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A shuffleboard table is a good investment for any type of home game room. It’s a happy fun game for whole family can enjoy. Buying one for your home is great because you’ll have access to it whenever you want. Choosing the best shuffleboard table is a matter of assessing your situation and needs, and balancing that with what you want to spend and what’s available.

Selecting a location

The 1st decision to make is where you are going to put this rather large game. They come in many different lengths, from small tabletop models to professional tables that are 22 feet long! You’ll want enough room for the table, and room at each end for a couple players to comfortably be able to hang out and maneuver well enough to play. While it’s possible to put a shuffleboard table up against a wall, it’s best to leave room on both sides so players will have room for those tricky shots. A good rule of thumb is to leave a minimum of 2 feet per side and on both ends. After all, you’re going to need some elbow room and you’ll also have spectators. When selecting the location for your shuffleboard, also keep in mind things that might break if a shot goes wild, for instance, windows.

Choose the length

Once you’ve designated a space for the shuffleboard table you can select an appropriate length. Shuffleboards start at 9’ and typically come in increments after that of 12’, 14’, 16’, 18’, 20’ and 22’. Regulation shuffleboard tables are 22 feet long and 20 inches wide. Don’t worry too much if you can’t get a full size 22 foot shuffleboard table into your home. Any shuffleboard table is better than not having one, and you’ll still have a good playing experiences.

Remember though, even if you have enough room inside for a 22’ shuffleboard table that doesn’t mean you’re going to be able to get it into your house. Believe it or not, it’s a common problem. Some people order a shuffleboard table then can’t fit it through a door, or around a corner, up stairs or in an elevator. So do a lot of measuring before you order. Shuffleboard tables come in outdoor models too, so don’t forget to consider a patio or deck as a spot to put your shuffleboard table. Outdoor tables, like the indoor ones, generally come in 9’-22’ lengths.

Materials needed

To selecting the best shuffleboard table, you’ll have to consider the materials from which it’s made. Interestingly, shuffleboard tables are traditionally made exclusively from North American maple. This type of hardwood is resistant to changes in humidity and other climatic factors, and provides a hard smooth surface for playing. Russian birch and Canadian soft maple are also good quality woods that shuffleboard tables can be made from. Cheaper tables will be made from other types of wood or even rubber, but if you want to choose the best shuffleboard table, make sure it’s made from North American maple.

Design Texture

Another design texture of shuffleboard tables is a slight concave curve to the playing surface. This curve is built in to reduce the chances of a puck sliding of the edge of the table. To maintain this curvature, better tables will include metal brackets under the table that are adjustable. They’re called climatic adjusters, and allow you to control the shape of the table if it needs adjustment due to long term humidity or other climatic conditions.

To choose the best shuffleboard table, look for the finish on the surface of the table to be a polymer resin, about a quarter inch thick. Better tables will offer a lifetime guarantee on the finish. Cheaper tables you may have to refinish every couple of years or so.

Shuffleboard tables can also come with different types of scoring grids printed on the ends of the table. The most common is a horizontal grid representing three levels of scoring. Each section of the grid has a specific point value. An alternative scoring system is a triangular grid, which is divided into six scoring sections, but this is less common. And tables such as Berner Billiards shuffleboard tables feature some models with electronic scoring.

As for aesthetics, shuffleboard tables look great in just about any home. Since they’re generally made of wood, they feature nice warm tones and colors. If you want to get a little fancier, manufacturers such as Play craft shuffleboard tables make tables with more ornate features, such as styled legs and sides that give it a parlour look and feel.

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The game finally made it to California in the early 1900s, and by the 1950s, was first and most popular activities in the country. Leagues sprouted up coast to coast as the game was even covered on the sports pages of the nation's most popular in the news. A big reason for the surge in popularity can be attributed to World War II, when soldiers from all over the country who cherished the sport during war season bring the game home with them. Popularity for the game began to wide during the 1960s and '70s as the game failed to attract a younger crowd, and other activities, like television, became premier entertainment options. However, the game retained a following and has seen something of a resurgence in recent years as players the world over still gather in droves for high profile competitions. In 1979, the International Shuffleboard Association (ISA) was invented in St. Petersburg, Florida and now includes teams from the U.S., Canada, England, Australia, Japan and Brazil. In the '90s, the Table Shuffleboard Association (TSA) even developed its own Hall of Fame for players who helped keep the sport alive for centuries. Whether you play at your local bar or have a game room at home, complete with an extra-large shuffleboard table of your very own, there's no denying that this game is one of the most exciting activities to enjoy with friends and family. It's because of this that shuffleboard has been played for over 500 years and will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.

Did you know owning and using a shuffleboard regularly has health benefits?

Surprisingly there are quite a few! Let’s look at the health benefits of shuffleboard.

Family Time Increases

There’s nothing better than spending time with your family in a technology-free zone.

Playing shuffleboard as a family allow an easy camaraderie. It’s a great time to relax and play together with a few added laughs.

Plus, without the distraction of cellphones and tablets, family game night might just be the time your kids open up to you and share what’s going on in their live and at school.

Stress Levels Lower

You know that exercise is good for you and that it can lower your stress levels.

Playing shuffleboard has the same effect. Not only are you moving, but when you’re busy playing and concentrating, you don’t have any time to think about what’s causing you stress.

You Get Exercise

While it may not be a cardio workout, playing shuffleboard is a type of exercise you can participate in year-round. Just moving your body increases your blood flow which is great for you.

The added bonus? It’s not only great for you physically, but mentally.

Enriches Relationships

It’s fun to play games with your friends and family. Shuffleboard is an active game that allows you to spend large amounts of time building relationships with your friends and family.

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