What size of room do I need for a pool table?
Since most snooker / pool cues are 57" or 58"
in length, at least five feet of space is needed between
the table rails and the surrounding walls or furniture.
However there are very few recreational rooms that do not
have some sort of obstacle that interferes with play.
In some instances a shorter cue stick may enable play around
an obstacle or wall. These are available upon request. Because
pool tables are available in several sizes we have prepared
a chart that shows the recommended room size for the most
popular sizes of pool tables.
What should I look for in a pool table?
A pool table is a piece of furniture on which you play
games. As such, look for the same things you would look
for in fine furniture, then look for those things that impact
playability. Fine furniture should be well built, look good,
fit the room décor and last generations. Quality
construction, slate, cloth, cushions, and installation impact
playability. In some cases the appropriate pool table is
one without a fine furniture look, but it should still possess
the playability factors.
Is a veneer pool table as good as solid wood?
Yes. Veneer provides a highly desirable cosmetic appeal.
With a high quality pool table, other woods provide the
structure and strength. It is important however, to know
what material (wood) is under the veneer. In some cases,
only veneer can provide a specific grain pattern. The use
of veneer also preserves our natural fine wood resources.
How heavy is a pool table?
A pool table weight will vary between manufacture, style
and thickness of slate. A good rule of thumb is to expect
the table to weigh between 500-1000 pounds. This is about
equivalent to 4-5 men standing in the same room. Better
floor support will enhance the playability of the game.
Floors that have minimal support will flex slightly as players
move around the room. This will impact with the balance
of the table over time.
What happens when the pool table is delivered?
The pool table is assembled in the room where its
installed. (note: we do not include installation within
the shipping price - Installers can be found within your
local area Free shipping includes only door to door service
..inside delivery is an EXTRA $250.). Some pool tables
will arrive in boxes and others have pre-assembled cabinets.
The legs are installed. The table is positioned in the exact
location of play. The slate is installed and leveled. The
cloth is applied across the slate. The rails (with matching
cloth) are installed with pockets. Please allow at least
two hours for the erection, balancing and marking of your
What are the differences between 6, 7, 8
and 9 pool tables?
A regulation size table is one where the playing area width
is one-half the length, measured cushion to opposite cushion.
The 7' table is the most popular. The 6 table is nice
where a 7 table will not fit, however there is less
challenging play. The 9 table provides more challenge
and is thus more fun to play on, however it requires a larger
What maintenance is needed for a pool table?
With reasonable care, a pool table should last several
generations. The slate will outlast humanity as we know
it. The wood components need to be kept dry. Except for
cosmetic bumps and scratches, there is little maintenance
required. The cloth will need replacement every few years,
depending on how much it is played on and how dirty and
soiled it gets. There are fabric treatments specific for
pool cloth that will extend its life. The cushions will
deteriorate about every 10-15 years and need to be replaced.
This would also be a good time to replace the cloth, as
the existing cloth will have to be removed to get to the
How hard is it to move a pool table?
Depending on the manufacture and style of the pool table,
can be difficult or damage the table, if attempted by the
homeowner. To properly move a pool table, it should be disassembled,
moved, assembled and re-leveled. When a pool table is installed
it is made level to earth and each piece of slate is registered
to its mate. If a pool table is moved without realignment,
it will loose accurate playability and in some cases it
will be damaged. The pool table is designed to support its
weight and be stationary. Therefore only an experienced
pool table technician should move and realign the table.
Why do some pool tables cost more than others?
Buying a pool table is like buying fine furniture. In general,
higher priced pool tables have more carving or intricate
details. Other factors that impact the price are construction
quality, wood species used, finish, pockets and other options.
Its important to note that the price does not necessarily
translate to a better playing pool table.
What makes slate play surface better than other materials?
Slate is a natural stone, known for its strength and stability.
It has become the primary material used for pool table playfields
because it reliably provides good playability for many years
with no maintenance. It is unaffected by temperature and
humidity like many of the other materials used on low quality
pool tables, such as wood, particle board, and other synthetics.
What is the difference in cloth grades?
There are two basic grades of cloth for a pool table. The
pool table felt is not felt at all, but rather
a woven fabric.
Some cloths are available with a wool / nylon blend, with
speed cloths normally developed in this way. These cloths
would tyopically comprise of about 80% wool and 20% nylon
100% English wool cloth is also available and is fitted
to all new pool tables as standard. This cloth would also
be used on snooker tables.
The higher grade cloth has a higher thread density, allows
the ball to move about 8% faster and provides greater durability.
The color of cloth is cosmetic. The only color concern has
to do with color blindness. It may be difficult to differentiate
the ball colors against certain colors of cloth if one is