Let's say you want to buy a pool table in Seattle…..

The following are some things that you should know.

Purchasing a billiard table is an easy decision; what's hard is deciding which one to buy! Choosing between different designs, sizes, materials, and features can become very frustrating. Don’t give up just yet; Seattle Pool Table has provided you with all of the information that you need to choose your perfect billiards table.

This pool table buyer's guide will guideyou through the following decisions:

PLAY SURFACE: Slate, Slatron, SL8, MDF, Slate-Core, Accuslate...

One of the first decisions you will need to make when shopping for a billard table is the type of play surface that you will want. There are several pros and cons to each of them, so pay close attention. Seattle Pool Table

Slate is the main material used in 85% of pool tables. Made a sheet of a hard natural stone, slate is more durable than all pool table playing surfaces, and it is naturally resistant to water or mold, making slate billiard tables ideal for damp basements or other humid environments. Slate resists warping better than any other pool table surface, so you can enjoy your billiards table for many years to come! Slate billiard tables are very heavy and generally cost more than non-slate pool tables. The slate playing surface is delivered in one to three pieces and requires a professional installation. Search online for billiards table installers in your area. Seattle Pool Table

Slatron, Accuslate, Slate-Core, and MDF are man made billiard table play surfaces that imitate slate. Slate-Core and Slatron are compressed wood, treated to be warp resistant. MDF is short for medium density fiberboard, and Accuslate from high density fiberboard. These materials do not match the superior warp resistance that comes with a natural stone, they have however, come a long way! They are also less expensive, lighter, and much easier to setup. Customers can typically install non-slate pool tables by their self. Seattle Pool Table

SL8 is a new one-piece stone billiards table playing surface that has the sound, look, and feel of slate, without the heavy weight and added installation cost. Backed by wood, SL8 is half the weight of slate, letting you be able to assemble the pool table yourself! SL8 gives some of the billiard table performance and durability that you want, and resists moisture and warping better than the all-wood pool table playing surfaces. Seattle Pool Table

SIZE: 7, 8, or 9 Feet

Next, you want to figure out what size billiard table will best fit your room, budget or level of play.

7’ Pool tables are cheaper and ideal when space is an issue.

8 Feet is the most popular size for home use; recreational pool players are most accustomed to this size table.

9 Feet is the size typically used in pro billiard tournaments. If you are a serious pool player, and have the space, this is the size table for you!

Seattle Pool Table SPACE: How Much Room Do I Need?

Remember, you will want to have plenty of space to comfortably line up each and every shot! Pool cues start at 42” and can be as long as 57.” They are normally 57". Use the measurements below to approximate how big your billiards room needs to be to comfortably accommodate your pool table and pool cue of choice.

Seattle Pool Table Pool Cue Length - Room Size

7' Billiard Table:
Pool Cue Length Room Size
42” Cue 10’9” x 14’
48” Cue 11’9” x 15’
52” Cue 12’5” x 15’8”
57” Cue 3’3” x 16’6”

8' Billiard Table:
Pool Cue Length Room Size
42” Cue 11’2” x 14’10”
48” Cue 12’2” x 15’10”
52” Cue 12’10” x 16’6”
57” Cue 13’8” x 17’4”

9' Billiard Table:
Pool Cue Length Room Size
42” Cue 11’8” x 15’10”
48” Cue 12’8” x 16’10”
52” Cue 13’4” x 17’6”
57” Cue 14’2” x 18’4”

Seattle Pool Table Where Do The Balls Go?

Billiard tables feature either drop pockets or an automatic ball return. Bar tables have an automatic ball return system, whereas classic pool tables have drop pockets and are typically designed for home use. A drop pocket billiards table is very simple; the pool balls just stay in the pocket until they are removed. With drop pockets, there is no concern about a jam inside the table.

With most ball return systems, the billiard balls travel from the pocket and down a long tube. They are deposited into a box, typically found at the end of a pool table. There they remain stored, until you are ready to re-rack them for another game.