What colors and types of billiard cloth are available?

There is much more than green! DK Billiards stocks about 20-30 different colors and styles of pool table felt. We have a felt color guide, but it is preferred if you come into the showroom to pick out your color if possible.
>>> View our billiard felt color chart here <<<

Can I fit a pool table in my room?

Measuring for a pool table can be tricky. Not only do billiard tables come in different sizes, cue stick lengths also play a big role. To help make things a little easier for you, we have a handy dandy game room planning guide. Print it out and arrange to your liking. Then bring the guide to our showroom and let us help you find the right size products for you.
>>> Gameroom Planning Chart <<<

What is a standard size pool table? How do I know what size table I have?

Most people refer to an 8′ pool table as a standard for home use. The playing field is 44″ x 88″. Most coin operated “bar” pool tables are 7′ and tournament sized tables are 9′. The best way to find out what size pool table you have is to measure from cushion tip to cushion tip on the short side, or width of the table. The length is always double the width. The only time you should measure the outside dimensions of your pool table is when you are ordering a custom cover.
>>> How to Properly Measure Your Pool Table <<<

How much does a pool table weigh?

A typical 8’ slate pool table weighs about 750-850 pounds.

How long will my felt last?

If the pool table is used daily for four to six hours you can expect your billiard cloth to last about 3 years. Most people however will choose to change the cloth color long before it is worn out. You can prolong the life of your cloth by brushing your table regularly and even using a small handheld vacuum is good to remove all of the chalk that settles into the cloth. Remember, keeping your pool table covered is the best way to protect and preserve your felt.

How do I brush my pool table?

The best way to brush your pool table is to stay in one direction. This will keep the nap of the cloth uniform. It is also okay to use a small hand held vacuum cleaner to help remove any chalk dust that has settled onto the slatebed. A lint roller is also a lifesaver for dark cloth colors or pet hair and is safe to use.

Is it okay to move a pool table without taking it apart?

99% of the time the answer is “NO”! The only exceptions are pool tables that are constructed to be tipped over onto its side (coin operated tables) or in a situation where there is a large opening that the table can be dollied out as a whole. You should still consult a professional before moving your pool table yourself. Even tables in these situations can be damaged if they are improperly man-handled. NEVER, EVER take the legs off of a furniture style pool table or turn it on its side to try and fit it through the door. This WILL cause major damage to the leg mounts, blind aprons and/or slate, and cost a small fortune to fix.

How much space do I need for my pool table?

A standard 44” x 88” (8’) pool table needs a minimum of 42” around the playing field. Ideally you should have at least 58” for a standard sized cue. Check our Room Chart for more info.

Is it necessary to replace the felt when moving a pool table?

No. The billiard cloth (aka felt) can usually be reused if it has been removed carefully and has not been re-stretched more than two times before (except worsted cloth). Remember that any tiny knicks or small tears in the cloth will get slightly larger (and more noticeable) when re-stretched onto the slatebed, and refelting at the time of your move or setup saves you around $100 in labor.

How long should my cushion rubber last?

Generally 20-25 years, although some cushion rubber lasts longer. If the pool table has seen direct sunlight, cushion life will be greatly reduced. We have also seen pool tables less than five years old that have “dead” cushions. It is unusual but it happens. You can test your cushions by rolling a ball firmly against a cushion on the short side. It should make 3-4 cushion to cushion contacts before coming to rest. The telltale sign of a dead cushion is a “thud” noise on contact. Cushions should be quiet and lively.

How high should I hang my lamp above my pool table?

There should be 32-36” between the bottom of the lamp and cloth on the slate.

When should I replace my cue tip? (How can I prevent tears in my cloth?)

You should check your cue tip regularly for wear. When the leather tip wears down to the thickness of dime it is time to replace it. By keeping your tip in good shape, you will not only get consistent play but also prevent small cuts in the cloth from miscues.
Related Post: Oops, I Ripped My Felt!

Can I put a pool table upstairs?

Yes! There is usually an additional fee to move a pool table up a flight of stairs, but there is no reason that you can not put it there. We are assuming that your place is up to code of course. The pool table is probably as heavy as three or four big men.

What are billiard balls made of?

High quality billiard balls are made of pure phenolic resin. Lower quality balls are made of polyester or other inferior polymers. Resin balls last longer, clean easier and prevent billiard cloth burns.

What do I do? I spilled my drink on the pool table cloth!

Remember that prevention is key. You should not eat or drink near your pool table. But, if you do find yourself in this situation, act quickly. Absorb as much liquid as possible with clean dry paper towels. The longer the liquid sits, the more it will stain the cloth. We offer billiard cloth embedded with Teflon to help you keep your pool table clean. This is a great preventative measure, but secondary to not setting your drink on the rail of your pool table.

