This is a routine house to house pool table move we perform for clients all over Orange County. This particular pool table is an American Heritage brand. It has a three piece slate bed which we carefully handle when we’re loading them onto the pool table trailer. American Heritage pool tables do not have attached slate liners, which makes the slate very, very fragile. Most pool table manufacturers like Connelly or Olhausen have designed their slates with a permanent wood backing that is glued directly to the bottom side of the slate. This is known as a slate liner, which adds strength and a much more stable surface on which to level the playfield.
Once we arrive at the client’s new home, we talk about which part of the home would best accommodate the pool table. We take into consideration other furnishings that the client may be thinking of incorporating into the same space. Most clients are unaware of the amount of space it takes to fit a full-size pool table in a particular room. The rule of thumb which we live by in the billiards world is to allow at least 52 inches of clearance on all sides of the pool table. There are certain circumstances where this rule can be bent a little. It would come at the expense of the pool shooter. It may mean that one side of your pool table would be a little tighter than you like. But if you’re not going to be holding sanctioned tournaments at home, or if you want your significant other (usually wives) to not give you the stinkeye every time she walks by the pool table, you may need to compromise a ‘lil bit. We also sell “marriage saver” cuesticks at our store. These “special” cues are otherwise known as “shorty cues”, available in 48″ and 36″ inch sizes for those people who are really, really determined to fit a pool table in their home. :-)