How to Choose a Pool Table

A pool table is the perfect centerpiece for a family game room, “man-cave,” or anywhere else friends and family gather. Buying a pool table is an investment, but if you choose carefully, you’ll be able to enjoy it for decades. As you weigh your options, consider these seven critical factors.

1. Size


Having enough space is a key to enjoyable game play, so it’s critical to choose the right sized pool table. Standard pool tables come either 7-foot, 8-foot, or 9-foot lengths. Start by measuring the room to make sure it will fit. Since the size of the table can also impact how it feels to play, you may want to try out a few options before you make your decision.


2. Surface


While there are less expensive playfield surfaces available, high-quality pool tables are made with slate. Slate slabs with 3/4-inch thickness are industry standard, while some tables have 1-inch or 1 /14-inch slate surfaces. The thicker the slate, the longer you can expect your pool table to last.

3. Frame


The table’s frame provides support for the slate. Most frames are made of wood and use two crossbeams. If you’re using thicker slate, you may need a frame with a quad-beam construction.


4. Legs


Sturdy legs are critical as they provide support for the weight of the slate, frame, and players who sit on or lean against the table. Post legs are made of a solid piece of wood that extends from the frame to the floor. There’s also a two-piece option that is detachable, with a break between the frame and the leg.

5. Felt


The quality of the felt can significantly impact gameplay. Most modern pool table felt is made from a blend of nylon and wool that may be coated with Teflon. To determine the quality of the felt, ask about the ounce weight per yard. Generally, 18 to 22 ounces per yard will give you maximum durability and years of use.


6. Rails


Rails made of solid wood will give your balls the perfect bounce. Also check that they are fastened into place with strong bolts, ideally running through the table’s frame and slate.

7. Pockets


Pool table pocket options include plastic, rubber, and leather. Low-cost pool tables often have plastic pockets. Rubber is typically used for commercial tables and leather is standard for residential tables.




At UPlay, we carry a variety of high-quality pool tables for both residential and commercial locations.

Contact us today to start exploring your options.

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