How much space do you need around a pool table?

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How much space do you need around a pool table?
When installing a pool table, consider the space you will need around the table for game play. (pool table 3 image by MLProject from

When playing a game of pool, you don't want to run into the wall with the cue or bump into furniture while setting up a shot. Planning a large enough space for your pool table can prevent these maneuverability issues.


The standard set up for pool tables requires placement of the pool table in the centre of the room, with at least five feet of space on all sides of the table to allow for maneuverability. This means a four foot by eight foot table will need at least 14 feet by 18 feet of space.

Ideal Measurements

While five feet all around the table is a good rule of thumb, allowing more space than that will make manoeuvring easier. For the ideal situation, measure the longest cue used, add about seven feet and allow that much space at all points around the pool table. Cues come in 42 inch, 48 inch, 52 inch and 57 inch lengths.


Take the measurement of the space surrounding the table from the playing surface, not from the outside bumpers which may be as wide as a foot. Avoid rooms with breakable windows or furniture doors below the height of the table.

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