Considerations For Selecting The Correct Pool Table

considerations to select the right pool table


Choosing Your Perfect Pool Table: 4 Key Factors

Part of the difficulty in finding the right pool table for you is that there are so many options available. With so many variables, from table dimension to weight to felt color and so on, the decision can be dizzying.

As you might have guessed, all these different options bring different price tags. While this certainly means that your ‘Goldilocks’ pool table is out there, finding it might be a bit of a journey.

To help you on that journey, here are four things you should consider to ensure your pool table fits you and your game room just right:


1) Pick Slate Over Other Materials

Slate reigns supreme over all other playing surfaces. Slate is the most durable option available and one of the most popular. It's naturally water-resistant, and it's been used in pool tables for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Because slate can be polished to a perfectly smooth finish that will stand up for years, your 10,000th game will feel like the very first you played on your pool table. 

While it's true that slate tables come with a higher price point, don’t focus on that but rather, think of it as an investment in quality. If you want a pool table that will withstand the test of time, you won't go wrong with a slate pool table.


2) Choose One That Has A Strong Frame

The pool table's frame (base and legs) is crucial to the longevity of your table. A well-made frame will keep your playing surface level and secure through the years of leaning and bumping.

This is particularly important if you choose a slate surface as it will need sturdy construction to support the weight.

A downside to lighter frames is that it might doom a game should it not be able to support a player’s weight. This can limit how you play and can at times be frustrating. This is another factor where one should bear in mind that the price will be worth the longevity.

3) Consider The Durability And Quality Of The Cloth

When picking out a pool table that you want to last, take a look at the quality and durability of the pool table's cloth. 100% worsted wool cloth makes the best surface, though there are several quality wool/nylon blends available. The higher the percentage of wool used in the blend the better and be wary of fully synthetic covers as these will wear out the quickest.

4) Consider The Pool Table's Size

Well, consider the size of both the table you are looking at and the space you want to fit it in. Too often folks will pick a table that fits their game room’s dimensions as if it were any regular old table. But the game pool needs space to truly be played comfortably so be sure you will have plenty of space around the table. Or be prepared to patch your drywall after every game.



Although your choice of pool table is a personal one, it is not one to be taken lightly. Instead, you should consider the points that have been mentioned before making a decision. With the right information, you'll end up with the pool table of your dreams! This will give you and your family years of enjoyment (and plenty of quality time with it)!

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