The Essential Guide to Pool Tables, Billiard Tables and Accessories

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Billiard tables, also known as pool tables, are a staple in game rooms across Canada. With options from top brands like Brunswick and Olhausen, and affordable prices, Hallmark Billiards is home to the largest selection of top quality tables and accessories. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about shopping for the perfect pool table and accessories for your home or business.

Billiards is a popular cue sport that can be played recreationally or competitively. Investing in an exceptional table allows you and your family or friends to enjoy hours of entertainment right at home. A pool table is also a beautiful addition that can completely transform the look and feel of a space.

In this article, you’ll learn about the different types of tables, considerations for choosing the right dimensions and design, top table brands sold, and must-have pool table accessories like cues, racks, balls, covers and more. Read on to become a billiards expert!

What are the Different Types of Tables?

There are a few main categories of tables to choose from:

Slate Tables – Slate tables are the gold standard for serious players. They have a slab bed which provides superior ball roll and bounce. There are usually three layers of slab that make up the bed. Slate tables are durable, strong, and withstand changes in temperature and humidity.

Wooden Tables – Wooden tables have a continuous timber playfield. They are often less expensive than slate but do not perform as well for avid players.

Converting Tables – Convertible tables have a slab bed which can convert to other table surfaces like air hockey, ping pong, and dining tops.

Portable Tables – Portable tables can be folded up and rolled away into storage. They are not regulation size but are great for smaller spaces.

What Size Pool Table is Right for You?

Billiard tables come in different dimensions but the standard competition dimensions is 9 feet by 4.5 feet. Consider the size of the room you plan to put the table in and also how much space you need around the table for the game.

Here are some common pool table dimensions to choose from:

  • 7 foot – Best for smaller areas, allows for compact gameplay
  • 8 foot – Ideal for recreational home use, fits well in most spaces
  • 9 foot – Regulation size for tournaments and advanced “pool sharks”

Be sure to leave at least 4-5 feet of space around the table perimeter for cue sticks and walking around comfortably. An 8 foot table is a great choice for most home game rooms.

Choosing the Right Table Finish

Finish options contribute to both the look and performance of a pool table. Common finishes include:

  • Cloth – Felt or wool cloth covering the surface. Speed and quality vary.
  • Wood – Hardwoods like oak or maple along table edges add style.
  • Laminates – Durable, affordable laminate options for table rails and exterior.
  • Veneers – Thin timber veneers like rosewood provide an elegant finish.

High-end tables use exceptional wool or worsted cloth along with real hardwoods. Look for strong hardwood frames and cabinetry for durability.

Top Billiard Table Manufacturers

Trustworthy trademarks use remarkable craftsmanship and materials that withstand years of use. Here are some top options available in Canada:


The most recognized table trademark offers high-end slab and convertible tables. Many serious players prefer this company for performance and prestige. Models range from simple designs to intricate works of art.


Known for beautifully designed tables, Olhausen uses top grade woods and sleek, modern styling. Their slate and all-wood tables deliver exceptional playability for home or commercial use.

Legacy Billiards

Legacy specializes in custom game tables built with care and high-caliber components. They have a wide spectrum of designs from modern to old-world charm.


Must-Have Table Accessories

Outfit your pool table with these essential accessories for game and protection:

  • Cues – Choose lower-cost products or invest in a custom cue for better control. Have a variety on hand.
  • Balls – Regulation sets come in multiple quantity options and materials like phenolic resin.
  • Chalk – Prevent miscues with good pool cue chalk in holders around the table.
  • Racks – Racks neatly organize spheres for breaking. Pick from wooden, plastic or aluminum models.
  • Table Brush – Keep surfaces clean and reduce friction with a table brush.
  • Cushions – Replace worn cushions when rebounds become inconsistent.
  • Table Cover – Custom pool table covers protect the playfield and keep out dust.
  • Cue Racks – Display cues neatly on the wall with racks or freestanding holders.
  • Scoring Accessories – Chalkboards, abacuses or scoring apps make scorekeeping easy.
  • Lights – Enhance your billiard area ambiance with complementary lighting fixtures for the walls, halls, card tables, and bars.

Investing in these pool table accessories ensures you maximize enjoyment from your table for years to come. Take advantage of our wide in-stock selection of accessories and pool packages.

How Much Does a Pool Table Cost?

Billiard table prices primarily depend on dimensions and features. In Canada, you can expect to spend:

  • Lower-end: $1,000 – $3,000 for basic portable tables or low-quality slab tops
  • Mid-range: $3,000 – $7,000 for nice lumber tables or standard-size slab tops
  • High-end: $7,000 – $15,000+ for luxurious conversions, massive tables, ornate details, and premium performance

Consider it an investment that will provide entertainment for your family and guests for decades. Focus on finding a well-constructed table within your budget. Our collection has high-quality tables available at reasonable price points.

