Moving a pool table is a challenging and delicate task, requiring careful planning and execution to avoid damaging the table, yourself, or your property.
To begin with, pool tables are heavy, and their weight is not evenly distributed, making them tricky to handle.
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to move a pool table:
Preparing to Move the Pool Table
- Gather Supplies: You’ll need a staple puller, flathead screwdriver, socket wrench, power drill, moving blankets, dollies, and a moving truck.
- Enlist Help: Due to the weight and size of pool tables, it’s essential to have several strong helpers. Professional movers with experience in moving pool tables are highly recommended.
- Take Measurements: Measure doorways, staircases, and hallways to ensure the pool table can pass through easily.
Disassembling the Pool Table
- Remove the Pockets: Use the screwdriver or drill to remove the pockets. They might be bolted or stapled in place.
- Take Off the Rails: Undo the bolts that hold the rails to the table. Carefully remove the rails and wrap them in moving blankets.
- Remove the Felt: Carefully pull out the staples or unscrew the fasteners holding the felt in place. If the felt is glued, gently pull it up. Try not to stretch or tear it. Fold the felt carefully for transportation.
- Take Apart the Slate: The slate is extremely heavy and delicate. Remove the screws holding the slate in place. If it’s in multiple pieces, remove each piece carefully. Mark them if needed for easier reassembly. Wrap each slate piece in a moving blanket.
- Disassemble the Frame: Depending on the type of table, you may need to disassemble the frame. Keep all screws and bolts in a labeled bag for reassembly.
Note: The pages on this website have quite a bit of disassembling and reassembling my pool table. Be sure to check the linked pages pages out if you need some instructions!
Moving the Pool Table
- Use Dollies: Place each major component on a dolly for transport. This includes the main frame, slate pieces, and legs.
- Lift Correctly: When lifting the table or its parts, always lift with your legs, not your back, to avoid injury.
- Load onto the Truck: Carefully move (or load) the pool table pieces to wherever you’re taking it. The slate pieces should be transported vertically to prevent them from breaking.
Reassembling the Pool Table
- Reassemble in the New Location: Using your labeled bags and prior notes, reassemble the table. Start with the frame, then the slate, and ensure the slate is perfectly level.
- Attach the Felt: Once the slate is level, stretch the felt back over it and secure it in place. Be careful not to overstretch or wrinkle the felt.
- Reattach the Rails and Pockets: Finally, reattach the rails and pockets.