How to Safely Move a Pool Table

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Moving a pool table is one of the most involved processes for moving a piece of furniture other than, maybe, a piano, artifact, antique or large painting.  Therefore, moving a pool table is best left to the professionals, and this cannot be stressed enough. Disassembling the pool table is trouble enough, but even the disassembled pieces are very heavy. Moving these bulky pieces can cause serious injury and damage components of the pool table.

Professionals are not just a good solution, but they might provide the only solution if you are not a handyman type. So, you would be doing a disservice to yourself if you did not give Royal a ring if you need assistance with any part of your move, even if it is at the last minute or it is an emergency. Royal does local moves up and down the west coast, long distance moves, and commercial moves of any size. They also rent plastic containers for packing, which keep your belongings dry and safe. Royal delivers these empty plastic boxes before the move if you want to pack them yourself, and they will pick up the containers once you have unpacked them. In addition, they provide “labor-only” services and storage options. Furthermore, all of the labor is covered under one fair, hourly rate, and we mean everything. There are no hidden expenses.

In general, packing is a time-consuming and grueling task that you best leave to the professionals. Professional packing services like the one offered by Royal Moving Co. are very convenient because they provide all of the packing supplies you will need, and delicately box all of your possessions, label the boxes, disassemble large furniture, and even unpack and disassemble at your new how, if you wish. This includes pool tables.

There are also professional pool table movers, who do nothing but move and deliver pool tables. These pros will inspect the frame of your pool table for breaks in the joints and cracks in the wood that you likely wouldn’t notice. In addition, they often include new pool table felt within the moving fee, so you don’t have to reuse the same felt. Of course, they are also the most qualified to level the slate because they do it every day.

All of the small factors that go into breaking down and moving a pool table can have an effect on how well it works down the road. Do you want your pool table level and in great condition in its new residence? Only a pro can ensure that is the case.
If you do decide to move the pool table yourself, there are pool table specialists that can attach new felt and level the slate, for proper pool play once it is moved and into position. 

Moving a Pool Table in a Safe Way

Moving a pool table by yourself, with a few friends, 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. You will be need to be handy with good carpentry skills, organized, and have some specialty tools and equipment, along with a few strong friends. Depending on the size and overall quality of the pool table, you might need anywhere from three to five people total to successful move a pool table without injury or damage to the table. Really good tables are actually made with a rock core. These things are no joke. Also, taking a pool table apart is way more complicated than it might look at the surface. These things are not a dining room table with a few legs to unscrew and leaves to take out. No, removing the felt from the slate is a tricky process that may leave you with gray hairs, and putting it back on is just as difficult. 

Therefore, follow our guide and do not leave out any steps in order to move your pool table perfectly.

Disassembling a Pool Table

The proper way to move a pool table is take it completely apart. You might think that you can manhandle this beast, and maneuver the full piece through , hallways, doorways, downstairs, upstairs, and onto a moving van or truck without disassembling, but that would be a huge mistake.

So, go grab your toolbox and remember this warning: label everything that you remove during the disassembly process. Each item needs to be carefully cataloged, so that putting it back together will be a simple process. There is nothing worse than moving a pool table from one home to another, and then having to search through all of your boxes for missing screws and bolts. And once those screws and bolts are gone, good luck finding the right ones at the hardware store. That might take you a while.

