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Billards Tables and Pool Tables Primer


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A standard size pool table is considered a 7’ Standard. It is 44" wide by 88" long. There are three standard cue sizes, which will determine the size of the room needed for a standard table. A 48" cue will require an 11’ 8" x 15" x 4" table, while a 52" cue will require a 12’ 4" x 16’ sized room. The largest cue is a 57" cue and needs a room at least 13’ x 17’.

However, there are three other size pool tables as well: bar size tables, regulation tables and tournament tables. Bar size tables are smaller (7') and are about 39" by 78". The 52" (middle size) cue requires a room 12" by 15". While the larger size (57") needs an extra nine inches to a foot added to both the width and length of the table.

Regulation tables and tournament tables are larger (respectively) and more challenging because they require longer shots from either end of the surface top. Regulation tables are 46" by 92" and tournament tables are 50" by 100". While most regulation tables require 12" x 16" for the smallest (48" cues), tournament tables require 12" x 16" 6’. Each requires an extra six to eight inches for the next size cue (52" or 57").

In order to decide what size table to use its important to know what type of gaming you are prepared to take on. If the table is being used for family play or for kids and teens, a standard or even small table will probably do. Standard tables are also great for casual game rooms and clubhouses while regulation and tournament tables are better for expert players.

Deciding on a certain area is also important. Find areas that do not have high traffic or allow the room allotted above for maneuvering. Pool can also be a spectator sport, so allowing room for onlookers can be important. From a bar or bar table or from standing room, an audience can enjoy the match as much as players.

A slate surface top is widely known as the best top to have for a pool table. Other materials can warp over time, whereas the Billiard of Congress (BCA) accepts a three piece slate top as proficient surface material for a billiard table.

Cushions, pockets and rails as well as sights are additional touches for tables that make them exciting and professional-looking. When choosing cushioning look for gum rubber materials which allow for a fast rebound. For tournament play, K-66 cushions are required. As long as a sight provides a suitable, but non-distractive reference point for aiming, they can be extremely helpful and stylish. Overall solid wood rails offer the best rebound and faster frame. Drop pockets can be net or material, and even vinyl or plastic. Leather pockets provide a more professional look. Pro tables will contain an automatic ball return, which is both helpful and stylish.

Always try to match your pool table do the décor of the room. A pool table should stand out as a space of entertainment, not as a focal point of decoration. Choose from modern, classic, vintage and art deco styles that speak to the motif in the rest of the room. Pool tables that stand out for their overall style can be distracting for onlookers and players.

Anne Clarke writes numerous articles for Web sites on gardening, parenting, fashion, and home decor. Her background also includes teaching, gardening, and recreation. For more of her useful articles on billiard tables, please visit Billiard Tables , supplier of billiard tables, pool tables, and more.


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