If you love to play billiards and want to purchase your very our own billiard table for use at home, then be prepared to do some research, as a billiard table is a huge investment. It is important that you spend your money wisely and choose a well made, sturdy billiard table, that is well suited to your home environment.
Here are some important points to consider when selecting a billiard table.
It needs to fit into the room
This may seem pretty obvious, but you need to buy the right size billiard table, so make sure you measure the room that you want to place it in. Only by doing so will you get the correct sized billiard table. The three main sizes of billiard table are 7, 8 and 9 foot.
However you also need to take into consideration the amount of space that is needed surrounding the table. Billiards.com has an informative article on how to choose the right size table for your room, it can be read here. www.billiards.com/article/pool-table-room-size
What are the legs made of?
The table legs should be made of solid wood. If not then do not buy, as the table will not last and you will have wasted your money.
Is the frame sturdy and hard wearing?
You must check the quality of the frame as it is the part of the table to which the legs attach, so it is an important part of the overall structure. Without a good and sturdy frame, the entire table can become unstable.
Ideally it should be made from solid wood, but many makers now are using MDF. The choice is really up to you, but obviously you pay a lot more for solid wood.
The beams that help to support the frame are also important. The better brands have a center beam as well as two cross beams, so again, this is something to look out for.
You really need to check what material the pockets are made of. Cheaper billiard tables are usually made from plastic pockets and have a tendency to tear or puncture easily, so it is best to avoid them if you can.
The job of the rails is to obviously stop the ball from bouncing off the table. Ideally they should be made from wood, so do check this when buying. Many cheaper versions use plastic, but they will not last very long.
Consider the ease of installation
It is important that when you choose a billiard table that you consider how easy it is to install. Will you be able to install it yourself or is there a local installer who can help you? You need to check the make of billiard table and find out if there are local installers in your area before you buy.
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