How should I start planning my billard room?

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Although your walls may be adorned with pool accessories, memorabilia, posters and your favorite beer sign, keep them light and avoid the dark paneling that characterized so many game rooms of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. After all, the billiard room is now more of a family room and not a man cave! With such a storied history, it’s no wonder that the billiard room remains such an important recreation feature in many spacious homes…and space is certainly a requirement for the billiard room. The table itself is ranges in size (according to Wikipedia) and are “commonly either 4 × 8 ft or 3.5 × 7 ft models, a medium between 3 × 6 ft. bar/pub tables and 4.5 × 9 ft tournament-size models”. So a billiard room needs space for the players to move around in and use their pool cues, but it also needs plenty of space for the spectators, who may enjoy the game more than the players themselves! Image: Wikipedia

A billiard or pool room is also a place to enjoy friends and family, not just a spot to shoot the eight-ball. This means plenty of casual seating and sometimes a card or game table for even more possibilities.  Although your walls may be adorned with pool accessories, memorabilia, posters and your favorite beer sign, keep them light and avoid the dark paneling that characterized so many game rooms of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. After all, the billiard room is now more of a family room and not a man cave! Some billiard rooms have their own bars and most come fully equipped with a large screen tv for everyone to enjoy. Unlike the man cave, the billiard room is typically a dedicated room in the house, such as the bonus room or a second living room, or sometimes a basement can be repurposed into a billiard room as well. The important difference is that typically, the pool room is nicely furnished to compliment the expensive pool table, it’s usually much larger than a man cave, and it welcomes all family members, not just dad and his friends.

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