When you are shopping for a pool table you want to make sure that you have all of the information that you need to make a wise purchase. There are many different decisions that you should make before you go to purchase the table.
First, you want to take the time to figure out how much space you are going to have for your table. There are some constraints that you want to take into consideration so you do not buy a table that ends up not fitting.
When you measure your room for your table you want to make sure that you have enough room around the edges of your table for pool sticks. You will find that many people will hit the walls around the room if they are too close to the table.
Sometimes you will find that the walls will get scruffs or even holes on them if they are too close to the pool table. There are a lot of people that do not understand how to go about giving themselves enough room around the table.
You should make sure that you have at least one pool stick length between the wall and your table. There are a lot of people that do not understand how important it is to take the time to measure this beforehand.
There are a lot of people that do not understand the differences in size that many of the pool tables can have. As you are taking the time to understand what size you need you will be able to eliminate many of the tables that you find.
After you have found the size that you need you will want to start looking at different styles. The feeling of your room is going to make a big difference in the type of table that you want for the room.
If there is a theme in the room or a certain color scheme you do not want the table to clash. Often times people will buy a table that they like without thinking about the way it will look when it is in their home.
When you are taking the time to understand what is going to go well in your game room you have to make sure that you talk with a few different people. The more people you talk to the better opinion you will have.
After you have found a table you want to make sure that you know how you are going to transport it. There are a lot of stores that will take your table to your location without charging you extra.
If you are not going to have to have the store move your table for you, you should make sure that you arrange how you are going to move the table before you buy it. The sooner that you arrange your transportation the better off you will be after the purchase.
You should also make sure that the table is transported safely. There are a lot of people that do not think about storing the table for transportation before they buy the table and they end up finding a knick or a scratch in the table.
When you are trying to figure out how you are going to move the table you may want to talk to the sales attendant. They should have a system that will allow you to move the table without running into any problems.
If you are buying the table from a private seller you will have to make sure that you bring plenty of padding and towels. The padding can be anything from Styrofoam to bubble wrap and you can also use the towels to cover the padding.
Finally, you want to make sure that you have rules set up for your table. More than likely you will be entertaining people in your home and they will be using the pool table while you are entertaining them.
You have to make sure that you are taking the time to understand what you need to do to keep your table in the best condition. As you are taking the time to understand the ways that you want to keep your table in good condition you should do some research.
There are a lot of people that do not understand how to go about setting up these rules without being ridiculous. Finding a good combination of strict rules and not going overboard will allow you to preserve your table for a long time.
Jack R. Landry has played professional billiards for the last 19 years and written hundreds of articles about billiards and pool tables.
Jack R. Landry