How to Measure
Planning out a game room or need your table serviced?
Learn the ideal spacing for a pool table and how to measure one.
Many people want a “regulation” size table for their entertainment room, or a “standard” size. There is no true “standard” or “typical” size for a pool table – the only Billiard Congress of America specification for a regulation table is that the playing surface is twice as long as it is wide. Tables come in many different sizes: 6 foot, 7 foot, 8 foot, oversized 8 foot, and 9 foot (tournament size). The size of the room and the table’s surroundings should determine which size table is right for your entertainment room. In our experience, 8 foot tables are fairly common for homes, although we sell many 7 foot tables, as well as 9 foot tables to more serious players who are looking to practice for league and tournament play.
Size does matter, and one of the biggest issues when buying a pool table is settling on the right size for your space. If the table is too large for your room, be prepared for cues continually marking, scratching, and banging into the surrounding walls and furniture. With that being said, there is usually some leeway if your room size is right on the cusp between a 7- and 8-foot or between an 8- and 9-foot table. If the room is simply a few inches short, you can always use a shorter cue or situate the table such that you have more space.
It is also important to note that a seven footer isn’t truly 7′, eight footer truly 8′, and so on. Different pool table manufacturers use different width rails, so the industry standard is to measure your playing field for the size of the table. We recommend allowing between 4.5 and 5 feet on every side of the table – more is better and less means using shorter cues. Please Contact Us to discuss your specific area and we can help advise you as to the best fit for your needs.
Measuring Your Pool Table
Pool tables are measured on the play surface, i.e. the area that the pool balls actually roll on. Therefore, measurements are taken from the cushion nose to cushion nose – be sure not to measure beneath the cushions or inside the pocket, but where the pool ball actually makes contact. The length should be double the width, but if it makes you feel better, you can also measure lengthwise.
7′: 38″ x 76″
8′: 44″ x 88″
OS/Pro 8′: 46″ x 92″
9′: 50″ x 100″
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Configuration Made Easy
Take a few moments to ensure you’re choosing the right size table for your billiard or game room. Simply use the chart below to determine the minimum space requirements needed for a particular table and cue combination. Reference line “C” for a standard 58″ cue. For example, if your room measures 13′ x 16′, the ideal size table for you would be 7′, in order to use 58″ cues. You could, however, go with an 8′ table and use a shorter cue as necessary (see Line B under Eight Foot Table in the chart below). We are happy to discuss different options and layouts with you – simply Contact Us! Planning out a bonus room or man cave with multiple game tables and furniture? We’re happy to consult with you on the design, and if there’s a question we can’t answer, we work with several interior designers we can refer you to!