What is the Best Size Pool Table to Have?

Pool Table Size Guide

When shopping for a pool table, the most common question buyers have is  “What is the best pool table size to have?” The answer has more to do with the space you’ll be placing your new pool table in. A too-big pool table in a small room will be unplayable and a too-small pool table in a big, open space will look and feel disproportionate. Next, other considerations, like who will be playing on your new pool table, or your personal skill level goals, factor in.  

At GameTablesOnline.com, we are here to help you figure out which pool table is right for you. So we’ve created this guide to help you sort through all the pool tables for sale to find your perfect pool table!

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First, How to Measure a Pool Table

Measuring is the most important step before buying a new pool table. Players need enough space to walk around the entire table, as well as maneuver their cues without causing damage to other furniture in the room.

If you place a too-big pool table in a small room, you you won’t be able to play properly. A too-small pool table in a big empty room is playable, but your gorgeous pool table won’t fit proportionally in the large room.

Start by measuring the room or space you have for your pool table. Use the chart below to determine what size pool table is the best for your space based on the size of your room and the cue length(s) you intend on playing with.

For a more detailed breakdown of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of sizing, check out this Pool Table Spacing Guide. This includes rules of thumbs on how much space to allow for your cue, between the table and the wall, and more.

Pool Table Size Chart

Before you can begin your shopping journey, get out that measuring tape and take note of your space’s size and shape. This will prevent you from choosing a table and cues that are too long. You do not want to dent your walls from playing pool! Use this chart to help you determine what size billiards table will look best.

Pool Table Size Chart

Table LengthCue LengthRecommended Room Size
7′ Foot Table48″ Cue11’3″ X 14’6″
7′ Foot Table52″ Cue11’9″ X 15’2″
7′ Foot Table57″ Cue12’8″ X 16″
8′ Foot Table48″ Cue11’9″ X 15’4″
8′ Foot Table52″ Cue12’4″ X 16″
8′ Foot Table57″ Cue13’2″ X 16’9″
9′ Foot Table48″ Cue12’3″ X 16’4″
9′ Foot Table52″ Cue12’10” X 17′
9′ Foot Table57″ Cue13’8″ X 17’10”

6 Foot Pool tables

In homes, apartments, busy arcades, and other smaller spaces 6 foot pool tables are ideal for saving space.  Smaller than most bar pool tables, 6 foot pool tables are great for casual play. Kids and teens will find it easier to learn the rules of the game on a smaller table, especially if you choose a multigame table for your home game room. For summer fun, choose a 6 ft. portable pool table you can bring with you on your weekend get-away. You’ll be surprised at how versatile and exciting these compact tables are.

The 6.5′ Mizerak Dynasty SpaceSaver does just as it’s name suggest and saves you space.

7 Foot Pool tables – The Bar Box

The 7 foot pool table, otherwise known as the “bar box.” 7 foot tables are most popular local bars. There is a certain skill set needed for playing regularly on 7 ft pool tables, because the billiard balls will bunch into clusters that you will need to break.  Brushing up on your skills is just one of the benefits of a 7 ft pool table. Ideal as a first home pool table, for casual play, or as a bonus for guests, the 7 foot pool table fits into most spaces easily. For serious players, you’ll want a longer table.

Go with a 7 foot pool table if you don’t have enough space for a larger table. It will be enough to dust off your cue stick whenever you need to. It’s not the best size pool table to have but it will get the job done to practice in your home, apartment, condo, or townhouse.

7 Foot Pool Table
The Great American Black Diamond Pool Table is available in 6′, 6.5′, 7′, 8′, or 9′ dimensions.

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8 Foot Pool Tables – Tournament Tables

The 8 foot table stands the middle ground between 7 foot and 9 foot pool tables. You’re shots are mid-range but you will also have to break out some clusters too. A little bit of both so it’ll be easier to transition to a table that is smaller or larger. 8 Foot Tables quite popular in homes because they allow you to maintain flexibility and are the best for home practice for serious players or businesses wanting to amp up their customers’ experience.

8 foot pool tables are referred to as “tournament tables.” They’re the best size if your buying a table for you’re home to play (somewhat competitively) with your friends. You’ll get the best of both worlds, save a little money, and still be able to practice every night if you have it in you!

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9 Foot Pool Tables – Regulation Size

A 9 foot table is the best size if you’re playing seriously or planning on entering any tournaments. 9 foot tables are the standard size of a pool table used in regulation tournaments and are most popular in pool halls. This is what the big boys and girls use.

On a 9 foot billiards table, you won’t have as many clusters, but your shots will be longer making the game more difficult and more skill-oriented. Experienced players always prefer longer tables, especially when competing. This helps maintain a consistent playing surface. Don’t forget these tips from BCA Master Instructor Mark Finkelstein teaching you how to get to the next ball.

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The Verdict

Experienced players always prefer larger tables but then again there are those who compete in bar leagues. Many of these guys and gals stick with a certain size to maintain a consistent playing surface.

Last but not least we have to mention one word of caution to all of you out there. Make sure you have enough room for your cue stick! Trying to force things in the wrong place just doesn’t work so if you have to, opt for a smaller table so that the game will run smoothly. Trust me, you WILL put holes in your wall!

Let the Fun Begin

Game Tables Online carries a selection of billiards tables that are quality crafted and made within a reasonable price point. Measure first, then pick out your dream pool table from our wide selection of tables. Industrial loft to neon arcade to English pub, we’ve got a customizable pool table for every style! Our everyday low prices ensure that you’re getting the best prices on high quality, beautiful pool tables.  Find everything you need for the ultimate game room in our full catalogue.

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