Having a game room can be an amazing asset to have in your house. If you’re thinking about purchasing your own pool table you need to make sure that there is ample space that will provide for the most comfortable game play.
For the minimum amount of space, professionals typically say it’s good to provide at least 16 feet by 13 feet of space. This is keeping in mind that the players are using your standard 58” cue stick. The table underneath has better specifications according to your table size and your cue size.
There are a lot of things that go into the size of space you play pool in. The most important factor is providing adequate space for a players cue to move. If you’re constantly having to move your pool cue at an upward angle because the wall is preventing you from making a direct shot you won’t be playing at your best.
Doing this can also cause accidents to occur. The most obvious scenario is pulling your stick back too quickly and busting a hole in the drywall or bumping a shelf and breaking things. It’s good to have decorations in your game room especially if they provide an aesthetic but you need to make sure they won’t be in the way of anything.
Another thing that often happens when you play pool too close to the wall is making burn marks in your tables felt. This happens a lot with amateur players because they put their cue at an upward angle and ram the end of their stick into the felt making these marks or even ripping holes in the felt. Close walls will force players to hold their cues in upward angles.
One other thing to consider when account for the space of your room is if you plan on having potential spectators in the room. Of course you’ll need space for the actual people but you might also want to accommodate for chairs, tables, and other things to keep them comfortable.
If there are a couple of tight spots in your pool area you can always make things easier by providing a short cue option. Short cues are typically 48” or 52”. They can help when it comes to a lack of room.
Moving a pool table into your house can be a serious ordeal. It could possibly be the heaviest thing you own and with no doubt you will be needing a couple of friends to help you out with this. It’s not bad if you hire a professional pool table installer as well.
First things first, if you’re moving your table from one place to another you’ll need some supplies. You’re going to need to take the table apart because you’re not going to fit that whole thing through a door, not to mention the weight will be too much. Heavy blankets are also a good thing to have in hand to protect surfaces from getting scratched.
If you don’t want to make multiple trips to get all of the pieces then you’ll need a moving truck. If you’re getting a brand new table you won’t need this step because it’ll all be delivered to your place. Another thing to do before you start moving is to measure all of the doorways and stairwells you’ll have to go through to make sure what you want to do is actually possible.
Once you’ve got a plan and some people, it’s time to take apart your table. Remove the rails, table legs, the frame, and you might even need to remove the felt. You’ll be about to use the same piece of cloth but for now you need to remove the staples and re-staple it on once it’s in the house. This is if your slate is in multiple pieces.
Once you have all the pieces in the area you want your pool table to be you’ll need to reassemble it. If you don’t have a professional at hand you’ll have to figure this out on your own. It’s important to remember how everything was put together when you took it apart. This will help you in your final steps.
Considerations Other Than Space
There’s more to a room then space. Pool tables can be very sensitive to certain environments. Too much sunlight is one thing to consider. Sun can weaken the felt top of the play surface as well a bleed the color of the wood. Also, too many windows can be a liability to billiard balls gone astray.
If the room you plan on storing your pool table has a tendency to leak, flood, or have lots of moisture in general you should avoid them. Because most pool tables are made out of mostly wood, it could soak up the moisture and warp over time. Investing in a dehumidifier or a pool table cover can help protect it from the elements when not in game play.
The environment in which your pool table is set should also be considered. In most places like a vacation home or recreational areas the sound of pool balls clacking together can be a relaxing sound. However, if you’re in an area where people are trying to get work done or near people who are sleeping it might come off as disturbing.
What Should You Look For When Buying a Pool Table?
Of course one of the most important things you need to look for is the size of the table. You could get everything else right but not be able to play the way you want because you don’t have adequate space. However, there are a few more things you need to think about.
Probably the biggest thing is going to be the quality of the table. If you’re a beginner and you want a table that is going to last forever you need to research how to take care of your table before you invest too much money into a table. Tables don’t last forever on their own.
Tables with the best quality are going to be made out of a strong wood, have a slate playing surface, and have a high percentage of wool in their felt. A lot of manufacturers say that they have these features but you can never tell for sure if it’s all true.
One way you can make sure you have something good is by doing your research. Look into some of the most popular pool table manufacturers that have made a good name for themselves. These manufacturers typically have lifetime warranties with their tables which is never a bad thing.
What is the Normal size for a Pool Table?
Pool tables typically come in sizes 7’, 8’, and 9’ long. The 9’ size is the most popular because that is the regulation size for official tournaments. Of course you can also buy toy pool sets that are even less than 7’ long. These are perfect if you’re purchasing for a kid and you don’t want to spend over $500.