If you’re in the market for a pool table and you’ve got the space, you should probably be looking for an 8 foot pool table. This is the standard size for an American pool table, and most people in the United States are used to playing on 8-foot pool tables. Virtually all of the pool tables found in pool halls and bars are this size. 8 feet is also considered to be the regulation pool table for league and professional play. All this probably means that most guests who come over to play pool will expect a regulation, eight foot pool table.
Most of the pool tables sold on line and elsewhere will be regulation tables. There will be a few smaller tables and billiard tables offered as well.For example, seven foot pool tables are available from most sellers and will be a little cheaper but since they are usually not considered regulation, you are better of with a bigger table if you can afford it and have the space. Also, many of the cheaper advertised tables can be non-regulation so you need to be aware of this when ordering. A seven foot table will usually cost less than $500 if ordered online, and regulation tables typically run a bit higher.
What to Look for in a Pool Table
Beyond the 8’ foot length the next thing you should look for is a slate pool table. With slate tables, the bed, or playing surface is made of slate, not another material. Real slate is considered to be the best surface for playing pool on and the best slate comes from Liguria in Italy. The finest pool tables usually feature this slate but it is usually too expensive for most people to buy.
Never fear though, because a standard slate pool table will easily suffice for everyday play. These tables can usually be found online for around $600. This price usually doesn’t include the price of shipping but it might include the price of balls, cues plus other accessories.
A person can usually save some money initially by ordering a table with the accessories. However, it is usually cheaper in the long run to buy some accessories such as the pool cues separately, as many of the accessories thrown in with the table are often inferior products.
A final problem can be delivery. Pool tables are fairly large and heavy so they may cost a little more to deliver. Moving the table yourself can save you some money, if you know two or three people who are strong enough to move one.
Shopping around online can usually save a customer some money. A good way to save money is to visit the discount sites and see what bargains may be available, and be on the lookout for special sales that offer free shipping