Okay, so you’ve decided that you’re going to get a shuffleboard table. Now you’re wondering, What size shuffleboard table should I get ? It’s the next step to making your dream complete.
Read this entire guide, yes the ENTIRE guide CAREFULLY. You have to think about how much clearance you need in the location you plan to place your shuffleboard table and more importantly, how you are going to get it into your house.
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Things to Keep in Mind
Shopping for a shuffleboard table can be a bit overwhelming. After all, you have to make the right decision. No pressure, right? People always ask, “How much room does a shuffleboard table require.” That’s a bit ambiguous because that really depends on how much room you have.
Regulation size shuffleboard tables are 22 feet in length and 20 inches wide. Before you get ahead of yourself, measure out the dimensions where you plan to place it. Set the boundaries so you can visualize the table in your basement or game room. Envision yourself playing. Does anything feel awkward?
Think about elbow space, room for spectators, and distance from windows or other fragile items (for those of you with wild shots). I’d say you want to keep at least 2 feet clearance on all sides of the table. This means that if you have a 16’ table, you will need a 18’ x 18’ space that is free of obstructions.
For tables with electronic score keepers, make sure that you have clearance above the table. Think about fans, lighting, etc. Clearance is your primary concern when choosing dimensions. It doesn’t matter what size you want or have room for, it matters what size you have room to move into your home.
If you’re a die-hard shuffleboard player, there’s always a way to get any shuffleboard table length into your home, even it means taking out a window or blowing out a wall.
Shuffleboard Table Dimensions
Shuffleboard tables are available from 8 foot – 22 foot lengths.. Below is a list of common shuffleboard table sizes. If you really wanted to, you could also learn how to make your own shuffleboard table.
8 Foot Shuffleboard Tables – Generally the smallest size SB table. Good when you just have to have one!
9 Foot Shuffleboard Tables – 3 Reasons to Love 9’ Shuffleboard Tables.
12 Foot Shuffleboard Tables – Astro, Level Best, and Playcraft all make shuffleboards in this size.
14 Foot Shuffleboard Tables – This is the threshold for small to mid-size tables. Shorter tables are easier to play on.
16 Foot Shuffleboard Tables – Very common mid-sized table. Anything above a 16’ table will have a similar feel to a full-length table.
18 Foot Shuffleboard Tables – These tables let you get a long slide and are available with climatic adjusters.
20 Foot Shuffleboard Tables – The next best thing to a full size shuffleboard table. Period.
22 Foot Shuffleboard Tables – Regulation size. This is what they use in professional tournaments.
In case you’re looking for an outdoor shuffleboard table, you can look at these ones with all-weather qualities. These tables can also be found in 9’-22’ dimensions.
Getting it through the Door
This might sound funny but it’s not the first time this has happened. I’ve heard of people ordering large items like shuffleboard tables, only to find that that they can’t get it in their house, apartment, or condo. What a headache this would be!
Break out the measuring tape and see how much space you have to bring it inside your house. This is especially pertinent if you don’t have a large sliding door that will make it easy to bring things inside. A standard door is 32” x 80” or 2’ 8” x 6’8”. Living in an apartment, you need to consider getting it in the elevator, going up stairs, and getting it around corners.
When going around corners, make sure that you can either stand the table up to bring it in the room OR have enough clearance around corners to get it into your place. If you’re table is 22’, you don’t want to measure a tight 22’ ½” fit. Don’t be that guy. In this case, you might want to step down to a 20 foot table to make sure it will fit inside your house.
Best Shuffleboard Length
This is a bit subjective. In shuffleboard heaven, the best shuffleboard table length is 22 feet. This isn’t possible in all cases but that’s fine, a small shuffleboard table is better than no shuffleboard table! The length of the table will affect the feel of the board. It’s always best to practice on a full-length shuffleboard table but you can still work on key skills with a smaller table.
Now for the Fun Part
Now that you know how to choose the right size shuffleboard table, you can take a look at some of your options. Shuffleboard.net makes it easy to shop for shuffleboard tables by size. This way, you can filter out all the noise and only browse shuffleboard tables that will fit into your home.
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About the Author
Jelani Burton is a shuffleboard enthusiast with a competitive fever. He likes stays up to date with the latest products to keep his game on edge. You can find him sharing new finds on the Shuffleboard Blog. That combined with the right know-how, he continues getting better every day.