# How far to put a pool table from a wall

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Chris Wittry, Mar 5, 2002.

1. ### Chris Wittry Stunt Coordinator

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I'm trying to decide if I have enough room in my basement to put in a pool table. I would be able to leave a minimum of 3'6" on all sides, with 2 of the sides being in the open. There's just 2 sides that would be questionable and I don't want to put a table in if it's going to end up being a pain to play on it. Thanks!

2. ### Robert G Stunt Coordinator

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I just bought a table a couple of months ago. If memory serves you need a 13.5' X 15.5' room to be able to use an eight foot table (8' X 4') properly. I have an eight foot table in a 15'8" X 19'8" room and it is very comfortable to play on. It sounds as if you may need to go with a seven foot table which is also six inches narrower (7' X 3.5'). If you take into account that a pool cue is around 56" long you would need around four feet on the sides to be able to take a shot from the rail. That is figuring in the fact that the stick will be at angle to some degree so you would not need the full 56" all around.

3. ### ken thompson Second Unit

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I think the rule of thumb is at least five feet from the inside of the cushion.

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5. ### Brian Mansure Second Unit

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It may be kinda corny but you could always buy a shorter cue, somthing like a 48" to use on any shots that your normal cue might be too long for.
My brother had a similar situation with a pool table inside a smaller room and this took care of the problem quite nicely IMO. He calls that cue, "shortie".
You might be intrerested in this room size chart I found:
NOTE: "A" is area required for 48"cue.
"B" is area required for 52"cue.
"C" is area required for 58"cue.

3' x 6' Table (Playing Area: 32" x 64")
A - 11'x13½'
B - 11½'x14'
C - 12½'x15'
3½' x 7' Table (Playing Area: 38" x 76")
A - 11½'x14½'
B - 12'x15'
C - 13'x16'
4' x 8' Table (Playing Area: 44" x 88")
A - 12'x15½'
B - 12½'x16'
C - 13½'x17'
4' x 8' Table (Playing Area: 46" x 92")
A - 12'x16'
B - 12½'x16½'
C - 13½'x17½'
4½' x 9' Table (Playing Area: 50" x 100")
A - 12½'x16½'
B - 13'x17'
C - 14'x18'
Good Luck,
Brian

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