Pool Tables

A Brief History

Like many other sports, it’s hard to pinpoint when and where the game of billiards originated. France, England and Persia are often mentioned as countries that possibly invented the game of pool, but each is debatable. We do know that the earliest version of the game of pool was played on lawns and was often compared to a form of croquet because the purpose of the game was to shoot balls through a course of hoops to knock over a cone shaped object. The game was then transferred indoors and played on the floor, but it was soon found to be hard on the backs of players who were continuously bending over. This is why the game of pool was eventually moved atop a table.

The problem with playing pool on a table was the balls kept rolling off, so wooden rails or bumpers were soon attached to the pool table’s edges to keep the balls in play.

The next modification occurred around 1600, with the addition of rubber strips to the wooden side rails. These rubber strips were used as cushions to give the balls added bounce when hitting the edges of the table. The rubber also served to protect the wood from chipping. A thin green wool/felt cloth was then added to cover the table to allow players a more accurate and precise shot. The colour green was originally chosen for pool tables because it represented the grass that the game originated on.

Standard Pool Table Sizes

There are three “Standard” pool tables sizes – 7-foot(3.5’x7′), 8-foot(4’x8′) and 9-foot(4.5’x9′).

Oversize and Other Pool Table Sizes

There are also Oversized, or “Pro” size tables. Generally, these tables are a half-foot (six inches) longer and 3 inches wider than their standard counterparts. An 8′ Pro (or Oversized 8′) table measures 4.25′ wide x 8′ long. There are 7-foot Pro, 8-foot Pro and 9-foot Pro tables available. There are also a few less-common sizes available, like 10-foot and 6-foot tables.

Pool Cue Length

Standard cues are generally either 57 or 58 inches long. Shorter cues are also available in lengths from 24 inches – 24, 36, 42, 48 and 52 inches are common sizes.

Table Size Playing Area 48″ Cue 52″ Cue 57″ Cue 60″ Cue
6′ x 3′ 66″ x 33″ 14’6″ x 11’9″ 15’2″ x 12’5″ 16′ x 13’3″ 16’6″ x 13’9″
7′ x 3’6″ 78″ x 39″ 15’4″ x 12’2″ 16′ x 12’10” 16’10” x 13’8″ 17’4″ x 14’2″
8′ x 4′ 88″ x 44″ 16’4″ x 12’8″ 17′ x 13’4″ 17’10” x 14’2″ 18’4″ x 14’8″
8′ x 4′ (Oversized) 92″ x 46″ 16’8″ x 12’10” 17’8″ x 13’6″ 18’2″ x 4’4″ 18’8″ x 14’10”
9′ x 4’6″ 100″ x 50″ 17’4″ x 13’2″ 18’4″ x 13’10” 18’10” x 14’8″ 19’4″ x 15’2″
10′ x 5′ 112″ x 56″ 18’4″ x 13’8″ 19’4″ x 14’4″ 19’10” x 15’2″ 20’4″ x 15’8″
12′ x 6′ 124″ x 62″ 19’4″ x 14’2″ 20’4″ x 14’10” 20’10” x 15’8″ 21’4″ x 16’2″

Minimum Recommended Room Size

      • 7′ Pool Table
      • Minimum Recommended Room Size is 13′ wide x 16′ long
      • 7′ Pro Pool Table
      • Minimum Recommended Room Size is 13.25 wide x 16.5 long
      • 8′ Pool Table
      • Minimum Recommended Room Size is 13’5 wide x 17′ long
      • 8′ Pro Pool Table
      • Minimum Recommended Room Size is 13.75′ wide x 17.5′ long
      • 9′ Pool Table
      • Minimum Recommended Room Size is 14′ wide x 18′ long
      • 9′ Pro Pool Table
      • Minimum Recommended Room Size is 14.25′ wide x 18.5′ long

 

Traditional Pool Tables

Available Options:
  • Available in both 6′ and 7′ option sizes
  • Choice of cloth colour
  • Choice of price of play
  • Electronic or mechanical mechs
  • Choice of cabinet colours

Standard Pool Tables

Available Options:
  • Available in both 6′ and 7′ option sizes
  • Choice of cloth colour
  • Choice of price of play
  • Electronic or mechanical mechs
  • Choice of cabinet colours

Free Play Pool Tables

Available Options:
  • Available in both or 6′ or 7′
  • Choice of cloth colour
  • Choice of cabinet colours