Poker Table Rail Size Preference

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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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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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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....
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.
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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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.
^ 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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