Pool tables were once the domain of smoky pool halls and swanky lounges where gentlemen wager on their own skills.  These days, however, it’s quite common for homeowners to have a pool table right in their own homes.  Pool tables can offer many hours of fun and entertainment (and maybe even a little healthy competition!) for your family, but it’s important to choose the right kind of table for your family.  Let’s explore the various types of tables that are available so that you can go into the purchasing process with an idea of what you are looking for.


One of the first considerations you must make when it comes to purchasing a pool table is the size.  Be sure you have enough room not only to accommodate the size of the table itself but also leaving enough room around the table for the players to comfortably play.  As such, you’ll need quite a large space available if you are going to have enough room for your pool table.  Always take accurate measurements not just of the room you are thinking of putting your table in, but of the actual space you have to allot to the table.  For example, if your rec room has a sofa and a big-screen TV in it, don’t count the area taken up by those things in your measurements (unless you will be moving them to accommodate the pool table).

The  next  consideration  is  the type of material you’ll want your pool table to be made of.  Generally, Calgary pool tables are made of one of three types of materials:  vinyl laminate, veneer laminate, and solid wood.  The main thing to remember here is that the material you choose will dramatically affect the price of your pool table.  Solid wood tables are by far the most expensive option.  Not only do they feature the beauty of solid wood (typically soak, cherry, maple or mahogany) they also have the best craftsmanship and are the longest-lasting of the pool table options, all factors that add to the higher price tag.

Mica or vinyl laminate tables are much less expensive because they are not made from solid wood.  They typically are constructed out of unframed slate and lesser-quality leather.  Because they are not made of solid wood they cannot be stained.  

Veneer laminated tables are constructed of wood with a veneer laid over top.  They are more durable than mica tables and come in a wider variety of colours.

If you are looking for a table that can be utilize outdoors, you’re in luck.  Some manufacturers offer weatherproof tables that serve another purpose when they aren’t being used for pool, such as having the ability to be transformed into a dining table or another type of games table, such as a poker table.

Shopping for a pool table for your family can be very daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.  The important thing is to do some research before you start shopping, choose a reputable source for your table, and don’t hesitate to ask any questions you may have.  The staff at the store are there to help you choose the table that is right for you, and they have the knowledge and experience necessary to do so.  

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