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Learning how to move a pool table is the first step if you want to DIY the job. It will require a near-complete disassembly of the table and a healthy amount of muscle power to move the pieces that do not come apart.
While you may want to take on the huge task of moving a pool table with a couple of buddies, you should seriously consider hiring professionals. FlatRate Moving has excellent movers who have moved every large piece of furniture from massive couches to, yes, complicated pool tables. They have the necessary expertise to take it apart, carefully catalogue and pack each important part and assemble it in your new home with impressive efficiency.
You could do it on your own. All you need is to be handy, organized person, with good carpentry skills, some special tool equipment and have a few strong friends. At least three. Maybe even four or five. Seriously, pool tables are super-heavy. The major piece is actually made of rock!
Also, keep in mind that taking it apart is much more complicated than it might seem. It is not a dining room table with a few legs to unscrew and leaves to take out. Removing the felt from the slate is a tricky process that may leave one tearing their hair out. So is putting it back on.
A pool table is one of the hardest things you can move. It’s heavy, bulky, wide, and surprisingly delicate. The DIY approach can be dangerous to you and to the pool table. A lot of people make the mistake of trying to treat it like a dresser or sofa by calling a bunch of friends to help, and then twisting it every which way to fit through the door. Unfortunately, these actions often result in injury to you or your friends, and you can warp the surface or break a component. If you really want to know how to move a pool table, the steps are below. Read thoroughly and carefully.
Tearing Down Your Pool Table
The proper way to move a pool table is take it apart. You may feel a desire to maneuver the full piece through doorways and upstairs without disassembling, but that would be a mistake.
Before you break out the tool box, heed this warning:
Label, label, label. Everything that you remove during the disassembly needs to be carefully cataloged, so putting it back together will be a simpler process. There is nothing worse that moving a pool table across town, then being forced to look for missing screws in all your boxes of belongings. Or running out to the hardware store to find that perfect hex bolt that you need to attach the pockets. Trust me, the hardware store won’t have it. It’s just Murphy’s law.
You are going to need a lot of tools, including a staple puller, flat head screwdriver, safety goggles, socket wrench, and power drill. If your table has instructions on how to take it apart to move it, refer to those. Otherwise, follow our general guidelines.
Begin by removing the staples to unfasten the six side pockets. You might need the screw driver at this point as well. Sometimes the ball pockets are just stapled in, but sometimes they are secured with screws.
Keep an eye out for bolts. Use a socket wrench to hold each rail while you unscrew the bolts. Remove each rail. If the rails are attached at the corners, have a helper assist you in flipping them over so you can take them apart. Again, don’t forget to label all the pieces accurately so you can reassemble quickly at your new home.
This is the probably the trickiest part of disassembly. Taking the felt off reduces the chances of it being damaged during transport, but it is time-consuming. If you are replacing the felt, you can just rip it off. But if you plan on re-attaching, removing the staples from the felt becomes the only option. And you want to remove those staples carefully. One wrong move and the felt will become unusable.
Remove the screws from the slate using a power drill. Take the slate off. If it is all in one piece, the slate could weigh upwards of 800 lbs. You are going to need multiple people for this part. Even if the slate comes apart into multiple pieces you are going to need a hearty crew. Each one could weigh a few hundred pounds apiece.
Detach the frame, wrap it, and move it to the back of the truck. Wrap the rails and legs, and move them to place on top of the frame.
Any chip or dent to the slate can have an enormous effect on how the pool table is functions when it is put back together. All the parts, including the slate, need to be wrapped carefully. If the slate comes in multiple pieces, remember that damaging one is just as devastating as damaging them all. They are matched to each other, so you cannot just replace one piece of the slate.
The Right Room
Having trouble figuring out where to put it? You need plenty of room to maneuver the sticks and store all the ancillary equipment. This visualization gives you a good idea of what kind of square footage you need to comfortably fit most pool tables.
Try to choose a room with no carpet. It is possible to level a table on carpet, but the inherent instability of the floor covering will make it more likely that one leg will sink further than the others. Especially if the carpet is thick.