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A Guide To Shuffleboard Sizes And Your Home


One of the most frequently asked questions I receive at McClure Tables is “How much room does a shuffleboard table require?” When it comes to shuffleboard size, tables run the gamut from 9 feet to 22 feet in length. No matter how big or small your home is, it’s possible for us to create a shuffleboard table that can fit into your room. Generally, we create tables in 2 foot increments starting at the 12 foot size shuffleboard table, but we will create a custom size for your home.

So when it comes down to answering the question, “How much room does a shuffleboard table require,” the simple answer is “How much room do you have?” By measuring and testing out the space for your new table, knowing what kind of gameplay you would like for you and your guests, the process of figuring out table is right for you can be extremely simple. Check out our guide below to figuring how much room you need for a shuffleboard and start thinking about your new table.

Considerations For Shuffleboard Table Size

When it comes to thinking about what size of shuffleboard table you want to purchase, one factor to keep in mind is that you’ll want two feet behind the table clear of any obstructions. This is ample room for a player to get behind and bend over for proper stance and shooting position. As for your room’s side to side space, it’s easier to manage as you can put a table right next to the wall. If you have an electronic score unit you may need to move the cabinet 3 to 4 inches away from the wall to allow for room to clear the score unit mounting pole between the cabinet and your wall. However, all play is done inside of the cabinet so you do not need any space on each side of the table beyond the inside edge of the cabinet.


Room Access

We’ve seen it time and time again… Some doors are too small and some hallways are too narrow. In order to prepare your home for your new gaming investment, it’s important to measure and do some test runs to make sure you have the proper space. Remember, these boards and pieces that make up your shuffleboard table don’t bend and can be extremely heavy. Start by maneuvering a long board (a 2 inches x 10 inches if possible), throughout your home’s hallways to make sure you have clean lines into the room that will house your table.

Once you have ensured that you can get your table into your room, it’s also important to ensure that your room is an accurate fit. It’s best to take a board that can be 2-3 inches thick and 18 to 20 inches wide, and depending on your table length, anywhere from 10 foot 8 inches up to 20 foot 8 inches long into the room. While measuring is accurate, sometimes it pays to see a piece of wood in your room that will actually be the size of your completed shuffleboard table.

As for the cabinets that house the board, any table over 12 feet are made in two pieces so they are much easier to get into the room. With some of the more common sizes, 14 foot and 16 foot shuffleboard tables, you are talking the equivalence of a 7 to 8 foot sofa or couch into the room. Again because every shuffleboard table made in our woodshop is hand crafted and custom made, we can and have made even the 12 foot cabinets in two pieces. We have even done smaller cabinets like this, 10 foot and 11 foot long tables, when necessary.

If you’re at a complete loss how to get a table into your home, we’ve had customers use cranes and lifts to bring them in through upstairs windows. Additionally, we have put tables through basement windows See some videos on this post here. Whether through conventional or unconventional methods, we can put almost any shuffleboard size in your home.

Best Shuffleboard Table Length

Most people want to get as large of a table as will fit in their room and the best size, closest to the full length regulation play, is a 16 foot shuffleboard table. The difference from a 16 to 22 foot is not that noticeable in play. While you can still have fun on 12 and 14 feet shuffleboard tables, when you get down to a 9 foot table, the playing surface is a little on the short side and not near as challenging.


Shuffleboard Table Width

The playing surface width is equally as important, especially if you are going to use a 12 or 14 foot size table, Many import lines offer 15 and 16 feet boards on the less expensive tables. The pucks are 2 1/4 to 2 5/16 inches wide, so it is much more difficult to get around or play the game on the narrow tables. That is why at McClure Tables, we do not make any tables less than 18 inches wide. Only our Liberty model is 18 inches wide and this gives you the full size table play and feel, but in a width that will accommodate a more narrow space. Often people put shuffleboard tables in a narrow hallway or behind a sofa or even next to their pool table and the 24″ width cabinet of the Liberty model is better suited for their space. So we still offer an 18″ wide board and give you professional game play as compared to other domestic manufacturers who only offer a 16″ wide play board in this width cabinet.

Answering the question, “How much room does a shuffleboard table require?,” is as simple as knowing your own home. Remember, test out your house to make sure that the pieces of the table that you are interested can make it through doorways and hallways unscathed. Then, ensure you offer ample room (2 feet is best) for players to play shuffleboard without obstruction. By keeping all of this in mind, you’ll be able to buy the shuffleboard that is right for your home and be extremely happy with your purchase.

