Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Pool Table

A pool table is a big investment and not one to make lightly. You need to look at your finances, look at the usage, and look at the space, to name just a few things. In short, you have a lot of thinking to do before you make a decision.

We’re going to show you some of the decisions you have to make before coming to a final conclusion.

Can You Afford It?

The first step is to determine whether you can even afford a pool table. A pool table can cost thousands of pounds, if you want to pay that much. The model and size are the main aspects that will influence price. You need to decide whether you can afford it.

There are two ways you can pay.

  1. In full. You give the retailer the money and take the table home with you.
  2. In instalments. Since this is such a big investment, many companies have financial plans you can sign up to.

Look at your budget and see if you could make any regular payments, assuming you can’t buy the table outright. If your finances do work out, move to the next step or consider taking out a loan with

How would you get it Home?

Believe it or not, every independent retailer doesn’t have an independent delivery service. Sometimes you may have to organise the transportation and installation of your pool table on your own. This is standard practice and it does have to be incorporated into your budget.

Of course, it’s always better if the seller covers all this, but do expect to pay more for it.

Will You Use It?

A pool table is one of those luxury items people claim to want, but when they actually get it they use it for a few days before it starts to gather dust. To avoid wasting money, you need to confirm that you’ll use this on a regular basis.

Answer the following questions first:

  • Do you play pool?
  • Do you desire to become a professional pool player?
  • Are you the only person who will use the table?

Write the answers down and come back to them 24 hours later. Your answers will show you whether this is a smart purchase or not.

Do you have the Space?

You must have the space for your pool table or this idea for an investment is a complete non-starter. Measure the size of the table and the size of the desired space. Does it fit and provide enough space to make shots and for people to move around unhindered?

If the answer is no, you can look at another table that’s smaller. Sadly, if you don’t have the space there’s little you can do about this, short of moving house.

Feel free to try switching around your furniture to make the space, though.

Final Word

Buying a pool table is not a decision to take lightly. Think about this decision and make an honest assessment about whether this is a viable option.

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