Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of felt do you use on pool tables?

Pool table cloth is not felt. It is a woolen material. The percentage of wool to nylon can vary.  Worsted wool clothes range from 100% wool to 87% wool and 13% nylon.  Non-worsted cloths are generally 75% wool and 25% nylon. There are many brands of cloth available and almost 40 colors to choose from. We prefer to use Forstmann Marquis cloth.  It is not brittle, as are many other brands, therefore it stretches tighter, giving you a faster playing pool table.

What size room do I need for a pool table?

The standard, full-size cue length is 58". Therefore, a space of at least five feet between the rails and the walls is recommended. However, most game rooms have furniture or other obstacles that interferes with play. If necessary, you can use a shorter cue in these instances.  Since pool tables come in different sizes, it is best to choose the table size that fits best in your room. When referring to the "Room Size Chart," consider the measurements given as the MINIMUM SPACE REQUIRED. Any additional space you can give to your pool playing area will only increase your comfort and enjoyment of the game.

What is the difference between a slate and a non-slate playing surface?

For the past few centuries, slate has been the preferred playing surface for good pool and billiard tables. This is due to the qualities of slate.  It can be honed to a very close tolerance, it is strong, durable and has just enough flex to allow the mechanic to align and level it. Other materials have also been used. However, the manufactures of these products could never get them to rival the flatness of slate.  Since the 1970s, some manufactures have used particleboard and MDF (highly compressed paper pulp, sometimes mixed with slat dust and called "Slatetron") as their playing surface.  These materials sag and are impossible to get flat.  Pool tables that use this type of bed have virtually no resale value.

What is a "regulation" table?

The term "regulation" table is often misused. To one person it may mean an 8 foot pool table.  To another person it means a 9 foot pool table. Regulation actually refers to the dimensions and ratios of the playing surface. Pool table sizes range from 3 feet x 6 feet to 4-1/2 feet x 9 feet which, by the way, are not the actual sizes of the tables, but the nearest size in feet. A regulation table has a playing surface twice as long as it is wide.  For example, the playing surface of a regulation 8 foot pool table is 44" x 88". For a 9 foot pool table the playing surface is 50" x 100".

Can I move my pool table by myself?

Yes, you can move your pool table by yourself, but we STRONGLY RECOMMEND AGAINST IT.  Most people who move their own pool table get "four big guys" to help them.  After smashing the walls, doorways and rails, they often are not sure what to do with the table once it is up-side-down in the truck or moving trailer.  Also, if you break even a single piece of slate, your replacement costs will be greater than the cost of having hired someone who actually knows how to move a pool table.

How heavy is a pool table?

The weight of a pool table will vary between manufactures, the thickness of the slate and frame, and the types of wood used in the construction of the pool table.  Most pool tables will weigh between 500-1000 lbs.  This is less than a waterbed weighs.  Sturdy, well supported, floors will help keep the table level.  Floors that have minimal support will flex somewhat as players move around the room.  This will cause the table to move also and will affect the balance of the table over time.

How can I get additional information?

Call 1-505-323-7665. We will try to satisfy all of your pool / billiard table questions. We are open 10 AM to 6 PM Tuesday through Saturday. If no one answers, please leave a message and we will return your call ASAP.