When I was growing up, we had a billiard (or pool) room next to the pine tree. It offered endless enjoyment, never impressed the first guests and was one of those play spaces that make you the most fashionable neighbor in the neighborhood. We had a traditional table with green felt. However, billiard tables have come a long way since that time. These are some of the cool trends in pool tables.
“The first trend I saw in pool tables was a radical change in the design of pool tables,” explains Thierry Hoyaux, Head of Sales and Marketing at Fusion tables. “When I started working at Fusiontables, most billiard table dealers and importers were not sold at all on billiard tables with a modern and minimalist design,” he explains. In fact, Hoyaux says it was difficult to convince them that there was a market for this trend.
But now he sees modern billiard tables everywhere. “They are in Italy, France, the United Kingdom and even the United States and Thailand. The recording is better now.”Hoyaux says that even the most conservative branch of the pool table retailer is on board. He also has a theory about the wide acceptance of modern billiard tables. The domestic market is expected to reach new customers. And they are probably much younger than the current owners of pool tables.
Hoyaux also noticed a change in the size of the pool tables offered to the owners. “In the past, only 8- and 9-foot pool tables were offered by the main players in the online pool market,” he says. “But now there is an increase in 7-foot and even 6-foot models that fit in smaller spaces.”
Tables for outdoor use
“I noticed that pool tables are sometimes sold for outdoor use,” says Hoyaux. These all-season outdoor pool tables usually have a variant of a weather-resistant and UV-resistant polytech fabric. The pool table in the photo above uses Sunbrella fabric, which is available in dozens of colors ranging from red tones to golden tones.
“The concept of a dining pool table, also called a ‘convertible pool table’ in other languages and countries, seems to be widespread,” says Hoyaux. In the past, only the United Kingdom and the United States searched for these keywords on Google.”However, he noticed a significant increase in searches in Italy, Spain, France and Belgium.
Personalization and boldness
“I dare to believe that this is somewhat due to our influence because our tables are more visible in high-end furniture stores in countries where we have many retailers. This makes the concept an attractive element for non-pure pool players.”Hoyaux says that design fans and people who were not billiard enthusiasts now want a cool pool table — and these tables are no longer relegated to the basement or the man cave.
He also notes many new colors and finishes, including custom colors and designs. His company, Fusiontables, offers ceramic surfaces that look like a dining table, but they are also scratch-resistant and easy to maintain.
Ceramic table tops, glass table tops, and reclaimed wood with a vintage touch are available in combinations and styles to match contemporary interior design.”For example, your oak pool table can complement these oak hardwood floors. Just 10 years ago, Hoyaux said that an owner’s interior had to be adapted to the pool table. “Today I think that it is the pool table that should fit into the existing interior design of the user.”
In addition, he says that the owners are going beyond the traditional green or blue fabric. “Fabrics are now often sold in gray, pink, purple and petrol blue, due to the new target group, which has more design flair,” says Hoyaux. You can also customize the billiard table covers decorated with the logo of your favorite sports team.
A pool table that attracts a lot of attention is the Filotto glass pool table. Davide and Gabriele Adriano, brothers of Adriano Design in Turin, Italy, are the artistic directors of this Calma E Gesso collection of Filotto glass pool tables.
“[The glass table] is 750 kg of crystal floating in a space filled with reflections of light, and a fabric on which you can play one of the oldest and most beautiful games invented by man,” they explain. “This is the perfect pool table that you never thought possible, a technological marvel with crystal glass legs and frame, stainless steel hardware and an Italian slate top with a luxurious Simonis wool fabric.”
Tips for choosing the right pool table
Pool tables come in different sizes. You want to make sure that your table is not too big for the room, but at the same time that it does not look like a children’s pool table. It is also important to leave enough space on all sides to play comfortably without the directions of the posts touching the walls. In addition, think about what kind of furniture and other objects you want in the room, if any, such as darts, game tables or a bar. It is better to decide in advance. In this way, you can leave enough room in the room to avoid hurting those who are sitting at the bar or playing cards.
Lighting is another important consideration. The World Pool-Billiard Association says that a non-movable lamp should not be less than 65 inches above the table bed. And it is better to center the lights to avoid the formation of dark areas on the table.1