Pool Table Layout

How to Mark a Pool Table Break Line, Baulk Line and Position Spots

There are several different ways to mark a pool table playing surface with lines and spots.

1. Minimal pool table markings:

Placing 2 black spots on the pool table playing surface is sufficient for the recreational pool player that prefers a clean and uncluttered look. Black spots should be placed on the head spot and the foot spot.

2. Traditional pool table markings:

A black line is draw across the width of the pool table through the head spot. This line is called the head line or baulk line. One black spot is placed on the foot spot.

3. Mark a pool table to play both pool and snooker:

Good for players who are interested in playing snooker as well as pool. The baulk line is drawn across the width of the billiard table (closer to the head rail than for traditional pool). A semi-circle or “D” is drawn on the head side of the baulk line. Six black spots are placed on the playing surface to mark the coloured snooker balls positions.

Table Size 3 1/2′ x 7′ 4′ x 8′ 4′ x 8′ O/S 4 1/2′ x 9′ 5′ x 10′
Play Area 39″ x 78″ 44″ x 88″ 46″ x 92″ 50″ x 100″ 56″ x 112″
‘A’ – Head Spot 19 1/2″ 22″ 23″ 25″ 28″
Centre Spot 39″ 44″ 46″ 50″ 56″
‘B’ – Foot Spot 19 1/2″ 22″ 23″ 25″ 28″