Looking to Buy a Foosball Table? Here’s What You Should Consider.
The first concern, of course, is how much you want to spend. From low-priced, basic models to deluxe models, determining at least a ballpark budget will help you narrow down your choices.
There will be plenty of options within each price bracket, but before you start shopping, it’s a good idea to have a gauge of your maximum budget. You might be surprised at what you find for your ideal price point!
Pro or Consumer Model?
This goes hand in hand with budget, but there’s more to consider here than just money. Is your foosball table an addition to your existing, pro-quality game room? Is it just for the kids? Are you looking for a toy or a piece of furniture?
“Consumer” models will be less expensive in general, and tend to be made of plastic and less durable components. That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a ton of fun, or that it’s going to fall apart – you should just know what you’re getting into when you choose this type of table!
Conversely, “pro” models are typically built of wood and laminate, are more attractive to the eye, and are built with heavier, higher quality parts. Pro tables will likely also include sturdy covers, more sophisticated scoring systems, and counterweighted players.
Choosing which is right for you may just be a matter of budget, but it’s also worth considering how it will look in your game room, how often you plan on moving it (pro tables are certainly heavier), and how much wear and tear you expect your foosball table to be able to withstand.
For more serious players, pro tables will also have better systems for adjusting the table to keep it level. This may not be a concern for beginners or kids, but for those deep into the game, a level table is key for playing at the highest degree!
Space in Your Home
A regulation size foosball table is 30 inches wide, 56 inches long, and sits 36 inches high. It is generally recommended that you also allot for the space players will occupy, and shoot for an area roughly 7 feet by 8 feet (or more) to enjoy the game.
First, determine where you want to keep your new foosball table. Once you have a good sense of where you want to place it, write down some measurements and use them to help in your selection! Deluxe models may take up a little more space, simply because of their robust construction and additional features.
Pay attention to where the ball return is located. Depending the table, it may be on the side, or on each end. This can make all the difference if you plan to have one end of your table against a wall – or if you need to keep a clear path.
With a little bit of preparation, you can find just the right foosball table to meet your needs. If you have any questions, or simply want to explore some options, stop in or contact Emerald Spa and Billiards in Grand Rapids MI today!