There are some huge pros to going for a folding pool table over a regular one, especially if you’re on a budget. One of the biggest reasons that often gets overlooked is installation. Some companies charge a premium to deliver a regular table due to their difficulty to install. On top of that, foldable tables are also a lot easier to move around once in the house, and of course save space when folded up which makes entertaining a whole lot easier.
The only thing to watch out for is quality - the main benefit of a folding pool table is that it’s likely to be cheaper than a regular one, but be cautious not to go too low on price as you can be left with a table that wears easily or gets uneven over time. There’s nothing worse than a table that slants one way or the other… but not to worry, if you shop smart, choosing a folding pool table should never mean compromising on quality.
When it comes to choosing your table, make sure you consider these four things before committing to buying anything:
Be sure to measure your space correctly before anything else. Typically, the space you need between the wall and the table is twice the length of the cue (around 100-110 inches), and that goes for each of the four sides.
The main two options here are those that stand up on their own when folded, and those that need to be rested against a wall. Make sure you consider where you plan on storing your table when it’s not in use.
Whilst the price of regular pool tables can vary considerably, folding pool tables tend to stay within the region of £100 to £750. Sometimes it can be worth paying a bit more for a table that keeps sturdy over time.
Some folding pool tables offer multiple games to be played, from table tennis to air hockey. These tend to either be with alternative playing tops that can slide on, or as a table with different games on either side.
First up is an electric blue pool table from Riley, a great balance between sturdy and flexible. It’s MDF-based, a practical alternative to solid wood, with in-built castors and side straps that make it easily foldable yet light. This one also has wheels that make transporting the table even easier. There’s a real focus on movability so a great choice if you plan in setting it up and putting it away frequently, but it’s also stylish and professional, and comes with all the accessories needed - two pool cues and chalk, balls, a triangle, a brush and game rules.
This Mightymast table is slimmer than the last, but with a substantial metal sub-frame that makes it solid and sturdy too. It folds up easily to just 10cm deep, but needs to be rested against a wall when not in use as it can’t stand on its own. The legs are individually adjustable which is great for ensuring a flat playing surface at all times. Again, this table has all the accessories needed, including a lightweight scoreboard.
For those that enjoy a good game of table tennis as well as pool, this is a brilliant compromise with its table tennis top which sits securely on top of the pocket rubbers. And the best thing about it is the cost… as it’s no more expensive to many other tables on our list which means no premium is paid for the multi-use ability! All-in-all a great buy, with metal legs for durability and levelling feet. Also comes with free accessories.
Next up is a great option if you’re on a budget, as this super stylish table from Shiny Trading is a great size at 5ft8, and folds up to stand on its own, which means easily stored away when you need the space. The black felt makes it really stand out and adds a stylish twist. It also comes with a great set of accessories including a scoreboard and two 48” cues.
Here’s another option that wouldn’t break the bank. It comes in two different sizes so if you haven’t got too much space for a table the 4ft6 alternative may be exactly what you’re looking for. Perhaps not at sleek as some of the other tables on our list, but ticks all the functional boxes with its vertical folding leg system, meaning it can stand on its own, and independant leg levellers to make sure it’s always on an even surface. Comes with two cues, balls, a triangle and chalk.
This awesome deluxe table at either 6ft or 7ft in length (great if you have the space for a larger table) is well worth a look! It’s got chrome corners just like a professional table, and is handcrafted with a deluxe metal frame. A brilliant option for those that want the luxury of a high-quality, stylish table, but still thin and mobile enough to move. It even comes with a top of the range 18mm composite surface, which is thicker than most, giving it a true ball roll. Also in two different colours! Also with high-quality, free accessories.
Now for our wildcard… this awesome table has two games in one, that’s both pool and air hockey, in a really clever reversible unit! It’s effortless to swap between games, and its innovative vertical storage means it can fold up even thinner than most, saving even more room when needed. It’s not too large at 5ft so great for any spaces, but for the air hockey it needs to be plugged in to the mains, so make sure you have the right space for it. Let’s face it, how great would it be to have an air hockey table at home! Again, comes with all the accessories needed for air hockey and pool.
Last but definitely not least, this flexible HLC table comes in a choice of one of three great colours - blue, green or red. It folds up easily to stand vertically on its own legs, and is one of the lowest priced. The style of the table leaves something to be desired with its plastic black screws on the side and turning key, but perhaps a fair price to pay for a lower cost and the flexible movement.
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