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Pool tables are great fun when you have guests over. But
moving it? Ehh..not so much. There’s lifting, maneuvering and disassembling
involved all which require a ton of patience. The project itself is pretty
dangerous, so ideally it is good to have professionals on site.
But on the plus side, most pool tables are designed to be
broken down to the last element. So if you do wish to do this independently,
you’d need to put on your patient planner outfit to follow all the bite-sized
steps to move your pool table.
We’ve divided our guide into things you’ve got to plan in advance before the execution phase. Read on to learn all about successfully moving your pool table.
CALCULATE MY MOVE
Before you start to work on disassembling the pool table, we suggest understanding the route to follow while getting it out of your house. If you’re hiring a mover, you’ve to keep them informed about basics like flight of stairs and if there are any narrow passages. Remember that a pool table is heavy, even once you disassemble the entire piece. For instance, a single slate is roughly 160 to 200 pounds. In total there would be three slates (450-480 pounds) so you’ve to prepare yourself to carry these down the stairs one at a time.
If you plan the navigation out, you can know the points at
which you can take a break. You don’t want to damage property or yourself so
get rid of any obstacles. Clear the path and make sure there’s enough space for
you to make your way out efficiently.
The goal here is to not be in an obstacle race kind of
situation for yourself. Have a clear path to follow and understand the
complicated turns in advance.
Have you ever seen a situation where a person
single-handedly pushed a refrigerator up a flight of stairs? There’s no prizes
for the right answer because it’s without doubt a NO (Unless you saw it in a
fictional superhero film). Now, a refrigerator weighs somewhere between 180 to
360 pounds and this is similar to how heavy the slate from the pool table is
going to be.
All we’re trying to say is that you’re definitely going to
need more hands on this project. It’s a massive job that needs more people (at
least three) or professionals on board. It is also potentially dangerous if you
drop the slate of the table on your feet. The potential for disaster is quite
high, so ensure you have someone to help you with lifting.
Disassembling is one phase of this project but you have to remind yourself that you’d also need to reassemble everything at some point. If you have a manual, it’s great. But in reality, pictures you take yourself would be a great alternative. Take sufficient time and pictures while disassembling so you could also go back to them when you need it.
Now your tool set may already have
the supplies mentioned below but this is a quick rundown of things that you
must have handy. Within the tool set you need the following:
Screwdriver – The entire rail line of the pool table is held together by screws, so the humble screwdriver will be of great help here. But we’d like to tell you that if you have an electric screwdriver machine, it would help you work much faster.
Scratch Awl – This will help you loosen the grip of the staple pins that hold the felt cloth to the table.
Utility Plier Or Wire Cutter – Would help big time when you need to pull the staple pin without damaging the felt.
Socket Wrench – So that you can turn all the nuts and bolts with ease.
Spackle – To fill the holes at the time of assembling.
Ziplock Bag – You’re going to need a couple of bags to place the screws, bolts and nuts. As you break apart one portion, you would immediately need to place the bag and label it.
Sharpie – Keep a couple of sharpies or markers around to label the ziplock bags and write the configuration of the slate.
Moving Blanket – Moving blankets are essential to
protect the slate. The pool table slate is as delicate as a mirror but more so
like the weight of marble. It could attain scratches if not handled properly,
so ensure you have a moving blanket. You could use an old blanket at home but
double check if the material has a good grip or else avoid it.
Also Read: Moving Blankets: Reasons You Need Them
Plastic Wrap – Since tape doesn’t really hold cloth well, you have to get plastic wrap soon after you get the moving blanket. Plastic wrap is ideally the best to keep the moving blanket stiff and in place.
Bubble Wrap – You’re going to need bubble wrap to pack up all the pieces that have been disassembled. Once again like moving blankets, these work as padding material to safeguard all the various parts that make the pool table.
Packing Tape – Lastly, you’re going to need packing tape to hold the bubble wrap together.
Step 01 – Unscrew The Side Pockets
The first step is to deal with all six of the side pockets.
