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13' x 20' Room Size and 7' vs. 8' Pool Table Tradeoffs

13' x 20' Room Size and 7' vs. 8' Pool Table Tradeoffs

I have a 13' x 20' room and am torn between getting a 7' table that should work with full-sized cues, or an 8' table with need for an occasional short cue (52"). Anyone have suggestions on which would be the better trade-off? I lean towards the 8' table, just cause I like more playing area, but would welcome any suggestions from the board.

Thanks in advance!

Bill in Dallas

13' x 20' Room Size and 7' vs. 8' Pool Table Tradeoffs

Replies & Comments

  1. guestjags on 9/23/2011 8:44:25 AM

    To use a full size cue with a 7' table you need 13.5' so you would need a short cue even then.

  2. guestMitch Alsup on 9/23/2011 11:46:26 AM

    Pool Table Room Size

    Basically, your room is not quite large enough. You can ameliorate this with 55" cues instead of the std 58"ers and get a 7 foot table, or ameliorate this with 52" cues and get a 8 foot table.

    You will learn the requisite precision faster on the 8 foot table (beacuse you basically have to).

  3. guestbilliardsforum on 9/25/2011 8:20:11 AM

    Here is an article on this site which will help you determine the the room size for each pool table size and cue length:

    Pool Table Room Size

    You can enter the length of the cues (yes, every inch counts for some small home billiard rooms) and it will help factor that in. All room size calculations are explained so that you know the logic behind them.

  4. guestguest on 9/30/2011 7:00:53 AM

    Looks like I'll stick with the 7' table and the short cues. Thanks for the tips everyone!

    Bill in Dallas

  5. guestrunout on 2/9/2012 6:48:50 PM

    FYI Something not mentioned in the calculator is "inside dimensions" because 7', 8', and 9' are just nominal dimensions.

    7' table = 41" X 82" 8' table = 44" X 88" 9' table = 50" X 100"

    For my layout I used 50" X 100" (reasoning that your tip can't be any further out than that edge) besides the backstroke which will be shorter on most of those shots or even jacked up a little.

    I then made sure I had 60" all around from that point. I'm not done yet but I think it will work out fine!

    BTW my last house had 2 spots for a "short stick" no fun!

  6. guestbilliardsforum on 2/10/2012 11:15:14 AM

    Runout - that is a good point, I will work that option into the pool table room size calculator later today. Good call.

  7. guestAwdMan on 2/10/2012 10:33:21 PM

    Bill here is our room planning guides. Billiard Factory Room Planning Chart Do you have any half walls, or is it fully enclosed?

    Also here is a neat virtual room planner

  8. guestMitch Alsup on 2/21/2012 2:21:03 PM

    @runout - Actually, the size of the table corresponds directly to how much fabric is required to cover the bed and rails.

    • 7' table = 41" X 82"
    • 8' table = 44" X 88"
    • 8' table = 46" X 92" Oversized
    • 8' table = 45" X 90" Diamond
    • 9' table = 50" X 100"
  9. guesttasha_silvester on 4/22/2013 2:19:03 AM

    The correct room size suggestions for a pool table are as follows:

    • 7' x 3'5" Pool Table, Playing area of 78" x 39", Room Size = 16' x 13'
    • 8' x 4' Pool Table, Playing area of 88" x 44", Room Size = 17' x 13'5"
    • 9' x 4'5" Pool Table, Playing area of 100" x 50", Room Size = 18'4" x 13'10"

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13' x 20' Room Size and 7' vs. 8' Pool Table Tradeoffs

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  • Published: 9/21/2011 8:19:04 PM