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Rail Cushion Profiles: Which is Best for Your Pool Table?

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Rail Cushion Profiles: Which is Best for Your Pool Table?

To ensure your pool table has the maximum playability, it is important to choose the correct rail cushion profile, providing the correct nose height.  To find out which rail cushion profile is right for you, simply use the following guide:


First, check your existing nose height.  This is the point of the rubber cushion where the ball would make contact.  If your pool stable is a standard one that uses 2 1/4” balls, the nose height should be between 1 3/8” to 1 7/16” above the table surface.  If your nose height is within that range, then it’s OK to replace your cushions with the same profile. Next, either cut the rail cloth to reveal the top side of the cushion, or remove the rail cloth to reveal the cushion.


K66 Profile:  If your table is a non-Brunswick table, it likely takes a K66 profile, measuring 1 1/18” across the cushion top, and 1 3/16” high at the back. This is the cushion used on nearly all Legacy Billiards tables, for example.


K55 Profile:  If your table is a Brunswick table and was made after 1975, then you likely require a K55 cushion, measuring 1 1/4” across the cushion top, and 1 5/16” high at the back.  If your table is an older one, made before 1975, be sure to measure the back side of the cushion (the glue side), to check the size. Older K55 cushions were 1 5/16” at the back, but 1 1/8” on the top side.

Cushions for Brunswick 7 ft. & 8 ft. Tables

If you own an older, 7 or 8 ft Brunswick, your table may have propriety cushion profiles such as the Brunswick Centennial or Contender cushions. The cushion profile is shaped more like a number 7 than a triangle. The U56 profile is a lower cost option which can be found online. 

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  • David Barry
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