Repurposing a Room for a New Pool Table

September 11, 2023
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maroon felt pool table on a brown tile floor

Encore Billiards is your one-stop shop for all your game room needs! If you're looking to create the ultimate game room or man cave, or simply want to add some excitement to your existing space, we've got you covered.

Designing a room that caters to your specific needs and preferences can be daunting, but with our expert guidance and support, you'll be able to transform your vision into reality. From initial planning and layout considerations to selecting the perfect furniture and decor elements, we'll assist you every step of the way. 

So whether you're aiming for a kid-friendly play zone or a sophisticated gaming haven, we have the knowledge and resources to help you achieve your desired outcome. Get ready to level up your room design game!

 We do more than just sell. We also help you with the design of your game room. We can help you with:

  • Room Layout: We can help you measure your space and determine the best placement for your pool table and other game room furniture.
  • Color Coordination: We can help you choose colors that will complement your pool table and other furniture.
  • Lighting: We can help you choose the right lighting for your game room, so you can play comfortably and safely.
  • Accessories: We can help you choose the right accessories for your game room, such as pool cues, balls, and racks.

How to Choose the Right Pool Table Size for Your Home

When it comes to pool tables, there is a wide range of sizes available to suit different preferences and spaces. From the compact 6-foot bar table to the more spacious 9-foot regulation table, there is a size for every need.

The 6-foot bar table is often found in smaller venues or homes with limited space. It offers a more intimate playing experience and can be a great addition to a basement or game room.

Moving up in size, the 7-foot and 8-foot tables are also popular choices for home use. They provide a good balance between space-saving and gameplay experience, making them suitable for both casual players and enthusiasts.

For those who are serious about their pool game and want an authentic experience, the 9-foot regulation table is the way to go. This size is commonly used in professional tournaments and provides ample space for players to showcase their skills.

Choose the right pool table size for your space and playing style to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience.

It's important to consider the available space when choosing a pool table size. Factors such as room dimensions, furniture placement, and intended usage should all be taken into account to ensure that you select the right size that fits your needs perfectly. 

Provide Pictures and Take Measurements

When it comes to planning the placement of a pool table in a space, it is essential to have accurate measurements and visual references. Bringing in pictures of the space can provide valuable insights into the layout and dimensions of the area. By taking measurements, you can determine if there is sufficient room for the pool table and ensure that it fits comfortably within the designated area.

Taking measurements allows you to assess factors such as clearance around the table, proximity to walls or other furniture, and overall spatial considerations. This step is crucial in ensuring that there is enough space for players to move around comfortably while playing.

Learn How To Correctly Measure a Pool Table

Additionally, having visual references from pictures can help you visualize how the pool table will fit into the existing aesthetics and design of the room. It allows you to consider factors such as lighting, decor, and any potential obstructions that may affect gameplay.

By combining accurate measurements with visual references, you can make informed decisions about where to place your pool table within a given space. This thoughtful approach ensures optimal functionality and enhances the overall enjoyment of playing pool in your chosen location.

Minimum Clearance for Pool Tables

We recommend having at least 57 inches of clearance from the wall to the inner cushion (play surface) of a pool table. This will allow you to comfortably play with a standard cue stick, which is typically 57-58 inches long.

If you have a tight spot and can only spare 52 inches of clearance, you can use a short cue stick. Short cue sticks are available in 36-, 48-, and 52-inch lengths. However, using a short cue stick will limit your playing options and make it more difficult to make certain shots.

minimum space requirements for a pool table

It is important to note that these are just minimum clearances. You may need more space depending on your playing style and the size of your cue stick. If you are unsure how much space you need, it is always best to err on the side of caution and leave more space.

Here are some other things to keep in mind when planning the placement of your pool table:

  • Make sure there is enough space for players to stand behind the table and take their shots.
  • Allow enough space for people to walk around the table.
  • Avoid placing the table near windows or doors, as the sunlight or drafts can interfere with the game.
  • Consider the traffic flow in the room and make sure the table is not in the way.

Consider Conversion Tops

A table tennis conversion top is a piece of equipment that can be used to convert a pool table into a table tennis table. Conversion tops are two halves of a table tennis table minus any metal hardware or framing so they won't damage the pool table. The net & post clamps onto the table in the center. 

Conversion tops can be used on 7-foot and 8-foot pool tables, but not on 9-foot tables. This is because 9-foot pool tables are too large for most conversion tops.

With a table tennis conversion top, you can have the best of both worlds without having to buy two separate tables.

Once the conversion top is in place, you can start playing table tennis. Conversion tops are a great way to get another game while still using the same space. They are also a great way to switch things up and keep the game interesting.

Here are some other benefits of using a table tennis conversion top:

  • It can save you money on the cost of buying two separate tables.
  • It can save space in your home.
  • It can be a great way to get the whole family involved in physical activity.
  • It can be a fun way to entertain guests.

 If you are looking for a way to get more use out of your pool table, a table tennis conversion top is a great option. It is a fun and affordable way to add another game to your home.

Ready to Create a Pool-Friendly Space in Your Home?

Check out our "Hall of Game" page to get some ideas or stop by our store for some in-person inspiration.  

Get in touch with us today to start planning your dream game room. We can help you with everything from choosing the right games and furniture to designing the perfect space.

Need to furnish a commercial business? We also accommodate stools in larger quantities in whatever color/style you need.

No matter what kind of room, our affordable and customizable seating will make your house the place to be!

To learn more visit our store at 1581 Boston Post Rd Milford, CT 06460 or give us a call at (203) 783-1159.

If you prefer not to come to our store, we can assist you over the phone.

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