Refelting a Pool Table

See the whole process of refelting a pool table from Start to Finish

How hard is the process of refelting a pool table?

Not as hard as you might think… especially if you have even the most basic carpentry skills. Just follow along as we lead you through the step-by-step process, and you’ll be on your way!

This site contains instructions and plenty of pictures that will assist you in refelting a pool table properly.

It includes:

What you’ll need
Replacing the cushions on your pool table
Cutting the new felt properly
Preparing and recovering the pool table rails
Preparing, leveling, and recovering the slate
Installing new pocket liners

And finally…

Refelting the Pool Table Top

The guy who refelted my pool table (Allen) does it professionally and was kind enough to allow me to take pictures while he recovered the pool table with new felt. It cost me over $800 to have my pool table recovered with new high-speed felt, replacing the pool table cushions, leveling the pool table, and new pocket liners… since I couldn’t find a decent website that explained how to do it myself, I thought I would create one so that all of you could save some money by refelting your own pool tables.

I was also rather intimidated by the idea of refelting my own pool table because I certainly didn’t want to mess it up. After seeing it done first-hand, I can assure you that refelting a pool table isn’t nearly as difficult as you might think. Especially if you’re only refelting the bed of the pool table. (The cushions are the most time consuming part of the process, but they aren’t that difficult either).

Check out the pictures, read the captions, relax, don’t rush, and pay attention to detail as you go. You’ll end up with a beautiful pool table that you can be proud of and you can save lots of money.

Below is a picture of my pool table as it looked before it was recovered. My wife and I got this pool table with the house we bought in 2004. The house and table are both from 1974. (Check out the carpet!). That makes this table just over 30 years old! It is still in great condition though and it seemed to make sense to refelt the table as opposed to spending the money for a new one. Not to mention trying to find a new home for this one.

We’ve been slowly remodeling as we can afford to, and probably should have replaced the game room carpet before refelting the pool table, but the carpet we want is pretty expensive. The pool table seems somehow more important. We play a few games almost every day, especially during cocktail hour, and when we have company, we tend to play even more.

Our Pool Table Before Refelting:

Before refelting a pool table

Our Pool Table After refelting with New High Speed Felt:

After refelting a pool table

The first step in refelting a pool table is to remove the cushions, or rails …