Frequently Asked Questions About Quedos

What is the difference between Pool and Billiards (and Snooker)?

A very common question is what is the difference between pool and billiards?

Over time, both names have been used to describe each game, with billiards often being used to describe a game of pool when in fact they have evolved into different games – but both remain under the Billiards Cue Sport family umbrella.

An easy way to explain the difference is to provide a brief description of how each game is played and then talk about how they differ.


A form of billiards dates back to 15th century France when it was a form of croquet and over the next centuries it evolved and developed into an extremely popular game in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Unlike pool, true billiards only requires 3 balls. There are different versions/games to play but the main object of billiards is to hit one ball against the other two balls by either hitting the cue ball into both balls or the cue ball into a second ball that then hits the third ball. There are also points scored if you hit a specific number of cushions (banks shots). Billiards is played on a full size snooker table (12ft x 6ft).


Pool was also originally known as pocket billiards and. in some areas, mainly North America, it is still referred to as pocket billiards. It is called pool because billiard tables were often set up in pool halls (gambling halls) for patrons to play on whilst placing and waiting for bets to come in. The name stuck and the game developed into one of the most popular games played around the world.

There are several different types of pool games you can play on a table but two of the most popular are:

8 Ball Pool:

In eight-ball you start with a cue ball, seven striped coloured balls, seven solid coloured balls and one black ball (16 balls in total). The players are assigned one of the two groups of coloured balls after they have been scattered with a break shot and someone sinks one of the two variations of balls. The end objective is to legally sink the eight ball (black ball) and this can only be done after the player has sunk all the coloured balls from his group.

9 Ball Pool:

This is played with a cue ball and 9 numbered balls. Very simply, the object of this game is to pot the balls starting from the lowest number first. The winner is the person who pots the final 9 ball.

So you can see, billiards and pool started as one and the same many centuries ago and have evolved over time. They still share many similarities – they are played on a slate bed table, and you hit a cue ball against another ball with a cue.


NOW, what about the game of snooker?

Snooker is another popular cue sport played on a table that is 12ft x 6ft. Snooker is played using a cue and 22 balls that are worth different amounts of points, these balls are as follows:

  • 1 white (cue ball)
  • 15 red (1 point each)
  • 1 yellow( 2 points)
  • 1 green (3 points)
  • 1 brown (4 points)
  • 1 blue (5 points)
  • 1 pink (6 points)
  • 1 black (7 points)

When starting the red balls are placed in a triangle, with the other coloured balls being put on marked positions (“spots”). Players are awarded points by sinking red and coloured balls in the correct sequence. They can also gain points if the opposition player makes a foul.

A player wins a frame by scoring more points than the other player and wins the match when a predetermined number of frames have been won.

A variation of the game can be played on a smaller table with smaller balls and only 10 reds.

Why should I select a QUEDOS table?

QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES, Australia’s most awarded pool table manufacturer, has been making quality pool and snooker tables in Perth for over 40 years. When you purchase a QUEDOS table you are assured that you have selected the very best. Evidence of this is provided in the “Awards” and “Testimonial” sections of our website.

Does QUEDOS deliver pool and snooker tables to all parts of Australia?

Yes, QUEDOS has delivered tables to virtually all parts of Australia and the world.

I don't have enough space for both a pool table and a dining table. Is it possible to buy a pool table that converts to a dining table?

The solution is appears simple. Make or buy a dining top that sits on your pool table. QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES is one manufacturer that can make a two piece dining top to match your table.

BUT this has its limitations because the height of a pool table is approximately 70mm higher than the standard dining table.

QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES has developed an innovative system whereby the height of the table can be easily raised or lowered with the touch of a remote in seconds. No physical lifting is required to adjust the table height.

Now if you don’t have the space for both a pool table and a dining table The Entertainer is the solution. After dinner, in just a few minutes, The Entertainer transforms from a beautiful dining table to a modern, professional pool table.

The Entertainer is minimalistic and sleek and is the perfect blend between natural timber and modern design. And it has all the hallmarks and features of all tables made by QUEDOS, including a lifetime warranty (conditions apply).  Unlike many imported pool tables, all QUEDOS tables are made to World Eight Ball specifications – the game most commonly played by Australians.

