How Much Space do You Need for a Pool Table Room?
When shopping for your new pool table, one of your first considerations is how the table will fit into your pool table room, and if you’ll feel comfortable and have fun playing, right? We’ll walk you through the important points, and give you an easy way to remember it.
Space Around the Pool Table
How close the end of the cue is to the wall will affect how much fun you’ll have playing. Remember, in order to have a comfortable pool table room, you aren’t measuring for the size of a pool table – you’re measuring to allow enough space for the pool cues around the table.
Standard 2 piece cues measure 58 inches long, or more. The pool table room size you need is: 1.) the length of the pool table plus two times the length of the cue, and 2.) the width of the pool table plus 2 times the length of the cue.
Look at an Example Room for a Pool Table
Room dimensions: Is your space big enough? You have a room with an available area measuring 16 feet 8 inches by 14 feet. Convert that to total inches. This is 200 inches long by 168 inches wide. We will now back into the area available for the pool table by subtracting out twice the length of the cue in each direction, length and width.
We know the length of our cue is 58 inches for each side of the pool table, or 116 inches, so the room length, 200 inches minus 116 cue inches equals 84 inches to be allowed for the length of the pool table. The width of the room: at 168 inches minus twice the cue length, 116 inches equals 52 inches allowed for the width of the pool table.
Thus, you have room dimensions with an area of 84 inches by 52 inches available for the pool table.
Standard Pool Table Sizes
Pool Tables are usually 7 foot, 8 foot, 8 1/2 foot and 9 foot long. Always use the actual playing surface dimensions to represent the pool table in your room, not 4' by 8' rectangles!
Is a Beam or Load-Bearing Pole in the Way?
If you have a downstairs space that would be an ideal game room for your pool table but it has some kind of beam or pole in the way, don’t fret. Many, many homes have that kind of obstruction.
Here are some suggestions by Olhausen to help you deal with those obstructions:
1. Place the pole on a side of the table. Set up your pool table so that the obstruction is on a side of the pool table and not on an end. If it must be at the end of the table, keep it at the end you break from, not the foot or rack end of the table. A lot more shots are taken from the rack end of a pool table, and for break shots, the cue ball can be moved around to avoid the obstruction. If your pole is going to be on the side, try and put it across from the side pocket. This is the lowest percentage shot in the game and will usually not come into play.
2. Buy a shorty cue for those times the pole is in your way. Shorty cues come as small as 36 inches in length and are also available in 48 and 52 inches in length. You may want a couple of shorty cues which will give you additional options around the obstruction. The bestselling short cue is called a "trouble shooter" and is specially weighted to feel more like a full length cue stick.
Add some ‘house rules’ to accommodate shots involving the pole or corner wall that is in the way. The rules apply to all players - so use them if needed!
Pool Room Accessories
The pool room you create will also need some accessories such as a rack for your cues, scorers and a place for spare balls. If you are playing a game of 9 ball and you need to set aside the 10 through 15 balls, a combination score keeper and ball tray works very well. Many of the wall or floor-standing cue racks provide these storage options in one compact space. You should place these accessories in an area that does not obstruct play in any way. Wall mounted cue racks take up the least amount of space, and they also add a decorative element to your pool room.
With these considerations in mind, you will choose a great table that’s comfortable for everyone. You’ll have many hours of fun.
About the Author:
Cliff Gilchrist is co-owner of Nashville Billiard and Patio, Nashville, Tennessee. He is passionate about high quality pool tables, and has worked with (and around) them since he was just a child. One of Cliff’s greatest delights is to visit with customers years after delivery, and hear the stories of how their pool table brought the family together for rollicking good times – year after year. Just like they do for his own family. You can call Cliff at the store 615-254-7882 or email him: firstname.lastname@example.org