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POOL DINING TABLES

Bespoke service for a range of pool tables from 5ft to 8ft. All tables featured can be adapted to any size or finish. We offer ideas, particularly for 5ft pool tables where space is limited. Enquiries begin with email conversations. See our full range at:

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Selected 5ft Pool Tables

Examples below are of selected 5ft pool tables to match your decor. Also available in 4.5ft or 6ft sizes.


Painted pine shown here as 5ft. Also made in solid oak.
Option of 4.5ft, and 6ft. Visit main page at:

White Pine


Metal Cross Legs pine shown here as 5ft. Also made in solid oak. Option of 4ft and 4.5ft. Visit main page at:

White Cross Legs

 

Pedestal style pine shown as 5ft. Option 6ft and 7ft size.
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Ariston Pedesatal

 

 

Chunky Oak style shown as 5ft. Options of, 6ft, 7ft, 8ft.
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Manus Chunky oak

 

Unique and perfect for serious practice.
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5ft square oak table

 



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5ft POOL TABLES FOR SERIOUS PLAY

Kitchen-size, 4.5ft, 5ft and 6ft pool tables comply with UK pool competition standards and play a full size 2-inch (pub-size) ball. These made-to-order pool tables are ideal for those wanting to practice, or play a good quality social game. Any style can be created in any colour of finish. Matching pool table dining tops, chairs or benches are available. Can be fitted with finest Italian slate, but with the option of a reinforced one-inch thick resin bonded MDF (best for undersized pool tables, or particularly where table manoeuvrability is required)

A wide choice of luxury pool table cloth colours is offered to coordinate with your own living space. We offer either English napped or American speed cloth

5ft pool tables have a 60ins x 30ins play bed 

We make range of furniture quality 5ft pool tables which is the smallest play area that complies with the established integrity of billiards. Whether it be snooker, English billiards, English pool or American pool. On these we can set pockets, cushion rubbers (type and depth) and a pool table cloth to accommodate any of these disciplines. Although most prefer to play a standard 2-inch English pool ball as used in pubs and national competitions, we can set the table to play the larger 2.25 inch balls for American pool (this would essentially be for those looking for a practice table)

5ft pool tables for a traditional game

In the drawing rooms and dining rooms of Victorian and Edwardian England, undersize "billiard" tables were common. A 5ft table was a popular size and many are still around. Although the game of snooker began to be played later, the most popular game, particularly for the undersized tables, was 3-ball English billiards. The relatively recent popularity of English (pub) pool has now relegated traditional billiards. However, 3-ball English billiards is an ideal secondary game for a smaller table and has all the fun and skill of the modern games.

Styles of pool dining tables

As bespoke table makers we offer an unlimited choice of styles and sizes. We can create pool tables in any shape or dimension, either following our original designs, conventional designs or translating you own design ideas. The pool dining table images presented here on this webpage vary between of 4ft, 4.5ft, 5ft and 6ft, although each featured models is size interchangeable. They are individually handmade by us according to the client's own instructions. This allows for attention to every detail, ensuring that the pool dining table design is compatible with, and fits into your home, and on that also accounts for your personal dining layout preferences.

Choice of wood 

We normally make pool dining tables in solid oak, solid beech or solid natural pine. We also combine solid painted pine, to create an unlimited number of contrasting wood combinations. We also accept commissions in a range of exotic woods, such as walnut. We also offer our unique range of pool dining tables with industrial style metal legs.

Ball capture for pool dining tables

We offer a range of ball-capture systems, although the most popular are the retractable bag-nets, which can be sized to capture 6-8 balls per pocket (when the table is dining mode the nets are tucked, unseen, under the table play surface). The second most popular is the drop-pocket system where the balls are collected in concealed pockets that are set inside the corner legs (normally collects 4-6 balls). The third most popular is the bucket pocket where the balls normally drop into the hollow of a wider leg. Finally, for old-style enthusiasts we also offer a traditional ball-rail collection. 

Finishing and colour matching

The current most popular pool table finish is painted pine. We normally co-ordinate with the Farrow and Ball colour palettes, although we can match to the EU standard of RAL colour codes. Both pine, beech and oak can be finished as natural wood and in a wide range of proprietary stains.  We also offer the option of self-finishing. 

Square and irregular size pool dining tables

Whilst square pool dining tables will normally conform to standard dimensions for a 5ft (i.e. a 5ft square table equates to the width of a conventional 10ft table), we are able to create original dimensions down to 3ft square (which equates to the width of a pub size table). These are precision pool dining tables, perfect for serious practice, and which may better suit your available dimensional space. 

Customer Enquiries

Most internet enquirers visiting this specialist site will be searching against 5ft pool dining tables (or other undersized tables) and their need to maximise game-utility against their limited available space. This requires an often-complex interchange of information between us and the client. We know from experience that it is best begun with an email conversation. So give us an initial outline on your pool dining table project, and your broad preferences and we will take it from there.

