The 6ft snooker table is a perennial bestseller, with lots of teenager Ronnie O’sullivan wannabees having one for their bedroom. Indeed the beauty of the 6 ft table is that it will fit in most houses whereas the full size snooker tables are designed for the more spacious houses. A six foot table is considered a quarter size table as it is exactly a quarter of the area of a full sized model. Also the balls on the table are smaller as well, typically 1 7/8 inch compared to the 2 1/16 balls for the big table. This doesn’t mean you can’t have a good game on these tables, indeed I’ll bet nearly all the professionals playing today had a similar table when they were younger. So it’s a good table to start your snooker career on.
The 6ft snooker table is marketed for the World snooker championship finals teenager market, but that does not mean Adults can’t play on it too. The table height is regulation, same as the big snooker tables, the only thing is do not lean on them too hard. As for playing on them, it is true that the subtle shots of the game like side and topspin etc are more difficult with the smaller balls but the angles and break building are the same as for any table. The 6 ft tables are usually made from MDF and are therefore much lighter than their slate bed cousins. And as such they lend themselves to a folding design quite nicely, so you can put them up and take them down and store them as required. That’s probably a good thing knowing about teenager fads; you know how it is, one minute all they want is a snooker table and then a month later move onto computer games or something. The folding design has many forms, with either metal or wooden legs. The wooden leg models are usually better as they are stiffer and wobble less when knocked. Folding leg snooker tables also have the advantage of being relatively cheap, typically £120-£200 so they make ideal Christmas and birthday presents, with the bulk of these tables being sold at Christmas time as you might expect.
Not all 6ft snooker tables are made from MDF, there are some slate bed versions around. Indeed Riley made 5ft and 6ft versions of their snooker table with a slate playing surface, once upon a time and they are probably collectors items now. A snooker table manufacturer can make you a slate bed version, but they are very expensive and for not much more you could have a 8 or 9 ft version instead, if you have the room.