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Mark Gage
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Looking at the great vaulted game tables on here makes me wonder if a pool table would work?

A 7-ft x 3-1/2 surface (bar size) -- check.
Nice surface for dice and cards -- check.
Vaulted play area -- check.
Comfortable rail to lean on -- check.
"Cup holders" -- sort of check; seems removable inserts for pockets would be not too hard to make.
Table top cover -- seems like making a removable top would be easy.

Oh and by the way, you could play pool on it too.

What am I not thinking of that makes this a dumb idea?





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Are pool tables comfortable to sit at? Don't most of them have solid bases and things? Could you scoot your chair underneath one? That seems like a big negative.
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Hmm... I was thinking about this too, because my SO is always hinting she'd like a pool table, and I'd love a gaming table. I didn't want to be the first to attempt this combination though.
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Sandmanx82 wrote:
Are pool tables comfortable to sit at? Don't most of them have solid bases and things? Could you scoot your chair underneath one? That seems like a big negative.
I agree. Most pool tables are designed for people to stand around. If you're playing some sort of dexterity game or game that requires you to move around the table a lot then they might work.

Or of you get a cheap one that's not very deep you might be able to pull chairs up to it, something like:

 


But that doesn't look to have very comfortable rails to lean on. We had an old bar sized table in our basement for years but it was one of those really deep ones meant to be coin operated with a ball return so there was no way we'd have been able to pull chairs up to it.

Closest use we had for it other than playing pool was to put a cover on it and use it for a snack table at get togethers.
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There are slimmer pool tables (with room underneath for legs) at all price points. And indeed, there are pool table covers available that can turn your pool table into a gaming table.

I researched this about a year and a half ago before moving into a new house, but I ended up not getting a pool table so I don't have any specific websites to point to. I just googled "pool table covers" and went from there...
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blakflag wrote:
Hmm... I was thinking about this too, because my SO is always hinting she'd like a pool table, and I'd love a gaming table. I didn't want to be the first to attempt this combination though.
Exactly blakflag. There must be somebody out there that has tried this.
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We have a pool table that doubles as a games table. It has a cover with a drinks-proof layer underneath. You do not want to get the baize wet! It also doubles as a dining table, and is comfortable to sit at. It's brilliant!
We got ours from Home Leisure https://www.homeleisuredirect.com but I'm sure other places do similar.
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Most tables have no space for chairs or leg room underneath.

Also slate bed tables are exceptionally heavy.

You'll also need to buy a cover, which defeats the object of simply buying a gaming table in the first place.
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freduk wrote:
We have a pool table that doubles as a games table. It has a cover with a drinks-proof layer underneath. You do not want to get the baize wet! It also doubles as a dining table, and is comfortable to sit at. It's brilliant!
We got ours from Home Leisure https://www.homeleisuredirect.com but I'm sure other places do similar.
This is amazing. I thought about poker table as cheap alternative but this is waaaaayyy better also I believe that pool table is cheaper than geek chic one.
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Jorenas wrote:
freduk wrote:
We have a pool table that doubles as a games table. It has a cover with a drinks-proof layer underneath. You do not want to get the baize wet! It also doubles as a dining table, and is comfortable to sit at. It's brilliant!
We got ours from Home Leisure https://www.homeleisuredirect.com but I'm sure other places do similar.
This is amazing. I thought about poker table as cheap alternative but this is waaaaayyy better also I believe that pool table is cheaper than geek chic one.
This is what really drove me to look at this solution. There are plenty of suitable low mileage pool tables around here for sale for less than $ 1000. More like $ 500 on average.





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I have a couple of heavy pinewood hobby plates over my pool table.

Works perfect.

When I shared the room with cats - and played longer games, I was playing directly on the pool table. Finished for the night, I covered the table with plates.
 
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Pool tables have been used by wargamers for decades now.
 
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One thing to keep in mind. If the pool table is used for playing pool, you will likely be using chalk which means you won't want to play board games directly on the pool table. Chalk dust on hands and boardgames is not all that enjoyable. So, you will have to have a cover that works well with boardgames to make a pool table work.
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rschmucker wrote:
One thing to keep in mind. If the pool table is used for playing pool, you will likely be using chalk which means you won't want to play board games directly on the pool table. Chalk dust on hands and boardgames is not all that enjoyable. So, you will have to have a cover that works well with boardgames to make a pool table work.
Another thng to keep in mind, if you want to play pool on it, is you won't really want to be putting anything else on the baize, in case it wrecks it. Really, don't go using the surface for anything else. If you don't want to play pool, there are cheaper ways of getting a baize topped table...
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A relatively common type is an octagon shaped bumper pool with card/dining table top.

A decent quality pool table usually designed with legroom to sit at.
 
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I have a 7' cheap pool table with a dining top they flips to a poker top. There are similar tables out there if you search for them, check out my blog to see it.
 
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I had always wondered about this, too. I figuered that I'd invest in a "mousepad" type gaming pad to put over the felt so I could use chalk and play on it as a pool table as well. The pockets won't look as stylish, even with some sort of insert in it, but that's a small minus in my book compared to the extreme multitasking the table could do. The one thing that I'm wondering about is if I could find a way of raising and lowering it to accommodate chairs properly. I could create riser system. I think this might be the way I go personally.
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Dimmendarkgirl wrote:
I had always wondered about this, too. I figuered that I'd invest in a "mousepad" type gaming pad to put over the felt so I could use chalk and play on it as a pool table as well. The pockets won't look as stylish, even with some sort of insert in it, but that's a small minus in my book compared to the extreme multitasking the table could do. The one thing that I'm wondering about is if I could find a way of raising and lowering it to accommodate chairs properly. I could create riser system. I think this might be the way I go personally.
Just to be clear, the table in the pic above is designed to double as a dining table, and fits normal dining chairs. We have eaten at it, played Boardgames on it and, of course, pool. The table itself is a 7 ft table with a slate bed and ball return. It doesn't need raising or lowering on a change of use.
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I really love the look and options from the homeleisuredirect.com tables.. I'm also newly intrigued by English pool which seems more suited to smaller home tables. Unfortunately I am in USA and from an evening scanning the internet I could not find a similar U-based site, especially one that crafted English-style pool tables.

Has anyone in the US actually had one of these shipped over here? How'd it go?
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blakflag wrote:
I really love the look and options from the homeleisuredirect.com tables.. I'm also newly intrigued by English pool which seems more suited to smaller home tables. Unfortunately I am in USA and from an evening scanning the internet I could not find a similar U-based site, especially one that crafted English-style pool tables.

Has anyone in the US actually had one of these shipped over here? How'd it go?
Have you tried contacting them directly and asking if they have shipped to the U.S. before, and if they could provide references? Worth a try.
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freduk wrote:
blakflag wrote:
I really love the look and options from the homeleisuredirect.com tables.. I'm also newly intrigued by English pool which seems more suited to smaller home tables. Unfortunately I am in USA and from an evening scanning the internet I could not find a similar U-based site, especially one that crafted English-style pool tables.

Has anyone in the US actually had one of these shipped over here? How'd it go?
Have you tried contacting them directly and asking if they have shipped to the U.S. before, and if they could provide references? Worth a try.
And if you do, let us know what they say about shipping to USA. thanks.
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I contacted them, if they say anything useful I will let everyone know. Maybe we could do a group buy
 
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