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This article is helpful to all of them who want to shift their pool table to some new place as at that time you’ll have to measure pool table.
So, are you shifting place and carrying your favorite pool table with you? If yes, then I am sure that you would not want your pool table to not fit in your new room and hence you need to know its exact size and dimensions. So, if you are planning on building a new room for your game playing stuff then you really need to measure your pool table so that the new room could be enough spacious to adjust the pool table.
Another thought just crossed my mind. You might also be thinking of buying cushions and bumpers for your pool table. Also, a pool table cover is equally important, in case you are so concerned about your table and you do not want that it gets dirty. Re-felting is not an easy task, people. So, you need to measure pool table for an adequate measurement of the cloth.
Measuring your imperial pool tables can also be important sometimes when you are using longer queues and you are supposed to fix up some more space in the room for your pool table.
Well, these can be a few reasons as to why you need to measure your pool table. Coming on to the procedure of measuring the table, you need to know how. So, here we are with the appropriate measures to guide you in the process of measuring your pool table.
In what sizes do pool table come?
The typical listing of the pool table sizes are as follows:
- The Bar Size pool table which is a 7-Foot Table (39″ x 48″ OR 40″ x 80″)
- The Standard Size pool table which is an 8-Foot Table(44″ x 88″)
- The Standard 8-Foot Antique Size pool table which is a Pro 8-Foot Table (46″ x 92″)
- The Tournament Size pool table which is a 9-Foot Table (50″ x 100″)
- The Mini pool table which is 20.25″ (L) x 12.25″ (W) x 3.5″ (H)
- The Kids pool table which is 48″ x 26″ x 30″
- The Full Size Snooker table which is 11 feet 5 inchesby 5 feet 10 inches
So if you are an American and if you own a pool table at your home, there is a 90% probability that you would be having a standard pool size table of 44’’. If you are preparing for competitions, it is a possibility that you would be having a bigger 9-foot table at your homes. The pro 8-foot table is the older size and you may not find it nowadays.
There is also a difference between the standard pool table sizes in American and English. So, if you are an Englishman, the standard pool table size at your home must be 39’’ or 40’’ which is a 7-foot pool table. This is the suitable size for tournaments in English countries as they easily fit into space. English pool table sizes can also start at a smaller size of 6-foot because of the relatively smaller pockets and cue balls.
Well, the convincing size of the pool table may vary from person to person. So, you need not think about it. If you are a player, playing is the only thing that should matter to you.
How to measure pool table and things that you need to prepare for the same
If you are up for measuring your pool table at your home, then you should carry the following essentials:
- A tape measure (with perfect specifications so that your readings come correct)
- A pen and a paper
Well, if you are smart enough to remember the readings verbally and store it in your memory, you might not need a pen and a paper!!!
Moving on to measuring your pool table
So, now that you are done with acquiring the knowledge about the typical pool table sizes, possibilities of owning a standard pool size table and also collecting the essentials, it’s time that you start measure pool table.
- Open the tape measure and place the end of the tape measure at the edge of the cushion of the pool table. Place it at the edge where the ball actually touches the cushion.
Mistake to avoid: You need to place the tape measure on the cushion nose to get the right measure. The common mistake that needs to be avoided is placing the tape measure beneath the cushion or inside either of the pockets.
- Stretch the tape measure to the other smaller end (measuring breadth is much easier and convenient) and record the measurement in inches.
Alternative method: You can also do the measurement along the longer side of the pool table if you are not satisfied enough. The length would be approximately equal to twice the breadth of the table.
- Record your measurement on a paper in case you cannot remember the readings.
As we know now that English pool tables are a bit smaller than American pool tables, you can consider measuring your pool table from both of the sides. If you are measuring with a tape measure, place the end of the tape on the edge of the cushion.
If you place the tape under the cushion or inside the pocket, the readings might not give you a major difference because of the smaller pockets.
The American pool tables are comparatively larger than English pool tables. The pocket sizes are bigger than that of English tables’ pockets. So, measuring along the breadth of the table would be a very convenient option.
Counting the slates in the pool table
Knowing about slates is very mandatory. Generally, slate pool table is available individually (Slabs of 1-piece or cut into 3-piece). For the slates, you can look under the rails which are present in the pockets. If there is a separation, it is a 3-piece slate.
So, now you know which pool table to order for yourself or in case you have a pool table, what space in the room your pool table will occupy. Measuring the table can save a lot of money.
I hope that this tutorial proved helpful for you in case you were in a dilemma to measure pool table. Just in case, if you have better ideas, then we are most welcome to all your suggestions. We hope that you post your suggestions as comments and help us provide a better outcome for you the next time.