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Top 5 Things to Know Before Purchasing a Pool Table

Top 5 Things to Know Before Purchasing a Pool Table

A pool table is a special purchase and one that needs a lot of thought. There are many variations when it comes to pool tables and any choice you make is an investment. Most pool tables are priced between $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the quality and features of the table, but a pool table is well worth the price tag. Billiards is an excellent game and a pool table creates a social gathering spot whenever you have guests over. Of course, to protect your investment, you should do your research before making a selection. Below are the top five things you need to know before buying a pool table. 

 Is your room big enough?

You may think your room is big enough for a pool table but make sure you measure the space before buying. Once you get the table into your space it’ll look a lot bigger than anticipated. A great way to ensure your room is big enough for the table is to layout painter’s tape on the floor outlining where the table will be placed. A standard 8-foot pool table is 88 inches long and 44 inches wide while a standard pool cue is about 58 inches long. If you take these numbers into consideration then you need a room that is at least 17 feet by 13.5 feet. Anything smaller than this and you will likely have shooting issues from at least one point in the room. 

 By taping an outline of the table onto the floor, you will be able to determine where you might have issues with furniture or the walls. It’s important to address any layout problems before your pool table arrives because after it’s delivered it’s not a piece that you can easily pick up and rotate yourself.  

What style of pool table do you want?

Pool tables come in a variety of styles with a number of different features. You can go with modern, rustic, or a traditional style. The table you choose will be a focal point in your space so whatever you choose make sure it doesn’t clash with the rest of the room’s decor. If you find a table you absolutely love but it doesn’t work with the room’s theme then either keep looking or consider redecorating your space to better suit the table. 

 How big is your budget?

Keep your budget in mind as you sift through your pool table options and accessories. The type of wood, felt, slate, and more can all impact the price of your table. When buying a pool table, you’ll also need to factor in the cost of shipping, delivery, and installation when working out your budget. Some companies offer free installation with the purchase of your pool table, but others do not. If your pool table purchase does not get your table installed then you’ll have to hire professionals to set up the table for you. Pool tables are extremely heavy and making sure the table is level and set up correctly takes skill. Make sure you have factored everything right for your budget so you can afford the whole buying process.  

Where will it be installed?

As already noted, pool tables are very heavy. Some can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. With this in mind, make sure you’re happy with the location you’ve chosen for your pool table. It will not be easy to move this piece in the future so you can expect your pool table to stay in the same place for years to come. If you have the table installed and then decide you want it rotated or moved to a different room, you’ll have to hire a professional team to come out and assist you. Avoid the extra hassle and fee of moving your pool table after it’s been delivered by making sure you’re happy with the location you’ve chosen. 

 What level of quality do you want?

A high-quality billiard table will last you a very long time. Solid hardwood construction is more expensive but also more durable. If you’re looking for the best quality table then you should also consider one made with a three-piece slate surface that’s been cut from the same slab. In addition, the felt should be glued down and then screwed into place. These small details might not seem like they’d make much of a difference, but they actually impact the lifespan and quality of your pool table. Overall, the best investment you can make is to select a table made from top-quality materials. The table will hold up much longer under wear and tear and the quality will be apparent in the table’s appearance. 

 If you’ve considered the above questions and are ready to purchase a pool table, then check out the pool tables available at You’re sure to find a high-quality pool table perfect for your home!