8 Things to Consider When Buying your First Pool Table

Are you are looking at getting your first pool table? Here are a few considerations for prospective buyers of pool tables.

  1. Table Size. Standard pool table sizes are 7’, 8’ and 9’. Many enthusiasts however prefer the 9’ table, since smaller units are prone to create intermittent clustered balls. With the 9’ table, players will only be dealing with difficult shot making that can be resolved as pool skills develop thereafter.
  2. Rec Room Size. Players need enough space around the table to carry out their stance and strike the ball squarely. As a rule of thumb, room size should cover the length and width of the table plus the 2 times the length of the 58 inch cue stick – covering both directions.
  3. Cost. Getting a brand new unit can be a big financial consideration considering that pool table prices range from $3,000 and up. Moreover, building that additional floor space just to accommodate the table could be another cost parameter.
  4. Table Condition. The issue of cost brings us to a host of options. Should you buy brand new, refurbished or used?  Used pool tables would retail from between $500 to $1,000. There are also discount pool tables available online. Depending on the budget, buyers have a choice of going brand new or second hand, as well as getting recreation style or upper level slate tables.
  5. Table Construction. Cheap and mass-produced pool tables are outfitted with wooden beds under the felt. What is preferred is a one-piece slate underlay made of a 3-piece construction. Said materials must be laid out precisely by a competent installer so that the fine seams sandwiched between sections will not end up as bumps under the felt and affect play.
  6. Table Color. Most tables come in blues and greens but red is frequently preferred. Felt is manufactured in varying colors, so the choice is really boundless. But as a precaution, select a color that is not distracting and do not emphasize accumulated chalk, liquid or grease stains.
  7. Leveling or Re-leveling. This is requested frequently, particularly for newly installed pool tables. Remember that a pool table can weigh over a ton, so it will settle into the flooring eventually. Nonetheless, the proper use of a correct caliper and some playing cards serving as shims underneath the table leg, could resolve the issue.
  8. Table maintenance. Pool tables come constructed with felt over the playing surface which could deteriorate over time, even when not played on. Always be on the lookout for references, particularly from satisfied customers before placing an order. The seller must ensure clients that reliable after sales services are readily available.

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