The heavy duty frame of The Entertainer supports the one piece precision cut slate, removes the requirement for middle legs and ensures that the table is always level. The pockets are “hidden” so it is not apparent that your dining table is also a pool table. The four metal slimline legs provide ample space for your legs when used as a dining table.

The matching dining top of The Entertainer has 4 lightweight sections aligned with dowels to ensure a precision fit. The top is finished in veneer with a solid timber edging that completes this beautiful piece of furniture. The sections of the top can be made so that they can be compactly stored underneath the table for quick and easy assembly thus avoiding the necessity of finding a place for storage.

The Entertainer is available in both the popular 7ft. and 8ft. sizes and is delivered Australia wide direct from the QUEDOS factory in Perth.

Should I choose a 7ft. or 8ft. pool table?

The most popular sizes for pool tables in Australia are 7ft. and 8ft. The 7ft. model is commonly the size played on in pubs and hotels. National competitions are played on this size table. The 8ft. table provides a greater challenge and is more suitable for the limited game of snooker using 10 red balls. The 8ft. model is generally more striking as a piece of furniture. Conventional 7ft. tables have 4 legs while 8ft. models have 6. Generally customers go for the larger size if space is available. But remember, the ideal room size allows 1.52m or 5ft. around the table for optimum cue movement.

What table specifications should I look for when selecting a pool table?

QUEDOS pool tables are made to the official specifications of the World Eight Ball Pool Federation as played in Australia and the world. Imported pool tables are generally made for American Eight Ball and Nine Ball and are made to specifications that are different to the Australian game.

What are the differences between pool tables?

Table Base: It is important that the base of the table is slate – preferably from Italy or Brazil. Tables that have a bed of chipboard or MDF will warp over time.
Cloth: Quality varies considerably between the various brands. Without doubt, the best quality is 100% wool English cloth. This cloth provides the best play, lasts longer and does not stain like cheaper fabric.
Timber: Solid timbers are best – particularly properly dried, select grade Australian hardwoods. Beware of suppliers who stain pine and pass it off as another timber.
Warranty: Ensure the table is adequately covered by a warranty provided by the manufacturer.

Should I buy a new or second hand table?

Pool tables are expensive and can last a lifetime so take the time to research the various alternatives. It is a major investment and will provide years of enjoyment. Certainly good quality used tables are available from time to time. But, if it is within your budget select a new table from a reputable manufacturer, such as QUEDOS BILLIARDS TABLES. That way you are assured that the slate is perfect and that the cloth will not require replacement for many years.

What does the Quedos warranty cover?

QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES is extremely proud of its pool and snooker tables and offers the best warranty in the industry. A lifetime warranty is provided on the slate and timber on new pool and snooker tables. Conditions apply, so please refer to the QUEDOS website for details.

Why has Marri timber become so popular in the making of pool tables?

Marri (“Corymbia calophylla”) is a distinctive bloodwood native to Western Australia. This timber is also commonly referred to as “red gum” due to the gummy red protrusions seen on its trunk. Its name comes from the Aboriginal (Nyoongar) word for blood.
Marri is honey coloured with numerous faults and gum veins. The unique character of the timber is now being appreciated and it is increasingly used in modern, fine furniture.
QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES is one manufacturer crafting more and more of its tables from this very special Western Australian timber.

How do I care for the cloth on my pool table?

Care of the cloth on your table is extremely important.

The major causes of cloth care are chalk dust, dirt and abusive player actions. Dust covers are highly recommended to prolong the life of the cloth as strong light and dust and chalk particles can fade or break down wool fibres.

Regular brushing (ideally after every session of play) with the table brush supplied with your table is essential in maintaining good table performance and appearance as well as making the cloth last significantly longer.

When brushing the table use short, sharp straight strokes – brush with the nap, from the “D” end to the spot end. Brush down the table in one straight line with the next ‘run’ to slightly overlap the previous, lifting the brush upwards at the end of each stroke to lift up the dust from the cloth. Remember to brush under and around the top of the cushions in the direction of the nap. Ideally use a hand held vacuum to collect the brushed particles. Otherwise, carefully run the brush across the bottom of the cushion to brush the debris into the corner pockets.

