Thursday, March 26, 2009

Is It Big Enough?

Alright guys, For those that are big fans of Big Red's building blog from the very beginning, you'll know that I posted an entry regarding the possibility of pool table for my house. Now, the main reason I'm moving out of home is to have my own pool table, I really don't care about the kitchen, the family room, bedrooms, alfresco, that's all kiddie shit. The pool table room is critical, it's criticality is far more important than that of the Global Warming.

Anyways, I've decided that it may be time to actually do some proper analysis on the build plan layout, so I can work out whether or not I can fit a 9 foot pool table in the house. Before I tell you whether or not I can, let's run through the basics of pool table room sizes once more for those who are deadshits.

The required playing field around a pool table is 1.52M (152CM / 1520MM). This means that on each side of the pool table, 1.52M of empty space is required. This number is calculated in a very logical process based on the largest cue stick for Pool/Snooker. The largest cue stick for Pool/Snooker is 58 inches, this is 1.47M (147CM / 1470MM) in normal measurement.

Now, one would think that only 1.47M would be required around the playing table then, well you'd be fucking wrong. You need to include the .05M for the cue-swing. So, for those who are still scratching their heads, I have done some magic in Microsoft Paint to explain this a little better.

Now that we've estabalished the basics of pool table surrounding space, let's calculate the minimum size room to house a 9 foot pool table with the 1.52M surrounding space.

A 9 foot pool table in length, is, surprisingly, 9 feet. This is 2.75m (more accurately 2743.2mm) in length. A pool table has a 1:2 ratio, so the width is half of the length which equates to 1.375M. Let's do another picture shall we:

So for a 9 foot pool table to fit in a house with the required playing field, the following calculations need to be made for length and width respectively:

Length: 2.75M + 1.52M + 1.52M = 5.79M (5790MM)
Width: 1.375M + 1.52M + 1.52M = 4.415M (4415MM)

Now, my pool room is 6660MM in length, and 4090MM in width. Now, you're probably thinking "well you have no chance of meeting the requirements, you dickhead". However, my pool table room is actually wider than 4090MM as it's adjacent to the Kitchen area, but there are additional complications that require great math to solve this critical problem.

The below picture shows the border of the living room (pool table room) and kitchen/meals area.

As you can see to the right of the red line, there is some additional space that could possibly make the width requirement for the minimum room size of the 9 foot table. The critical part comes in here though, and it's a question that is probably all on your minds..."how much space is between the red line and that damn kitchen bench?" Well, I FINALLY have the answer. Three-hundred and fifty millimetres (350MM / 35CM).

So let's go back to the width of my room, 4090MM plus the additional 350MM of space, equates to: 4440MM. Now if we then go back to the required width of a room to house a 9 foot pool table, it is 4415MM. FUCKKK YEAH!!!! It'll fit with a whopping 25mm spare (2.5CM)! This is the shit that dreams are made of.

Before you all get excited for me, there's actually an additional complication! Yup, this shit just doesn't end. I now have the required width, or do I? The answer is no, I don't have the additional width due to something called "Return Air". Now, firstly, I don't know what the hell this return air, and quite frankly, I don't want it - but stiff shit, it's a mandatory thing for houses with heating/cooling.

Now, this "Return Air" has been embedded into a wall that sticks out from the kitchen bench to where the red line is on the above picture. I have included a picture below which circles the Return Air wall below:

The return wall is the reason for why the living room is limited at 4090MM. The return wall uses that 35CM that I was talking about before. It's not so much the wall that may cause the problems, it's the corner of the wall when playing shots near the pockets on a 45 degree angle from that of the table that may cause the problem. This is because the end of the cue stick may hit the corner of the wall here (I ain't worried about damage to the wall, it's the left/right english on the cue ball that matters!

Now the "Return Air" wall, let's call it the RAW (Return Air Wall), the RAW has the dimensions of: 950mm (L) and 350mm (W). Now we know that the pool table has to have 1.52M from the bottom wall to that of the table cloth to meet the requirements. So effectively, the pool table will stick out 570mm from the RAW length (1520mm - 950MM = 570MM). If you're a bit confused, what I'm trying to do here is remove the width from being the problem, and making the length the issue as there's more length than width to throw around to fit the pool table in.

I'm trying to make the corner of the pool table 1.52M away from that damned corner. So at the moment, the pool table is dead center of the length-way of the room, but we're only 570mm away from the corner of the RAW, but we need an additional 950MM (1520mm - 570mm).

How do we get this 950mm extra? We'll, I know for a fact that I won't be able to get every millimetre for it, but let's see what we can grab from the extra length we have. Let's go back to the length of my room, 6660mm.

So let's remove 1520mm from the 6660mm and force that space at the top length-part of the living room/pool table room. So we remove 1520mm from 6660mm leaving 5140mm. Then we include the pool table, which is 2750mm in length. We remove that from the remaining 5140mm, leaving 2390mm. This means, we can have the pool table sticking out 2390mm from the bottom wall of the living room. Now, let's then include the 950mm of the RAW, so 2390mm minus 950mm equates to 1440mm. This means we now have a total of 1440mm of required playing space around the table next to the RAW. Now, this is unfortunately, not quite enough space, as 1520MM is required.

I am 80MM (8CM) too close to the damned RAW.
So to finalise, there's no method of having 1.52M playing space around the entire table to have this 9 foot table fit. Unfortunately, bad luck to me, but we need to remember that this is based on a 58" cue, if I were to use the 52" cue on the corner near the RAW, that would give me 15CM difference and the shot would be comfortably playable.

So for those who are wondering, "is this good enough for big red?" (honestly, if you thought that, get a fucking life), but to answer the question, it is good enough for me.. I don't give a fuck anymore, I'm putting that fucking 9 foot fucking pool table in my fucking house whether I have to smash that fucking RAW to fucking bits and fucking pieces.

On another note, I have been informed by my sister that she has purchased something for my pool table room, and it's an awesome present, but I'll take some pictures of it when I actually get it. It's hands down, the greatest present I have yet to receive, ever.

Anyways, if there was any confusion on the pool table / room size in this blog entry, post a comment, or just ask me when we're at the pub next!


Big Red


  1. Big Chief.

    Well fuck. You really do have to much spare time.

    I suggest you go to Burbank with the Required space for the table and get them to build arount the 9' Pool Table.

    Pub Sat?


  2. I shouldn't have to tell any builder how big living rooms should be. Builders should build houses with rooms big enough to house atleast a 9 foot pool table.

    Pub on Saturday? Fucking oath mate. Got burnt to the shithouse at the grand prix though, I'm more Red than Big Red normally.