Pool Table Cushion Replacement: DIY Guide to Save You Money

Imagine you have a lovely pool table, yet you know something is not right. It is as if it does not play as it did when you first bought it. And it seems like the cushions are not bouncing right that it ruins your play. Pool table cushions are made to last up to 25 years, however, this is not always the case. A pool table’s lifespan greatly depends on usage and maintenance. Tables that are occasionally used might approximately last up to 20 years. As for those that are used frequently, they have a higher tendency for the cushion to wear out quickly.

Is it Time to Replace Your Pool Table Cushion?

You can tell that your pool table or billiard table cushions need replacement when they no longer provide the same bounce as they used to when the balls come into contact. There would be a thudding noise that you'll hear. This sound means the rail is already worn out. That's when you know your pool table cushion is due for replacement. Why not save yourself the trouble of spending for costly repairs? Since in just a few steps, you can replace its cushions by yourself. All you need is to learn is some simple techniques. And to follow the instructions below on how to change pool table felt.

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Replacing your pool table cushion may sound complicated, but it's actually easy. Shown in the photo is the refelting of a pool table.

DIY Pool Table Cushion Replacement

Step 1: Clean the glue from the wood backing using gunk-removing products. If the rails of your pool table are screwed, unscrew them and the rails up and then out, or until they pop off.

Step 2: Apply adhesive to both the wood and the cushion. Set it aside for at least 10 minutes. For better results, wait until it gets sticky, and then apply the cushion. Be sure to align the top of the cushion with the top of the wood rail.

Step 3: Trim the cushion to the size of the table. You may use a straight edge to mark the cutting lines to be sure that you achieve your desired cut. You may also use the existing angle from the wood rail as a guide. It does not have to be exact, but it should be as close and as neat as possible.

Step 4: Apply rubber facings—this will also help in filling in small imperfections in the cushion. Use adhesive to apply rubber facings to each end of the cushion. Finally, trim the excess using a razor knife.

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The finishing touches commence. The cushion is tightened onto the rails to achieve the perfect fit.

Would you look at how easy that was? After successfully replacing your pool table cushions, you can now enjoy and let the games begin! Save yourself the hassle of costly repairs. Or the burden of buying a new pool table. The do-it-yourself pool table cushion replacement will not only allow you to enjoy your game. More importantly, it gives you a chance to appreciate and learn various techniques. As a pool table owner, it is certain; whatever you learn would come in handy again in the future.

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