Are you a rug owner who desires to purchase a pool table? Maybe you own a pool table and would like to see your options for laying rugs? Although rugs can project softness in a room and transform it pleasingly, it can be challenging when mixed with a pool table.

Combining a rug and pool table can be difficult, especially when you are clueless about its basics. This guide will brief you on everything you need to know about installing rugs under pool tables.

Importance of Putting a Rug under your Pool Table

A rug under your pool table also called an area rug, has many benefits. First, it protects your flooring from foot traffic and stray balls that may end up off the table. It also provides a warm sensation in the room and frames the space nicely.

Ensure that a rug is placed first before installing a pool table if you plan on having both. It can be a burden to move the carpet for even just a little bit. You can also put a rug above it for carpets, but remember that they will need quite some time to settle.

When purchasing rugs, be sure to buy the right sizes to prevent players from stepping on and off the carpet when taking a shot. Adequate space around your table ensures proper framing and that the mat does its function accordingly.

Variations in Installing Rug under a Pool Table

Installing a rug under a pool table is not as easy as it seems, especially for those who have already installed pool tables before installing the mats. You have to follow steps to ensure it is fitted and appropriately placed. We listed the steps to install a carpet under a pool table to guide you in this part.

Variation A: Disassemble Pool Table and Install Rug

Most seek professional help in this step since it is not easy to disassemble a pool table. The table is then moved to a different chamber prior to rug installation. After this, you could reassemble the pool table and level it again and put it back into the original chamber.

It may be costly to seek professional help in this step, but it can significantly help you preserve your pool table’s quality. Moreover, seeking professional help decreases the risk of damaging your table during disassembly and reassembly. 

Variation B: Lift Pool Table Parts while Laying Rugs

In this variation, each end of the pool table must be lifted to allow the rug to be placed below it. Consider using table rollers to accomplish this step with ease. Remember that rugs require stretching during the laying process. Larger pool tables might need more help.

Variation C: Install Rug around Pool Table

Variation C consists of making boxes around your rug’s legs so to allow rug installation around the mentioned boxes. The advantage of this variation is that the table does not need to be relocated in case of rug replacement. However, a disadvantage to this variation is that it will show the uncovered area if the table is moved.

Positioning and Leveling Your Pool Table on a Rug

To most people, positioning and leveling pool tables on a rug can be complicated. If done inappropriately, this can lead to permanent damage to your carpets. Consider utilizing heavy cloth, tarps, or drop sheets underneath the pool table to minimize the risks. 

In leveling your pool table on a rug, you need to be patient for weeks and even months before the final leveling is performed. This waiting period depends on the type of carpet and padding used. On the other hand, pool tables installed on tiles or hardwood floors can be leveled right away.

Effects on Rug in the Long Run

Long term effects on rugs by a pool table include indentations, markings, and flattening. These changes are permanent so think carefully on where to put your pool table. There are also cases wherein pool table legs’ stain transfers to the rug.

Take note that if you want to alter your pool table’s placement by yourself, you are increasing the risk of acquiring damages. Remember that pool tables are not built to be altered and relocated.

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