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September 7, 2012

Pool Table Near Poles or Beams

by familyrecreationcentre

A  perfect room would be if there were no poles or beams interferring with a pool tables.  Unfortunately today  many of the rooms we help people design have a pole or low beam.

making the best with a post in the room

The question we get is should I forgot about having a pool table or how can I work around the obstruction.

Our most bizarre room a customer wanted to practice for tournaments but had a small room.  He had us put the pool table againt  walls so he had two sides to practise with.  I would not suggest this but it worked for over twenty years for him and he won many tournaments because he was able to practise at home.

Not recommended but is this better than no table for practising

Ideally you would like to have 5′ around your pool table but here are  a few design ideas you can incorporate in to your room that should help with the  inconveniences caused by the poles or beams near your pool table.

The first design  to consider is the most play of the table is where the balls are racked.  Many people think you should have alot of room to break but the most play on an average players table is where the balls are racked.  The head of the table which is where you break from starts with you inside the playing area usually near the line.  As I said most average players do not fully break and have the balls thruout the table but they tend to stay near the end of the table.    So the post is better at the breaking end of the table

If the room is really tight, you can position the table so that the pole is located near the middle of one of the side rail.  We have positioned tables that post is actually beside the rail rather than one foot out.

Beams in the ceiling have effected tall people and cues.  Usually the beam runs down the centre of the pool table so it does not effect people as much but the cues and the  light.  We will look at the in a further blog

The best way to decided where to layout your table is to cut out the inside playing area of the table you are purchasing.  If a 4 x 8 table the inside playing area is 44″ x 88″.  You can use paper or cardboard for this layout.  Position it around the room with the post and see what area feel best suited to your flow of the room.

Your billiard installer will also suggest the best position in the room for maximum playablity.  We also design rooms with your dimensions.  Brunswick billiards has designed a great website design

but unfortuately posts are not added but it show you the layout of the space.  Don’t forgot to add people to the plan they take up space too.  Since many pool rooms in homes are not perfect most people have house rules.  It usually involves moving a ball  when a reasonable shot cannot be done.  We also sell great trouble shooter cues that are balanced for those tight shots

Great alternative cue for poles and short folks

Measure and have fun


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