A Guide for Pool Table Sizes

Contrary to what many beginners think, not all pool tables are of the same size. This is a common mistake that many people who are new to the sport make. There are small tables, big tables and then tournament sized snooker tables. So if you want to improve your game and buy a table for yourself, how do you go about buying one?

 Minimum Room Size according to Table Size & Cue Length

Pool Table SizesPlaying Surface DimenisonRoom size for 48 inch CueRoom size for 52 inch CueRoom size for 58 inch Cue
7 foot39" x 78"11'3" x 14'6"11'11" x 15'2"12'11" x 16'2"
8 foot44" x 88"11'8" x 15'4"12'4" x 16'13'4" x 17'
8.5 foot46" x 92"11'10" x 15'8"12'6" x 16'4"13'6" x 17'4"
9 foot50" x 100"12'2" x 16'4"12'10" x 17'13'10" x 18'

Different pool table sizes

Unlike other sports, when we speak of pool, there is no standard or official table size that is to be followed at all times. Instead of referring to a set size, its better to consider table sizes in terms of ratio. The optimal ratio being 2:1, meaning that the length of a good table should be twice the size of the width.

For instance, the British 6ft tables are 6 feet by 3 feet while the American 8ft are 8 feet by 4 feet. The sizes may vary between different tables but the ratio remains the same.

The most common table sizes are
– British 6 foot
– British 7 foot
– American 8 foot
– American 9 foot
– Small Snooker 10 foot
– Tournament size Snooker 12 foot

As mentioned above, the length to width ratio on all of the above tables is always 2:1. By default most of these tables come with a standard 48” cue however you can choose a bigger cue (52” or 58”), if that is your personal preference and provided that you have a room that is big enough to accommodate it. For example, playing with a 52” cue on a 9 foot table you’d require a room that is at least 12 feet 10 inch by 17 feet, in order to be able to maneuver without any problems.

Pool table dimensions – How do they matter?

When you buy a table should you only keep in mind the pool table room size or are there other factors at play? A question that many folk do not bother asking, leading to future disappointment.

Let us take the example of a standard pool table size and a larger, regulation pool table size. The most obvious benefit of the latter is that you get a much bigger playing area, leading to more flexibility for the players. At the same time, larger tables are more challenging and if you have any plans to go pro or compete at any tournament level, then a large table is what you must get used to.

Nonetheless, if you are a beginner then you might find the challenge of a regulation pool table size a bit too much. You probably won’t enjoy the game as much and learn as fast as you would on a smaller table.

That is why experts recommend smaller table sizes for beginners and intermediate players. Another reason why most tables found in sports bars are smaller sized ones. A lot of things like bank shots are much easily accomplished on smaller sized tables though it must be mentioned that owing to the smaller playing space, much more strategy is required on a player’s part which surely does a lot to build the player’s mental skills.

The only way of knowing what works for you is to try different table sizes. The easiest way of doing this is visiting a pool hall or a sports bar.

Choosing the right pool table size for your house

The first thing to consider when deciding upon the pool table size is the size of the room in which you intend to put it. The room has to be sizably bigger than the table. For instance, say you want to buy a British style, 6ft long table, then you need to make sure that you have that much space plus some more free to be able to play without problems.

At least 5ft extra space on all sides of the table is recommended. So on a 6ft British style table, you’d like the length of the room to be 6ft+5ft+5ft= 16ft. On the width side, it should be at least 3ft+5ft+5ft= 13ft. This rough calculation is a good point to start at. Let’s not forget that in case you end up buying a bigger cue than the standard 48” one, you will probably need to compensate a bit more for space.

Whatever your preference may be, start by measuring the area of your future pool room first and then use it, along with this guide to make the right purchase. A calculated purchase will ensure that you do not regret it in the future.

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