Resources & Frequently Asked Questions
Where Is the best place to put a pool table? - We recommend a large room with enough space for a full cue stroke. There are also shorter cues on the market, to make playing in a smaller room easier. Please refer to our sizing guide for more info.
What space is required for a pool table? - This depends on the size of your pool table. Please refer to our sizing guide for more info.
How far does a pool table need to be from the wall? - For a standard length cue you it is recommended to have at least 60 inches from the wall or any other obstacle for a clear unobstructed shot.
How close can you put furniture to a pool table? - Please see the answer above.
What do you do with a pool table when not in use? - We recommend covering your pool table with a dust cover of some sort. You can find these HERE.
How do I protect my pool table? - We recommend not putting drinks on the play surface or on the rails to prevent spills. While there are coatings that are available on the market to protect your cloth, as well as Teflon coated cloths, they are only water resistant and not waterproof. You can also cover your pool table with a dust cover of some sort. We have these available HERE.
Should I put a pool table in my basement? - Absolutely! As long as you have a large enough room, and a large enough entryway for the parts of your particular table, you can put a pool table anywhere. Be aware some attics and older homes will need proper and adequate floor beams to handle the weight of the pool table
Is a 7 foot pool table too small? - Not at all! Many of the billiards leagues throughout the country play predominantly on 7 foot pool tables.
What are the parts of a pool cue? - Many cues vary in design, but the basic parts of your typical 2 piece cue consists of a butt cap, butt, wrap, collar, shaft, ferrule and tip. However every cue is different and many manufacturers use proprietary parts found nowhere else in the industry. Feel free to browse our selection of cues HERE to get an idea of what is out there!
What are the “dots” (otherwise known as diamonds or sites) on a pool table used for? - The sights on a pool table are used to more accurately line up your shots and improve aim on bank shots. This is commonly referred to as the Diamond Method.
What is a small pool table called? - Some small tables are referred to as “bar boxes” but there is no official term for any small size regulation table. Standard pool table sizes are 6’,7’,8’, and 9’
What is the “kitchen” in a pool? - The ”Kitchen” on a pool table is typically the area opposite the rack, behind the middle sights. This is where you break from and in some rule sets this is where the ball is placed on a foul or scratch.
Why is it called a pool table? - “Pool” or “Pocket Billiards is any cue and ball sport played on a Billiards table with pockets. Snooker falls under the pocket billiard category, but generally the tables have a smaller pocket and are Typically larger tables. Other styles of table exist such as Carom tables, which have no pockets. The colloquial term “Pool” is derived from the betting rooms at the Horse Track, during their off time bettors would gather in the betting parlors to make bets on billiards games in between the races. After some time the houses then became known as “Pool Rooms”
How much does it cost to refelt a pool table? - This can vary depending on the size, brand, and model of table, type of cloth, and also your location in relation to the installer as many have a mileage charge after a certain distance. If you are in the Greater Chicagoland area, you can reach us HERE for a quote!
What are pool balls made of? - Most billiard balls are made of phenolic resin, which is a very hard material that was designed to replace the traditional material which is Ivory. The highest quality billiard balls go through very extensive testing to make sure they are as close to perfectly round and as durable as possible. You can find our selection of billiard balls HERE!
How much does a pool table weigh? - This varies based on size, and the materials used in construction of the table. Typically slate pool tables weigh from 600-1000 pounds. Non-slate tables vary wildly and unless you are purchasing an outdoor pool table made with specific marine grade materials, we don’t recommend them due to quality and longevity.
Here are a few of our favorite links!
www.bca-pool.com(Billiard Congress of America)
www.poolplayers.com (American Poolplayers Association)
www.northcookcounty.apaleagues.com (North Cook County APA League)
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