Pool tables come in several different sizes. When you are shopping for a pool table for your home, it is understandable that it can be somewhat confusing to know what the standard size pool table is for home use.
The first thing to remember is there is no set standard size for a pool table. The most important aspect of finding the perfect size pool table for your home is choosing one that will fit the room where you want it set up. You also need to account for the pool cue length, so you do not end up hitting the walls!
What is a standard-size pool table?
A standard size pool table merely refers to pool tables ranging from 6 feet to 9 feet. Sometimes, you might see standard pool tables listed as regulation pool tables. As such, it is easy to see why people can get so confused about the differences between standard tables and regulation tables.
What are regulation pool table sizs?
A regulation table is simply a pool table that complies with the requirement that regulation pool tables must follow a 2-to-1 ratio. This means that the pool table has to be twice as long as it is wide.
For example, a 9-foot regulation table is 4.5 feet wide and 9 feet long. An 8-foot regulation table must be 4 feet wide and 8 feet long. Both 8-foot and 9-foot pool tables are the most common regulation size tables.
What are standard home pool table sizes?
The most popular standard size home pool table is a regulation 8-foot table, followed by the 9-foot regulation pool table. However, if you have less space, it is perfectly acceptable to get a smaller table or have one custom-built to fit into your home.
Your pool table, regardless of its size, must follow the regulation 2-to-1 ratio. Players find it harder to switch between a non-regulation table and a regulation table when the dimensions are off, even if only by a few inches.
What are tournament size pool tables?
Tournament tables are 9-foot tables and are the same as 9-foot regulation size pool tables. They follow the 2-to-1 ratio where the width is 4.5 feet, and the length is 9 feet.
There are also some other specific requirements, such as the height of the table has to be between 29.25 inches and 31 inches, the slates have to be at least an inch thick, and the rail width must be at least 4 inches but no more than 7.5 inches.
What are pool hall/bar box pool table sizes?
The size of the coin-operated billiard tables you find at your local pool hall or bar are typically called bar box pool tables. They are normally 7-foot tables with a playing area of 78 inches x 39 inches. Bar box tables often follow the regulation 2-to-1 ratio requirement, so they will be 3.5 feet wide and 7 feet long.
Even though pool hall tables are smaller than tournament tables, they are perfect for casual players who are not looking to go pro. They are also an excellent choice for your at-home game room when you are tight on space.
Are there other sizes of pool tables?
Pool tables are not limited to just 7-, 8-, or 9-foot tables. There are 6-foot tables, 10-foot tables, and 12-foot tables. You can even have a custom pool table built in any size you desire. The thing to remember is you should try to get a pool table that follows the regulation 2-to-1 requirement.
6-foot tables are great for anyone who wants to learn how to play pool and has limited space. While there are “table-top” and smaller pool tables, anything less than 6 feet makes playing pool difficult because the playing area is so tiny.
10-foot tables are often called oversized pool tables because they are one foot longer and a half foot wider than a tournament size table. Interesting, though, 12-foot tables are regulation-size snooker tables. So, if you want to learn how to play snooker, then a 12-foot table could be the size you need.
Make Sense of Pool Table Sizes
Now that you know more about pool table sizes, you know that standard size tables refer to tables ranging from 6 feet to 9 feet. However, standard pool tables can also include regulation size tables when they follow the 2-to-1 ratio, as well as be a tournament size table when the table is 9 feet long and 4.5 feet wide.
To find a pool table for your home, or to learn more about building a custom pool table to match your room size, please feel free to contact Blatt Billiards today at 212-674-8855!