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 folding pool tables
Arguably the greatest value for money of all foldable pool tables on the market today, the Signature Stewart Folding Pool Table is not only brand new (which means it brings with it all the latest updates and improvements Home Leisure Direct has to offer), but it's made with a sturdy MDF bed, a slick black frame and Tournament-style blue cloth, all in a choice of size (6ft or 7ft). What we love most about this table is the way the supplier has taken on customer feedback to create something with all the bells and whistles new and more advanced players will want in a foldable pool table - robust build, sturdy chrome corners and feet, leg levellers to suit any home, a pool ball holder and drop pockets (our favourite), all with a full set of accessories (balls, triangle, cues, chalk, table tennis bats & balls).
They say it comes at an unbeatable price, and from all of our research we're inclined to agree with them.
This flexible HLC table comes in a traditional green cloth with brown wood frame. It folds up easily to stand vertically on its own legs so will fit neatly into a cupboard or to the side of the room. It's one of the lowest priced tables on the market, and one of the most popular as well.
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.
This flexible table 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 a very fair price to pay for a lower cost and the flexible movement. What it might lack in aesthetics it does, however, make up for it in safety and durability - those plastic screws serve a purpose after all!
Pureline is a real expert when it comes to cutting edge design of pool tables, making premium slate bed tables all the way down to sleek, compact foldable pool tables like this one. With all of their tables, the one thing they have in common is that they're designed for performance. This table is arguably the best value of all the tables they manufacture due to the combination of its unique quick-fold braced leg system, high-quality cloth and low price. It's certainly one of the larger folding pool tables on the market so expect a high quality game without breaking the bank. It also comes with all the accessories you'd need to get started.
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 6ft folding pool table comes with everything you need to get started right away, including 2 48" cues, snooker and pool balls, a triangle, and even a table brush. For its size and stature it boasts great value for the whole family and it comes in light brown wood with green cloth. As with all of our folding pool tables this one folds up safely and securely for convenient storage.
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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. If you're interested in buying a multi games table, you should read our Best Multi Games Table blog.
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.
So there we have it, when it comes to finding an entry-level pool table that still suits the more advanced players when they learn their way around the table, a folding pool table really is your best bet. And for us, you just can't compete with the Signature Stewart Folding Pool Table - that's our top pick!
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