Pool Table in the Home - What Size

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  1. nheather

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    Some of you may know that I'm doing a garage conversion to satisfy all my nerdy hobbies.

    There will be of course a wall mounted TV for movies and PC games and a smallish sofa to watch it on.

    But the main purpose is for my other hobbies, boardgaming, table top war gaming, model making. There will be a Ikea Besta wall around the TV with loads of cupboards for game and model boxes. There is a 'dirty' cupboard that will hold my tools, radio controlled planes, helicopters, buggy and quadcopter - plus fuel and paint etc.

    Underneath the window is my model making desk with my compressor, airbrushes and spray booth.

    So we come to the gaming table - primarily for board gaming and table top war gaming. BUT copying a friend I would like to go for one of those slate bed pool tables with a removeable dining top.

    The room is 5m x 5m but obviously loses some with the cupboards, sofa and desk.

    The pool table is available in 6ft and 7ft sizes for tge same price. Obviously I'd like the 7ft one, and if I were a pool fanatic it would fit well in the centre of the room provided I had nothing else in there.

    I have made paper templates and everything looks like it fits but it is clearly a compromise. The 6ft table would allow more cueing action but not a lot more and still a compromise.

    So after waffling on for ages, what I'm looking for is advice particularly from pool table owners. What can you really get away with. Is a 7ft table much better than a 6ft table - I've only played in pubs and I don't even know what size they usually are. Remember for me, the pool table is just a bit of fun so I'm willing to compromise but at the same time I don't want to end up thinking I am playing on a toy table.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  2. Showoff

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    I used to have a 7ft American slate bed pool table in a room a lot smaller than yours. We just a mini cue for the tighter shot around the edges, not ideal, but fine for the most part.

    Have a look here: Room size guide - Snooker & Pool Table Company Ltd for the ideal space needed.

    I'd go 7ft if I was you. :)
     
  3. RuddyRoad

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    I've got a pool table slap bang in the middle of the living area of one of my properties. It is 6 feet because of space limitations, which is the typical size for the old style pub tables. Over the last decade or more there was a move to 7 feet tables in some establishments. If you are not sure about size then most websites will tell you what space you need for the tables they sell.

    I think also very important is to get a decent table. Mine has a slate bed and and a very good quality cloth. It also has a top that basically converts it into a smart looking dining table. I have an electronic dart board, a projector with 102" throw onto projector paint on the wall, and a selection of gaming machines connected up to a Yamaha amp. It's a bit of a lad's pad.

    I would go for the 6 feet if I was you, you need to have enough room to cue properly.
     
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    Many thanks,

    And there is my dilemma, one saying 7ft and one saying 6ft which is exactly what I'm doing in my head.

    Thanks for the size guides - going down to 6ft doesn't buy you much.

    Leaning towards the 7ft - would be better for war gaming anyway.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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    It's AVForums.....size matters.
     
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    Remember that the pool table will be bigger than 6 feet (or 7 feet) when you add on the cushions, sides etc. I reckon the table top I have is nearer 7 foot.
     
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    I've just looked online and a 7ft UK pool table is 84 inches in length.
     
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    Don't forget the poker table conversation flip top!
     
  10. RuddyRoad

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    Pool tables are measure by the inside length between the cushions, but it is true that they are usually slightly less than 6 feet, 7 feet etc. But the sides (rails) then add extra length that varies between tables. My table top then has a slight overhang (OP also wants a dining table cover) so it all adds up. I'm just saying my 6 foot pool table is nearly 7 foot. It will vary between manufacturers.
     
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    I think you'll always wonder should I get the bigger table if you go for the 6 foot table plus it would give extra for dice rolls, rulebooks, beer etc.

    Out of curiosity, what do you play?
     
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    As you mention in the original post, its not so much about will the table fit, its about if it allows for cueing action. One of the most annoying things with a pool table is when its too close to a wall so you have to hold the queue more vertical in order to take a shot, makes the whole thing pointless IMO.

    If you have been putting templates down then try also adding a stick of approx length of a cue, put one end close to the edge of the template (as if taking a shot off the cushion) and see if the stick is then hitting anything that might prevent a normal shot from being taken.

    To my mind that should hopefully tell you which one is going to fit better
     
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    6ft is the 'official' size that would be used at tournaments. But, as you say it's just for fun, whatever suits all your needs would be best.
    I've played on tables in peoples homes and it is very irritating when you have to raise the cue because of lack of space. I play to a pretty decent standard so it would irritate me more than some folk just having a bash about.

    Enjoy :)
     
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    on another "table sizing site" :
     
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    Yup, that's pretty much what mine is.
     
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    Whatever size allows you to play anywhere on the table without having to hold the cue at a severe angle.

    You'll want at least 1.5m between table edge and wall (think about shots with your hand on the rails).
     
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    The you need to factor in stroking length/action (ooer!), nothing worse than bashing you stick against the wall when stroking, some people like a long stroke, others don't, horses for courses, I'm in the long stroke category just because I can...and I enjoy the feeling :)

    If any of you read that post any other way than what it was intended you are sick and need to see a doctor. :)
     
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    Short strokes are for people with......





    ..... small cues.
     
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    Do you also need to factor in teaching the wife/GF how to stroke by standing behind her ?
     
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    Hehe! Sorry, I've got a very childish sense of humour! Probably not helping the OP much but definitely brightening up my day!

    But seriously, I would factor in the stroke action too, you need a bit of clearance behind you I reckon.
     
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    Especially if you have long arms or big feet
     
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    When I was looking at a table a while ago (I never bothered) they reckoned it was 6ft of space all round the table, that's both ends.

    So your room should be 12ft x 12ft + the size of the table for a proper length cue and stroke.

    (6x3 table, room should be 18x15)
     
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    Just for clarity, there are American and English pool tables. the ones I am looking at are English pool tables and are specified as the size of the table rather than the playing area. So a 7ft table is 7ft long.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
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