Looking to keep your pool table this upcoming move? It won’t be easy. The problem with pool tables is their unwieldy size and their weight. That said, if you’re looking to move a pool table, you should be asking a professional for help. Otherwise, know that you’ll be in for a great deal of heavy lifting and fine tuning.
There are two ways to move a pool table. Depending on the size and accessibility of your new home, one way might be more helpful than the other. Knowing where to put the table is key in determining which method is right for you. Bring a measuring tape with you and make sure your new space not only has enough room for the table, but enough room for you to play.
Method 1: On Wheels
Putting your pool table on wheels is the easiest method of transporting it from A to B. However, as with many easy things in life, this method requires that your table not have to travel up or down a set of stairs. Depending on the amount of help you have at your disposal, it might also require that you try to awkwardly fit through doorways. Remember that for the most part, pool tables should not be carried. Doing so could compromise the table’s level surface and leave you with a bunk corner pocket.
Rent or buy four flat dollies. These things are great for moving large pieces of upright furniture like cabinets or dressers. Consider wrapping the feet of the table, as well as the corners with a thick fabric or foam. This is done to prevent scratches.
Place a dolly at every corner in preparation. As well, be sure to clear a path so nothing will impede your movement throughout the house and driveway.
- When clearing a pathway, you’ll need to create ramps wherever the dolly’s wheels might need to move up or down slightly. Placing pieces of plywood or a wedge at these spaces will allow the wheels to move smoothly.
- If moving across hardwood floors, consider taping down some thick plastic like tarp or vinyl to protect the floor from being scratched or damaged.
- If you haven’t already done so, remove the balls from the table’s pockets and/or surface.
Carefully lift one end of your pool table up
Make sure you have a number of helpers nearby in case the weight is too much for you to bear alone. You’ll need to tilt the table so that the dollies can slide under (this can be done with your foot or by a friend). Once this has been done for both ends, have a friend at each corner so that you may begin moving.
- You’ve likely heard it before, but remember to lift with your legs instead of your back!
- Flat dollies often have a wheel jam built in to allow you to lift and apply pressure to the table without it moving.
Keep a steady pace on the route you’ve planned to move your table. Keep control over the speed at which you and your crew moves. Pool tables are heavy enough to take you with its momentum if you lose control. Ideally you’ll pass through as little doorways as possible. If you have to lift it to fit through a doorway, refrain from lifting from the table-part.
Getting it into the truck
You’re going to need to do some heavy lifting here. Depending on the vehicle you’ve got handy, be it moving truck or pickup, you’ll need a ramp to get it in. Pool tables can weigh up to 900lbs, so having as much help as possible is necessary to staying safe.
Method 2: Piece by Piece
Is it tedious? Absolutely, but if you’re in a situation where your table has got to go up or down a set of stairs then it will be coming down in pieces. This method is great for folks with a lack of helping hands. It’s also a suitable option for those worried about the potential damage that could be incurred from moving it in one piece.
After removing all the balls from the table, check underneath the pockets and rails to see how the whole thing is attached. While most tables are screwed together, they can sometimes be held together by staples. Depending on the table’s design, you’ll need a staple remover and/or screwdriver, a socket wrench, a sealable bag to keep screws in, a stapler, some heavy cloth to protect the wood and slate, and a truck.
- Consider using some safety goggles to protect your eyes from falling staples or screws. You’ll likely be on your back and underneath the table when taking it apart.
- If your table’s felt has been glued on, you might need to buy a replacement layer.
Taking it apart
Your standard pool table will have six pockets. Remove the staples of screws and place them in a clearly labeled box. Lay on your back underneath the pocket and pry the staples out with a flathead screwdriver or staple puller. After doing this, you’ll want to do the same with the table’s rails. These are typically bolted-in and can be slid out with relative ease once loosened.
With the rails and pockets free, you’ll be able to take the felt cover off the slate. Find the staples along the edges and remove them carefully. Take care when lifting the felt cover off if you plan on reusing it. A single tear can render the fabric useless. Alternately, this might be a great time for you to switch from the classic green felt to something exotic.
A clean slate
Separate the slate from the table using your screwdriver or a power drill if you have one on hand. Because slate is so brittle, the screws will likely be coated in beeswax. You can scrape off the wax easily with the end of a flat head
As stated, slate is brittle. Depending on the type of pool table you own, there might be two or three pieces stacked upon each other. This is done to prevent cracks in the surface from all those times you didn’t accidentally drop the cue ball when you were showing off your juggling skills. It’s also the reason pool tables can weigh so much.
Strap down the slate when transporting it to ensure it doesn’t get damaged from a speed bump. Also be sure to cover it and stack the pieces carefully on top of each other. When stacking slate, it’s a good idea to have a piece of wood buffering the slabs from touching. This will prevent them from rubbing against each other and will create a steadier load.
If your truck bed isn’t large enough to fit the table’s undercarriage, you may choose to take the rest of it apart. That being said, the remaining parts shouldn’t take up too much space. With help, it’s feasible for you to simply carry the rest of it out and pack it up with everything else. Just make sure that everything is wrapped sufficiently to keep the wood finish from getting scratched.
Still Need Help?
That’s perfectly alright. Remember, no mover is an island and there is no move that doesn’t require a second set of hands. Our professionals at Hendra Moving & Storage can get your table into your new home faster than you can sink the eight ball. Request an estimate today to see just how efficient our employees can be! And for all your moving questions, check out our blog for helpful how-to’s and moving guides.