How Much Does It Cost to Refelt a Pool Table?


Written by:  Howmuchisit.org Staff
Last Updated:  August 7, 2018

Over time, the pool table felt will need to be replaced either to replace bumps, rips or worn out areas or to simply change the color to match the room’s decor, which is often the main reason the felt is going to be changed.

UF Reitz Union Green Felt Pool Table Bal by cdsessums, on Flickr
UF Reitz Union Green Felt Pool Table Bal” (CC BY 2.0) by  cdsessums

How much does it cost to refelt a pool table?

On average, the felt for the pool table can cost anywhere from $50 to as much as $200, and this will not include the professional labor costs if you choose to have a professional install it.  Cuts, if the material is purchased on its own, will be made in seven, eight or nine feet cuts, depending on the size of the table.

If you choose to have a professional install the new felt, the costs can range anywhere from $275 to $550, depending on the labor and materials you choose.

For instance, the website PoolFelt.com lists pool table felts sold by different companies, and the price for the felt can cost anywhere from $85 to $575 for just the materials.

Another online retailer — PoolDawg.com — sells pool table felts that range anywhere from $95 to $190.   The price will greatly depend on the size of the pool table and type of felt that’s going to be purchased.  Name branded felt can cost more than an off brand.

According to an interview with Steve Omer on Angie’s List, his professional prices start at $325.

Your Local Pool Table Guy, Inc. charges $295 for a complete re-felt and tune-up, but this price won’t include the felt material cost.  During their professional service, they will install the new felt, while also checking the table’s condition after the rails, pockets and old felt has been removed.

Refelting a pool table overview

The professional installation costs mentioned above will include the cloth and staple removal, the installation, leveling and seam waxing.

Pool table felt can virtually come in any color, and most professionals will offer about 30 to 50 color choices.  As for fabric, popular types include the stain-resistant Teflon or the standard wool, nylon and/or polyester.  The most common type, according to cuesight.com, is a woolen cloth.  This felt will be thick, heavy and will be compromised of at least 60 percent wool.  When you touch it, it will have a felt feel we are accustomed to feeling.  The second most popular type is worsted wool, a felt that doesn’t feel like felt, and if you look up close, it won’t have weaves inside the cloth.  This felt will commonly be used in tournments and for those who want a high-quality gaming experience at home.

Popular pool table felt colors

Basic green

Championship green

Dark green

Red

Olive

Taupe

English Green

Bottle Green

Brite Pink

Electric Blue

Gold

Khaki

Camel

Blue

Bright Gold

Purple

Euro Blue

Navy

Brown

Burgundy

Wine

Steel Grey

Titanium

Charcoal

Black

Brite Orange

Brite Blue

Brick

What are the extra costs?

If installing on your own, additional supplies will be needed such as glue and staples to hold the new felt.  This shouldn’t cost more than $45.

When refelting a pool table, many pool table owners also opt to change out the cushions.  Depending on the thickness, the cost of the cushions alone can cost $40 to $150, depending on the quality.  As for labor, plan on spending about $30 to $50 each or about $150 to $325 total.

Replacing the pockets, especially if they are made of leather, may need to be replaced as well.  Depending on the material, leather pockets can cost about $50 to $150 each, while rubber pockets can cost $20 to $45 each.  Due to the time required to replace these pockets, the costs to install them can range anywhere from $20 to $45 per pocket.

Once the pool felt is removed, if any chips are noticeable on the slate, they will need to be replaced with a special filler to smooth the table out.  The materials will cost about $10, but if you were to have a professional fill in the cracks, this could be another $75 to $200 to complete the task, depending on the complexity.

Tips to know

With the right amount of care, pool table felt should be able to last about seven to 15 years.

How to refelt your pool table

How can I save money?

If the pool table has to be moved from one location to another, some services will offer a discount on pool table refelting if you were to package the services together.


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