Poker Table Rail Size Preference

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    If you were getting a custom table, what size would you prefer for the padded rail? Why?
     
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    With cup holders in the rail you will need 6".
    I have had tables with 4", 5" & 6" and with or without cup holders without a doubt the 6" is the most comfortable and the best looking. IMO
     
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    I have 4" (oval) and 6" (ellipse), both without cup holders in the rail, and I actually prefer a 5" rail. I've built a couple of those with/for friends.

    4" is fine, but after using a 5" and 6" reail, it feels like its not enough. On the other hand, a 6" rail feels a little like overkill and reduces the playing area slightly.

    The 5" is plenty comfortable without being too big, IMO.
     
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    What style table - Round, Oval, Octagon?
     
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    No cup holders. Cup holders are for drink carts and minivans. I was thinking 5” sounded about right.
     
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    I go with a 4" low-rider (1/4" happy bottom closed cell foam) for portable table toppers, and 5" width (1" hi-density foam from YAT) for standard table builds. Only time I'd consider using 6" is for a fixed table with rail cupholders.
     
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    For comparison here is a 4", 5" & 6"


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    Is the YAT foam open or closed cell?
     
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    I prefer 5 in.

    I built a basic table for a customer a while back and he hated the 6 in rails so much I converted it to 5 in. It did not have cup holders.
     
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    I like 5" or 6", but recommend 6" for only the bigger tables (over 7 feet). Raised rail, too. Has anyone here done a raised rail exactly the height of a barrel? I was thinking this would be useful....
     
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    I think this makes sense. Six inch rails on smaller tables look a little puffy.
     
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    I am thinking of a 5” rail on a 7x4’ table.
     
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    Rail foam is typically open cell. Playing surface foam comes both ways; I only use open cell if covering it with a waterproof surface (like SSC).
     
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    5" and no cup holders.
     
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    Not required by any means, but a 2:1 length to width ratio looks better visually imo. And I am a firm believer that 48" is too wide for a poker table.... much prefer 42"-44" max. All of my 7' tables are 84x42 overall, making the playing area 80" x 38" (2" rail overlap).
     
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    If no cup holders, 5" is nice for a 42"x84" table. For a bigger table like 44"x96" then I would do 6". My personal table has a 5" wide (real leather) rail. It's 42"x88".

    2017-04-12 16.48.50.jpg

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    Good advice and pictures everybody. I appreciate it.
     
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    ^ Agree 100% ^

    84 x 42 to me is the most comfortable to play on.
    The pic above with the cup holders is 84 x 42, the other two are 94x46 and aren't as easy to deal, rake chips, see, etc.
     
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    When I built my table I couldn't decide between a 5" or 6" rail, so I made it 5.5". I have cupholders though. Without them, I'd probably be fine with a 5" rail. 6" is too wide IMO.
     
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    I built a couple of early tables with a 4-1/2" rail, but tired of measuring everything in fractions. :unsure:;)
     
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    I've always liked the 6". More comfortable and is easier on the arms for long sessions. Plus you can rest your phone on it much better.
     
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