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Olhausen Timber Ridge Pool Table installed in Waynesboro PA

Olhausen Timber Ridge Pool Table installed in Waynesboro PA 0

The Timber Ridge is a unique table in the Olhausen Rustic Series of professional grade pool tables and features solid hand hewn construction and unique character marks on the solid pine rails and frame.
Top Five Pool Tables and Game Room Trends for 2016

Top Five Pool Tables and Game Room Trends for 2016 0

As we approach the end of 2016 here in the Maryland, Virginia, and DC area it is pretty clear what the best pool table and game room furnishing trends are this year.  With our new Pool Table Design Center location in Rockville Maryland opening earlier this year feedback from the local design community in DC has been eye opening.  Here is a list of the biggest trends for 2016 coming to a game room near you!

Number 5:  Made in the USA Pool Tablesolhausen chicago pool table with modern rails

We have seen a huge demand for pool tables and furnishings Made in the USA for 2016.  Home buyers who have done their homework on manufacturer quality, warranty, and resale value come from all over to see real USA hand made pool tables and come up with custom designs.  Companies like Olhausen Billiards, Plank and Hide, and California House dominate not only our residential sales but also our commercial sales to designers who require something custom and with a heavy duty commercial warranty.  "You just can't get parts down the road from China, so Lifetime Warranties can have very nebulous meanings" as one industry insider recently quipped.

Number 4:  Lacquer Wood Finishesbillards toulet broadway dining pool table grey lacquer

In 2016 our best selling custom wood finish was Black Lacquer for the first time ever.  The natural wood finish has been replaced by the contemporary and very European filled/uniform lacquer process.  Companies like Billards Toulet in France do over 70% of their tables in lacquer finishes so this trend has made its way to the USA.  Mid century modern style tables, contemporary clean lines, and transitional tables all look great in lacquer finish options ranging from Blacks to greys in most cases.  This trend has been picking up for a few years but has finally peaked in 2016

Number 3:  Built in Hidden Accessory Storageolhausen ellianna pool table with drawer

The pool table storage drawer has been around for many years but it has never been more popular or available on so many different pool table designs.  Contemporary, rustic, or traditional everyone is adding built in drawers when available to the pool table.  Bench seating with built in storage and clever or unique accessory storage on the floor has taken the place of "on the wall" accessory racks in most homes.  Nine out of Ten buyers in 2016 have opted for a built in storage drawer or a floor rack they can hide away over a traditional on the wall rack display.  The trend to de-clutter the living space and open things up leads this trend and really can be considered the norm going forward into 2017

Number 2:  Matching Shuffleboard Tablesolhausen grace pool table with matching york shuffleboard table

Very recently major Pool Table Manufacturer's like Olhausen added custom built to match shuffleboard tables and this category has taken off unlike anything in years.  In 2016 one out of five of our custom pool table customers ordered a matching shuffleboard table to go with the pool table.  With the most popular size being 12' in a transitional style and dark finish, many companies are scrambling to get on board with this trend.  Based on current sales the shuffleboard category may surpass billiards in many US markets inside of the next three years

Number 1:  Dining Pool TablesMBM Biliardi Cabochon Dining Pool Table

Wow, what a strong trend for 2016!  More and more buyers both residential and commercial are looking at pool tables that will double as dining or conference tables with finished wood or glass conversion tops.  Demand for this category is so great we show FIVE types of dining pool tables in our Rockville location for Winter 2016.  The price range and styles are abundant and varied, but the main questions buyers have is 7' or 8' and at what height, 29" for dining chairs or 32" for billiards?  Few dining pool tables do both so many times compromises are necessary, but the end result is the same:  A pool table that gets used more than most tables ever do because it is upstairs and front of mind!

Olhausen Alexandria Pool Table installed in Marriotsville Maryland

Olhausen Alexandria Pool Table installed in Marriotsville Maryland 0

Thanks again to Frank D. of Marriotsville Maryland for purchasing this custom 9' Olhausen Alexandria Pool Table for his new game room.  Frank converted a formal den into a billiard room on the main level of the home, so this table is sure to get noticed!  The solid maple Pool Table is finished in dark Ebony with Mother of Pearl inlays that really pop.  The cadet blue Accu-Guard fabric by Olhausen was chosen to play off of the color in the heavy duty indoor/outdoor rug and artwork (when installed).  The table even features a hidden accessory storage drawer.  If you would like to design your own Alexandria or any other custom Olhausen pool table give us a call at 301-331-7024, email, or visit one of our Maryland Pool Table Showrooms today.olhausen alexandria pool table room viewolhausen alexandria pool table marylandolhausen alexandria pool table blue cloth

Plank and Hide Rexx Pool Table in Pennsylvania

Plank and Hide Rexx Pool Table in Pennsylvania 0

Congrats to Dean M. of Greencastle Pennsylvania for his new custom Red Finish Rexx Pool Table by Plank and Hide of Ohio.  This one of a kind design is industrial reclamation style with real steel construction and a hand applied finish.  The red looks great in his reclaimed wood and brick basement remodel project completed spring of 2016 and ready for the Rexx as a focal point in the space.  Book ended by a custom built bar and a huge flat screen TV this game room is going to wow everyone for years to come.  The Rexx pool table is also avalable in a black metal finish so please call 301-331-7024 if you want to check on pricing and availability as these are in very limited supply!plank and hide rexx pool table red greencastle pennsylvaniaplank and hide rexx pool table red roomplank and hide red rexx pool table baseplank and hide rexx pool table red rail detail
Olhausen Monarch Pool Table installed in Blacksburg Virginia

Olhausen Monarch Pool Table installed in Blacksburg Virginia 0

Thanks again to Pinnacle Construction in Virginia for working with us to design this stunning game room space featuring the Olhausen Monarch 9' Pool Table in Brushed Aluminum with custom Matte Black Lacquer maple rails and khaki billiard cloth.  This is the second Monarch we have installed for Pinnacle in upscale condo communities in the Virginia area and it looks even better in this space.  Check out the pictures they speak volumes!  For your own custom Olhausen Monarch pool table call Robbies Billiards Home & Patio at 301-331-7024, email or visit our new Rockville Maryland pool table design center today.olhausen monarch pool table roomolhausen monarch pool table brushed aluminummonarch pool table

Olhausen Alexandria Pool Table installed in Potomac Maryland 0

The Alexandria custom pool table is our most sought after game room showpiece and we would like to thank Steven G. of Potomac Maryland for purchasing this unique example.  Steven worked with his designer to coordinate the finish and fabric on this Alexandria pool table in his upstairs dining room so they could enjoy billiards just off of the family kitchen.  The finish is Olhausen Heritage Maple with a wiped through antique treatment showing the lighter maple panels with burnishing along the edges.  This more traditional finish on the very contemporary Alexandria works well in the customers home in one of the more established neighborhoods in Potomac Maryland.  If you would like to talk about designing your own custom Alexandria pool table please call Robbies Billiards Home & Patio at 301-331-7024, email, or visit our new Rockville Maryland Design Center today.alexandria pool table olhausen heritage maple finishalexandria pool table side viewolhausen alexandria pool table potomac maryland