What is a Cue stand?
A cue stand or rack sits perfectly with any billiard table. It holds the cues in a straight and organized position. They also keep the cue in a correct position which doesn`t allow bending. They are the best way to protect expensive cues while offering a fashionable statement to any environment. Here are the best features to look for in a cue stand:
Number of cues
This is the single most important feature of any stand. You don`t want it to be too big for what your needs are but it should be large enough to fit all your cues and maybe 2-3 more if you decide to purchase some other products in the future. A typical cue stand holds approximately 10 cues.
Number of balls
Some cue stands can even hold billiard balls. Most stand can hold just one set of balls while professional racks can hold various sets.
Spaces for accessories
All the chalk should be stored in an organized manner so you always know where to find it. Some stands come with special compartments for all billiard accessories being a one-place location for everything you need to play.
When it comes to material you can choose whatever fits your budget. Some entry-level stands are made from plastic while higher-end models are made from solid woods like mahogany or maple.
Some simpler versions of keeping your cues organized are wall racks. They can be much cheaper than a regular floor stand and can hold the same number of cues. Most wall racks can hold 10-12 cues.
The difference between cheap and expensive cue stands
When it comes to making the right decision on a cue stand we need to understand the basic of pricing. The manufacturing process and the chosen materials largely affect the final price of any stand. Just as in cue manufacturing, stands can be built in a process which takes years. From selecting the best woods to drying in a control environment for two years while being turned to each side multiple times, the stands can go through a long manufacturing process. If the stand is made by hand it will also affect the final price much more than a stand which is mass produced.
Whatever your choice for a cue stand is, you need to make sure it fits well into the environment as doesn`t damage your cues. The point of contact with the cue shaft should be as soft as possible not to induce any scratches which can negatively impact cues on the long term both esthetically and in terms of peeling off the finishing and exposing the wooden materials to humidity. Some of the best stands also hold at least of set of billiard balls and have space for all your accessories.