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The label 5ft pool table is more associated with child learner tables. There is a wide choice of low cost models available on the market, and many represent excellent value.
However the term should not be confused with a traditional 5ft table produced by craft billiard table makers. A twentieth century 5ft table was an integral part of a fixed range of sizes between 5ft and 12ft, all conforming to the same standards of game-play, and furniture quality.
A Matchbilliards kitchen-size 5ft pool table complies with UK pool competition standards and plays a full size 2 inch pool ball. These 5ft made-to-order tables are ideal for those wanting to practice, or play a good quality social game, where there is limited space. The simple minimalist design makes them ideal as kitchen sets or as a home study table. Any style can be created in any colour of finish. Matching table tops, chairs or benches are available. Normally fitted with reinforced one-inch thick resin bonded composition play-beds with guaranteed level, these relatively lightweight play surfaces allow for more practical manoeuvrability in modern living settings. However, an option of a heavier 5ft slate bed is offered if preferred.
A wide choice of luxury cloth colours is offered to coordinate with your own living space. We offer either English napped or American speed cloth.
A 5ft pool table is the smallest play area that complies with the established integrity of billiards. Whether it be snooker, English billiards, English pool or American pool. On these we can set pockets, cushion rubbers (type and depth) and table cloth to accommodate any of these disciplines. Although most prefer to play a standard 2-inch English pool ball as used in pubs and national competitions, we can set the table to play the larger balls of full size snooker, or American pool (this would essentially be for those looking for a practice table)
Main sizes of billiard balls
In the drawing rooms and dining rooms of Victorian and Edwardian England, undersize "billiard" tables were common. A 5ft table was a popular size and many are still around. Although the game of snooker began to be played later, the most popular game, particularly for the undersized tables, was 3-ball English billiards. The relatively recent popularity of English (pub) pool has now relegated traditional billiards. However 3-ball English billiards is an ideal secondary game for a smaller table, and has all the fun and skill of the modern games.
As bespoke table makers we offer an unlimited choice of styles. We can create tables in any shape or dimension, either following our original designs, conventional designs or translating you own design ideas. The pool table images presented here on this webpage are exclusively of 5ft tables to allow for consistency in comparison. They are individually handmade by us according to the clients own instructions. This allows for attention to every detail, ensuring that the design is compatible with, and fits into your home, and that it also accounts for your personal dining layout preferences.
We normally make tables in solid oak, solid beech or solid natural pine. We also combine solid painted pine, to create an unlimited number of contrasting wood combinations. We also accept commissions in a range of exotic woods, such as walnut.
We offer a range of ball capture systems, although the most popular are the retractable bag-nets, which can be sized to capture 6-8 balls per pocket (when the table is dining mode the nets are tucked, unseen, under the table play surface). The second most popular is the drop-pocket system where the balls are collected in concealed pockets that are set inside the corner legs (normally collects 4 balls). The third most popular is the bucket pocket where the balls normally drop into the hollow of a wider leg. Finally, for pure snooker enthusiasts we also offer a traditional ball-rail collection.
The most popular finish is painted pine. We normally co-ordinate with the Farrow and Ball colour palettes, although we can match to the EU standard of RAL colour codes. Both pine, beech and oak can be finished as natural wood and in a wide range of proprietary stains. We also offer the option of self-finishing.
The integral parts of all our pool tables are made in our workshop in Hull. We offer an on-site installation service to supervise positioning and levelling . On-site installation also allows us to accommodate and negotiate the most difficult access situations.
Whilst square pool tables will normally conform to standard dimensions for a 5ft (i.e. a 5ft square table equates to the width of a conventional 10ft snooker table), we are able to create original dimensions down to 3ft square (which equates to the width of a pub pool table). These are precision tables, perfect for serious practice, and which may better suit your available dimensional space.
Most internet enquirers visiting this specialist site will be searching against their particular need to maximise game-utility against their limited available space. This requires an often complex interchange of information between us and the client. We know from experience that it is best begun with an email conversation. So give us an initial outline as to your broad preferences and we will take it from there.
Please consider we offer a totally bespoke service. We do not sell stock items. We would normally require 6-8 weeks to complete a table project.
A typical fully inclusive commission, in total, will be between £2.5k-£5k depending on specification and location.
The Matchbilliards site is promoted by Alan Phillips Snooker of Hull, bespoke table makers for over 30 years.
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