How Much Does It Cost to Replace Pool Table Felt?

D.P. Taylor
Written by D.P. Taylor
Updated May 17, 2022
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Highlights

  • It costs $300 on average to refelt a pool table, with a typical price range of $250 to $300.

  • You may pay as little as $150 or as much as $500.

  • Pool tables come in three sizes, and size affects the price.

  • The cost of pool table refelting is fairly evenly split between materials and labor.

  • You can reduce the cost of pool table refelting by going with a more inexpensive material.

Having a smooth surface on your pool table is oh-so-important for game night. But if you regularly host billiards tournaments in your basement, that pool table felt can become worn and damaged. 

On average, it will cost you $300 to refelt a pool table, although the price may be lower or higher depending on the table’s size. The typical range is $250 to $350, but it may cost as low as $150 or as high as $500.

Average Costs to Replace Pool Table Felt 

Average CostLow EndHigh End
$300$150$500

How Much Does It Cost to Refelt a Pool Table by Type?

The larger the pool table, the most it will cost to replace the felt. Pool tables typically come in three sizes: 7 feet long, 8 feet long, and 9 feet long. Here are some average costs you can expect:

TypeCost
7-foot pool table$150 – $400
8-foot pool table$200 – $450
9-foot pool table$250 – $500

Pool Table Refelting Cost Breakdown

Generally, the cost breakdown for a pool refelting is relatively simple. There’s only two factors: the cost of the felt itself, and the cost of the labor to install it.

Cost breakdown of refelting a pool table, with materials and labor each equaling 50%

Materials

Pool felt will generally take up about half the cost of the project. So for an 8-foot pool table, you would spend anywhere between $100 to $250 on the felt.

Labor

Labor makes up the other half. For an 8-foot pool table, you’re paying between $100 and $250 to have a professional install it.

Size

Of course, the cost of both materials and labor will increase or decrease if you go up or down in pool table size. Obviously, it would require more or less felt, and more or less labor to install it, if you have a differently sized pool table.

Cost to Refelt a Pool Table Yourself

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If you refelt a pool table yourself, then all you’ll have to pay for is the felt. That means the cost of refelting is cut in half, and you’re likely only going to pay $100 to $250 to get this job done. 

However, trying to DIY this project isn’t the best idea. Refelting a pool table takes specialized training, so attempting to do it yourself won’t give you the results you want.

After all, we’re not talking about just putting down carpeting: The surface of the pool table has to be perfect in order to properly play billiards on it. Instead, contact a pool table professional near you for a quote. 

Tips to Reduce Cost While Refelting a Pool Table

Other than doing the job yourself, there are a couple of ways you can lower the cost of your bill for refelting your pool table.

1. Get Multiple Quotes

The first and possibly best option is to simply not accept the first quote you get from a pool table company. Chances are there are multiple pool table companies in your area, so call a few of them and get a few quotes.

Considering the fact that the only information they need is the size of your pool table and what type of felt you want, they should be able to tell you how much they’ll charge off the top of their head. As a result, getting multiple quotes for this project is a lot easier than more complicated home projects.

2. Choose a Lower-Quality Felt

There are actually two types of felt: napped and worsted. Napped cloth is the standard material used for felt on billiards tables. It's a less expensive type of material that requires more brushing and maintenance, and it may play a little slower.

Worsted, on the other hand, is a flatter weave that allows the ball to travel a bit quicker and lasts longer. As a result, it's more expensive. To save money, go with napped (although it may cost you more in the long run since it will require more maintenance and you'll have to replace it sooner).

Pool Table Refelting Questions and Answers

Is it hard to refelt a pool table?

Yes, it is difficult to refelt a pool table because you need exact measurements and precise fitting. Unlike installing carpeting, where the only reason fitting is important is for aesthetics, exact fitting is necessary on a pool table or you can't play billiards on it properly.

Can you paint pool table felt?

Yes, you can dye pool table felt to a different color. Aside from green, red is a common color. The best way to do this is to dip a sponge in the dye and carefully smooth the dye over the fabric.

How do you get paint off of a pool table felt?

You can remove small stains on felt by using a soft cloth to blot the area and pick up as much paint as possible. Then, use a mixture of water and detergent to continue blotting the area. Then blot with clean water to rinse it.