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Enjoy Gathering Around the Pool Table

When you have friends or family to entertain, you can hang out around the pool table. There are many billiards games that you can play during social gatherings and parties, and you can even spend some time around the table by yourself honing your skills.

What type of materials are used in pool tables?

There are a couple of different materials that can be used to make these tables. In general, higher-quality products weigh more and are sturdier products. This also makes them a bit pricier than others, whether youre going with new or used pool tables. Materials you might see include:

  • Slate - Slate tables are a premium product. This material allows for greater cue ball control, and many enthusiasts recommend slate. It is durable and able to withstand different temperatures and humidity conditions. Slate tables are typically at the top of the line, but they are difficult to move because of their weight.
  • Wood - Pool tables can also be made using wood. This is a much more affordable choice, and because of its lighter weight, these tables can be easier to transport. Wood is usually used in smaller pool tables, such as those designed for home use and/or for kids. Wood might lead to a bit slower billiards play, and it needs to stay completely dry to hold its integrity. The type of wood material is often either plywood or medium-density fiberboard (MDF).
  • Cloth - Billiard cloth covers the wood or slate table. It can either be a woven wool or a blend of wool and nylon, which is called baize. Thicker material leads to slower play. Many seasoned players prefer to use a fast surface made out of a napless weave of wool.
Pool table sizes

There are different sizes of pool tables that you can find on eBay at affordable prices. No matter what their dimensions, they should all have a 2:1 ratio. You can choose from:

  • 9 x 4.5 feet
  • 8.5 x 4.25 feet
  • 8 x 4 feet
  • 7 x 3.5 feet

The two sizes typically used in standard competition are the 9-foot and 8-foot tables.


All pool tables should have the same number of pockets: one at each corner and one each at the midpoint of the longer side. The pockets often have small bags, nets, or cups to catch the balls. Alternatively, you may also see tables with ball returns. These tables have gutters inside the table so that all the balls can return to one collection chamber.