Is a slate pool table worth it? YES! Slate pool tables are by far a better product over wood bed tables. A standard wooden bed table is usually made of a high-density particle board, which is easily victim to warping and damage. The wood will absorb anything spilled on it, or the humidity out of the air causing them to become misconfigured, warped, or even rotting. The only non-slate table I would consider is a table that uses Accuslate, which is a high-density fiberboard that is coated with PVC to help protect the bed against damage. These tables usually offer a 7-year warranty. Going with Accuslate is also a way to be a little easier on the wallet, but like they always say, you get what you pay for.