Where to Shop for Tables

The best collection of tables and accessories in Canada can be found at our store. AsCanada’s largest billiard specialty retailer, we carry tables and accessories from all the top manufacturers.

Benefits of shopping our wide choice include:

  • Hundreds of tables and related accessories in-stock
  • Ability to compare top models side-by-side
  • Slate tables, wood tables, portable tables and more
  • All the top trademark like Brunswick, Olhausen, Legacy, Majestic
  • Professional assistance from billiard experts
  • Guaranteed lowest prices in Canada
  • Convenient online shopping and ordering

Visit us in-store in Mississauga, Ontario or browse our online catalog. We ship tables and accessories across Canada and offer top-notch service.

How to Choose the Right Table Company

With so many billiard retailers to consider, it helps to know what to look for in a reputable pool table company:

  • Selection – A wide variety of table styles, brands, sizes and prices to fit any customer’s needs
  • Quality – Carefully inspects and plays every table before sale to ensure flawless use
  • Craftsmanship – Employs master craftsmen and technicians for unparalleled workmanship
  • Materials – Uses only the finest slate, lumber, cloths and components
  • Service – Provides exceptional customer service throughout the shopping process, delivery and beyond
  • Experience – Has been in business for decades and has extensive knowledge
  • Reputation – Known for integrity, honesty and standing behind their products
  • Price – Offers very competitive pricing while never sacrificing on quality
  • Accessories – One-stop-shop with a huge selection of accessory products
  • Warranty – Backs every table with a minimum 1-year warranty and proven durability

Using this criteria will guide you to the most reputable companies that offer exceptional tables tailored to your budget and needs.

How to Care for and Maintain a Table

Investing in an exceptional table means taking measures to keep it in excellent condition. Here are top maintenance tips:

  • Level the table – Use leg levelers to keep the table flat and level for proper ball roll. Re-level over time if needed.
  • Control temperature/humidity – Keep the room around 70°F with moderate humidity to prevent table expansion.
  • Keep it clean – Dust surfaces, vacuum cloth and brush between balls regularly.
  • Replace felt when worn – Have a professional replace the cloth once it slows down or gets punctured.
  • Check cushions – Ensure cushions rebound properly and replace if loose or misshapen.
  • Inspect pocket condition – Replace any loose or damaged leather and rubber bumpers.
  • Don’t sit on rails – Avoid putting excess weight on the rails or edges.
  • Keep covered – Use a custom pool table cover when not in use to prevent damage and debris.
  • Call a pro for repairs – Have a professional service the table components if issues arise.

With proper care, an investment-grade table will deliver many years of excellent performance. Contact our service technicians for any repair or maintenance needs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pool Tables

Still have some questions about finding the ideal pool table? Here are answers to some common FAQs:

How is a pool slate made?

Slate is made from quarried natural stone like granite or sandstone. It is cut into sections and layered, then precision ground and leveled. Good slab is naturally dense to resist warping.

What thickness of slab should I choose?

Most tables have 1-inch three-piece slab beds. Thicker slab provides superb consistency but is heavier and more expensive.

What space do I need for a pool table?

Allow for 4-5 feet clearance around all sides of the table for playing. An 8×4 foot area is ideal for most home tables.

How much does it cost to move a pool table?

You can expect to pay $500-$800 for professional delivery and setup. We provide affordable delivery right to your game room.

How do I buy a used pool table?

Inspect it carefully for level play, cloth wear, rail and bumper condition. Re-felting and cushions can restore an older quality table.

What is the best table for casual home use?

For recreational games, a durable lumber table or lower-cost slab model makes an excellent choice over a high-end table.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team of experts for guidance finding the perfect pool table!

Transform Your Home with a Hallmark Billiards #1 Retailer

A billiard table is both a beautiful addition to any space and a source of endless entertainment. With the widest choice of top tables and accessories, shopping with us ensures you find the perfect table tailored to your lifestyle, game room, and budget.

The key takeaways from this guide include:

  • Slate, wood, convertible and portable tables each have their benefits
  • Carefully measure your room dimensions and allowance to pick the ideal dimensions
  • High-end tables use slate beds and quality cloth, lumber and laminates
  • Brunswick, Olhausen, Legacy, and Majestic lead table manufacturers
  • Outfit your table with cues, racks, covers and more accessories
  • Well-made tables are priced $3,000 to $15,000 based on size, materials and features
  • We offer Canada’s biggest choice of tables and accessories at the lowest prices
  • With decades of experience, we are Canada’s most trusted billiard retailer

Visit us online or in Canada’s largest Mississauga warehouse to shop from hundreds of tables. Our team is ready to answer any questions you have and help build your dream game room. Bring the joy of billiards home with a table from #1 billiard superstore!

You can contact Hallmark Billiards at (905) 629-8082 through website They will provide you with all the necessary information regarding pool tables and related services.

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