Understand the process and detail involved when moving a pool table
How To Move A Pool Table
The average weight of a pool table is between 650 – 900 pounds. This is a heavy piece of furniture, often with high levels of detail and craftsmanship. Some pool tables are even considered antiques. They are bulky, yet can also have certain elegance to them. Pool tables need to be handled with extreme care and confidence. Taking them apart is far more complicated than one can imagine.
If you’re considering to move the pool table yourself, understanding the process and the care required should be well thought through and planned prior to moving day. If your pool table has instructions or a manual on how to take it apart and set up, refer to those for guidance. If you don’t have these instructions, you can always contact the company directly to request this documentation and answer any questions you may have. We have listed some tips to help you disassemble and move the pool table without the help of professionals.
Supplies – First, make sure that you have the right tools. You will need a screwdriver, a power drill and a socket wrench. To remove the felt from the table, you will need a staple remover. When removing any screws or small bits, consider bagging them up and labeling everything. This way no pieces can get lost.
Moving truck – Pool tables are big; a standard table is between 7 – 9 feet. If you don’t have a pick up truck, consider borrowing one, or renting one, or a larger box truck.
Measure openings – Before you move the pool table, it’s a good idea to measure doorways, staircases, hallways, or any openings that the pool table needs to be moved through. If you know the measurements ahead of time, you can plan how it will be moved and how many people will be required to move it.
Gather helpers – You will need a team of strong helpers to disassemble and move the pool table. Depending on the size and weight, at least four people are recommended.
Protection - When moving the pool table, you will need a good amount of moving blankets to pad and protect the table. Make sure to also protect the floors, walls, and cover any sharp edges. This way, when the pool table is being moved, there is less chance of damage to the pool table and the surrounding areas.
Hiring a professional moving company to transport your pool table is an option and in many cases, highly advised. Moving specialists are equipped to handle moves of this kind. They are knowledgeable and look for things that may otherwise go unnoticed, such as breaks in the joints and cracks in the wood. These little things may affect the pool table should it be moved. Using a professional mover could prevent damage to the pool table, the environment in which it is placed, and also to any lucky helper you have recruited to help you move.
However you decide to move your pool table, it’ll be well worth it once it’s all set up again and ready for a game.