You might also want to check the inventory of tables we have in stock for immediate shipment at our site we call McClure Reserve. These tables are all handcrafted shuffleboard tables and inventory is in real time we carry a wide variety of Shuffleboard sizes in stock.

58 replies on “A Guide To Shuffleboard Sizes And Your Home”

interested in a table, any used available; space limitation is probably 14-16 feet but I think 20 inches wide okay.

Hi Darrell,

Can you please call Todd at 800-565-0977? He can answer any of your questions you may have.

Hi I’m redoing my kitchen family room. I’ve got an 11 ft island and was wondering if it would be possible to build a 9 ft shuffle board table that comes out like a drawer with legs? In essence, a hidden sb table that I can pull out when we want to play. Crazy idea?


Thanks for your interest in McClure! This probably could be built, but the custom design and woodworking would most likely be fairly expensive. Feel free to contact us at (800) 565-0977 with more information about your request and we’ll see what we can come up with for you.


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Hi Roger,

Thanks for your interest in McClure Tables! A 20-foot shuffleboard playboard itself weighs roughly 600 lbs., though the shipping weight is over 700 lbs. when the board is packaged up in a crate. Feel free to give us a call at (800) 565-0977 if you have any additional questions.


McClure Tables

I am interested in a 14 foot – 20 inches wide economical line you discussed above
My cell is 609-226-4163
Can we speak on Friday



Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your question! An 18-foot hard maple playing surface would weigh about 450 pounds or so.

If you have any other questions, feel free to give us a shout at 800-565-0977. We’d be happy to help!


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Hi David,

Thanks for your interest in McClure! Yes we can – the 16-foot cabinets are designed to ship in two 8-foot pieces, and we can also build the playing surface in two halves by request. We would definitely be able to install and assemble the table at your location for you.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to give us a call at 800-565-0977. We’d be happy to help out!


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Hi Pauly

A 9′ table is not as must of a challenge as a 12′ or longer but we have not had any customers complain who have bought them. We do build them ourself’s and custom build we charge a little more for custom size but we can make 10 or 10.5′ tables. The length is to the outside of cabinet and you need about 24-30″ behind to stand and shoot

We are interested in a 16′ x 20″ cherry finished table . Have you started to produce your economic line ? Cost? Delivery time? Who puts this together?

K Smith

Is there a way to make a 10 foot table adjustable I could store it as a small piece and make it larger when we want to use it. Maybe like a leaf in a dining room table?

can a 22 foot playing surface be cut in half and assembled and if so how is the playability given that it has been pieced together? Is it as good as a one piece or are their considerable draw backs to this two piece assembly?

We do make boards in 2 piece but I would not say they are as good as a one piece board, but they do work and bolt together just fine. A little tricky when you have to adjust the convex and concave of board near center is all

Two questions. I have a garage that is 18 feet wide. You think a 14 foot table will fit and be comfortably playable or should I go 12. Longer is my preference.

Second, and more important, part, will having it in a garage and this subject to some elements (cold/heat) affect the playing surdace. If there anything custom that can be done for this?

To answer your first question a 12 foot would be better the second question for the climate you are not going to have any trouble as long as you are sure of the type of wood used. This is why we use locally harvested hard maple to make our shuffleboards for the stability of the wood in climate variations.

I have a 22′ American table I believe it’s 1950 question do they make longer tables and how long? Thanks domingo

Yes we still make tables that long today but at one time they made shuffleboard tables 26 foot long

Can I get a 14. Ft table with the top in 2 7 ft pieces to get it in my basement how heavy would each piece be and what would the cost be

What is the height of the playing surface and the outer box of a 9ft table ? Not the height from floor up just the height of the box itself?


I am not sure are you talking about the side of the cabinet box? Most of our tables are 6-8″ deep for the shuffleboard cradle

Sorry for the rookie question, but when we are examining table lengths: Does a 12′ table mean a 12′ playing surface, or does that mean the total cabinet length is 12′?


No Rookie Shuffleboard Table questions here on this blog. We speak in shuffleboard table terms as for the length is always the outside of the cabinet. The play board is normally 16″ shorter than the shuffleboard table.

The cabinet is exactly 14′ long we make both 26″ or 31″ wide cabinets, most models have specs on the web site

I currently have a 20ft+ ? Table. I was considering removing part of it and changing it to a 16 ft table so I can move it into a game room instead of the living room. Any recommendations?

