Many of us love to play a game of pool when visiting an arcade, bar or a pool hall. It’s a great game to play whilst socializing with friends and family. For the more serious player, there are also numerous pool tournaments played throughout the US and the rest of the world.
Because pool is so popular there are growing number of pool tables you can purchase for home use, especially if you’re like us and have a Man Cave. But how much does a pool table cost?
Of course, the answer to this is………. it depends.
Below are some of the factors that will determine the cost of a pool table.
Pool Table Size
Pool tables come in a number of different sizes ranging from tabletop pool tables right up to 9ft American pool tables. The bigger the table, the more materials are required to build it, which will increase the price. You will need to consider the available space that you have to ensure you purchase a pool table that will fit the area where it will be placed. You will need to take account of the cueing space as well as the pool table.
This is a big factor in the price you will pay. Many home models are made from MDF, with an MDF or similar bed – the surface that sits below the felt. Pool tournament tables, as well as pool halls and tables found in bars will use slate bed tables. Slate costs more and is heavier that the man-made substitutes and will push the price up for a table. Slate bed tables may also be built with solid wood rather than MDF, which again can push up the price. Personally, if you can afford a slate table, this is what I would go for.
Pool tables can have a simple, plain design or can come in ornate or funky designs. The design does not make it a better table but can affect the price, depending on the workmanship required.
The weight and size of the pool table will determine the cost of shipping. A small table top pool table will cost a lot less to ship compared to an 8ft slate bed pool table.
If you want to play pool, you will all require some pool accessories. Some tables come with pool cues for beginners, others do not. You will require pool cues, possibly a jump pool cue and it you want to keep your Man Cave or games room tidy, cue racks or pool cue cases to store them.
How Much Does A Pool Table Cost?
So with the above in mind, a pool table can cost less that $50 for a small tabletop version or 4ft home use table, right up to $5,000 for a competition, slate bed pool table. If you want something more like a pool hall table, but do not have the budget for a tournament slate bed model, you can pick up a good, non slate bed pool table for under $1000 and a home use slate bed model for a little more.
We have completed a number of reviews on a range of pool tables that consider all of the above. for more information and to see if one of the tables fits your needs – click here.