Inspiring pool table room ideas

Many venues choose to devote an entire side room to their pool table, and this makes good sense if you have an area of roughly the right size.

But if you’re planning a pool room or billiards room in your pub, what are some of the best ideas for interior design and other features to add?

Here’s our pick of some of the best pool table room ideas that we’ve seen in venues, to keep your punters coming back for more.

1. Keep it simple

First and foremost, avoid clutter. You’ll want some side tables for players to put down their drinks and snacks, and some chairs or stools for them to sit down and for friends to spectate.

Other than that, it’s smart to keep the space around a pub pool table free from obstructions. Remove any trip hazards and you’ll make it easier for players to move around the table safely.

2. Bright and breezy

If you’re not able to provide suspended lighting immediately over the pool table, make sure you choose a bright colour scheme for your billiards room, which will help to flood the table with enough light to play by.

Manco Automatics supply pub pool tables in a wide range of different laminates and cloth colours – so whatever colour scheme you choose, we can make sure your pub pool table matches it too.

3. European or American?

Your choice of pool table can depend in part on whether you plan to provide European or American pool balls – so what’s the difference?

In Europe, the standard version of pool is Blackball, which originated in the UK and uses red and yellow balls with no numbers. In America and worldwide, the standard variation is Eightball, which uses the numbered ‘spots and stripes’ sets of balls.

If you’re going to offer American Eightball, which has become the common version on pub pool tables across the UK too, you could take the theme to extremes with an American Diner or Las Vegas theme for your pool room.

Make it match

Whatever you choose, make sure it’s in keeping with the rest of your premises, or very clearly designed to be different. A heavy American theme might be more suited to a sports bar, for example, whereas a bright and minimal aesthetic is ideal for upmarket establishments.

No matter what type of venue you operate, a coin-operated pool table can be a great source of additional revenue, while adding to the range of entertainment you offer – so give it the space it deserves and watch those takings grow.

We hope you’ve been inspired by our pool table room ideas and if you require a pool table for your venue, then view our wide range of tables designed to suit every style. Call us today on 0161 870 7777 or send us an email at

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