Here are the tools you will need to gather in order to disassemble your pool table properly:

  • Staple puller
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Socket wrench
  • Power drill
  • Was
  • Paint scraper

First, before you start drilling and pulling staples, if your table has instructions on how to take it apart to move it, refer to those. Otherwise, follow our amazing guidelines:

  • Begin the process by removing the staples to unfasten the six side pockets. You might need the screwdriver at this point as well. Sometimes the ball pockets are just stapled in, but sometimes they are secured with screws as well.
  • 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, do not forget to label all the pieces accurately so you can reassemble quickly at your pool table’s new home.
  • Removing the felt is the trickiest part of disassembly for most people. Taking the felt off the pool table reduces the chances that it will be damaged during the move, but it is time-consuming. If you are replacing the felt, you can just rip it right off. However, if you plan on re-attaching the felt, removing the staples from the felt is the only option. You want to remove those staples carefully because one wrong move and the felt becomes unusable.
  • Next, remove the screws from the slate (the aforementioned “rock”) using a power drill, and take off the slate. If it is all in one piece, the slate could weigh as much as 800 pounds! You are going to need multiple people for this part. We were not kidding! Even if the slate comes apart into multiple pieces you are going to need a fit crew because each piece of slate could weigh a few hundred pounds each. You will need a dolly to get these beasts around.
  • Finally, detach the frame, wrap it, and move it to the back of the truck. Wrap the rails and legs, and move them to a place on top of the frame. You do not want them to get crushed.

Unfortunately, any chip or dent to the slate can have an enormous impact on how the pool table functions when you put it back together. All of the parts, including the slate, need to be wrapped carefully. Therefore, if the slate comes in multiple pieces, damaging one of them is just as devastating as damaging them all. They are created to fit perfectly with each other, so you cannot just replace one piece of the slate.

Choosing the Right Room to Move Your Pool Table

Are you having trouble figuring out the perfect place to put your pool table? You need plenty of room to use the pool sticks without them slapping and damaging the walls and your game, and you also need a place to store all of the necessary equipment. Choosing a room with no carpet is your best bet. It is possible to level a table on carpet, but the instability of carpet will make it more likely that one leg will sink further down than the others over time, especially if the carpet is thick.

Reassembling Your Pool Table After You Move It

We hope you labeled all of your pieces and put them in a place where they can be easily found.  Keeping all the screws and bolts in the proper bags and knowing where they will go will make reassembling that much easier, but not easy enough. Putting your pool table back together comes with an assortment of challenges. 

First, you will need to reassemble the legs or base under the frame with the pool table upside-down, which means you will need help flipping it back over. Then, you will have to add the slate, and, unfortunately, it is not a matter of just installing the way it was when you took it off. No, you need to level the slate according to the floor, which means you will need to use shims to get the table perfectly level. Otherwise, your game will be off, and it could be “off” to the point of being completely unenjoyable. Leveling the slate is a harder process than you can imagine, so take your time and do it right.

Essentially, the floor where you move your pool table is almost certainly not perfectly level. Houses go through a settling process, and when this occurs, the floors will warp and become unlevel. Leveling the table is the best way to get your pool table back into great shape after transporting it to its new residence. Once leveled, you will need to wax the seams. You can also use the wax to fill in the screw holes. Use a propane torch to melt the wax, and once the wax is dry, a metal paint scraper can be used to make sure the surface is smooth.
The next task is to attach the felt and rails. When you have the felt is in place, you will need to use a razor to cut holes where the bolts go. Attaching the felt and rails is a tedious and time-consuming part of the process, but you are almost done. You can use the metal paint scraper to streamline the felt and push out any air bubbles. This is important because bumps or creases in the felt will obviously be the difference between a fantastic shot and a disaster scratch. After you put the felt in place, attach the rails. You will need to tighten the rails and close gaps, as you make sure there are no wrinkles in the felt.

Once you have attached the rails, it is time to play ball!

A pool table is one of the hardest things to move. It’s heavy, bulky, wide, while also being very delicate and fragile. A DIY approach to moving a pool table can be dangerous to both you and the pool table. Many people make the mistake of trying to treat it like a dresser or sofa, but it just is not that simple. Calling friends and forcing this expensive piece of finally-tuned furniture down hallways, up and down stairs, and through doorways is a bad idea.  These actions can result in injury to you or your friends, and you can warp the surface of the table or break a component of it. So, follow the steps we provide without shortcuts or call a professional pool table mover.

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