Knowing how much a pool table weighs is essential when you want a custom pool table in your home. The weight helps you decide the best placement for the pool table. In most cases, you do not have to worry about reinforcing the floors. However, in some cases, you may need to, depending on the weight of your new pool table.
Another reason why you should know the weight of your pool table is if you ever want to move it to another room in your house or move it to a new home. Moving a pool table can be very complex and challenging due to the weight of the table.
What factors affect pool table weights?
There are several factors that you need to know about that will affect the pool table weight.
#1: Wood or Slate?
Under the felt on the pool table is either a wood bed or a slate bed. The wood used with pool tables is usually pressed medium-density fiberboard wood. However, some wooden beds are made using hardwoods.
Slate is a type of stone that is used for the bed on pool tables. It is preferred over wood because it does not warp, its weight provides stability, it allows pool balls to roll correctly across the table. It also provides a superior level pool table playing surface that is much more consistent than wood.
#2: Thickness of the Bed
The thickness of the pool table bed will affect its weight. In fact, slate tables account for about 60 to 70 percent of the total weight. Thicknesses can range from one-half inch to two inches.
Most tables use a one-inch-thick bed made of 3-piece slate. This means there are three separate pieces of slate placed inside the table to make the bed. If you want a single-slate pool table bed, then the thickness is usually three-quarters of an inch.
Nearly all professional tournament grade tables use slate with a thickness between 1 and 2 inches.
#3: Pool Table Size
The overall dimensions of the pool table will affect the overall weight of the table, as the bed sizes will be different. Table sizes for different types of pool tables range from six feet to twelve feet. Twelve-foot tables are typically snooker tables and are some of the heaviest tables you will find.
#4: Pool Table Framing and Legs
The pool table frame and legs also play a significant role in how much the table will weigh. For slate pool tables, framing needs to be able to support the weight of the slate. As such, hardwoods are used for the framing and legs.
Furthermore, the number of legs used on the table will affect the weight. Smaller tables will have four legs, while larger tables will have six legs. 12’ Snooker tables typically have 8 legs. In addition, the rails on top of the table are also made of hardwood for slate bed pool tables.
#5: Pool Table Accessories
If you want a ball return and other accessories added to your pool table, these features will increase the overall weight.
What are some average weights for pool tables?
The average weight of wood bed pool tables can range from 180 pounds to 600 pounds, as follows:
- 6-Foot Table – 180 Pounds
- 7-Foot Table – 275 Pounds
- 8-Foot Table – 320 Pounds
- 9-Foot Table – 450 Pounds
- 10-Foot Table – 600 Pounds
The average pool table weights for slate bed pool tables are:
- 6-Foot Table – 500 Pounds
- 7-Foot Table – 700 Pounds
- 8-Foot Table – 1,000 Pounds
- 9-Foot Table – 1,300 Pounds
- 10-Foot Table – 1,500 Pounds
- 12-Foot Table – 2,500 Pounds
Most residential pool tables are between eight feet and nine feet long. The lightest regulation tables used at home start around 1,100 pounds and go up to the ultimate 12-foot table that can weigh 2,500 pounds or more!
Will I have to reinforce my floor for a slate pool table?
Even though a regulation slate pool table can weigh 1,000 pounds or more, that weight is distributed between the number of legs on the table. For example, on a four-legged, 1,000-pound table, each leg supports 250 pounds. On a six-legged, 1,200-pound table, each leg supports 200 pounds.
So, most people will not need to reinforce their floors. The only exception is if you are looking at a 12-foot slate pool table. Each leg supports over 400 pounds of weight!
Now that you know how much a pool table weighs, it is essential to decide the best place to have a new custom-built pool table installed in your home. Once it is set up, it will provide you with endless hours of enjoyment.
If you have further questions about pool table weights and how much a new custom pool table could weigh, please feel free to contact Blatt Billiards.
We hand-craft customized pool tables in a wide variety of designs with custom features and options to allow you to further personalize your new pool table. Explore some of our designs online and call us at 212-674-8855 to schedule your design consultation today!