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Pool Table Room Size Guide

Finding a right pool table space shouldn’t be down to guesswork. After all, buying a pool table is a worthy investment - you’ll want the best playing comfort by  dedicating the right space. 

Learn how much room you need in 3 easy steps! 

1. Calculate the space required

Once you've decided on your desired pool table dimensions, you're ready to measure the space you need for it. (If not, find out how to choose the right pool table size).
Regardless of pool table size, simply remember the magic number of 5ft as the ideal perimeter around the table:
    • Length needed = Table length + 5’ + 5’
    • Width needed = Table width + 5’ + 5’

      So if you have an 8 x 4 ft table, you’ll need a 18ft (8’ + 5’ +5’) long x 14ft (4’ + 5’ + 5’) wide space.  (Note: the standard width of a table is half its length)


      2. No space? Simply use shorter cues! 

      As the above assumed a standard cue length of 57”, using a shorter 48” cue for tighter wall shots allows you to deduct 1’ from each side of the perimter. 

      Using the same 8ft table example, the requirement would thus be a 16ft (8' + 4’ + 4’) x 12ft (4” + 4’ + 4’) area, which means you'll need less space overall.

      For the best playing experience, we also offer clients options of shorter cues of 48" and 52" at no charge!


       3. Mark It Out

      Once you figure out the minimum dimensions required for your table, it’s time to map out the room to make sure it will fit. Double-checking the right pool table size for your room is easy by using some masking or painter’s tape to mark on the floor where the corners of the table will be.

      Then try out your pool-playing stance over the area and see if you’re going to have enough room.


      To wrap it up, all you need to choose the right pool table size is simple - i) calculate the size you need based on a 5ft rule, ii) consider using shorter cues in your measurement, and iii) then mark it out. If you're still unsure, simply call us for a phone consultation with our pool specialists! 


      To learn what else to look out for in a pool table besides size, check out our pool table buyer's guide offers more information. 

      And should you already have in mind an idea of what to get, why not explore our wide variety of pool tables based on your specs?


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