McClure Tables is frequently asked this question: “How much space does a shuffleboard table require?” Shuffleboard tables range from 9 feet to 22 feet in length. Regardless of how big or small your house is, we can create a shuffleboard table that will fit into your space. Generally, we build tables in 2-foot increments starting at the 12-foot size shuffleboard table, but we will create a custom size for your home.
The simple answer to the question, “How much room does a shuffleboard table require,” is “How much room do you have?” When you measure and test out the space for your new table, knowing what kind of gameplay you would like for you and your guests, the process of finding the right table is simple. Check out our guide below to figuring out how much room you need for the shuffleboard and start thinking about your new table.
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CONSIDERATIONS FOR SHUFFLEBOARD TABLE SIZE
To determine what size shuffleboard table you should purchase, you should keep in mind that there should be at least two feet of space behind the table free from obstructions. There is plenty of room for a player to get behind and bend over for a proper stance and shooting position. As for the side-to-side space in your room, it’s easier to manage since you can place a table right next to the wall.
If you have an electronic score unit you may need to move the cabinet 3 to 4 inches away from the wall. This will allow for room to clear the score display pole between the cabinet and your wall. All play is conducted inside of the cabinet, so there is no need for any space on either side of the table beyond the inside edge of the cabinet.
We’ve seen it time and time again. Some doors are small and some hallways are narrow. To prepare your home for your new gaming investment, you should measure and do some test runs to be sure it is large enough. These boards and pieces that make up your shuffleboard table are not bendable and can be extremely heavy. Start by maneuvering a longboard (a 2 inches x 10 inches if possible) throughout your home’s hallways to make sure you have clean lines into the room that will house your table.
You should also ensure that your room fits your table once you have ensured that you can get your table into it. You should bring a board that is 2-3 inches thick and 18 to 20 inches wide, and depending on your table length, anywhere between 10 foot 8 inches and 20 foot 8 inches long into the room. Although measuring is accurate, it is sometimes helpful to see a piece of wood in your room that will actually be the size of the final shuffleboard table.
As for the cabinets that house the board, any table over 12 feet is built in two pieces so they are much easier to get into the room. With some of the more common sizes, 14 foot, and 16-foot shuffleboard tables, you are talking the equivalence of a 7 to 8-foot sofa or couch into the room. Because every shuffleboard table made in our woodshop is handcrafted and custom made, we can and have made even 12-foot cabinets in two pieces. We have even done smaller cabinets like this, 10 foot and 11-foot long tables, when necessary.
For those who are not sure how to get a table into their home, we have had customers use cranes and lifts to bring them in through upstairs windows. We have also placed tables through basement windows. See some videos on this post here. Using conventional or unconventional methods, we can put almost any shuffleboard size in your home.
BEST SHUFFLEBOARD TABLE LENGTH
Most people want to get as large of a table as will fit in their room and the most appropriate size, closest to full-length regulation play, is a 16-foot shuffleboard table. The difference from 16 to 22 feet is not that noticeable in play. While you can still have fun on 12 and 14 foot shuffleboard tables, when you get down to a 9-foot table, the playing surface is a bit on the short side and not near as challenging.
SHUFFLEBOARD TABLE WIDTH
The playing surface width is equally as important, especially if you are planning to use a 12 or 14-foot size table. Many import lines offer 15 and 16 feet boards. The pucks are 2 1/4 to 2 5/16 inches in width, so it is much more difficult to get around or play the game on the narrow tables. McClure Tables makes no tables smaller than 18 inches wide. Only our Liberty model is 18 inches wide and this gives you the full-size table experience, but in a width that will accommodate a more narrow space. Shuffleboard tables are often placed in narrow hallways or behind sofas or even next to pool tables, and the 24″ cabinet width of the Liberty model is the best fit. So we still offer an 18″ wide board and give you professional gameplay as compared to other domestic manufacturers who only offer a 16″ wide play board in this width cabinet.
Understanding “How much room does a shuffleboard table require?” is as simple as knowing your own home. Make sure that the pieces of the table that you are interested in can pass through your doorways and hallways. Make sure there is enough room (2 feet is ideal) for players to play shuffleboard without being obstructed. By keeping all of this in mind, you’ll be able to buy the shuffleboard that is right for your home and be extremely happy with your purchase.
You might also want to check the inventory of tables we have in stock for immediate shipment at our site we call McClure Reserve. These tables are all handcrafted shuffleboard tables and inventory is updated in real-time. We carry a wide variety of Shuffleboard sizes in stock.