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7 Tips On Buying A Pool Table

Updated on February 11, 2008
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If you're looking to set up a home game room, then you'll want a quality pool table to be the show piece of that room. So what are some factors that you should consider before making such a major investment? This article includes 7 things to keep in mind when shopping for a pool table.

1. The first factor to consider is how much you want to budget for a new pool table. While an economy pool table can cost as little as a few hundred dollars, a high quality hand crafted pool table made of solid fine wood can easily cost several thousand dollars. If you want a pool table that will be a beautiful piece of furniture as well as a high quality durable pool table that will hold up for decades or even centuries to come, by all means, make the investment budget permitting.

2. The next thing to consider is who will be using the pool table? If you're buying a pool table for your children and their friends, then you might want to go with a relatively inexpensive basic economy pool table. If however the pool table is to be used mainly by adults and you're a serious pool player who wants quality, then you'll want to make the investment. After all, you get what you pay for.

3. Next consider how much space you have in the room you want to convert to a home game room or pool table parlor. Even before you start looking at pool tables, measure the amount of open space available allowing ample room around the perimeter of the pool table. You'll want enough room between your pool table, walls and other obstructions so you'll be able to properly line up your pool cue with the cue ball without being pressed for space. Plus you don't want to mark up and even put holes in your walls caused by the butt end of your pool cue. To help you choose the right size pool table for the amount of available space you have, here are some guidelines based on the size of the pool table and the length of the pool cue used by most players.

If you want a 7 foot pool table and are using a 48 inch pool cue, you'll need a minimum area of 11'3" x 14'6"

If you want a 7 foot pool table and are using a 52 inch pool cue, you'll need a minimum area of 11'11" x 15'2"

If you want a 7 foot pool table and are using a 57 inch pool cue, you'll need a minimum area of 12'9" x 16'0"

If you want an 8 foot pool table and are using a 48 inch pool cue, you'll need a minimum area of 11'8" x 15'4"

If you want an 8 foot pool table and are using a 52 inch pool cue, you'll need a minimum area of 12'4" x 16'0

If you want an 8 8 inch pool table and using a 57 inch pool cue, you'll need a minimum area of 13'2" x 16'10"

If you want a 9 foot pool table and using a 48 inch pool cue, you'll need a minimum area of 12'2" x 16'4"

If you want a 9 foot pool table and using a 52 inch pool cue, you'll need a minimum area of 12'10" x 17'0"

If you want a 9 foot pool table and using a 57 inch pool cue, you'll need a minimum area of 13'8" x 17'10"

4. Next, take note of the wood furniture and other wood surfaces in the room you want your new pool table to go in, along with the overall d├ęcor of the room. If possible, buy a pool table that will match the wood work and other furnishings in that room.

5. Ok, so now you're at the retailer's show room and looking at their selection of pool tables. The first thing you want to check out is the overall construction of the pool table. Specifically ask if the playing surface under the cloth is constructed of slate or plywood. A truly high quality pool table utilizes 3 pieces of 1 inch thick slate for maximum strength and durability whereas a less expensive economy pool table will often use plywood which can warp causing an inconsistent playing surface over time. Also, is the pool table made of real solid wood or a less expensive wood laminate? You'll also want to be sure that the rails are securely bolted through the slate. Next, make sure the pool table has K-66 contoured cushions. Finally, be sure to check out the quality of the cloth used on the playing surface. Quality pool tablecloth is made of a blend of wool and nylon and the higher the wool content of the cloth, the slower the pool balls will roll across the playing surface. If the pool table incorporates all the features listed in this section, then you can be sure you're getting a quality pool table.

6. Next ask the sales clerk if the pool table is shipped fully assembled or disassembled for shipping. It's important that the pool table be shipped fully assembled to ensure the structural integrity of the pool table is maintained. The drawback of having a fully assembled pool delivered to your home is that it may prove to be difficult or even impossible due to narrow door ways, hall ways and other obstructions.

7. Finally, now that you've decided on the perfect pool table for your future home game room or pool table parlor, you may want to give serious consideration to having your new pool table professionally delivered and installed by an installer authorized by the manufacturer. This is especially important if your new pool table is transported unassembled. Doing so will ensure the pool table is assembled and leveled correctly. For the serious pool player, there's nothing worse than having the pool balls not travel in a straight line because the table is uneven. Having your new pool table professionally delivered and installed will require a small investment but will save you a lot in blood, sweat and tears and ensure years of trouble free use.

I sincerely hope you find this article helpful. I wish you many happy hours of playing pool on your new pool table.


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      Well done hub. Thanks for posting. I love billiards!

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      Excellent article thanks!

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      Great guide for buying a pool table - two thumbs up!! Very

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      Excellent quality hub, Thanks for the information


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