May 24, 2018

Can You Really Waterproof A Pool Table?

A common question among pool players is whether or not you can waterproof a pool table.

The short answer is no. There is no sufficient cover that will keep it
immune from the elements.

Can You Waterproof A Pool Table?

If you're wanting to keep your pool table outdoors, I would definitely advise against it. Below, I will go over the possible effects of keeping your pool table outdoors.


Over time, a pool table kept outdoors, particularly in environments with cold winters and hot summers, will warp and lose its straight levels. The balls will start going all over the place and not where aimed.

The wood expands and contracts due to the temperature change during the switch from cool winter temperatures to warm summer temperatures.


Another major issue is moisture - it will destroy the table and make the wood have a sticky residue or even fall off.

Waterproof table covers do not work well for this reason. Also, if you don’t use a cover, rain can make contact with the wood and rot it. 

Moisture and heat eventually ruin most pool tables that are placed outdoors. The cloth, the wood and the cushions will be the most affected parts.

Hard to Move

Another problem is that pool tables are hard to move.

Indoor pool tables need to be leveled every time they are moved. Wind, storms, or even snow could make it very difficult to keep the table level.

If moved too many times, it will wear out and can no longer be leveled. 

They are also very heavy and you would most likely need assistance to move it; this would be hard to keep up on a day to day basis.

Outdoor Pool Tables

With all of this said, there is a solution.

There exist specialized outdoor pool tables that are meant to survive harsh outdoor conditions. They are normally made out of aluminum and moisture proof material.

Now, you could make your own outdoor pool table using professional tools (more information about one such cutting tool), but I would strongly suggest buying.


The answer for the question 'can you waterproof a pool table?' is no. As mentioned above though, there is a great way to get around it; you just need to buy a specially made pool table designed for the outdoors. 

They might cost a bit more, but they will last you many years if properly cared for.

You can see some great pool table options right here.

Good luck with your pool table adventures!

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