need at least 5 feet between your playing surface, and the walls are on your table. Many game rooms are not quite this big, so you’ll probably need a “trouble shooter” style, shorter pool cue.
The chart below will show “official pool table” sizes.
What should I look for in a pool table?
A pool table is a piece of furniture on which you play games. So, firstly look for a piece of furniture you like! Then, look for those things that make Your Pool table playable. It should look good, be well built, and fit in nicely with the atmosphere your building. Quality construction, slate, cloth and cushions will all impact the playability.
Is a veneer pool table as good as solid wood?
Yes, a veneer finish will provide a very nice cosmetic appeal and sometimes in a family game room, especially with children, it can be preferred. But it is important to know what kind of wood is under your veneer. In some cases, although the veneer does provide a nice looking finish, if it is installed on low quality particle board, you may have trouble in the future with the playability of the table. These lower quality particle boards rails have a tendency to fall apart, and then will no longer provide a good “bounce”, and might even start to crumble apart.
How heavy is a pool table?
Different pool tables will vary between manufacturer, style, and composition of the woods used. A good rule of thumb is to imagine a pool table will be anywhere between 500 to 1000 pounds.
What are the differences between 6, 7’, 8’ and 9’ pool tables?
A regulation size table is a table where the playing width is ½ the playing length, measured cushion to opposite cushion. An 8 foot table is a very popular table, whereas a 7 foot table is nice where the 8 foot table will not fit. Many say the 9 foot table is the most challenging, but some say it’s a little large, and it also does require a larger room.
What maintenance is needed for a pool table?
There is very little care needed for proper upkeep of a pool table. With minimal care, a pool table will last several generations.
The slate itself will never suffer noticeable deterioration in many lifetimes. The wood components of the table, as long as high-quality, will also last a very long time. With reasonable care, a pool table should last several generations. The room your table stands in simply shouldn’t be exposed to excessive moisture. If you can minimize bumps and scratches, then there will also be no maintenance to the wood finish. Your pool table cloth will need replacement every few years, depending on how much it is played, and your usage of a quality pool table cover when when your tables not being played will also extend its life. High quality pool table cushions will also last between 10 and 15 years. (When you’re replacing your rail cushions, you should also get your cloth replaced.)
How hard is it to move a pool table?
Moving a pool table is quite a difficult task. To fully ensure your table is playable when all is said and done, it’s best left to professionals. Depending on the manufacturer and style of your table, there will be some level of intricacy involved in its production, and if you don’t know the tricks, you could damage the table. To move the table, it will be disassembled, moved, and assembled in it’s a new place, and releveled. Each of these steps will ensure its playability when all is done.
That being said, no, it’s not impossible for inexperienced to move a pool table… But it is hazardous, and should be done at least with the oversight of an experienced technician.
Why do some pool tables cost more than others?
Again, a pool table is a fine piece of furniture, with other technical aspects. Higher quality materials, and intricate details or carvings will certainly add to the cost of the pool table. Also affecting the price would be the type of wood used, finish, what types of pockets and other features are on the pool table. It is important to note that a higher price pool table does not necessarily mean a better playing pool table.
Why is a slate surface better than other materials?
Slate is a commonly found stone, well known for its strength and stability. Slate is harvested as a single sheet the size of the pool table, and that single sheet is most commonly divided into three separate pieces, which will make the surface of Your pool table. This approach makes a very smooth, very flat level surface in which will stay that way for years to come. It is unaffected by temperature or humidity, and will last for generations.