When buying a pool table, consider the room, game type, and build quality. Look for a sturdy table with a center beam and hardwood rails. Veneer can be good, but laminated wood is stronger. Make sure the floor can support the weight and allow enough room for cue shots. Available in various sizes and finishes.
A pool table can be the perfect addition to a recreation room in a home. Even some offices have a pool table for employees to enjoy pool sports during their coffee and lunch breaks. Room, game type, and build quality are all important considerations when buying a pool table.
Buying a pool table is similar to buying a functional piece of furniture like a sofa. You want the piece to fit your style and the style of your room, but at the same time you want the piece to be durable through its use. The sturdiest pool tables have a beam running down the center of the table that connects to the cross beams. A center beam offers good support to both the slate pool table top and the entire table, but make sure the table you buy doesn’t just have a “drop-in” beam as it is unsupported and purely aesthetic.
Veneer can be just as good as solid wood and adds a protective finish to the wood. However, the wood used underneath the veneer is important as it adds strength to the pool table. Laminated wood construction is stronger and more durable than dimensional wood construction in a pool table. Glued-laminated lumber is glued hardwood, while dimensional lumber is just squared and milled.
Larger pool tables offer more challenges. The width of the playing surface of any size pool table should always be half the length of the table so that official regulatory standards are met. The rails on a pool table should have a hardwood frame to give good ball response which allows for fast play. K66 cushioning with full profile canvas backing comes standard as it’s engineered for precise play.
Quality pool tables weigh up to 1,000 pounds (453.6 kg). Make sure the floor you are planning to put the table on can support the weight of the table and the players walking around it. Weaker floors may flex slightly which can affect the balance of the table.
You need at least 5 feet (1,524m) around the pool table to allow enough room for cue shots. Pool tables are commonly available in 6′ (1829m), 7′ (2134m), 8′ (2438m) and 9′ (2743m) sizes, with the 7′ (2134m) being the most popular . Many finishes are available, such as whitewashed wood or dark mahogany, to complement every room taste and style.