You also may wish to vacuum your table occasionally to more thoroughly remove the chalk dust that has accumulated in the cloth. This is again done in one direction only, the same as brushing. Vacuuming can stretch the cloth so it is recommended that this be done infrequently – say every 6 months.

Spills on the cloth should receive prompt attention.  Firstly, soak up the spilt liquid with a sponge. Saturate the affected area with water or soda water and then absorb as much of the liquid as possible with a dry towel or sponge. Allow the area to dry thoroughly (a hair dryer can be used to speed up the drying process) and then apply a moistened cloth to further absorb any possible sugar content of the beverage. If the stain remains after drying, remove it with a delicate fabric detergent suitable for use with pure wool material, such as Martha Gardener’s Wool Mix.

Preventative rules are the best maintenance: never permit the table to be used for purposes other than playing, and keep food and drink away from the table. Never drop balls onto the cloth or toss coins, dice or equipment on the table because such action can crush the wool fibres which develop eventually into worn spots or holes. Do not chalk cues over the table. Dust builds up and acts as an abrasive.

As your cue tips become worn have them replaced. If the brass ferrule at the top of your cue is exposed it may cut small holes in the cloth. . Whitish chalk-like marks can be the result of striking the cue ball too low and grazing the cloth at the same time.

Why is Jarrah the ideal timber for a pool or snooker tables?

Jarrah (“eucalyptus marginata”) is a unique high quality – high impact resistant timber which lends itself to be used where durability, strength and appearances are needed. The timber is a dense timber, stronger and more durable than Oak and 15% heavier than Oak.

Jarrah is unique to Western Australia and is only found in the coastal regions south of Perth where it is one of the most common species of Eucalyptus tree. Being strong and a very durable timber, it has been exported to many countries to be used for the construction of docks, bridges, ports and railway sleepers. Its long, straight trunks of richly coloured and beautifully grained termite-resistant timber make it valuable for cabinet making, flooring, musical instruments, and for high quality furniture, including the pool and snooker tables crafted by Quedos Billiard Tables.

Jarrah can only be sourced from old growth and native regrowth in Western Australia, where it is most commonly available. Many of these forests are now reserved and little or no Jarrah is currently grown in commercial plantations. This limits supply. While some recycled timber is available, this is also a restricted resource as it relies on the demolition of existing structures. As a consequence, the Jarrah used in the manufacture of a QUEDOS table is generally over 100 years old.

Jarrah timber reflects the hues of the Western Australian landscape. The heartwood varies in colour from rich reds to browns.

Technical Characteristics:
Density (dry) 820kg/m3
Hardness (green) 6kN
Max. Crushing Strength 36 Mpa

What do I need to consider when buying a pool table?

Many factors must be considered when buying a table because it is not just a game table, it is also a piece of furniture that lasts a lifetime and beyond, often passed down through generations.

Here are some points to consider when selecting a pool table:

  • Style:

Do you want a fun addition to your Games Room or a piece of furniture that blends in with the décor of your home? Do you prefer the classic look with the traditional “turned” legs or do you want a more modern, contemporary design?

  • Purpose:

Is the purpose of the table to provide fun and entertainment for your children and sometimes rambunctious mates or is it for serious play? Or do you simply want a piece of furniture that will complement the décor of your home and impress visitors? Do you want a pool table that will convert into a dining table?

  • Space:

You are going to need a lot of it. A pool tables is a big piece of furniture and you must have sufficient clearance around the table for unhindered cue movement. Refer to the Room Size Chart on the QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES website to ensure you have enough space for your table.

  • Finish and Cloth:

Now you can choose the timber and/or finish for your table and the cloth colour. The fun begins because the options are endless.

AND, most importantly if you are purchasing a new pool table over the internet, read the testimonials to ensure you are dealing with a reputable supplier.

Why is slate so important?

The reasons you should select a slate pool table are:

  • Slate provides an even playing surface for more accurate play.
  • The ball turns over more smoothly on a slate table.
  • It is durable and virtually damage resistant – perfect for kids or beginners.
  • Slate will last forever so your table can be passed down from generation to generation without losing quality of play.
  • The weight of the slate prevents the table from moving.

Manufacturers like QUEDOS BILLIARD TABLES select only the best quality slate for their tables and are therefore confident to provide a lifetime warranty on the slate (conditions apply).

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