Pool Table Space: Cheating Smaller-Sized Rooms

Cue Up, With My Suggestion For Your Tight Space

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How To Fit A Big Pool Table Inside A Small Room?

Felt stuck when calculating accurate pool table space requirements? Let our guide help you instantly, as we answer a question about a tight floor space, and making a pool table fit at home, without breaking windows with your cue sticks--or busting your budget!

Matt, Help With This Table?

"Hello, Matt:

I have spent the entire morning on line reading everything I can that you have written about choosing a pool table.

I need to try to get a simple answer to something, I don't have much time to transform our converted garage into a pool table room for a couple of space reasons.

I'm a kindergarten teacher and have a little school in our home, now that it is summertime I only have 6 weeks to move all kinds of things around, get a table and have it installed and finish the room, moving everything back into place before school starts again.

My living room can only become a messy storage room and place to reorganize for about a month before I've got to get started preparing the space for school again!

My teen has been away in a therapeutic treatment program for depression and one of the things I want to do before she earns her first home visit is to get a pool table room set up so that the family can have a place to have fun together...

We have always thought a pool table would be good for all of the family members and our friends. This will be a big surprise and make us all really happy.

This is the deal.

I've got this garage that we have had a floor installed that's level, and it's also our laundry room and is our storage room for our climbing equipment (we are rock climbers). We have a small property and must use this garage space for these two other things, as well as the pool table.

The perimeter of the garage has things around it because of these reasons, so what it leaves is a completely free 14 x 14 foot area without obstruction and then on one of the 14' lengths of space the cues will need for shots is a couple extra feet added that can be used unobstructed above the washer and dryer area.

So we actually have about 14 x 16 but I want an 8' table like the ones described on your website at About.com.

Is this something I'll regret once I've purchased it? I do not want to waste the money on a 7-foot table and really don't know if this space will work for an 8-foot. I've played pool lately in some cramped spaces and we have had to get creative with shorter pool sticks or different angles, and it was fun because we aren't trying to be professionals. My husband loves pool and we will start invited friends over to play, but this is the space we are dealing with now.

Please tell me what you think. I'll probably buy a table within 4 weeks if you think that we could have plenty fun with an 8 foot in this space.

Thank you so very much!"


Matt Responds: Fix Your Space

"Hi, Linda. Pool is very enjoyable and therapeutic. As important, only eyesight can retire a player and your family will be enjoying a game they can plenty until they are in their 90's are older.

I know what you mean about wasting your money on a mini-table or bar-sized table in a tight space. Readers will want at least an 8-footer at home or even a 9 if possible if they have adequate space.

The answer is simple. An 8-foot table in a 14 x 14 foot space will provide you with only 3 feet of room to maneuver past the long rails of the table. The problem isn't your body but your cue stick.

The cue stick is almost 6 feet in length but comes back from the table on your backswing so things can be close-and yes, if the ball is on the rail most of the cue will be toward the wall to one side-or even poking through the wall! But the old days of using one cue have passed. Players now have regular playing cues along with all kinds of jump shot, break shot and specialty cues, and I'm thinking of one that will help.

My proposed solution is you enjoy a nice-sized 8-foot table, and buy one extra cue to use that is a child's cue or half-sized cue. You'll be set with your regular cues for 95% or more of your shots - and should a ball be near a rail and also require extra vigorous cue movement, simply pick up the small cue for that shot only.

Have fun and enjoy! Readers, get your "pool table space requirements met… and you're set."