The Important Things to Look Out for When Buying a Pool Table

Essential Tips for Buying a Pool Table

A pool table is a must-have for any game room, and with so many different options available, it can be hard to know where to start when shopping for one.

That said, below are a few essential things to keep in mind before or during your purchase to help you narrow down your choices and find the perfect one for your space.

1. The Slate

Slate is an important factor in how good a pool table is. A pool table without a slate surface is only suitable for kids and isn't worth more than $100. A lot of people think that a one-piece slate pool table is better than a three-piece slate pool table because there are no seams. Actually, it's the opposite.

A one-piece slate pool table has a frame that is one continuous piece with no breaks or joints. This type of pool table is typically four-legged, and the legs are the only adjustable points for leveling the table. The way to level a one-piece slate pool table depends on the leg type - some require shims to be placed under the legs, while others have turn feet that can be adjusted. A 1-piece slate pool table will gradually start to sag in the middle over time due to the weight, which then causes the balls to roll towards the center of the table. This can eventually make the table unplayable and no fun for anyone.

2. The Size

The average room size recommendations can help you determine what size pool table is best for your room. The recommendations are based on the size of the playing surface and how much space you need around the table to use a full-length pool cue. These are just recommendations, and you can adjust them based on the length of your cue and how much space you have in your room.

For example, a home 8' pool table will fit just fine in a room that measures 13'-2" x 16'-10", with a bit of extra room to spare for a 52" cue.

The thing is, a pro 8' pool table is actually smaller than the professional-grade 9' pool tables. It is, however, larger than the standard home 8' pool table. This size is perfect for those who want to enjoy a game of pool without having to invest in a full-size table.

3. The Felt

Pool Table Felt

When looking for a pool table, you should ensure that it comes with standard billiard grade felt. This will ensure that your table will last for many years and that you will be able to enjoy your game without worry.

There are two main types of pool table felt: wool blend and nylon blend. Wool blend felts are the standard type of felt and are available in many different colors. They can last up to 10 years if they are properly cared for. Nylon blend felts are designed for faster play and do not have as much nap (fuzziness). They are more expensive but do not necessarily last any longer than wool blend felts.

4. The Finish and Wood

There are a few different types of wood that are commonly used for pool tables. Some of the more popular options include mahogany and oak. These woods are popular because they are fairly hard, which helps to prevent scratches and other damage. However, it is vital to keep in mind that darker woods, such as mahogany, will show scratches more easily than lighter woods, such as oak.

The most durable type of finish is a Formica finish, which is often found on commercial-style pool tables. With modern technology, Formica finishes can offer the look of the beautiful wood grain with the durability of a standard kitchen counter.


When buying a pool table, it is important to consider the table's size, the type of wood it is made from, the quality of the build, and the accessories that come with it. Additionally, it is essential to consult with a professional to ensure that the table is the right size and style for your home.

Take note of all our tips above and find a pool table that will definitely fit all your needs.

If you are looking to buy pool tables in Denver, CO, look no further than our amazing selections here at Game Exchange. We are a full-line distributor of both new and used coin-operated games and equipment. Check out our online store for more of our pool collections and their prices.


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