Before buying a pool table, it’s critical to consider the space where you will be placing it. Make sure that there is adequate space around the table for you to move and play around the table comfortably and allow you to elevate the cue at the precise angle.
How much space do you need for a pool table?
You will need sufficient space to allow players to shoot from all sides of the pool table. Here, we have a room size guide for billiards for you to consider the room size that are needed for different sized pool tables. You should remember that over 80% of all people have at least one “tight” spot in their pool room where they will need a short pool cue.
Clearance around a pool table
At the minimum, there should be 5 feet of clear space around the table. This space is enough for comfortably placing and stroking the cue. Therefore, the ideal space for your pool table should be at least 10 feet added on top of the table’s dimensions.
Let’s look at some examples.
For tables measuring 4½ feet by 9 feet, the ideal space would be 14½ feet by 19 feet for their respective sides.
Bar tables measuring 4 feet by 8 feet, need at least 14 feet by 18 feet of floor space.
How far does a pool table need to be away from the wall?
The table should be installed at the center of the area to leave uniform space around it. If you do not leave at least 5 feet of space around the table, you will have trouble positioning your cue stick at the right angle without hitting the wall. The other alternative would be to use a mini cue stick, which most people don’t like using.
Other Space Considerations
Other steps to take before installing your pool table include:
If you plan to install light fixtures onto the wall, then make sure to allow the recommended 10 feet space for both the width and length of the table.
If you plan to install an area rug in the pool room, get a non-slip variety and secure it into place before installing a table.
Planning for the space around the pool table is key for you to enjoy your game of billiards fully.