Can I Afford a Pool Table for My Home?
A pool table is a wonderful investment for your family, providing hours of enjoyment. It is a much needed alternative to television, video games and electronic entertainment. Imagine the quality time spent with family and friends around a pool table and the conversations, laughter, and healthy competition that can be a part of your home.
When you think of purchasing a pool table, you may feel you have only two options. Most people think of the expensive and ornate heirloom quality tables or the relatively inexpensive toy tables offered at discount or department stores. Many don’t realize there is a basic table option that provides similar quality as an heirloom table for a lower investment.
The Basic Table – Quality You Can Afford
A basic table is built to last for years in your home. Using a solid wood construction with a sturdy frame and slate playing surface, a basic table is available typically for under $2,000. The slate playing surface will not warp or deteriorate like plywood, making this table a quality investment for your family.
Basic tables are plain and simple, without the detailed carving and fine finishes of an heirloom table. Designed for durability and quality play rather than as a piece of furniture, these tables are still attractive additions to any home. The simple lines save money without compromising function.
New versus Used
A new table offers your family the best possible value. Pool tables tend to hold their value so a used table is often nearly as expensive as a new table but does not have the same guarantees as new. A pool table is often damaged when moved making a used table more likely to have an uneven playing surface or other structural issues. The small amount of money you save can be quickly used in repairs or maintenance.
Purchase a Basic Table from a Reputable Dealer
All things are not equal when purchasing a pool table. It’s important to understand exactly the details of your purchase. A reputable dealer will provide complete pricing. Other dealers may not include the cloth, table installation or a warranty in the original purchase price. These hidden costs can quickly multiply and eliminate any cost savings you anticipated. Here are things to look for when purchasing your pool table:
Assembled at the Factory: Select a pool table that is assembled at the factory. This means that the slate is attached to the frame in a factory setting. Why is this important? When the slate is attached the manufacturer can ensure the playing surface is level and solid and that there are no structural defects or issues with the table itself.
Installation and Delivery: Some dealers charge a separate installation and delivery fee above the price of the table. Be sure to consider the cost of this service when buying your table and compare prices accordingly.
Cloth: The cloth, known as felt, that covers the playing surface is essential to play. You would naturally assume cloth is included in the table price, right? Be careful. Some dealers add the price of cloth to the quoted table price.
Accessories: Basic accessories like billiard balls, cue sticks and a rack should be included in the purchase price of your table. Ask, and make sure you factor these items into the total pricing.
Warranty: Purchasing a basic table is cost effective because of the lifetime warranty. Rather than replacing the table after a few years, your investment will serve your family for a long time. Make sure you purchase a basic table with this type of warranty.
A Pool Table is Affordable for Your Family
By shopping around and making a wise and informed selection, you can afford a pool table for your home. A basic table is a sound investment that pays off in hours of enjoyment for your friends and family. When you consider the costs associated with other, more electronic forms of entertainment a pool table is a wise choice.
- Ben Grant