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Buying Guide: Pool Tables UAE

A Pool table not only spreads a lot of joy and entertainment in bars and pubs, but also at home in your own four walls. In addition, there is the special ambience that such a table creates. For these reasons, more and more Pool lovers want a pool or billiard table at home.

If you are one of them and are looking for a suitable Pool table for your home, you will find the most important aspects that you should consider when buying in our guide. 

The essentials in brief:

Snooker tables differ mainly in their size, weight, material and price. These are also important purchase criteria that you should consider before buying.

It must be ensured that the room in which the table is to be placed is large enough and the floor is stable enough.

The optimal room size depends on the table size and the queue length. At best, about two meters are free around the table.

9ft pool tables are often the size of the official tables at pool events.

We recommend high-quality slabs of slate or other stone that have a long service life. The following applies: the higher the price, the better the quality.

How is a pool table constructed?

A pool table is required to play. This is rectangular and has a table top made of slate or a special composite material. It is ground smooth to enable the balls to run as evenly as possible. All Pool tables are covered with cloth. In addition to classic green Pool tables, there are now also blue and even red versions. The color of the Pool cloth has no influence on the course of the game. Most pool tables have six holes. These are either worked as mesh pockets or lead to a return system. So if a ball is potted, it runs down a hidden tube in the table to a collection box. Here the balls can be removed again after the Pool game. Between the holes, the pool table has several side rails from which the balls bounce. A good table is usually heavy and will not move even if players bump into it.

What to look out for when buying a pool table:

If you are looking for a Pool table for the living room, the salon or a hobby room, you usually do not have unlimited space available. So it's a good thing that the size of Pool tables is not fixed. So there are small Pool tables for home use, with which an evening game can be played, as well as larger versions, which are mainly used in pubs and Pool cafés. What should be considered when choosing: Relative space is required around the pool table so that players do not bump into their cues or are restricted in their actions. We have compiled the most popular pool table dimensions in a table here.

Where can you put your pool table?

Before you buy a Pool table, you should consider where it should stand. It is important that the room in which the table is to be placed is large enough and the floor is stable enough.

Tip: Ideally, there should be at least two meters of space around your pool table. Otherwise there might not be enough space to play freely and without restrictions.

However, it should not only be noted that the table can be carried, but also that the floor can also withstand the weight of the players, balls and cues. Normal blankets hold a weight of up to 600 kg. If you should decide on a heavier model, you should make sure beforehand that your blanket is stable enough for it.

Weight and size of the pool table:

As you have already learned, the size and weight of your Pool table plays a very important role. The size of a pool table is measured in British feet. The following table gives you a brief overview of the different sizes and their playing area as well as the required room space. The optimal room size depends on the table size and the queue length.

Now the question arises as to which Pool table size is right for you. This depends on factors such as your available space. Also, the bigger the Pool table, the more fun the game is. The following points can help you with your decision.

Small pool table (5 or 6 ft.):

  • Recommended if you only have little space available

  • Playing area is sufficient for a game night with friends and family

  • Also suitable for children due to its size

Medium pool table (7 or 8 ft.):

  • Recommended for slightly more spacious rooms

  • Suitable for experienced players

  • More challenging than small pool tables as the holes are further apart

Tournament Pool Table (9 ft.):

  • A lot of space is required for the size

  • Is particularly suitable for pubs, Pool cafés, hobby rooms or the like

  • 9ft pool tables are often the size of the official tables at pool events

Snooker tables (12 ft.):

  • A lot of space is required (about 6.4 x 4.6 meters)
  • High fun factor when playing
  • Very demanding, as the balls travel far and the targeting has to be very precise
  • Looks good visually

The weight of a Pool table is crucial for its stability. Approved tournament tables in the 9 foot class must weigh at least 350 kilograms. For the smaller 8-foot class, 300 kilograms are sufficient. However, the Pool tables for private use are significantly lighter. They often weigh between 100 and 150 kilograms.

A snooker table for tournaments, on the other hand, weighs almost 1,500 kilograms. However, these tables also measure 12 feet and have a playing surface of 3,556 x 1,778 millimeters.

Material of the Pool table:

Depending on the price, the quality of the Pool tables also differs. The panels of the cheap Pool tables are often medium-density fiberboard (MDF) or chipboard. Their poor quality usually only becomes apparent after some time. For example, if the chipboard or MDF gets wet, they start to swell. The balls no longer roll across the table as usual and the fun of playing diminishes so quickly.

On the other hand, high-quality slabs made of slate or other stone that have a long service life are recommended. With medium-sized and large tops, the tabletops are usually divided into three parts due to their weight, which you then have to assemble.

The band rubber should also be of high quality so that you can enjoy it for as long as possible. There are big differences in terms of playing quality and lifespan. At best, it is available as an additional purchase so that you can replace it yourself if necessary.

Quality has its price:

If you are a beginner in the world of Pools, your demands on the table can still be much lower than those of a veteran who has played many thousands of games.

You should be aware that if you want to play ambitiously, you will need to spend some money in order to get yourself a decent table.

Cheaper Pool tables sound tempting at first, as they often look great visually, although there isn't much behind it.

The right scope:

Before you think about the size of the table, you should already know the room in which the table will later stand. This realization will have a direct impact on the size of the pool table for most people as in most homes space is limited and needs to be well managed.

If the space requirement is not an issue for you, you should still think about the room in which the table will later stand.

The Pool balls make noise when played. This is often underestimated a little, but in badly soundproofed apartments or in shared flats where you have to be considerate of other residents, the table should ideally not be right next to or even in the living room.

Regarding the choice of room, you should also be told that the pool table does not always have to be where nobody can see it. There are definitely models made of the highest quality materials that are ideal as a decorative object in a large living room, provided you have the space.

What pool table dimensions for your space?

Unfortunately, pool tables come in a number of different sizes, none of which should be considered the wrong size or the only true size. The size of the table is usually given in feet, as the sport originated in England.

The most common tables are 8 feet long. Although this is not the maximum length, it is probably the best-selling length, as it is not too big and not too small for most hobby, amateur and professional players.

Pool tables come in 5ft, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft and 9ft sizes, each with advantages and disadvantages.

Official tournaments are usually played at the maximum length of 9 feet, whereas early in your career you can buy a smaller pool table to learn the game.

The higher quality the table is, the longer it will be able to hold its value, since it hardly wears out and will still be fully functional decades later. The most prone to wear and tear is the playing cloth, which can be easily replaced on such tables.

The weight of the pool table should also be mentioned. After all, you should ideally buy a pool table that is as massive as possible, which radiates robustness and does not move the first time you lean against it.

Nevertheless, the weight should be in line with the intended use and the place of use: You don't need a solid table if you only want to play on it rarely or you have to transport it over 3 floors to be able to set it up.

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