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Pool Table Room Sizes and Dimensions

Posted by on April 22, 2016

How Much Space Do You Need for a Pool Table Room?

You’ll have a lot of questions when you start shopping pool tables!  One of your first considerations is; What is the standard pool table size? What is the minimum room size for a pool table? And how will it fit in your room?

You definitely want to feel comfortable and have fun playing. We’ll walk you through the important points, and give you an easy way to remember it.

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Pool Table Room Dimensions for comfortable play – Nashville Billiard and Patio

First, we’ll answer a few questions, then explain…

What is the standard pool table size? There are several ‘standard sizes’: 7 foot, 8 foot, 8 1/2 foot and 9 foot long.

What is the minimum room size for a pool table? The minimum room size will vary, depending on the size of your table and the length of your cue. The standard cue length is 58 inches. If you play with a shorter cue, such as 48 inches or 52 inches, your room size can be smaller (see the chart below).

Here are the minimum room sizes for each table size, using the standard 58″ cue:

  • 7 foot table – 13 x 16 feet minimum room size (156″ x 192″)
  • 8 foot table – 13.6 x 17 feet minimum room size (162″ x 204″)
  • Oversize 8 foot table – 13.6 x 17.6 feet minimum room size (162″ x 210″)
  • 9 foot table – 14 x 18 feet minimum room size (168″ x 216″)

How will it fit in your room?  If your room dimensions are equal to or larger than the minimum room sizes above, your table  should fit well and be very comfortable all the way around it.

Space Around the Table

How big should the room be to accommodate your pool table? Here’s how the minimum room sizes are determined:

  • The minimum WIDTH of the room must equal: the width of the table PLUS twice the length of the cue.
  • The minimum LENGTH of the room must equal: the length of the table PLUS twice the length of the cue.

You’ll have lots more fun if there’s plenty of space around the table for you to maneuver. As you play,  you want to work your way around the table and not feel cramped or hindered in any way. You want to be able to move the cue wherever you need to get a good stance and draw. That’s why you add a queue length around all sides of the table.

You should be able to stand anywhere around the table and draw the cue as far back as you need, to make a comfortable shot.

How Big Should a Room be For a Pool Table?

Room Dimensions – an Example:

Let’s assume that 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 that the length of our cue is 58 inches for each side of the pool table, and double that is 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 – to be 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 table.

Is your space big enough?

Now take a look at the minimum room dimensions above.

Standard Table Sizes

Pool Table standard sizes are: 7 foot, 8 foot, Oversize 8 foot, and 9 foot long. Notice that the Playing Area is smaller than the Table Size.

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Pool Table Room Sizes for Different Cue Lengths

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Pool Table Room Dimensions for Different Table Sizes

Smaller Room Dimensions – Using a 48″ Cue:

  • SEVEN foot table: (3.5′ x 7′) 42″ x 84″ | Playing Area: 38″ x 76″ | Min. Room Size: 138″ x 174″
  • EIGHT foot table: (4′ x 8′) 48″ x 96″ | Playing Area: 44″ x 88″ | Min. Room Size: 144″ x 186″
  • OVERSIZE EIGHT foot table: (4′ x 8′) 48″ x 96″ | Playing Area: 46″ x 92″ | Min. Room Size: 144″ x 186″
  • NINE foot table: (4.5′ x 9′) 54″ x 108″ | Playing Area: 50″ x 100″ | Min. Room Size: 150″ x 198″

Brunswick Billiards provides the images and dimensions above, to be sure that customers have clear guidelines for the space they need. Just take your room dimensions and see which table suits the room best.

Is a Beam or Load-Bearing Pole in the Way?

If you have a downstairs space that would be an ideal game room for playing pool but it has some kind of beam or pole in the way, don’t fret. Many, many homes have that kind of obstruction.

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Pool Table with a Beam Obstruction Nashville Billiard and Patio www.nashvillebilliard.com

Here are some suggestions offered by Olhausen Billiards to help you deal with pole obstructions:

What is the least obstructive spot for the pole?

If possible, you want to keep the pole on a side of the table, instead of on the end, because it will tend to be an obstruction less at the side. The best place to position the pole is adjacent to the side pocket – which is statistically the lowest percentage shot, so it will be the least likely to affect the game.

However, if placing the pole at the end is unavoidable, you’re better off placing it on the end from which you break, since the cue ball can be moved in order to avoid the pole’s obstruction.

What can I do if the pole is in the way?

Many excellent players have become comfortable with a shorter cue that enables them to maneuver around poles and other obstacles with as little as 24 inches of clearance. Short cues come in a variety of sizes; 36 inches, 48 inches, and 52 inches.

A favorite high quality shorty cue is called the Trouble Shooter, which is balanced, weighted, with the weight being positioned forward for a better weight-to-length ratio.

The short cue is also a necessity for smaller rooms, and for children who are learning to play. You may consider getting a couple different lengths of the shorty, for those situations where nothing else will do.

It’s wise to establish rules for such situations, so that each player knows what’s allowed, and abides by them consistently, making for fairer and less-stress play.

Pool Table Equipment and Accessories

Along with your new table, you need certain equipment and accessories. Some of these are required to play, and some are optional.

