What Size Pool Table Should I Buy?


Adding a pool table to your game room collection is no easy task. There are a ton of factors that you have to think about before you purchase a pool table.

Do you prefer a specific brand? What kind of material would you like your pool table to be made of? How much are you willing to spend on your purchase? But the biggest factor to consider is what the size of the pool table should be.

The size of the pool table that you should buy ultimately comes down to how much space you have available in the room, as you’ll not only need space for the table itself, but extra room to be able to move around that table to set up different positions. There are three different sizes of standard pool tables, which range between 7’ long and 9’ long.

7 Foot Pool Tables

The 7’ pool table is also known as a bar box table because the pool tables of this size are more commonly found in bars. The reason behind this fact is often because bar owners know the 7’ pool table will take up a lot less space, but will still provide their patrons with a fantastic game experience.

These pool tables measure 7’ long by 3.5’ wide (2.13m long by 1.06m wide). 7’ pool tables are ideal for people who have a smaller room and don’t have a lot of space to spare.

  • If you have a 48” cue (1.22m long), it’s highly recommended that you have an area of 14’ long by 11’ wide (4.27m long by 3.35m wide) to spare to provide ample room to move around your pool table.
  • If you have a 52” cue (1.32m long), you’ll an area of 15’ long by 12’ wide (4.57m long by 3.66m wide) to make sure you don’t hit anything in the pool table’s immediate surroundings.
  • Finally, if you’re using a 58” cue (1.47m long), you should place your pool table in an area that’s 16’ long by 13’ wide (4.88m long by 3.96m wide) to provide enough space for when you play.

7’ pool tables offer a more affordable, space-friendly alternative to some of the larger models, but keep in mind that it doesn’t offer as large of a play surface. As a result, games played on 7’ pool tables don’t feel the same and are often more cramped.

This means that if you’re used to playing on a smaller pool table, playing on an 8’ pool table or larger may feel incredibly strange. If you’re simply looking for a nice pastime, however, and don’t necessarily have the space to house a large pool table model, the 7’ pool table is a nice alternative to have.

8 Foot Pool Tables

The 8’ pool table is considered the standard professional table size. If you’re looking to get a feel for what it’s like to play like a pro, it’s highly recommended that you get an 8’ pool table. These tables measure 8’ long by 4’ wide (2.44m by 1.22m wide). These tables provide a larger play surface to practice on than a 7’ pool table.

There’s more room to maneuver, and practicing on an 8’ pool table will make playing on your local bar box table feel like a snap! These are great tables to get if you have plenty of room to spare in your game room.

Just like with the 7’ pool table, you’ll need to make sure that there’s enough space around the pool table as well to allow for free movement and positioning.

  • If you’re playing with a 48” cue (1.22m long), it’s recommended that you have a free surrounding area of 15’ long by 12’ wide (4.57m long by 3.66m wide).
  • If you’re using a 52” cue (1.32m long), you should have at least 16’ long by 12’ wide (4.88m long by 3.66m wide) available around your pool table.
  • And finally, if you’ve opted to play with a 58” cue (1.32m long), you should have a dedicated buffer zone of 17’ long by 13’ wide (5.18m long by 3.96m wide) to provide enough space for your pool table and players.

Because this is the standard pool table size, you’ll definitely get a feel for what it’s like to play and practice like a professional pool player. If your game room happens to be in a basement, be sure to position the pool table so that game breaks are pointed away from any support beams. Murphy’s Law states if an object has a potential to be the in the way, it WILL!

9 Foot Pool Tables

The 9’ pool table is the largest size that you can get on the market today and are often used by some of the best professional pool players. If you’re considering getting a pool table in this size, you’ll have to be very sure that you have enough room to spare!

These tables offer a fantastic amount of play surface to help you practice and develop your skills, especially if you consider yourself a power player (more focused on the strength of your shots above all else).

The larger size makes for a bit more of a challenge, but once you get used to playing on a 9’ table, smaller pool tables will feel all the easier. The extra size gives you more opportunities to maneuver and strategize, as well as get a feel of how much power is necessary to pocket balls. These tables measure 9’ long by 4.5’ wide (2.74m long by 1.37m wide).

  • If you’re playing with a 48” cue (1.22m long), you should reserve a surrounding area of 16’ long by 12’ wide (4.88m long by 3.66m wide) to play on pool table of this size.
  • If you’re using a 52” cue (1.32m long), there should ideally be a surrounding area of 17’ long by 13’ wide (5.18m long by 3.96m wide) to provide players enough space to get around the table.
  • Typically, 58” cues aren’t used on 9’ long pool tables.

Other Considerations Than Size

When it comes to getting your very own pool table, size should be the first thing you think about. After all, you don’t want to get a pool table only to find out that it doesn’t fit. Or you could have gone with a bigger size because you have more room than you thought. But there are also other factors to keep in mind when you want to invest in a pool table.

Cost

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Cost is probably right up there on the list of important considerations when you’re in the market for a new pool table. There are obvious differences between a low-tier pool table and a high-tier pool table. As with most things, you pay for what you get.

Tables on the lower end of the price range (typically found between $600 to $1200) usually don’t last very long and are often made of cheaper materials. If you’re just looking for a fun past-time activity and aren’t too serious about your pool playing performance, then these kinds of tables are great.

Higher-end tables tend to range between $3500 and upwards to $15,000. This massive jump in price is often due to the materials the pool table’s been made of.

These higher-end tables are guaranteed to last for a longer amount of time and are definitely a wise investment for those who are serious pool players. These tables are a lot easier to play on and provide tournament-level play quality.

Materials

As stated before, a pool table’s materials often affect its price. If you’re simply looking for a fun game room centerpiece, models made of cheaper woods or laminate frames are a perfectly fine option.

If you’re looking to invest a bit, however, choosing a pool table made of more expensive and durable hardwoods like mahogany will result in both a higher quality and overall price. These types of pool tables will obviously weigh a lot more, so you should definitely enlist the help of some friends or professional movers to help get it into your game room.