Please consider we offer a totally bespoke service. We do not sell stock items. We would normally require 4-8 weeks to complete a pool dining table project.

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5FT POOL DINING TABLES: KEY ISSUES

Whichever your preferred size of pool dining table, you must give careful thought to these considerations:

1. Are you familiar with the cueing area required for a pool table and whether to optimise at a competition standard cue, or to compromise with a shorter cue, or an occasional short-cue for tight shots. Have you tested these variations on a room-space simulation?

2. Do you wish to play at pool table competition height (according to your game preference) or compromise at a lower dining height. We would normally set at a dining height of 31 inches (this is variable)

3. Have you determined the seating places required and considered how the design options on a pool dining table can impact on leg space?

4. Are you physically able to lift and replace a pool dining table top and are you aware of the options on sectional tops.

 

WHERE DO THE POOL BALLS GO?

When researching on a 5ft pool dining table you need to consider the method of ball capture (as mentioned above). This affects both the quality of play and the aesthetics of your pool table in a room setting. It may help to offer a brief history and the alternatives that have evolved.

Traditional Method

Traditional ball capture for Pocket Billiards relied on "nets" with a leather encasement, and with brass or other metal bolts affixed to the cushions. As an additional development, ball-rails could  be set below the nets to allow a visible collection of the balls and to allow selected ball retrieval. This was and is undoubtedly the most efficient and precise ball capture system and a requirement for billiards tournament play on larger tables.

Pub Billiards

In the 60's there was a rapid interest in coin-operated billiards in pubs and other public places. For this innovation to be viable, the table pockets had to be encased in a belly with an centralised ball collection. Most of us are now are familiar with these tables, either for competition play or for social fun.

American Billiards (Bucket Pockets)

America is the home of "pool". A distinct style of table has evolved where the balls are collected in a deep bucket pocket, which are all surrounded by by a seamless skirt, resulting in a heavy appearance, and a particularly solid centre-piece of fine furniture.

French Billiards

French billiards (or Carom) is a game played without pockets (a game of cannons and "snookers"). Because there are no pockets, table styles have developed based on conventional dining tables. Over the past 20 years, the design inspirations of Carom have been translated into a wide range of pool dining tables, which has sought to best disguise the traditional visual prominence of nets or bulky bucket pockets. Thus, a wide choice of pool dining table designs have been introduced, with tables that retain the essential functionality of pool, but fits less obtrusively in modern family homes, particularly as open kitchen living becomes more popular. A varied selection of such tables are featured on this site.

 

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ABOUT US

The Matchbilliards website provides a showcase for 5ft dining pool tables (and related sizes) that caters for those who want a furniture-quality, competition-standard table, and who are restricted for space. We are a micro business, operating as a cooperative between 2 bespoke billiard table makers, Martin Rabetts and Alan Phillips, who each have over 30 years experience.

We both provide individual expert fitting and maintenance services for all types of billiard tables and are familiar with the various specifications set by the each of the billiards tournament standards.

Martin, also a master carpenter, has developed his own niche specialism of 5ft pool table manufacture, bespoke to space and design needs.

Alan is a traditional master billiard table maker, from full size snooker tables to any pool table size specification.

This website offers a joint administrative support, so that we best cooperate to fulfil your 5ft, or undersize, pool table project, whatever your location and whatever your particular preferences.

We do not sell online. Our aim is to open a communication line, primarily be email, so that we best respond to your enquiries following a meticulous stage-sequence that enables you to drive your own desired outcome.

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CONTACT US


For more information E-Mail us at:
 

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Our Policies: Privacy and Cookies

This website promotes bespoke pool tables made by Alan Phillips of Hull in conjunction with Martin Rabbets of Bournemouth . 

We will present informative product information on 5ft pool dining tables tables, in a non-intrusive  manner, and in a way that conforms to UK statutory regulations.

Our aim is to best facilitate sales information that is peculiar to the complexities associated with a bespoke made-to-order service. We will rely - initially and primarily - on email interactions

We will not accept payments directly through this website nor will we operate a shopping basket system. Specifically, we will not incorporate customer log-ins, nor will we allow 3rd-party advertising within any of our pages. Therefore we do not anticipate Internet privacy issues concerning financial data or of general intrusion.

Nor is there any wider issue over the use of Cookies. Indeed we do not knowingly place cookies. We will, occasionally, rely on the Google Adwords system to encourage visitors to our site.

We will only collect customer details from these pages in response to customer-originated enquiries emanating from emails.

For this we will observe our obligations under the UK Data Protection Act. We will not release customer information to third parties other than that is necessary in the fulfilment of customer orders. End of policy notice.

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