Hi, I'm Brett. I'm buying a house that finally has a big enough game room for a pool table. Having a pool table has kind of been a bucket list item for me since I was a kid. I got all excited thinking I was going to have a 17x20 game room. Turns out it's really 17x16 then it steps down in width to 12ft with 2.5' corners sticking into the room at 16ft. I get 19' in length, not 20, but it doesn't matter at that point.
By my calculations, an 8ft table works, an oversize 8ft table works (46x92), but a 9' table, not so much with either a compromise to the protruding corners or the end rail at the other end. I'm "compromising" with my wife on the pool table. She swears I'll never play it and the room will be wasted. My plan is to buy a used table at a good price so that I can use it, and then if she's right, sell it in a year or two without losing my shirt on a new table.
We like the tournament style tables, most of those in 9' though. I see gold crowns, Gandy, and Olhausen grand champions, and other unidentified tables in the same style. So, a question. Would you rather have a 9' table that had an obstruction between the corner pocket and the corner in the room, or would you pick the best 8ft or 8ft+ you could find? Other than the three I mentioned, what would that be?
Second question, my wife wants the room to be "dual purpose" with a couch and TV. That's the real kicker. I can't see that working with anything other than a 7' table and even that would seem crowded by my calculations. That doesn't fill the bucket for me. So, "compromise?" and take the 7' table, possibly replacing it maybe a year later, or never if the "dual purpose" turns out to actually be real. I've lived in two other houses with smaller game rooms that never got used for anything. On the other hand, hold out 6mos to a year to demonstrate that the "dual purpose" doesn't exist, then get what I want? Women! Thanks for playing. Nice to meet you guys.!