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Billiard Table Felt

Learn all about billiard cloth.

We'd like to start out with a quick note. Those searching for "pool table felt" probably found this article. The correct term is "pool table cloth" - since billiard cloth it is actually made from a worsted wool cloth or a baize cloth, and not felt. Cheap, low-quality pool tables will sometimes have actual felt on them, but for the most part, it's a wool cloth.

Billiard Table Felt

Generally, billiard table felt is a 75% wool - 25% cotton blend and is extremely fine to allow maximum and natural ball movement. Billiard table felt can be expensive to replace especially where the installation should always be done by a professional. When buying a new billiard table you'll need not worry about the billiard table felt replacement for some time. On the other hand, if you have even the smallest scratches or rips in the billiard table felt, your game will be greatly affected and the balls will not play as expected. If this is the case, there are several things that you should keep in mind:

Billiard Table Felt

  • Billiard table felt for a 7' table will generally cost you under $100 to purchase. Most retailers offer you a range of about 10 to 15 different colors. These colors generally range from a standard green or maroon to a less standard electric blue.
  • Older billiard tables used glues in the construction process to fasten the felt on the outer 6 inches. If this is the case, you'll want to continue with this method, and obtain a bottle of adhesive. Some have recommended 3M Super 77 Adhesive for this, since it has been proven to hold the billiard table felt in its proper place at all times. It is also available for under $20.
  • The brand "Sterling" has been well known for making high quality pool table felt. Their Billiard table felt has generally the highest thread count available, but will run you from $180 to upwards or $250 or more.

You can also find customized billiard table felt. Custom Billiard Table Felt will allow you to customize the look of your home pool table with a myriad of different colors and fine fabrics on top of the slate. These vary in selection from retailer to retailer, and often have logos, or other prints embedded directly in the felt. Some use dyes to achieve the image, which is usually the best method since it does not affect consistency.

Billiard Table Felt

  • Title: Billiard Table Felt
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 12/18/2006 9:44:28 AM
  • Last Updated: 1/22/2017 10:53:26 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum
  • Source: Internet

Billiard Table Felt

The Billiard Table Felt article belongs to the Home Billiard Room Tables category. Articles on pool, snooker, and billiard tables as related to home billiard rooms.

Billiard Table Felt Comments

  1. JoseMartinezJrJoseMartinezJr from Riverside, MO on 6/3/2009 3:06:56 AM

    Why do so many people refer to the cloth as, " FELT", it is a wool blend cloth.

  2. billiardsforumbilliardsforum from Halifax, NS on 6/7/2009 7:45:25 AM

    We know! The only reason for the article being titled with the word "felt" instead of "cloth" is because it will help more people find the article on google searches. Our research shows that on a monthly basis (according to google data), roughly 33,000 searches are done for "pool table felt" as compared with only roughly 22,000 searches for "pool table cloth". We neglected to correct the misconception in this article at first, but now there is a blurb explaining that the correct term is "pool table cloth".

  3. Jack FaillaJack Failla from NJ, United States on 11/18/2009 12:26:12 PM

    You haven't said anything about the variation in pool table cloth types e.g.

    • Different pool table cloth weights
    • Differences between manufacturers

    You also don't comment on what is the best brand of pool table cloth:

    1. Which pool table cloths last longer
    2. Which pool table cloths play better
    3. Which pool table cloth brand do most pro pool players use?

    And finally, one pool table mechanic who does a lot of pool table cloth replacements told me that using glue is not recommended and that stapling is the only way to go for installing pool table cloth.

    Can you comment on this?

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