How Close Can You Put a Couch to a Pool Table?

So, you’ve got your pool table set up in your new game room, and now you need a couch for some added comfort. If you’re like many of us and have limited space to work with, you may be curious how close you can put these two pieces of furniture together without causing a problem.

As a general rule, it’s recommended to have 60 inches of clear space on all sides of the pool table. However, furniture like couches and benches that are shorter than 30 inches can often be placed closer to the table.

Having your pool table is a great way to make your house more inviting (and not just for you!). It’s also a space that can be enjoyed by many people if you’ve got the right seating to accommodate them. But how can you fit your pool table, a sofa, and the play space needed around it into your design? We’ve got the answers for you below!

What is the Ideal Distance Between a Couch and a Pool Table?

In an ideal world, it would be best if you were able to leave the table’s entire perimeter open so that you can move freely around the table, decrease clutter, and prevent furniture from disrupting your play. However, most rooms aren’t designed with pool tables in mind.

At the minimum, there should be five feet of clear space around the table. This allows you to comfortably use the cue from anywhere around the table without the worry of bumping something behind you and messing up your shot. One exception to this may be to add a short sofa or bench to the area.

The average height of a pool table is 32″ tall. As you pull back on the cue to line up your strike, the backside of the cue typically tilts in an upward direction. With this in mind, you could potentially place a short piece of furniture (30″ or shorter) a bit close to the pool table without disrupting play.

Figuring Out How Much Space You Have

If you’re concerned about space, it’s good to start out with knowing the dimensions of the room and the couch you are planning to put in it.

If you’ve started your hunt for a couch, you know that measurements can differ depending on each piece and its size. Here are some of the general dimensions of different couch sizes:

  • Armchair: 36”W x 38”D x 34”H
  • Loveseat: 68”W x 38”D x 34”H
  • Couch with three seats: 90″ W x 38″ D x 34″ H
  • Couch with four seats: 117″ W x 38″ D x 34″ H

Larger couches, like sectionals or those with a chaise, can vary in length but typically have the same depth and height as the other sizes. While the average height of couches is 34 inches, they often range between 30 inches and 36 inches. So, if you are planning on putting a couch close to your pool table, looking for one on the shorter side, or maybe opt for a backless bench.

Proper Distance Around a Pool Table

When measuring the distance around your table, you are measuring the space that is needed for the pool cues on each side. Standard pool cues are 58 inches long, and these are the ones that are found in most homes. That means you should expect to have around five feet of clear space on each side of the table.

However, if you’re worried about space, there are shorter cue options. Using a 52-inch cue or a 36-inch cue would allow for a smaller perimeter.

What If the Area Around the Pool Table is Tight on Space?

The first thing to consider when adding a couch to your pool room is space. You need enough space for players shooting from all sides of the pool table, which with a standard cue is about five feet on every side.

However, it’s good to keep in mind that many people have at least one tight spot around their table. If you’re tight on space but still really want to add that couch, consider using a short pool cue for that side of the table or opt for a bench or bar stools instead.

Final Thoughts

Having limited space in your pool room doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go without seating. While you will want to make sure you have enough room around your pool table so you can play without ruining the fun, tight space is a thing that many homeowners deal with, and with a bit of creativity, you can work around it.


Benny is the owner of Supreme Billiards and has been shooting pool and teaching people how to shoot pool for a few years now. He enjoys showing new players techniques and drills to improve their pool game.

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