What Causes A Pool Table To Be So Heavy?
The reason your pool table is very heavy is because of the materials it is made out of. A slate bed pool table is much heavier than a wood bed table.
Slate bed tables will be grey in color whereas wood beds will be the color of wood. If you can lift the corner of the pool table, you most likely have a wood bed table.
The larger the table, the bigger the slate bed. The thickness of the slate will also impact weight. A standard 3-piece slate bed pool table will most likely have a 1-inch thick slate bed, but it’s not unusual to see tables with ½”, ¾” or ⅞” slate beds. Most pool tables with one-piece slate beds will be ¾” thick.
Can I Move My Pool Table Myself Or Should I Hire Professional Movers?
In most cases, you should consider hiring a professional moving company to move your pool table. Like other bulky items of furniture, a pool table can be difficult to move on your own or with friends.
If you have a slate bed pool table, you should certainly hire a professional moving company to move it because of their typical weight. If you have a smaller-sized wood bed pool table, you may be able to move it with the help of a few friends.
If you are considering moving your pool table yourself, be sure to properly disassemble it and make sure all of your doorways have clearance. For more information on how to properly move a pool table yourself, read this article.
How Much Will It Cost To Move My Pool Table?
The cost to move a pool table is going to be the cost of how the hourly rate of the professional moving company that you are using. If the table requires disassembly then it will take more time for the movers to move it onto the truck and to its new destination. For more information on how much movers typically charge, read this article.
If you are only moving your pool table, another option would be to see if your local area offers a pool table specific, moving service. Typically you can search google to see if there are any local places near you. You can also call your local billiards supply shop or servicing company and see if they have any contacts for moving your pool table.
Slate Bed Vs Wood Bed – Which One Should I Buy?
Depending on the type of pool player you are or want to become will determine which type of pool table you should buy.
If you are not looking to get into pool as a sport and want a budget-friendly option, a wood table will work for you. However, if you want to competitively play or have a more accurate game, then a slate bed table is the best option.
The biggest difference between slate and wood tables are the quality, affordability, and portability. You will pay the price for the quality of a slate bed table because of its durability and the fact that it won’t warp over time.
What Size Pool Table Should I Buy?
Determining the size pool table you buy will be heavily reliant on the space you are putting it in. You want to make sure that you have proper clearance around the table in order to play the game comfortably.
The typical rule of thumb for deciding what size table that you should buy, would be to make sure that you have at least a 5 foot clearance around each side of the table in the room you are going to put it in. That way you have space for a full-length pool cue.
Watch the video above to get a more depth understanding of what size pool table will fit your needs best.
Interesting Pool Facts
History Of How Pool Became a Sport – According to the Billiards Congress of America, “It evolved from a lawn game similar to the croquet played sometime during the 15th century in Northern Europe and probably in France. Play was moved indoors to a wooden table with green cloth to simulate grass, and a simple border was placed around the edges.”
The Most Expensive Pool Table – According to Rarest.org, the most expensive pool table in existence is Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Exhibition Table. This table costs 1.6 million dollars and was made in 1887. The table boasts hardwood carvings all along the sides and was made by Orne & Sons.
The First Coin-Operated Pool Table – According to the Billiards Congress of America, “The first coin-operated billiard table was patented in 1903. The cost of a game on the first pay-for-play table: one penny.”