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How to Determine the Correct Rail Cushion Profile for your Pool Table

Only one profile of cushion will give the correct nose height on a table. By installing the wrong profile, cushions will give an incorrect nose height/contact point and will impact the playability of your table.

  1. First determine that your nose height (contact point of cushion rubber where ball would hit) is 1 3/8” – 1 7/16” above table surface (if you have a standard pool table that uses 2 ¼” balls).
  2. If your cushion height falls within that range, then you need to replace cushions with same profile.
  3. Expose the cushion by cutting rail cloth to expose top side of cushion. Or remove rail cloth to expose cushion.

K66 Profile - Common for non-Brunswick tables

Most non-Brunswick tables will take a K66 profile that measures 1 1/8” across the top of the cushion and 1 3/16” high at back (glue) side.

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K55 Profile

K55 cushions measure 1 ¼” across the top and 1 5/16” high at back (glue) side. Keep in mind if you have an older Brunswick (prior to 1975), be sure to measure the back side of the cushion at the glue side and confirm 1 5/16” before ordering. Older K55 cushions had a 1 5/16” back side dimension but a 1 1/8” top side measurement (same as K66).

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Brunswick 7 ft. & 8 ft. Table Profiles

If your table is an older 7- or 8-foot Brunswick table and it has the Brunswick Centennial or Contender cushions (non triangular cushions, shaped like a “number 7”), then you need to order Brunswick Contender cushions. We also sell our Classic Billiards U56 profile cushion as an great affordable alternative.

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If you are not getting an existing nose height for your old cushion in the range listed above, then call us at (410) 256-8388 and we will help you determine correct profile needed.

Also if you are getting a cushion dimension different than the K66, K55, and U56 profiles listed above with your contact point being correct at 1 3/8”- 1 7/16” above playfield, then you may have a smaller or uncommon profile. Feel free to call (410) 256-8388 and we can try to match up to a correct, current cushion profile.


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