Moving and Storing Your Pool Table

If you find yourself needing to move and store a pool table, this guide will help make your experience as smooth and painless as possible while helping to keep your pool table undamaged through the process. For those going alone in their pool table move, these steps will prove vital.

The Fundamentals of Pool Table Moving

There are two major facets to moving a pool table:

  1. Disassembly
  2. Muscle Power

We highly recommend you enlist the help of friends or hired hands to deal with the “muscle power” part of this equation. For disassembly, you will need a staple puller, a set of flathead screwdrivers, a socket wrench, power drill, and safety goggles. Always make sure to follow proper procedures as outlined by your pool table’s manual, as each brand and style of table has its own set of specifications.

First, make sure to remove all pockets from the pool table. The six side pockets will be attached with staples or screws, so use the staple puller or screwdriver to unfasten them. Make sure you are wearing your safety goggles to protect your eyes from potentially flying small parts.

Second, loosen the bolts holding in the rails to disengage them. Use a socket wrench to loosen the bolts holding in the rails, then slide them out gently with some assistance from friends, placing the rails on a moving blanket for safe transport. Keep all the bolts, screws, nuts and other small pieces sealed together in a plastic bag.

Third, (gently!) remove the felt. Removing the felt is a very delicate process, unless you’ll be replacing it after the move. The felt will either be stapled to the pool table or glued in place. Carefully remove the staples to release it, or pull the felt up very gently in a backward motion if it’s glued on. Try not to stretch it or pull on it, as it will lose its shape easily. Fold the felt carefully once you have gotten it up off the table.

Fourth, remove your table’s slate. Removing the slate is where your helpers will really come into play. The slate may be in one to three pieces and can weigh a total of around 800 pounds! The slate will be screwed down and needs to be removed with a power drill. Again, keep all the screws and pieces together in a plastic bag. Once the screws have been removed, use the combined strength of your helpers to lift the slate off the frame and set it down on a moving blanket.

Finally, remove the frame and legs from your pool table by flipping it over to remove each leg from the frame, as well as any other detachable pieces.

Once the pool table is completely disassembled, it is ready to be moved. Wrap up all the larger pieces in the moving blankets, individually wrapping each slate, rail, leg and frame and secure them with packing tape. It’s important to be very cautious when placing the slate on the moving truck, too. Use an appliance dolly to help get it up the loading ramp, and if there is more than one slate they can be stacked once on board.


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