You can do this with a screwdriver if they are held together with screws. In
some cases, it’s just staples which makes things easier. To take out the staple
pins, use a scratch awl to loosen the grip and then the wire cutter to pluck it
you’ve done this, keep the side pockets at one side for further packing.
Step 02 – Loosen The Rail Line
The rail line of the pool table is held together with
screws. This isn’t the most time consuming task and actually pretty
straightforward. Keep taking out the screws underneath the rail line, till
you’ve gone all around the table. Post that it would be easy to just lift the
The rail that is longer in length for most pool tables can
be broken down further into two halves. If that is the case, you would have a
total of six rail lines. If not, you’re going to be dealing with four rail
lines. Place them standing towards a wall for support with the help of the
– Collect the screws and place them into a ziplock. Immediately tag the bag as
‘rail line’ so you know it belongs here. This helps greatly when it’s time to
reassemble the pool table.
Step 03 – Deal Carefully With The Felt Cloth
The felt cloth of the pool table is attached to the wooden
table with glue and staple pins. So at this stage you’re simply dealing with a
whole ton of staple pins and then pulling it out of glue.
Since you’re going to be working as a team, we suggest
asking your friend to start loosening the tightness of the staple pin with the
scratch awl. And you could follow with using a wire cutter to pull the staple
out one at a time.
Continue this process until you’ve reached the point of the
table where you started. Keep placing the pins on top of the table. After that,
gather them and safely dispose of them. Before you pull the cloth out, double
check if you missed out on any staple pin.
You can pull out the felt cloth carefully from the edges. Fold it neatly just like a bedsheet if you like or you could just roll it and place it aside.
Step 04 – Disassemble The Slate
Now once you remove the felt cloth, the slate is going to
look like the stone slab on which Aslan died in Narnia (if you’re familiar with the film). Dealing with this is
going to be the most challenging part of the task.
We highly recommend being more than careful from this stage.
The slate is heavy and is around 450 pounds. Remember that you don’t have to
carry the whole slate as it is but you can break it into three sections that
would be roughly 150 pounds per piece. This makes the task doable.
The three parts of the slate are tied together with larger
screws that are covered with spackling paste. You have to find these spackling
spots and take the wax-like substance out. You can use your screwdriver to pull
out the paste. Once that’s done, use a screwdriver machine to unscrew the
screws. Each slate has four screws, so you would have a total of 12 screws by
the end of it. Place them into a ziplock and label it as ‘slate screws’.
After you’ve done that, the slates will loosen up but won’t
just fall off because it still has the support of a table underneath.
Step 05 – Lift The Slate And Place
It On A Moving Blanket
Before you lift the slate, you have to do two things –
Your main goal while lifting each slate is to make sure that
no one gets hurt. We can’t stress on this enough, but it cannot fall at any
point or it could just crack. Carefully pick one slate at a time and wrap it
into a moving blanket. Also, use plastic wrap to secure the moving blanket.
Step 06 – Disassemble The Table
This is a comparatively simpler part of moving a pool table
where you now just have to deal with a wooden table frame. Take out the screws
from the upper frame of the table and then work your way to the screws that
loosen the table legs.
Deal with the table legs on one side and then move to the next side. Turn the
table on the side if it’s easier for you to work on it that way. There’s going
to be several frames with screws in them, nuts and bolts to handle at this
point. Have a ziplock next to you and keep the nuts and bolts attached after
you take it out. This would save you some trouble while assembling it at your
On a side note, we’d like to mention that you don’t
necessarily have to disassemble every single piece of the table. For instance,
if you can pick up some pieces easily, then just secure it with bubble wrap and
put them in the truck.
Step 07 – Wrap Individual
Accessories And Disassembled Parts With Bubble Wrap
After you’ve disassembled the table, you can proceed to
wrapping all the table parts in bubble wrap. Wrap the tables legs and the frame
with sufficient bubble wrap so that it’s protected from attaining scratches
during transit. Use tape to keep the bubble wrap secure.
Here is a quick of things that need packing, you can use
this as a checklist:
Step 08 – Reassemble But In Reverse
successfully move the pool table, you can follow these same steps in the
reverse order. Here is a quick rundown of the order that you can refer to:
How much does it cost to get
professionals to move a pool table?
