How to Move a Pool Table
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Moving a pool table is usually a job that requires professional help. Pool tables are among the heaviest pieces of furniture or equipment you can own, and moving them to a new place or new location in your home is a lengthy and arduous process of disassembly.
If, however, you’ve decided it’s best to do it yourself, here’s everything you need to know about moving a standard pool table without damaging it. (You will need at least four strong friends to help you with this; pool tables are really, really heavy, so do not attempt to do this by yourself.)
Materials needed for moving a pool table
- Some friends or family members to help you
- Power drill
- Safety goggles
- Flat head screwdriver
- Socket wrench
- Staple remover
- Moving blankets/bubble wrap
- Labeled boxes
Now that you’ve got some help enlisted and the right tools at hand, it is time to begin.
Step-by-step guide to moving a pool table
Step 1: Measure doorways and pathways: The last thing you want is to be all sweaty and tired from taking your pool table apart, only to realize that it won’t fit through your doors. By measuring things first, you ensure you have time to do any preparations needed to be able to transport the table from your starting point to the moving truck (such as removing doors, for example). Also, make sure to cover your pool table’s sharp edges to prevent dents and scratches.
Step 2: Remove the ball pockets: This is the first thing you’ll need to remove from your table. Depending on the model, the ball pockets might be stapled or screwed onto the table. Choose the right tool accordingly.
Step 3: Remove side rails: For this step, you will need a socket wrench. Once you remove the side rails, make sure to store them away in a labeled box. Remember that you will have to reassemble the table later, and you need to be able to identify the parts.
Step 4: Remove felt: Un-staple the felt very carefully and then remove it. It is quite delicate and you don’t want it to rip. So, make sure to take your time with this step.
Step 5: Remove slates: This is where the power drill comes into play, since these slates will be tightly screwed in. Once you’re done removing them, have your friends help you lift and remove them. Slates are extremely heavy, so be extra careful with this step.
Step 6: Remove pool table legs: To make this part easier, you might want to turn your table upside down. Now, carefully remove each leg, wrap them in moving blankets, and store them away in labeled boxes.
Step 7: Transport everything into the truck: Now that everything has been taken apart and put away into properly labeled boxes, you’ll want to transport the pieces into the truck. Be careful not to bump into any doorframes on your way out.
Step 8: Reassemble your table: Were you paying attention to how it all fit together? For the final step, you’ll have to reverse everything you did to take it apart. It’s here where you’ll see the importance of properly labeled boxes, especially when it comes to screws and other small pieces.
If you’ll be moving the table up or down stairs, it really is impossible to overstate the benefit of hiring professional pool table movers for a job like this. If you happen to dent, bend, or damage any part of your table during a move, it may not work the same way it did before. But whichever route you decide to take, make sure to practice the necessary precautions, and be safe.