Billiards tables are found in party locations, bars and in your home if you decide to buy one. Before you decide to make a purchase, it’s essential to determine what your needs are and look at the many different selections that are available.
Determine the best size of the table that you need for your home. A smaller table will allow you to have more room available to move around the room. A smaller table provides less room for the balls to move around and can clutter the table. A larger table provides more room for the balls to move around but can make it difficult to get the perfect shot.
When deciding what size of billiards tables is best for your home, don’t only measure enough room for the table. There needs to be enough space all around the table for players to make the shot. If the room is too small it will be difficult to make a good shot and it’s likely that there will be marks on the wall from the cue sticks hitting it. Assume that you will need an absolute minimum of six feet on each side of the pool table to provide adequate room to get that perfect shot.
The price range of billiards tables is also something that you need to consider when making the purchase. The least expensive models cost under $1,000, those at the economy level range from $1,000 to $1,500, mid-range tables cost from $1,500 to $2,800 and the upper or custom level tables cost more than $2,800. The different prices correspond directly with the features, size and materials of the table.
The playing surface of billiards tables comes in two types. Slate has been approved by the Billiard Congress of America (BCA) because it is stable and durable. The covers a larger pace and can be cut into a flat surface to play on. Non-slate is cheaper and generally intended for recreational use. Honeycomb, which is a plastic structure between sheets of plastic or medium density fiberboard, can be used when slate is not an option.
Other features of billiards tables that need to be considered before making a purchase include the fabric, rails, leg materials, pockets and the cushions. A blend of nylon and wool is used for the more expensive models, while synthetic materials such as Taclon or Tadlon are used for the recreational tables. The rails get fastened to the frame of the table and can be made out of particleboard or solid wood depending on the results you expect. Solid wood has a tendency to create a solid rebound since it is denser.
The cabinet apron and leg materials consist of solid wood or plywood. Areas that have high humidity should avoid purchasing wood since it warps easier. If you want to get the appearance of wood without spending that much, you can also opt to get a laminate or veneer covering. Most tables that are designed to last for many years are made out of solid wood since it is hard, durable and can match with other accessories or furniture.