Sizing Up your Bar’s Shuffleboard Table

Shuffleboard sizes are extremely important to take into account when you’re getting ready to put one in your bar. Shuffleboard manufacturers decide the sizes and materials that each of their products offer. These sizes follow the general trends of dimensions and structural makeups that have a history of high customer satisfaction.

Shuffleboard can be an intense, but fun bar addition

What are my options?

The regulation size of a tournament style shuffleboard table is roughly 22’. This length, while used by professionals, is not very desirable for beginners or casual players. Shop Regulation Shuffleboard Tables.

The most common sizes found in bars, taverns, pubs, and residential homes are in the 9’-14’ range. Not only do these shorter tables take up less space, they also help users below the advanced level skillsets to play and have fun.

How does table size affect gameplay?

All sizes come with their own challenges, each one requiring the practice of a different skillset. Of course, longer tables would not be used in professional shuffleboard tournaments if they were not challenging.

Longer tables require increased focus and tactical ability. This stems from the need of finesse and accuracy to lead the puck to the desired spot with a specific speed. Hard pushes always end in the gutter, but soft pushes won’t reach past the half-way marker.

The difficulty level due to these factors don’t make for happy customers. Most of your bar’s patrons will not be looking for an intense gaming experience, but a fun way to relax and enjoy friendly competition.

Shorter tables have their own necessities for successful plays, but are much more in line for learning the game, or less serious matches. With shorter tables, players are more likely to underestimate the strength they use and overshoot their puck. However, the amount of strength needed for each shot is much easier to calculate.

How much space do I need to leave for players?

The size of the shuffleboard table itself is not the only factor in determining how much space you’ll need to provide for players. Cramped spaces make players claustrophobic and uncomfortable throughout the game. You shouldn’t be surprised to find your shuffleboard unused or producing angry customers when you’ve sacrificed too much room by placing a table that makes it impossible to move around.

As opposed to pool tables, which require extra space on all four sides, you only need to leave room behind two sides of a shuffleboard table. Larger spaces that are free of obstacles are the most desirable, but you should never give players less than 2’ between the table’s edge and the nearest wall or seating arrangement. Leaving 3-5’ behind them will give them even more elbow room, but leaving more than 7’ would be a bit excessive, especially for smaller bars.

While competitors won’t be using the other sides as often, you’ll still need to take those areas into consideration. The standard width of shuffleboard boxes or cradles is 31”, to which you should add an extra 2’ on at least one side for walking access, for a total of roughly 4.5’.

Should I buy more than one?

Measure the room or area you’ve selected, then add together the amount of space your players and tables would require. If smaller sizes will let you install more shuffleboard tables in your bar, it would be a highly recommended investment. Patrons will love the shorter line sizes and lessened pressure to quickly wrap up a game.

Given the right selection of quality shuffleboard tables, you’ll be able to satisfy the needs of any picky customer. Luckily, we have a great assortment that will do just that! Take a look, and once you find the perfect match using the specifications above, place an order that you’ll quickly realize was a no-brainer.

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