So I was hanging out down in the basement Friday night watching some tv and thinking about how I wanted to approach the riser/bar. I've always planned to do a combo unit like BuffBaker did here
. Reason being is that I wanted to raise the second row, but I also wanted to have a bar at the back for when people are playing pool as well.
So I broke out the tape measure and started plotting my plan, that's when it hit me. I'd better measure the pool table too. It's currently in several pieces since I'm in the process of trying to refinish it, so I went back into my unfinished part of the basement and measured the length. I was shocked when I saw 102"!! I don't know what I was thinking. I'd always just assumed it would fit with no problems and I guess I never realized it was an 8' table. I guess I'd just figured it was a 7 footer. So this leads me to my dilemma. What to do with the riser and pool table. I'd love to have two rows of seating, but I also need to have room for the pool table. So I have several questions for everyone:
1. I'm planning on having about an 88" diagonal viewable area when I get a projector and make my screen. What is the closest people would recommend I put the first row to the screen? I am currently about 9' back from wall (where my head is, not to the front of the couch).
2. What is the minimum depth I could have for the riser? I'd like to be able to use recliners on it, so I'm guessing I need at least 5.5' or so, but the shallower the better.
3. How much distance do I need between the playing surface of the pool table and the wall? I read that it is recommended to have at least a cue length (~52"), but that seems a little excesive to me. It's not like I'm going to be holding tournaments or anything down there. I just want to shoot a couple games every once in a while.
Any input would be very appreciated. I'm currently trying to do up a model of my room and the all of the furniture in SketchUp, so that might help me decide when I can virtually move things around. I'll be sure to put those up when I can get them to a usable state.