Pool Tables



Pool Tables, Getting the Right One

Many people enjoy the idea of playing with pool tables. Whether your game is straight billiards, 8-ball, or maybe even something like English snooker, you need to look at some of the different types of pool tables available for sale.

Now, if you want to get your children something simple to play with, there are plenty of pool tables suitable for them, and that are quite affordable. One of the most critical aspects of pool tables is the felt cloth that covers it. The cloth on pool tables allows the balls to move easily, but it is also very delicate. This is where looking at pool tables that are the right size for your children is important. Also, the pool cues have to be the right sizes for them. If a child tries to use a full-sized pool cue on one the full-sized pool tables, they run the risk if damaging the felt! One good tear is all it takes to ruin the table, and then the cloth has to be completely removed and replaced. Because of the need for a completely flat surface, you can not simply get the felt sewn up; the seam would interrupt the smooth flow of the balls.

And that bring up the next important point regarding pool tables: the need for being perfectly level. As the pool tables have billiard balls on them, you have to have a level surface to play on; otherwise the balls will roll to one side of the table.

Because of these twin issues, it is much better to look at pool tables that are better suited to small children. By doing this, they can gain experience at handling the pool cues, taking shots, and judging how much force to strike the cue ball with. Adult pool tables come with finely made balls. Here again, you don't want to take a chance of them getting damaged. So, by looking at pool tables that are child-sized, which come with much cheaper balls, your children can smack them around - even send them flying off onto the floor, and you don't have to worry about them damaging anything valuable.

The key things to consider when placing pool tables in a room are lighting and space. As some pool experts will tell you, if you place pool tables directly under the right sort of lights, the tables will be well illuminated. This is not only important for proper play, but the reflection of the light on the balls will sometimes show you right where to hit them in order to get the balls into the pocket.

Then, the issue of spacing has to do with having enough room to properly shoot. With pool tables, you have to be able to draw the pool cue back far enough to deliver the right amount of force to the cue. Now, sometimes, that is just a little tap. But, other times, you really need to give it a hard whack. To do that, you have to be able to pull the cue back up to half or even two-thirds of its full length. That can be upwards of three feet or more! So, pool tables can not be placed in a small, enclosed space.

Finally, there is the issue of humidity. Most pool tables have large amounts of wood in them. You do not want the room that you put your pool table in to be too hot, too cold, and most especially - not too humid. This can lead to the boards warping, thus making playing impossible. So, don't put pool tables outside on a deck or patio.