If thinking about setting up a snooker game room, there are many things to consider before buying. Some of these things are necessary; some are simply extras that may be added for more enjoyment. No matter what the decision, they can usually be found on eBay.
Before thinking about what to put in the snooker room, ensure that the room in which the snooker table will be going is big enough to fit the table. It will also need to have enough space to fit all the other equipment that may be added to the room.
Tip – Remember to have at least a five foot (c. 1.5 m) clear space between every edge of the snooker table and the wall of the room.
If the player is interested in having a snooker room, either in a house or elsewhere, the first thing that is needed is the snooker table itself. When buying a snooker table there are many of aspects to consider such as:
· The size of the table
· the material it is made from, and
· the cost of the table
Once up to speed on these three variables, buying a snooker table should be altogether simpler.
When buying a snooker table for a snooker games room, the snooker table itself will be the centrepiece and, therefore, should be of a relatively large size and durability. A regular snooker table for use at home would be around the length of seven or eight feet (4.5 – 4.9 m). Keeping this in mind, measure the room the snooker table is intended to go in and see what size table would best fit the room.
The next thing to consider is the material the snooker table is made from. Once again, since the table is being bought to be used in a snooker games room, the chances are it will be used quite often. Bearing this in mind, the material will need to be durable. The best way to ensure this is to buy a table that is made of solid wood rather than one which is made from a cheaper, man-made material. This may be slightly more expensive but the table will last a long time and will more than likely make the room look better once finished.
Another thing which needs to be given thought is the budget for the snooker table. Prices will vary depending on the size, the type of wood the table is made from, and the detailing.
The second item that would be a good addition when starting a snooker room is a blackboard. This will not only be good for snooker but could be useful for other games such as darts. This way, the scores of a game can be marked down so that the players can return to the game at any point and the scores will not be forgotten.
A blackboard for a snooker room should be big enough so that it can be seen throughout the room. It may also be helpful to get a blackboard with different sections so that each set of results can be recorded simultaneously.
Along with the blackboard, chalk or something similar will be needed so that the results can be marked down on the blackboard. Another item that may be needed is a board eraser to rub the chalk off; although, this can usually be achieved with a damp cloth as a substitute.
The third thing that will be vital for a snooker room is a cue rack. There are many benefits of having a cue rack in a snooker room. Having one will stop both the cues and the snooker table itself being damaged. When a cue rack is not available, players often leave their cues lying on top of the fabric of the snooker table. This may not seem to be damaging, however, over time it may harm the felt of the snooker table, causing disruption to the game.
Having a cue rack is not only good for practical use, but will also give an authentic feeling to the snooker game room.
Make sure when buying a cue rack that there will be enough space for the number of cues that are needed. If the snooker table will be used for doubles competitions or having more than one table is a consideration, a cue rack with a larger capacity may be needed.
As well as these three essential items there maybe be other pieces of equipment that would make excellent additions to a new snooker game room such as:
· TV screens
How to Buy Snooker Equipment on eBay
Now that you know what you want out of snooker equipment, you can find it quickly and easily on eBay. While you shop, give thought to cues and balls as well. To start shopping, go to the sporting goods category, followed by snooker pool billiards then narrow down your search through the equipment you would like to buy.
The categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type.
Use the snooker equipment Finder to quickly narrow down item listings by brand and condition (new or used).
Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find new snooker equipment, type the keywords “snooker equipment” (without quotation marks) into the search box. Click, “Search title and description” to expand your results. Visit eBay’s Search Tips for more tips on searching with keywords.
If you can’t find exactly what you want, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now. Alternatively, use the save a search option on My eBay and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.
Remember also to check out eBay’s Deals page to search for bargains.
Buy Snooker Equipment with Confidence
Make sure that you know exactly what you’re buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.
Know Your Item
- Read the details in the item listing carefully.
- Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you’re buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.
- If you want more information, click the “Ask seller a question” button on the seller’s profile or the “Ask a question” link at the bottom of the item listing page.
Know Your Seller
Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.
· What is the seller’s feedback rating?
· How many transactions have they completed?
· How many positive responses do they have?
· What do buyers say in their feedback?
· Do they offer a money-back guarantee?
· What are the terms and conditions?
· Are buyers positive about the seller?
· Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.
Now that the basics have been discussed, a better idea should be had as to what specifically is of interest for fitting out a snooker games room.
Remember to consider the range of prices and the quality the player should aim for in the snooker table itself. Also consider where the table will be situated, as an item such as this will require a relatively large area in which to sit.
Once the snooker table has been taken care of, give thought to: blackboards, cues, and any other item which may be of interest as an addition to the room. Each of these things will also require a certain amount of space and so pre-planning will be required in order to get the most out of the snooker games room.
No matter what items have been decided upon to add to a snooker room, they can usually be found quickly and easily on eBay.