The first thing that you need to make sure of when thinking about getting a snooker or pool table is whether you actually have the space for it, as they are not portable or space efficient.
A Snooker table is over eleven and a half feet long and nearly six foot wide, while a pool table is smaller at about eight and a half feet long and 4 foot wide. Most coin operated pool tables that you find in pubs are this size.
Of course, you can get a scaled down table, but the true joy in owning one comes from the fact that you are playing on a full scale one. If you are used to playing in billiard and snooker halls, then hitting the smaller cue ball with a smaller cue will just not cut it. Having said that, not everyone owns a mansion, so if your really want one, then you may have to just get a smaller one.
If you want to start at the lower end and the smaller scale of the full standard size, you would need to spend at least $500 dollars, but a better quality one, finished with a good surface, good cushioned sides and a hard wearing set of balls will cost upwards of $1,000.
Of course, it all depends on what you want to spend and if you have dedicated a whole room or garage to creating your own little pool den, then you will likely spend even more than that. You need a good dedicated lighting system, good cues, a rest and a spider rest and a triangle, at least.
A good cue made out of Ash wood will cost you around $100. So, here is the million dollar question – how much space do you need? For an 8.5 foot table, you need a room which is 18 feet by 14 feet. If it’s a snooker table, you need 22 feet by 16 feet room.