Now that you have a nice new pool table, you are going to want to be sure that the pool cues , balls and rack have a home. This not only keeps everything organized, but also helps to keep your pool accessories from being broken or lost. We have reviewed some of the best pool cue racks we could find to help keep your pool cues safe and your games room clutter free. There are a number of different options that you will need to consider when it comes time to make your selection, but we will go over what you should be looking for when buying a pool cue rack.
We’ll start off with some of the features to consider. Afterwards, we’ll take a look at some of the top models on the market, whether they are a free-standing pool cue rack or a wall mounted cue rack. So, without further delay, let’s look at some features.
Top Pool Cue Rack Features to Consider
Free Standing vs. Wall Mounted
The first thing that you really need to look at is where will this rack go. Your two main choices here are to go with a wall mounted pool cue rack or a free-standing model. Wall racks are great in that they are up off the floor so they aren’t a tripping hazard. However, these models are difficult to move if you want to rearrange your room. You will also want to make sure they are securely mounted to the wall, so your cues don’t come falling down in the middle of a game.
Free standing models tend to take a more room because of their base, but they are easier to move about if you want to re-arrange your games room layout.
No matter the style of the rack that you get, you’ll want to look at how many cues and other pool equipment it holds. The first thing to think about here is the cue capacity. Clearly, you need something that will be able to hold the cues that you presently own. Don’t stop there though, if you only have two cues and are thinking about getting more, it is a lot easier to get one larger rack than buying a new rack with every new cue.
Capacity can also count in other equipment. Some racks have spaces for balls, racking triangles and chalk. If you have other storage solutions for these you might not need your rack to hold them. This extra storage also takes up more space, so if you are limited you might want to pass.
Modern plastics can make a rack that will last you years, but it might not have the same striking look as solid wood. A word on that wood though, there can be a world of difference among wood frames. Solid hardwoods are going to provide the best long-term performance. Also, if a frame is listed as stained to look like a given wood (oak, mahogany) it doesn’t mean the wood is of a high quality wood.
There are a number of materials to choose from, so I would select a material that fits your budget and the design of your room. For example, if you have an authentic looking pool room with a lot of wood, then a wood pool cue rack would be they way to go. if you have an ultra modern games room, a plastic or metal cue rack maybe a better design option.
Best Pool Cue Racks
Below are 2 wall mounted and 2 free-standing cue rack options. We consider these some of the best value for money pool cue racks.
Wall Mounted Cue Racks
1. Flintar Wall Cue Rack
- Holds cues, balls and ball racks
- Easy to assemble and mount
- Attachments for the top and bottom cue holder
- 3 Colors – Black, Mahogany, Oak
- None that we’re aware of
This rack from Flintar will hold up to 6 cues, 16 balls and your racks making it a great all around storage solution for your billiard accessories. The company states that it is made from premium furniture grade wood and offers a black, oak and mahogany finish.
You will need to do some assemble for this rack in addition to mounting it somewhere in your pool room before loading it up. The rack comes with all the required hardware for mounting, including attachments for the top and the bottom of the rack.
2. Iszy Billiards 6 Cue Billiard Stick Wall Rack
- Holds up to six cues
- Holds pool balls and up to 2 ball racks
- Offers 3 choice of finishes, Black, Mahogany and Oak
- No pre-drilled mounting holes
- Wall mounting could be sturdier
This wall rack from Iszy Billiards is designed to hold up to six cues as well as your ball racks and balls. The stylish rack comes in your choice of three different finishes to go with your pool room decor. You should note that this rack will require some assembly as well as mounting to the wall, but everything goes together fairly smoothly.
Some purchasers have commented that improvements could be made to how the rack is attached to the wall. Only the top-level is mounted to the wall. Other purchasers have attached the bottom section to their wall to make the rack more sturdy when removing cues. With a choice of 3 colors, overall this is a good ‘budget’ option.
3. Fat Cat 2 Piece Wall Mounted Pool Cue Rack
- Hardwood construction for a long life
- Lets you choose the size of the rack
- Choice of 2 colors – mahogany or oak
- Holds 8 (mahogany) or 6 (oak) cues
- No space to hold balls/racks/other accessories
This rack from Fat Cat takes the pool cue rack to its simplest place. This cue rack is two pieces, the bottom for the cue to sit on and the top has clips to hold the cues in place. It will hold up to 8 cues for the mahogany option and 6 in oak. Set up is as easy as mounting them to the wall and allows you to choose the height for each piece. This rack set is made from hardwood for a long-lasting product.
When setting the top rack to the wall ensure you attach it high enough / far enough from the bottom section so that the pool cue will fit into the plastic clips. If you fit the top and bottom sections to close together, the wider part of the cue (the butt) will be too large for the top clips.
Free Standing Cue Racks
4. Iszy Billiards 8 Pool Billiard Stick & Ball Floor Stand
- Holds 8 cues and a full set of balls
- Score counters
- Easy to assemble
- Convenient corner storage
- Size – 22 1/4″ height x 14″ width x 14″ depth
- Rather short for holding drinks
- no place to store racks
This model from Iszy Billiards is a floor standing option with room to hold up to 8 cues. In addition to the cues and a full set of balls this stand sports 4 rubber padded drink areas and 4 score counters. There is not a place to store your racks though, although one customer added some hooks to the rack to deal with this. Alternatively, you could go for its larger brother option below – the 10 stick holder that also comes with a rack holder option.
This wooden stand comes in choices of black, mahogany and oak and looks great in the corner of a room. You will be required to do some assembly, but no tools are needed to accomplish the task.
5. Iszy Billiards 10 Pool Billiard Stick & Ball Floor Stand
- Holds 10 cues, racks and a full set of balls
- 5 drinks place holders
- Easy to assemble
- Size – 24″ height x 15 1/4″ width x 15 1/4″ depth
- Looks great in a corner
- Rather short for holding drinks
Iszy Billiards has another floor standing option only this model can hold a total of 10 cues, 2 more than the previous option. Unlike the smaller Iszy Billiards floor stand, this one also has a hook for rack storage. You can also store a full set of balls and it has 5 rubber padded drink areas. This wooden stand comes in choices of mahogany and oak. Quick to assemble, you can have this free-standing cue rack set up in very little time.
With that you should have all that you need in order to make a pick for the best pool cue rack for your needs. Remember to size it correctly, especially if you have a jump cue, breaking cue and a main pool cue. Go with either a wall or floor mounted option, depending on your needs and choose one that is stylish and built to last. We’d love to hear which option you ended up going with.