Move Your Pool Table Without Going Off The Rails

Posted on: 11 June 2015


While moving is a complicated process in general, some items are trickier than others. That pool table sitting in the basement or game room is generally one of the tricky ones. Whether it's a long-haul move or just across town, the work needed to disassemble, transport and store a billiard table remains the same. But there are ways to make it easier. How?

First, plan out your steps rather than diving into the project. One of the most important things you can do in moving a pool table is to carefully organize and label the parts as you remove them. A pool table has a number of small pieces and needs to be disassembled and reassembled in a certain order. Mark this order on all bags and boxes along with the parts inside them. It's especially important to stay organized if you're going to be storing the pool table for a while, because this process will probably not be fresh in your mind when you reassemble things. You'll also need some tools, most likely including a flat head screwdriver, staple remover, socket wrench and power drill. 

With those tools, do the following: 

  • Remove the staples or screws from the pockets underneath.
  • Take out the bolts holding the side rails in place. This is where the socket wrench might come in handy to hold the side rails in place during the process.
  • The felt comes next. There are two options regarding the felt. The first option is to replace it when you get to your new home. In this case, you can simply rip off the felt and be done with it. If you're going to reuse the felt, it's vital to be very careful when removing the staples or peeling back the glued felt since one false move can damage the felt.
  • Once the felt is gone, you'll be able to determine (if needed) if the slate beneath is one large piece or multiple slabs. Carefully pull out the screws holding the slate pieces together to avoid breaking them. Because the slate is the most important part of the table, wrap it well before transport and store it vertically to help prevent damage if using a storage unit. 
  • Finally, to avoid damage you should remove the legs before transport or storage.

As with many things being moved, organization and then working slowly and methodically are the most important parts of transporting a pool table. With some careful attention, you'll be able to enjoy the game for years to come.  

For more information, contact Ten Mile Storage and Cloverdale Storage or a similar company.