The Ultimate Guide to 8-Foot Pool Table: Size, Features, and More

8 foot pool table

Are you considering adding a billiards or pool table to your game room or home? If so, the 8-foot pool table might just be the perfect fit for you. Combining the ideal size, durability, and versatility, an 8-foot pool table can transform any game room into a hub of entertainment. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll checkout everything you need to know about 8-foot pool tables, from their dimensions to the key features that make them a standout option for enthusiasts.

Understanding the Basics: The Table Size

Let’s start with the basics: an 8-foot pool table playfield measures around 88 inches in length and 44 inches in width from tip of cushion to opposite tip of cushion. This size is commonly called the ‘home size 8’ or 8’ although on most of these billiard pool tables there isn’t anywhere on this size that measures exactly 8’. This size is a great choice for all skill levels, not too big and not too small – just right! The 8’ is the perfect balance between space efficiency and comfortable gameplay, making it an excellent choice for most game tables or recreational spaces.

Ideal for Your Game Room

An 8’ pool table is by far the most popular size sold by most billiard retailers for the home. You will find that almost all pool table manufacturers will build their models in an 8’ size. With its manageable size, it can fit comfortably in various settings without overwhelming the room leaving lots of additional space for other popular gameroom products including: air hockey, pub tables, bar stools, foosballs, poker tables, shuffleboard tables, and ping pongs (table tennis). Plus, with options like dining tops available, your pool table can double as a dining table, maximizing space efficiency in your game room.

Superior Gameplay Experience

The 8-foot pool table provides an optimal playing experience for both casual players and serious enthusiasts. Its spacious playing surface allows for precise shots without feeling cramped, while still providing a challenging gameplay experience.

Key Features to Consider

When shopping for an 8 ft pool table, keep these key features in mind:

  • Durability: Look for tables constructed from solid wood frames and slate playing surfaces for long-lasting durability. Many USA made pool tables are built using domestic hardwoods and offer a lifetime warranty on manufacturer defects.
  • Surface Material: Slate Pool Tables offer a truer roll and remains smooth for the life of the pool table. We always recommend purchasing a pool table that uses a 3-piece slate for its playing surface.
  • Drop Pockets: Opt for tables with convenient drop pockets for easy ball retrieval during gameplay. Many drop pockets are made with leather or bonded leather in various colors like brown or black.
  • Quality Playing Surface: Choose tables with professional-grade cushion rubber and felt for optimal ball roll and durability. For a faster game, most players enjoy a worsted wool cloth like Simonis or Championship.
  • Accessories: Consider tables that come with essential accessories like cue sticks, ball racks, cue racks, and pool cues to complete your setup. Many local showrooms will also have accessories for other Gameroom equipment including ping pong paddles, air hockey pucks, and much more!

Maintenance and Care

To ensure your 8-foot pool table stays in top condition, regular maintenance is essential. Be sure to brush the felt regularly to remove dust and debris and consider investing in a pool table cover to protect the playing surface when not in use. Additionally, check and adjust the table’s leveling system periodically to maintain an even playing surface. Check out our blog on how to maintain your pool table.

Some of our favorite 8’ Pool Tables

Allure 224
The Allure stands out as a truly distinctive addition to our collection. Crafted with 2 wooden blocks and 4 metal bands, its asymmetric design offers a captivating view from every angle, making it a stunning statement piece for any room. The Allure’s 8-foot size not only ensures ample playing space but also allows it to be a versatile choice, fitting well in both smaller and larger rooms, and providing an ideal balance between functionality and aesthetic appeal.
Gallery home magazine
The Gallery, a standout in our collection, is a pedestal-style table that exudes sophistication. Its clean, crisp lines are designed to complement contemporary spaces, making a bold statement wherever it’s placed. The 8-foot size of The Gallery ensures that you can see the full scope of craftsmanship with its impressive undercarriage.
St. Louisan 3
The St. Louisan is a pool table that we’ve been refining over the past 50 years, making it the cornerstone of our current lineup. Built with dowel pin construction, this model has graced spaces ranging from commercial to residential, thanks to its timeless design that suits any environment. Named after our beloved city, the St. Louisan has been cherished by many and will continue to be a favorite for decades to come. Its 8-foot size makes it a perfect choice for those looking for a balance between space-saving and enjoyable gameplay, making it an ideal addition to any game room.


In conclusion, an 8-foot pool table is a fantastic addition to any game room or home entertainment space. With its perfect size, durability, and versatility, it offers an unparalleled gaming experience for players of all levels. Whether you’re shopping for a new pool table, dining table, or both, an 8-foot option provides the ideal solution. Explore our selection of 8-foot pool tables today or visit a local showroom to view new products and elevate your game room experience to new heights.


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