Hi, I need a table for my game room With a play surface 10′ x15″ and overall 11’L, is this possible? Price? Thanks Bob

Hi how long is the playing surface on a 14 foot table? Just to be clear for room space the 14 foot table is the full length including cabinet. Also what would the width of the cabinet be. I want to tape it out in the room and see if it works

We handcraft all our tables and can custom make a board in two piece if you need to for access to your space. You are correct the 14 foot length is for the complete cabinet but we ship them in two half’s so the longest piece to carry into the room is 7 foot long. The cabinets are usually about 31″ wide and 8′ deep so consider this size for bringing a cabinet into the room or home. The playboard is 12′ 8″ long on a 14 foot shuffleboard table.

I have 2 – 10 foot butcher block maple hardwood countertops that I’m wondering if I could make a shuffleboard out of? Also, when you are talking the length of the table, is that the overall length? Or just the length of the play area? Thanks!

If you are not trying to make a traditional surface you want to just pour some bar top polymer epoxy on top. You can use almost anything it if you are accomplish a simple game to slide pucks down a board and you use the polymer finish. If you want a precision well made butcher block traditional Shuffleboard playboard our boards start at about $3475.

I just want to say I am extremely happy with the customer service here. I am doing a school project where I need to design a shuffleboard. I was unsure of some dimensions and I called in to ask. I talked to Angus and he was very helpful and kind

I live near a glue laminate factory. Can the table be laminated using Douglas fir. What is the playing field length and width of a 22 foot table? How many coats of resin are needed for the table? Can the table be supported with struts extending from the wall? How important is constant temperature and humidity?

I plan on putting a shuffleboard next to my pool table. How much room would you reccomend for comfort in between the two tables?

We would recommend at least 3 to 4 feet the cues can slide over the top of the shuffleboard table, But you need some room to get your stance between the pool table and shuffleboard table. We make a couple models in 25″ wide cabinets that are 18″ wide playboards to accommodate narrow spaces. We offer the Competitor Shuffleboard Table with hard maple cabinet, The Liberty Shuffleboard In Tulipwood Cabinet here or in Hard Maple Cabinet here and we can custom make any other model if you need in a more narrow cabinet. When your ready to order email us at we can offer you a discount coupon to get some extra free supplies with the table. All Tables feature our signature hard rock maple playboards with lifetime traditional finish and come with one can of wax and pucks. However their are a few extra supplies you need like board sweep, abacus score beads extra wax and a can of silicone. Email for a coupon code to get those extra’s for free

Enjoying our new table, but why does one end of the table play considerably faster than the other? I have cleaned the table, applied silicone and then the wax. Maybe I didn’t put enough silicone on one end?

It is the level one end the legs must be higher than the other end of the table so pucks going up hill on one side and down on the other side. If a 12 foot size table hard to get exact on longer tables you can make both ends high with a sag in the middle of the table

Hi there,
Do you do international shipping, and if so how many parts does it come in? Is the playing block normally delivered as just one piece? If many pieces, I assume it’ll be on me to install properly, given the shuffleboard community is tiny over here – I am in Australia! Thanks a lot

What areas of the US do you serve? We are northwest of San Antonio, TX and would love some help with selecting the right size table for our space!

We sell throughout the USA but we do not sell to retail stores. We can install anywhere
Thank you

I am rebuilding a full size table that had some water damage. Can you please tell me what you use to finish the playing surface of the table. Also, what are the widths of the zones? Thank you very much.

The width of the score zones for a shuffleboard table are 6″ for each score zone 3 or 2 points, typically the 1 point is from the 12″ line up to 6 foot where the long foul line would be

Thank you for your wonderful customer support.

I have a wall that is 26′ long. But there is a door frame inside that area. The distance from one wall to the door frame is 19’1″ then the door, then some distance to the other wall. The door exits onto a deck. There isn’t much traffic through it. But if I get the 16′ the players would be in the door’s opening clearance.

I’m on the fence for a 14 ‘or 16’. The 14′ will fit with four + feet on either side of the table while the 16′ will be a little more snug, with 2.5′ on one side and 6″ on the end that would then extend into the doorway.

Is there that much difference in amateur play from 14 to 16? I guess the rule of thumb is longer is better if you can afford the space. I just don’t know if the gameplay is that much different.

Hi Joey
I set up a lot of shuffleboard tables and do not play the game as a sport, but I can throw pucks pretty good for distance to adjust boards. I find the 16-foot size shuffleboard table to the sweet spot. It is long enough to feel like a longboard and not too intimidating for an amateur Shuffleboard Game enthusiast.

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