Having a pool table at home can be a great asset in a family home. Besides being a great conversation starter during social gatherings, it can also be an excellent family heirloom. Hence, when selecting a billiards table, it is without question that you must choose the best quality materials for it.
People often look at the price of pool tables as their basis when buying one. However, selecting the most expensive or the cheapest one does not guarantee a quality table. Instead, it would be best to consider the table’s purpose, the size, and the quality of materials.
Pool tables have four standard sizes: 7′, 8′, 8.5′, and 9′. Selecting your table’s size would depend on its purpose, where you are planning to place it, and who would be playing with it. Thus, if you have a smaller living space, you should not buy a 9′ pool table. Likewise, a small-sized table, such as a 7′ billiard table, is not suited for professional gaming sessions.
As pool tables are great investments, it is crucial to select a table with components made with high-grade materials. Accordingly, the table surface and fabric are the components that are most used when people are playing billiards. Thus, it is essential to choose the material used for the flat surface and fabric. Although table surfaces can be made materials, such as plywood, fiberboard, slatine, and slatex, none of these can match the lasting quality of tables made with sturdy and durable slate. However, it is worth remembering that tables with slate may cost more than the alternative materials. The thickness of the slate can also affect the table’s cost.
Consequently, the most commonly used pool table cloth is made from a blend of wool and nylon and is coated in Teflon. These materials make the fabric durable and stain-resistant. Hence, it is recommended to get a billiard cloth with a weight of 18-22 ounces per yard.
The frame, leg, and rails are the other components that should also determine the quality of a pool table. A high-quality pool table should offer a well-made frame and legs to support the table and slate. Subsequently, the cushion or rails are typically made from synthetic materials, natural gum, or gum blends. The rails made from natural gum or gum blends provide a more long-lasting cushion than those made from synthetic materials, like clay, which tend to dry out over time.
Lastly, aside from looking at the quality of the components of your pool table options, you should also consider buying the necessary billiard accessories, such as balls, cues, chalk, and triangle. However, if you want an extensive pool equipment collection, you may buy cue racks, table brushes, bridge sticks, ball racks, and table covers.
Knowing the best materials used for pool table components can help you select a quality pool table that can, in time, be an excellent investment for your family. This infographic of Olhausen lists the elements to consider when choosing a pool table.