Billiards or pool is growing in popularity as a pastime as well as a professional sport. More and more people are furnishing their homes with pool tables in order to be able to enjoy the game in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. If you're one of those people who are looking to buy a pool table, this article is for you.
Buying a pool table takes careful consideration. You need to have a little knowledge about what to look for in pool tables in order to get a good purchase. The following are a few things you need to consider when in the market for a pool table.
Size:- Is the pool table for professional playing or just for recreation? If you're a professional player and you're looking to get a pool table to practice your game on, a tournament size table (9 feet) is the right table for you. However, if you intend to just shoot some pool with your friends in your spare time, then you have three size choices: bar size (7 feet), home size (8 feet), and commercial size (oversized 8 feet).
The size of the space you want the pool table to occupy is a major consideration in choosing the table size. However, cue size is also an important factor to consider. If you have a big game room, whichever table size you choose would be fine. However, if you have limited room, remember that each table size and cue size has minimum space requirements. Take accurate measurements of your space before you start shopping for a pool table and accessories. When you find a piece you like, check with a salesperson or, in the case of online stores, call the company's toll free number or email them to check what table size would be best for the space you have.
Playing Surface: - You have a choice between slate and non-slate playing surface. A slate playing surface is for professional players. It has been approved by the Billiard Congress of America as the appropriate playing surface for tournaments. It is very durable as well as stable. The non-slate playing surface is a more affordable option if you're just playing pool for fun. However, it is not as durable as the slate playing surface.
Other Pool Table Features: - For the fabric covering the playing surface, wool, nylon, or synthetic nylon is used. Whichever fabric your table has will provide a smooth playing surface. The rails can be made from particle board, MDF, or solid wood.
Check out the quality of other pool table features such as the cushions, sights, pockets, and cabinet. Look into the quality of the materials used in the construction. For example, the pockets can be made of leather, plastic, or vinyl. If you're a professional or if you want to invest in a great-quality pool table, then you can buy a piece that uses the higher end materials. Solid wall rails, wool or nylon fabric, leather pockets, and a slate playing surface make up an excellent pool table that will last a long time. You may have to spend a little more, but you'll be investing in quality. If you just want a table to play pool in with your friends, you may not have to invest in a piece that uses the best materials but you still need to be selective and carefully inspect a piece's craftsmanship.