By Matt Warmann,
If you are thinking about building your own home billiard room, you most likely have a bazillion thoughts running through your mind on how to accomplish this. What colors should I use? Should I get a big pool table or a smaller one? What should I hang on the walls? Are secondary games necessary? Questions like these, along with many others, will haunt you when figuring out how to create your very own, perfect home pool room. Perfection is, however, a matter of opinion. Below are some common items you will need to begin creating your home billiard room, followed by a few ideas regarding decorating, although your end "product" should reflect your likes and interests.
Assuming that the room in question is already prepared as far as floor covering, paint, ceiling, lighting, etc., your first thought in your mind should be somewhat obvious...the need of a pool table. Without the pool table, the pool room would simply cease to exist through practical definition. Figure out what color felt you desire, and decide on pool table features that best suit your personal interests (stain color, leg style, and so forth). Pool tables generally range from 5-9 feet long, and a larger pool table may not be best for a smaller room. Select a table that will fit comfortably in the room, with plenty of space left over for easy movement around the table or for other activities.
Billiard equipment and supplies are next to be considered. Some billiard supplies are just as necessary as the billiard table itself. Included in this list are billiard balls, at least one straight and strong pool cue stick, a racking triangle, and chalk. You should also be safe and purchase an extra pool cue stick in case something happens to your primary cue stick. Other billiard equipment worth mentioning, but not completely necessary, are a pool cue stick rack (a wall-mounted version will save floor space), a couple of different size pool cue sticks and a bridge cue for various longer and shorter shots, a 9-ball rack, and a cue tip sander. Optional billiard supplies that do not hurt to include are extra cue stick tips, a cue stick case, rubber chalk holders and extra chalk, and an extra cue ball.
Once you have bought the necessary billiard supplies listed above, your new home pool room is pretty much ready for your enjoyment. At this point, it will be up to you to determine what billiard room furniture you will want to go with. Some prefer plush furniture, such as a couch or recliners, accompanied by a matching pub table and pub stools. Others like to keep space open, opting for a few bar stools or chairs for spectators and nothing else. Again, many of these decisions may be dictated by your room's size, but also remember that you have ample wall space you have at your fingertips, too. Decorative mirrors, neon or felt clocks, light-up neon signs, wall cue racks, and sports memorabilia (signed jerseys, pennants, posters, etc.) are great, minor billiard room furniture elements which use up no extra floor space whatsoever. Also consider an elegant, Tiffany stained glass pool table lamp. This, too, takes up no floor space, while at the same time adds class and ambiance to any atmosphere.
Above all else, when decorating, go with billiard supplies and billiard room furniture that you admire. Do not hang material on your walls simply to fill up space. Sometimes, less is more. Rather than acting hastefully, place the finishing touches on your new home billiard room with your personal interests in mind. Doing this will encourage endless enjoyment for you and your guests each and every time you occupy your new home billiard room.