How can I tell what size my pool table is?
You will need to measure your pool table to determine the size, as there are several different sizes. You can view our Measuring Guide for how to measure a pool table.
How much room do I need for a pool table?
Since pool tables come in different sizes, you will need to first measure your room and then view our Sizing Guide to see which size will work best in your room. Our sales staff is also happy to assist you in determining which size will work best for your space.
What kind of wear and tear can I expect with a home billiard table?
A pool table is a a family fun game and also a beautiful piece of furniture. The wood portions of the table will incur similar wear and tear as other wood furniture pieces and can be touched up with stain markers as needed.
The cloth, pockets and rail rubber are portions that will need to be replaced from time to time depending on use. Be sure to brush your cloth and don't use pool cues with damaged tips or strike the cloth with the pool cue tip to extend it's life. Pockets can be touched up with a bit of shoe polish to hide scuff marks or replaced entirely if the webs or buckets are damaged. The rubber can harden up from lack of use or high temperature, so the best thing for it is to play regularly to keep it in climate controlled conditions. Most tables, with normal use, need their cloth replaced every 2 - 20 years, rubber 5 - 15 years and pocket 5 - 20 years.
Can I save money by purchasing a used table?
While you may find a great deal on used table, it is important to factor in the costs of moving a pool table into your purchase decision. Many factors effect the price of moving a pool table, size, age, condition, stairs, so it is best to get a service quote for moving the pool table before buying it. You may end up paying $1500 to the table seller then have to spend another $400 - $1000 moving and refurbishing it!
Important information to find out about a used table before purchasing it -
- What size is it?
- Is it slate? If so, is it a 3 piece slate or 1 piece slate?
- About how old is the table?
- Does it have exterior leather pockets or interior plastic pockets and what is their condition?
- Is the table solid wood or a laminate?
- Does it have 2 legs or 4 legs?
- When was the last time the table was serviced?
If you are unsure, please give us a call and we can help you determine if the table is worth the investment and provide professional billiard mechanics to move the table for you if you decide to purchase a used one.
Can I save money by moving my pool table myself?
We do not recommend trying to move a pool table yourself. You can injure yourself and damage the pool table if you move it improperly. All 3 piece slate tables must be disassembled before being moved and who better than our billiard mechanics who have decades worth of experience.
If you wish to save money on one portion of the job, you can disassemble the table and move it to its new location on your own and then we can install it for you. To do so, you will first remove 3 - 4 bolts from under each rail and 2 bolts from either side of each pocket (or nails for interior pockets). After you take the rails off, carefully remove the bed cloth, which maybe be either stapled or glued to the slate and/or backing. The slate will be screwed into the frame with 12 - 18 slate screws, some of which may be covered with bees wax or putty from the installation. Remove each piece of slate separately as they are very heavy and will require two strong people. Leave the table frame assembled and move it in one piece. Disassembling the frame may result in additional installation charges so it's best to leave it together. The legs can be removed if needed and are typically bolted to the frame with one bolt each for 4 leg tables and 4 - 8 bolts for 2 leg tables. Make sure to have a large plastic bag for the hardware and a box for the cloth and pockets.