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Timothy Cole
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Hey everyone!

I'm working on finishing a game room in the basement and I'd love to put a pool table down there. It would be awesome if I could design a way to cover the pool table and turn it into a gaming table for boardgames.

Anyone done anything like this?

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Andrew Deignan
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I have a pool table in mine and can't seem to find a comfortable way to do this.
 
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Mark Nicosia
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How about a ping-pong topper for it. Comes with the bonus... PING PONG!
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Building or acquiring some kind of topper isn't that big of a deal, but unless you find a pretty unusual pool table, either or both leg-room and/or ease-of-reach are going to be serious issues.
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Timothy Cole
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The Ping Pong Topper is OK....

I hadn't thought about reach or leg room, good thoughts. I was thinking that the general size and shape of a pool table are similar to the emissary from geek chicq.

 
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Robert Sell
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Fxguy1 wrote:
The Ping Pong Topper is OK....

I hadn't thought about reach or leg room, good thoughts. I was thinking that the general size and shape of a pool table are similar to the emissary from geek chicq.

Ask yourself how much you'll really play pool. Most pool tables go unused.
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I have a relatively cheap pool table from Costco that came with a poker top that flips to a dining top. I love the table, and it is nice and stable too. Here are a few pics:

Game room finally "complete"
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kirkbauer wrote:
I have a relatively cheap pool table from Costco that came with a poker top that flips to a dining top. I love the table, and it is nice and stable too.
As you say in the video, it's not really a great pool table. You're not going to be able to convert a good pool table for use as a good table. I'd agree with the comment about being realistic on how much you'll really use the pool table. You think you'll use it way more than you actually do.
 
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I'll second that. Our pool table came with the house, I would have much rather had an empty game room to furnish with a gaming table.
 
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You could cover just the table surface with something like a table mat from HCD Supplies or custom cut felt mounted to neoprene (or some similar idea). I would not advise playing on the pool table surface without some kind of cover...some kind of accident will inevitably happen.

You could build a full cover out of plywood or MDF, but it will be heavy and hard to store.

The biggest two problems I have found with playing board or miniatures games on a pool table are:

1) The sides of the table are not a good height to sit at and accommodate one's legs. We always stood while playing.

2) If anyone or anything (such as a plywood table cover puts weight on the table's side cushions, they will be damaged, and your pool table is ruined for the purpose of playing pool.
 
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We usually have threads from people asking how to make a table with a dropped playing surface, covered in felt. Today we have someone asking to change one that is already like that (even with cup holders - pockets!) to a game table. I don't know what else to say.
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