Versatile and fun for the whole family, this single piece of furniture can take your dining room from a room that you hardly ever use, to an active piece of your home.
Table Shopping Basics If you have never thought about adding a pool table smack dab in the middle of your dining room, you are not alone.
Though, consider for a moment how great it will be to get some extra use out of your dining room.
It will be like adding a game room onto your house without the expense of doing a room addition.
As you are shopping for your new table there are a couple of things that you need to keep in mind.
When you have a pool table doubling as a dining table, you will have an impressive dining table.
The standard pool table is a little taller than your average dining room table, and there are several different ways that furniture designers have chosen to handle this problem.
While some higher end tables install hydraulics to raise and lower the table, you can also solve the problem easier and cheaper.
Since the difference between the two heights is about three inches, you can simply buy chairs with seats proportionately higher.
Since purchasing a pool/dining table is going to be a little pricey to begin with, there is no point in adding the extra expense of raising and lowering the table if you do not have to.
Extra Space Undoubtedly your dining room is set up to be a, well, dining room; so there are a few things that you will need to consider when you are converting your dining room to a multi use space.
When you eat at a dining table, you just need room around it to comfortably maneuver around your chair.
When you are going to play pool in this same space, you need to make sure that you have enough clearance around the table, at least ten feet on each side, so that you can safely use the pool cues.
As you look at tables, look for styles that suit your decor, because you can find them in every style imaginable from traditional to modern.
Transformations There are many different configurations of pool dining tables, and each one transforms from dining to pool a little differently.
The most basic models simply have a tabletop that you lay over the pool table to convert it into a dining table.
Other styles include a swivel top, so you do not have to lift the top on and off of the table.
While the swivel top is easy for one person to convert on their own, the removable tabletop design may require two people to convert the table back and forth.
However, both transformation styles work just fine, and you can choose the one that fits you budget and needs the best.
After having a pool dining table in your home for a while, you will find that you will use your dining room more frequently for family fun as well as for entertaining.