How to make a pool table into a dining table

Updated March 16, 2017

Standard pool tables are 8 feet long and 4 feet wide, with more room around the table needed to provide players with enough room to shoot. These dimensions take up a lot of space, which is why tables are typically placed in basements or other living spaces. If you are a fan of pool, but are concerned about space, consider putting the table in your dining room. You can convert your table from a dining table to a pool table and back again. This will allow you to play one of your favourite games, yet save space in your home.

Measure your pool table and write down the dimensions. Standard tables are 8 feet long, but tournament tables are longer (9 feet) while bar tables are shorter (7 feet).

Visit a billiards store and purchase a pool table cover that fits your size pool table. Billiards stores have several options, including leather covers that fit over the table and foam inserts that fit into the playing surface of the table. Both options cover the felt and protect the table.

Cover your pool table and pull up dining chairs. With the cover in place, you can eat at your pool table. When you want to play pool, pull the chairs back and remove the cover.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pool table cover
  • Dining chairs
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