If you’re considering jazzing up your game room, you might be Googling “pool tables on sale.” And that would be a fantastic option for a game room, but have you ever considered a shuffleboard table? 

Shuffleboard tables are a classic addition to any game room or entertainment space. They come in various materials, features, and styles to match any game room or outdoor area like the patio. 

In this article, we’ll discuss the game of shuffleboard, why it’s growing in popularity, how to decide between a pool table or a shuffleboard table, how to make room for a game table, and the available materials, styles, and features of shuffleboard tables at Greater Southern. 

A Short History Of Shuffleboard

Shuffleboard has remained a popular pastime since its introduction to British taverns and parlors in the 1500s. The goal of this game was to get a penny as near the end of the bar as possible without it falling off. It wasn’t simply something people did in bars; the nobility enjoyed it, too – they ordered tables for their manors and had coins made just for it to serve as pucks. 

Eventually, English migrants took shuffleboard to the United States, quickly becoming a staple at watering holes up and down the East Coast. In the early 1900s, the game arrived in California, and by the 1950s, it was a national phenomenon. Leagues sprung up throughout the country, and major newspapers started including the sport in their sports sections. 

Soldiers from around the nation who had become fond of the game while serving their country in World War II brought it home, contributing significantly to its meteoric rise in popularity. An American national league originated in the 1970s, and the leisure sport continues to be popular today. 

Why Should I Get Into Shuffleboard?

Shuffleboard is synonymous with cruise ships. However, it’s growing in popularity as a social game at bars and pubs alongside games like cornhole or bean bag toss. The game is most popular among seniors but is increasing among Millennials and Gen-Z. 

The oldest shuffleboard organization in the U.S., the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club, began hosting free shuffleboard nights on Friday nights, reigniting a love of the game in that neighborhood. Here are a few more reasons shuffleboard is a great game to learn: 

  • It’s Collaborative: Shuffleboard is more sociable than bowling, as players take turns and battle the pins. Teammates strategize, and opponents smack-talk. It’s a great way to bond and strengthen friendships as well. 
  • It’s Easy to Learn: Shuffleboard requires little athleticism. After a few games, you should be able to remember all the rules.
  • You’ll Get a Workout: Shuffleboard gets you up and moving without weightlifting or severe cardio. According to My Fitness Pal, Shuffleboard burns 204 calories per hour for a 150-pound adult.
  • It May Also Train Your Brain: Shuffleboard is more than simply throwing a puck down the court. In between turns, you should calculate which direction to throw your puck, check how many points you need to win, and mentally sum up the score. 

You’ll also examine which pucks are in your way if you can tactically push another player’s disc out of a high-scoring zone.

How Do I Decide Between a Pool Table or a Shuffleboard Table? 

If you’re having trouble deciding between a shuffleboard table or a modern pool table, here are a few questions to help you decide. 

How Much Space Do You Have? 

A pool table will take up even a spacious room since you must give it at least 5 feet of clearance on all sides. We suggest a minimum size of 7 feet (or a playing surface of 78″ by 39″) for a home slate pool table. The minimum recommended space for a pool table and its accessories is 16 1/2 feet by 13 feet. This sometimes necessitates moving to the basement and taking up an entire room. 

If you’re limited on square footage, consider table shuffleboard. Good tables may be as little as 9 feet in length and 25 inches in width. Unlike a pool table, a table shuffleboard may be placed against a wall, in a corridor, or on the back side of a sectional sofa without taking up too much space. A couple of feet on each end is all you need for the game table. 

Shuffleboard Table Materials

Shuffleboard tables come in various materials, including wood, laminate, and synthetic options. Each material has unique benefits, such as durability and ease of maintenance. 

The Brunswick Andover II shuffleboard table comes in a North American Maple Wood playing field in four different finishes and a polymer resin surface. The custom-manufactured California House Atherton Shuffleboard Table is unique in quality and craftsmanship, featuring a beech playing surface with inlaid black walnut markings. 


In terms of features, shuffleboard tables can range from simple designs to more complex ones that include electronic scoring and adjustable legs for customization. Some tables even come with built-in storage for accessories like pucks and wax. 

The charming mid-century modern Austin Shuffleboard Table by California House has simple lines with those distinctive mid-century modern table legs for those who want a classic look to their shuffleboard table. The Legacy Billiards Classic Shuffleboard Table has climate adjusters to ensure a level and accurate game. 


When it comes to styles, shuffleboard tables can be found in traditional and modern designs. Some tables feature intricate carvings and details, while others are sleek and minimalistic. The choice of style ultimately depends on personal preference and the overall aesthetic of the space in which the table will be placed. 

If you want a bold design that evokes the arcades of your youth, check out the Champion Bank Shot Shuffleboard. Check out the California House Contemporary Origami Shuffleboard Table if you’re looking for elegant designs to elevate your entertaining space. Whatever your taste, Greater Southern has a shuffleboard table you will love! 


Overall, shuffleboard tables are a fun and engaging way to entertain guests and spend time with friends and family. With so many materials, features, and styles to choose from, there is a shuffleboard table out there for everyone. Try checking out Greater Southern Home Recreation if you want long-lasting, quality shuffleboards.