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Billiards Tables Primer


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Billiard tables can cost as little as $1,000 and as much as $5,000. In order to select the right one for your home, first establish what you expect from the pool table. For example:

  • Will this be for family play including children?
  • Will it be for guests mostly?
  • Will it be for a game room or clubhouse?
  • Will expert players be participating?
  • Is the table for show only?

Once you can determine the amount of experience of the players and the level of commitment or entertainment you are expecting, you can begin to choose a price range. Models closer to $1,000 are better for kids and playing informally. Some are assembled upon purchase and others are provided in kits with assembly instructions. Usually the surface material and foundational materials used are artificial. They are not sturdy enough for heavy or tournament or regulation play.

Tables between the $1,200 and $1,500 range are typically considered economy priced and are suitable for game rooms and other recreational play for advanced beginner or amateur expert. The average life expectancy for these is 5-7 years and materials typically include slate and particle board.

For lifetime guarantees consider tables in the $1,500 to $5,000 range. This may include mid-range and custom designs. Mid-range styles offer extra design features as well as excellent surface materials. They are considered for regulation play and often suited for amateur-experts and experts. Styles beyond the $3,000 are considered custom and include the best materials usually for experts or serious buyers.

The next questions you should consider are:

  • Where will you putting it?
  • Is it a high traffic area?
  • Are there are any weather conditions to consider?
  • Will the location allow for daily play?
  • Is this a common recreational area?
  • Are there other games in the room such as ping-pong or poker?

Once you can decide and understand the area in which you are placing your table, you can begin to decide what size is adequate for your needs. A standard size for the home is 8’ (44" wide x 88" long). Deciding what size room you need depends on the size of the cue you plan to use. There are three standard sizes for cues: 48", 52" an 57". The smallest size cue (48") needs an area of 12’ 6" and 15’ 6". Add an extra 6" to both the length and width for the next size cue (52") and a full foot for the largest size cue (57").

There are also 7', oversize 8’ and 9’ sized models. The smaller sized tables are used mostly for barrooms and smaller game rooms. These tables are usually 38" by 78". The larger ones are more challenging because longer shots are needed.

Finally, you will want to choose a style that fits the rest of your décor. Billiard tables can come in various styles from modern to classic. Choose intricate and delicate footing or solid oaks and mahogany. Prices can range drastically depending on the style you choose.

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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