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Is My Room Big Enough For A Pool Table?

The first thing to consider when thinking about creating a pool room is the space. You need enough space to allow for players to shoot from all sides of the pool table. Here we help you consider what size room is needed for different sized pool tables.  Keep in mind over 80% of all people have at least one "tight" spot in their room where they need a short pool cue.  By using the following guidelines very carefully you can figure out where the tight spot is going to be and if it will make having a table in the room less fun.  At the end of the day what we really care about is if you can have fun playing on a pool table in this room.

We are often asked about Regulation Size Pool Tables.  This refers to a 4 1/2 foot by 9 foot tournament pool table. like you see on ESPN.  It requires a much larger room than a 7 foot table as shown in the chart below.  The confusion is that any table where the play surface is twice as long as it is wide can be considered a "regulation" table.  Most people put what is called a "Home Eight" table in their home.

Remember you are not measuring for a pool table so much as you are measuring for the pool cues around a pool table.  How close the butt of the cue is to the wall will make a big difference on how much fun you will have playing the game.  Standard 2 piece cues measure at least 58 inches in length. The pool room size needed then is the length of the pool table plus 2 times the length of the cue and the width of the pool table plus 2 times the length of the cue.

Lets look at an example. You have a room with an available area measuring 16 feet 8 inches by 14 feet. This is 200 inches long by 168 inches wide. We know the length of our cue is 58 inches for each side of the pool table, or 116 inches, so the room length, 200 inches minus 116 cue inches equals 84 inches for allowed for the length of the pool table. The width of the room at 168 inches minus twice the cue length, 116 inches equals 52 inches allowed for the width of the pool table.

Your space can fit a pool table 84 inches long and 52 inches wide. Standard pool table sizes are 7 foot, 8 foot, 8 1/2 foot and 9 foot long. Your space would best fit a 7 foot table.  Always use the ACTUAL PLAYING SURFACE dimensions to represent the pool table in your room, not 4' by 8' rectangles!

Here is a chart of standard table sizes and Ideal Suggested Room Dimensions.

Table Size Ideal Room Size for 58" Cues Actual Playing surface
3.5' x 7' 16' 2" x 13' 1" 39" x 78"
4' x 8' 17'  x 13' 4" 44" x 88"
4.25' x 8.5' 17' 4" x 14' 46" x 92"
4.5' x 9' 18'  x 14' 50" x 100"