Our Buying Guide to Billiard Tables or Pool Tables
Is it time to build you game room or are you just upgrading to a better pool table? Either way here is a great place to start. There are many factors to keep in mind when purchasing a billiard table: space, cost, quality, looks, playing size, and purpose.
Budget or cost factor are usually the first consideration for many but remember there is definitely a difference between a $500 table and a $2,000 one. Before plucking down your money make sure you consider the other factors.
Consider the purpose or the simple fact of whose going to be using it the most, kids or adults. There’s nothing more frustrating than buying a very expensive item and having to scream at your kids to stay away from it so they don’t wreck it. In this case you really should have purchased a table a little less expensive that they could play with!
Space is the single most area that people fail to consider when purchasing a billiard table. They buy a too large table for the area, not leaving enough room for people to shoot with their pool cues. Measure and leave enough room for 4-5′ around every side of your table, buy a smaller table if you must.
Playing surface is just the length or size of your table. If you’re gonna be playing in tournaments then you’ll need an official size table. Just make sure you have enough space around the table for practicing your shots.
Everybody wants the best quality that they can buy but this usually depends on price. The best quality pool tables are manufactured by Valley, Great American, and Imperial. Costing $1500 to $6,00, these tables are made from the finest wood with slate tops not something you want your kids crayoning on! Budget tables are manufactured by Harvil, Franklin Sports, Fat Cat, and Mosconi. These tables are inexpensive and should last until your kids grow up and you can upgrade to a better table then.
Most color options for tables are wood colors, black, bright colors, and MLB,NBA and NFL logos. The team logo tables are an nice addition to your rec room especially if you’re following a team theme.
Remember buying a billiard table is an important decision and you don’t want it to turn into a huge mistake by buying the wrong size or a cheap brand.
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