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Fun meets Functionality: 5 Things to Consider in a Dining Pool Table

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So you‚Äôve decided that a dining pool table is worth exploring. With our previous blogpost¬†discussing¬†‚ÄėWhy‚Äô you might want to buy a dining pool table, this guide focuses on the ‚ÄėWhat‚Äô to look out for.

All dining pool tables come with a convertible table top and are built with practicality in mind, incorporating design elements as slightly lowered height for dining. However, they nonetheless vary widely in size, design, materials, and features to fit various home requirements.  So how do you decide when so many options abound? Some of these purchase considerations include following, which we explore in detail below: 

  • Size
  • Playing Surface Material
  • Aesthetics
  • Durability
  • Location
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    Considerations

    1. Size

    Convertible dining pool tables not only save space - you’ll be glad to know that they also come in smaller sizes. With 9ft being the competition size, dining pool tables come in smaller or equivalent sizes of 5ft - 9ft to fit homes. 

    Smaller tables may offer better interaction proximity when dining, while competitive players might enjoy the fullness a larger table brings. Our most popular size is 7ft, which strikes a great balance between play, dining experience and compactness.

    Depending on the size, tables can comfortably fit 6-8 pax, just keep in mind that a dining pool table needs to accommodate dining chairs too. Beyond these sizes, it’s also possible to customise the dimensions to your needs. 

     

    2. Playing Surface Material

    All pool tables are made of either slate, wood or composite material. If you're worried about spills, you might prefer slate given that it's made of a marble material that protects the playing area from water damage. A slate surface also allow for cloth replacement, which means you’ll get to upkeep your pool table for decades. 

    Wooden play surfaces offer a good alternative, although wood tables aren't all the same. While Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) tables are subject to warpage over time, High Density Fibreboard (HDF) tables are more durable than MDF. Being being more cost-effective than slate, HDF tables strike a great balance between quality and cost, and are found in our Holiday range of tables. 

    Wood tables are also lighter, so if you have plans to shift furniture around sometimes, you’ll enjoy the benefits of mobility they bring to the table (pun intended). 

     

    3. Aesthetics

    A dining pool table will probably be the focal point in your home. As such, you may want a design that complements your existing decor but also has its own distinct flavour. Dining pool tables are designed as pieces of furniture as much as recreational items and offer an wider array of options over standard pool tables. Made for the modern home, they usually come in contemporary and minimalist styles. 

    • Finishes¬†in a range of¬†material and colours can be used to blend into the interior style. Natural wood finishes like Oak or Aspen are timeless and warm, thus complementing Scandinavian interiors. On the other hand, steel or dark coloured finishes project a raw, industrial look which are perfect if you‚Äôre looking for one to fit a Bachelor pad.¬†
    • Design elements such as cabinet slimness and legs can also define how distinctive it is as a centerpiece. A slim cabinet means a thinner frame and clean lines that exude¬†a sleek look. Many dining pool tables also feature legs sited at the corners (rather than a chunk in the middle) to project a clean, minimalist aesthetic. Designs could also feature unique elements if you truly want a head-turner.¬†For example, check out the Kingston, our latest model¬†that literally offers a twist to a typical leg design!¬†

    Finally, don’t forget that customisable options are also available. Tailor the design to your style to come up with something that is not found anywhere else, one you can truly call your own!

     

    4. Durability 

    A dining pool table is a long-term investment and serves various functions (even as a study table), so it’s worth purchasing one that's enduring. 

    • Material: Tables constructed from durable materials such as¬†hardwoods like Oak and Maple help it stand the test of time.¬†In addition, look for a pool table with durable rails and joints as they are crucial in helping to support the heavy table top.¬†
    • Construction: Since the table is intended for regular use, be sure to check¬†that the frame and legs of the pool table are sturdy and well-constructed to support the weight of the table. The best way to do so? Try the set for yourself¬†in¬†a showroom for a feel test.¬†

    Compared to standard pool tables, dining pool tables are more 'transferable' due to their design flexibility. A durable one will probably have a higher resale value should you ever decide to sell or upgrade your dining pool table. 

     

     5. Outdoor or Indoor 

    If you plan to play at home, most indoor dining models would suffice. But if you imagine bringing the social experience outdoors, go straight for one that's designed from scratch as an all-weather dining pool table. 

    An outdoor dining tables needs to fulfil a remarkable number of qualities! It has to have weather- resistance to allow them to be permanently left outdoors without worry of water or sun damage across 4 areas (Frame, Play surface, Table top, Cloth). The challenge exponentially multiplies when adding in the requirement of lightweight material for easy conversion as well as mobility.

    To us, the Hyphen table is a technological marvel, going where no other pool table maker has done before by fulfil two contrasting requirements - portability and weather proofing - in one table.  To top it off, it's all wrapped up in an eye-catching, minimalist design. 

    Converging into a ‚ÄėLifestyle‚Äô concept (outdoor¬†+ dining + play), French makers Cornilleau¬†are truly leaders in this space - not just for Pool tables but also its Lifestyle Foosball and Table Tennis.

     

    TL:DR

    Dining pool tables are increasingly popular due to their space-saving and aesthetic designs that suit modern homes. It all depends on your requirements of size, play surface material, aesthetics, durability and location, a combination of which will ultimately determine the type of table you purchase.

    Centrum Leisure offers Singapore's widest range of Pool Dining Tables, all located in one place - the largest pool table showroom in SG. Make a trip down to experience them for yourself, including some of the best pool tables from top brands like Aramith, Cornilleau as well as our locally designed models. 

     

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