Why choose a foldable pool table?
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 portable too so are 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. You'll find everything you need here to make the right decision for you, from our top rated tables below to our handy pool table size chart with room dimensions.
Our top 8 folding pool tables
First up and one of our personal favourites, this table from Viavito strikes a nice balance between quality and affordability, with its MDF build and polyester velvet cloth making it a strong competitor to some of the more premium tables out there. At 5ft, it's a touch on the smaller side but for a folding pool table it's certainly big enough. It folds up to stand on its own too, making it easy to store away when you need the space. As with all the tables we're recommending, it comes with all the accessories you'd need to get started.
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 this 6ft folding pool 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.
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, this awesome fold away pool 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 many 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.
This electric blue pool table from Riley offers 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 it portable too. There’s a real focus on movability so a great choice if you plan on 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 6ft folding pool 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.
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 independent leg levelers 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.
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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. We've created an easy to follow pool table size chart with room dimensions to help you choose the right size for the space you have.
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 as well as how you move it - most folding tables are portable pool tables too.
Whilst the price of regular pool tables can vary considerably, folding pool tables tend to stay within the region of £100 to £750 ($120 to $900). Sometimes it can be worth paying a bit more for a table that keeps sturdy over time.
Single or multi-game
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.
Ok, so if this is all hitting the mark, then wait no more and search through our list of the best 8 fold away pool tables above! But if you're still not sure, there are some great alternatives to make the most of space without compromising on playing quality. Check out our blog on the Top Outdoor Pool Tables if you've got an outside area that's made for entertaining, or our blog on the Top Pool Dining Tables for a more creative way to be efficient on space.
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