How long does it take to…

Setup a new pool table? Approximately 1.5 – 2 hours. Move a pool table from one house to another? About 3 hours, not including drive time or flights of stairs. Refelt a pool table? About 2 hours.

22 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I recently bought a brunswick hawthorn table that’s about 20 years old. I’m replacing the bumpers but the felt looks like it’s in great shape. No marks or nicks. Does the felt “go bad” on it’s own? Or can I reuse it if it has no visible signs of wear and tear? Thanks.

    Tony

    1. Hi Tony, yes if you carefully remove the staples from the bottoms only you can recushion and restaple the cloth.
      Best, David.

  2. A friend of mine just gave me a pool table but it doesn’t have legs I plan to build some but my question is how long should I make the legs. I don’t know if that is a strange question I’m good at pool as far as going to the bar but I don’t know much about the table. Any ideas??

    1. Danielle, leg height varies by model. All that matters is that the playing surface height is about 30-31 inches from the floor.
      Good luck, DK.

  3. My wife wants to place an area rug under our table. Is it ok to lift one side at a time using the rails? It would be pretty hard to lift from the bottom of the sides since they are recessed slightly. I have a photo, but I don’t see an upload attachment feature here. Thanks.

    1. Bill that’s a good idea in theory but it will be very difficult to do if concerned with perfect placement of the rug. Just as important to note is the fact that you may cause severe damage to the rails and or slate. If you are dead set on trying not to hire a professional then I’d say you’d want to have at least four strong backed and thick quaded studs to lift from the frame only. The safest and sturdiest place to lift a pool table is at the connection between the leg and the corner of the cabinet. Please bemail careful. Best wishes, David Kay.

    1. Hi John, yes totally fine. I do it as often as possible. Hire a good billiard mechanic who understands how to make it work. Best wishes, Dave.

      1. thanks for your quick reply dave, but let me rephrase my question… my felt is still in good shape but my cushions have hardened.. the local billiards place said it has to be replaced with the change out of the cushions.. I had watched a couple videos on the subject and it looked like it could be done without having to put new felt on the table.. was just looking to find out what my options really were.

        1. Hi John, Its totally possible to do given you’re working with a skilled billiard mechanic. The only way it wouldn’t work is if the existing rail felt was trimmed so closely to the row of staples that it would not be possible to re-grasp the felt and re-staple it back down to the rail bottom. Best of luck, Dave.

  4. Hi om thinking of buying a pub pool table but it will have to go out the back (undershelter) I just wanted to know what cloth 2 use seeing as if I was to use normal cloth the condensation would ruin it

    1. Hey Connor, if you could find some material such as Sunbrella which is impervious to weather that would be a good choice. The only downside is that it’s very hard to install around corners and plays very fast. Good luck my friend, Dave

  5. Instead of selling or trashing my older pool table, can I relocate it to my huge outdoor patio area with limited risk.? I am prepared to cover it from expsure when not in use. What should I anticpate.? Give me the bad news first.!

    1. Hey, if Drew Carey can have a pool table in his backyard why not you? I’m in Southern California and wouldn’t think twice about putting the pool table in the backyard as long as an easyup were used along with a nice heavy duty cover to provide protection from the elements. Unfortunately if you’re in an area where snow and rain and freezing temperatures are common you might want to think twice. But what the heck, if it’s a free pool table who cares? I’m pretty sure it would survive in your extreme weather conditions. You can play with the table while it lasts, just think Drew Carey style! Best regards from sunny California, Dave.

  6. I have a furniture style table with 3 piece slate I need to move it to recarpet the room. I do have enough room to put it on dollies and roll it out of the way. Will it hurt the table to lift it onto and off dollies? I plane to have it releveled after I’m done moving it.

    1. Dave, it is feasible to move a pool table in the way that you’ve described as long as you lift from the frame carefully do not twist with pool table at all slide it gently out of the way on the dollies should not harm it in the least obviously releveling afterwards as a necessity thanks for reading my blog, Dave.

  7. My son and his friend moved our beautiful regulation size pool table just enough that the leveling shims are sticking out all crazy. It looks terrible. Is there a safe way to lift each corner to slide them back into position before his dad notices this bad idea gone arhy.

    1. That’s unfortunate Joan, the boys may be able to gently slide the pool table back into position. Then with the help of a hydraulic or scissor jack raise the frame ever so slightly to reinstall the leveling shims neatly back in place.
      Best regards, David Kay.

    1. Hello IRA, no it makes no difference what color the bed is and what color are the rails are you can do to tone force different team colors it will be fine

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