Pool Ball Sets

High quality pool ball sets make a difference in your game! Look for regulation size – 2.25 inches, and regulation weight – 6 ounces, made of a premium grade polyester resin.

Box sets include a total of 16 balls with the traditional combination of solids & stripes:

  • 7 solids – numbered 1-7
  • 7 stripes – numbered 9-15
  • 1 black 8 ball
  • 1 white cue ball

Racks

Quality racks are constructed for durability, stability, and beauty, out of solid hardwood. Different shaped racks are needed for the most commonly played games of the traditional 8-Ball and also-favorite 9-Ball:

  • 8 Ball: Triangle shape with regulation 12” base x 11.5” high
  • 9 Ball: Diamond shape with regulation 11.75” base x 8.25” high

Cues

Players do love their cues! Quality Cues are made in two pieces, standard length of 58 inches. Cues are weighted for the preference of the player; 18, 19, 20, and 21 ounces of hardwood, with leather tips and steel joints. Good cues feature wraps on the handles that aid the grip and provide extra comfort.

Accessories

And now for all the fun goodies you get to pick out! Be sure to keep quality in mind, as it often makes a noticeable difference in your game. We’re happy to discuss the finer points of all these items:

  • Chalk – Professional grade won’t cake and is helpful to avoid off-center hits. Comes in handy boxes of twelve.
  • Cue and Ball Racks – very useful, and include space-saving wall-mounted cabinets or multi-functional floor stands.
  • Pool/Billiard Stick Carrying Case
  • Pool Table Cover
  • Nylon Pool Table and Rail Brush
  • Slip-On/Portable Moosehead Bridge Head for Pool Cues

Many of these can be purchased over time, and make great gifts. In fact, when relatives and friends hear that you’re the proud owner of a pool table, not only will they want to play, but when gift-giving time arrives, they’ll certainly think that pool table-related accessories are the perfect choice!

With these considerations in mind, you’ll surely choose a great table and all the trimmings that are comfortable for everyone. We know that you’ll have many, many hours of fun.

About the Author:

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Cliff Gilchrist is co-owner of Nashville Billiard and Patio, located at 927 8th Avenue S. Nashville, Tennessee 37203. Cliff 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: cliff@nashvillebilliard.com

There’s a lot to learn about pool tables. Start your journey

Posted by on August 15, 2014

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The 5 Basics When Buying a Quality Pool Table

#1. Pool Table Size Matters

When you shop for a pool table, measure the outer dimensions of your room, and choose from three regulation sizes: 7 foot, 8 foot and 9 foot.

The pool table dimensions for are very important because you want to make sure to allow enough room around the table for your cue stick to clear walls and posts. At Nashville Billiard and Patio, we recommend that you allow 5 feet of clearance all around the playing area. Check our chart of pool table dimensions and room sizes.

#2. Slate is a MUST

Always purchase a pool table that has a 3 piece 1 inch thick matched framed slate. That is what the Billiard Congress of America specifies and there is no substitute. Slate is the only pool table surface that will not warp. Keep in mind that a set of slate weighs around 600 pounds and you need a good table frame under it in order to stay level. Which takes us to #3:

#3. All Pool Tables are NOT Created Equal

The way a billiard table is constructed is arguably the most important thing to know.

Avoid tables that have the big metal brackets in the corner of the frame, and watch out for the misleading sales gimmick of quad center bracing. A pool table with a well-made frame – from Olhausen or Legacy Billiards – does not use quad beam construction because their frames are built properly in the corners and simply do not need it.

If your only finish option is a painted-on finish that hides the wood, it isn’t solid hardwood. Quality pool tables are made from true solid hardwoods such as maple, oak, cherry, or tulipwood. A solid hardwood table should have a nice wood stain that allows the beauty of the wood to shine through.

Also, make sure that the table cushions are truly warranted for life. If any of our cushions dry rot, we will replace the cushions at no cost to you.

#4. What Style Is Right For You?

Finding a style that matches your décor could not be any easier. At Nashville Billiard & Patio we offer the latest styles, be it Modern, Traditional or Transitional. Nobody can offer you more wood finish combinations, sizes or felt options. Everyone at Nashville Billiard and Patio has decades of experience outfitting our clients’ game rooms. Since 1953, it is still what we do best.

#5. How Much Does A Quality Pool Table Cost? (aka Your Budget)

Pool Tables have a wide price range from $1500 to $15,000. You don’t need to spend $15,000 to get superb quality, but you will not get top quality for $1500 either. A good quality solid hardwood table can be purchased for right around $2000. Any store selling new pool tables, claiming solid hardwood for $1599 or $1799 is simply not being honest with the customer. The extra couple hundred bucks spent up front will pay off to you in the long run – you will get a table that lasts longer, stays level, and has good cushions. To top it off, quality pool tables command good resale values.

If your budget is less than that, remember – Nashville Billiard and Patio always has good quality pre-owned pool tables. They may have a couple of bumps on them, but remember that quality-made pool tables will last for years and years, and provide a lifetime of family fun.

About the Author:

Cliff Gilchrist is co-owner of Nashville Billiard & Patio, Nashville, Tennessee. He is passionate about high quality pool tables, and has worked with (and around) them since he was 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. You can call Cliff at the store 615-254-7882 or email him: cliff@nashvillebilliard.com