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How to measure a pool table

July 17, 2019 2 min read

There are many different sizes of pool/billiard tables and knowing your measurements can save you money. Different pool table manufacturers use different width rails, so the industry standard is to measure your playing field.

Take your tape measure and measure in inches between the cushion noses on the short end of the pool table (see photo of an 8′ right). Don’t measure under the cushion or inside the pocket. The length is typically double the width, but you can measure lengthwise, too.

Measure your pool table

Typical pool table sizes are:
7′ — 39″ x 78″ or 40″ x 80″
8′ — 44″ x 88″
Pro 8′ — 46″ x 92″ 
9′ — 50″ x 100″ 

If you aren’t sure if you have a one piece slate or a three piece slate pool/billiard table, it makes a huge difference if you are moving a pool table table, especially when there are stairs involved.

Take a look underneath the rails on either side of the side pocket. If you see a separation like in the photo to your right, you have a three piece slate pool table. If you don’t see a separation, you can look underneath the table for two support cross beams.

Two cross support beams usually means your pool/billiard table is a three piece slate, but not always.

All newer pool tables, from the late 1980’s to present day usually have a three piece slate-bed. Many billiard tables manufactured from the 1960’s to 1980’s used one piece slates, but not all. All nine footers never have a one piece slate except Diamond coin operated pool tables.

Most all seven and eight foot coin operated pool tables have one piece slates. Some antique billiard/pool tables have a four piece slate-bed and we have yet to see a table that has a two piece slate.

Still not sure? Call us at (888) 258-0741 and we can help you find out.