Moving a pool table can cost anywhere between $700 to
$1,100. It all depends on how complex the project would be and the type of the
pool table you own.
How heavy is the slate of the pool
The slate of a pool table is roughly 450 pounds. The slate has three sections, each section is roughly 150 pounds so it’s easier to disassemble and then carry it.
Can you move a pool table without
taking it apart?
advised to dismantle your pool table before moving it. Not only does this take
up less space but also allows you to pack the parts individually for added
protection. You can then simply just reassemble it whenever you’re ready. In
some circumstances and with help of course, you can move a pool
table using furniture sliders without taking it apart.
How much does it cost to have a pool
on the distance, complexity of the move, size, weight, and value of a pool
table, moving a pool table can cost anywhere between $700 to $1,100. It also
relies on the vehicle size as well as the equipment needed to move it.
How heavy is a slate pool table?
of a slate pool table will vary based on size and make. A single slate of a
pool table on the smaller side will weigh roughly between 160 lbs to 200 lbs.
In total there would be three slates, bringing the weight up to 450 to 480 lbs.
A table around 7ft to 8ft will weigh anywhere between 700 lbs to 850 lbs; maybe
even more, depending on the model.
How much does a 8ft slate pool table
slate pool table will weigh around 850 lbs. These types of pool tables are
considered the best due to their endurance as well as longevity and are
commonly seen during tournaments and maybe in an epic den accompanied by a
dartboard and some fancy whiskey!
How do you take apart a pool table
a pool table varies based on type and size. The following is how to dismantle a
slate pool table.
Can you put a pool table on wheels?
attach sliders on pool tables to make them more mobile and easier to shift
around when required.
Can I move a pool table myself?
planning on moving a pool table by yourself, you better get ready to put your
back into it. This piece of furniture can get quite heavy and there is always a
higher instance of you dropping it on your feet or spraining a muscle if you
choose to embark on this by yourself. Therefore it is highly recommended to
have at least 3 other individuals to help you out in the process.
How long does it take to move a pool
pool table may require 3 to 4 hours or days,
give or take, depending on the size of the table, how long it takes you
to dismantle or pack it, and the location of its new destination.
How do I dispose of a pool table?
wish to dispose of an old and worn out pool table, there are a number of
garbage removal services that can get the job done. On the other hand, you can
also donate your old pool table to youth centers, community recreation centers,
seniors’ homes, church groups, and other charities. You can
also donate to individuals within your neighborhood.
How heavy is a 6ft slate pool table?
tables are the heavier ones out of the bunch; a small 6 ft slate pool table can
weigh around 500 lbs and more, depending on the model and ornamentation.
Is a one piece slate pool table
better than a three piece?
slate tables are built using a single piece of slate while a three-piece slate
table is divided into three sections. When it comes to moving them, a one-piece
slate table will be much heavier, less flexible, and thus very difficult to
move. On the other hand, a three-piece slate table is easier to move as it can
How heavy is an average pool table?
of a pool table varies based on its size, the style of the table (commercial or
residential), and the materials used in constructing the rest of the table. A
small 6 ft slate pool table can weigh around 500 lbs whereas a 12 ft tournament
slate table can weigh up to 2500 lbs! On the other hand, your average small 6ft
wood (Medium-density fiberboard) pool table weighs around 180 lbs whereas a 10
ft one can weigh all the way up to 600 lbs.
How heavy is a non slate pool table?
average weight of a small 6 ft wood pool table is 180 pounds all the way up to
600 pounds for a 10 ft wood table. The plastic ones tend to be much lighter.
Can you move a slate pool table on its side?
In case you’re short of space, it is totally possible to move a slate pool table on its side, as long as it has been dismantled and any free parts are properly reinforced before and during the moving process.
A pool table could easily be one of the heaviest items in your home. Moving it is a mega project that needs a well thought out plan and patience like we mentioned earlier. You now have a reliable plan to follow from us so that would make things easier. But if you don’t have sufficient time or patience for the task, we highly recommend letting a professional step in.
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