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How to Move & Store a Pool Table

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October 20, 2019

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5 min

Move & Store Pool Table
If you will be moving a pool table and placing it in storage, there are a few steps you need to take to not only make the moving process a bit easier, but also to ensure you keep your pool table damage-free. These steps are especially important if you’ll be moving it yourself.

Moving a pool table will require a complete disassembly of the table along with using some muscle power! We recommend that you enlist a few friends to help you move this heavy, bulky and wide item. First of all, consult the manual that came along with your pool table to ensure you’re following the proper procedures for your brand or style of table.

Things you’ll need to get started: a staple puller, a set of flat head screwdrivers, a socket wrench, power drill, and safety goggles, and packing materials.

How to Move a Pool Table

1. Remove the Pockets

The six side pockets will be attached with staples or screws, so use the staple puller or screwdriver to unfasten them. Make sure you are wearing your safety goggles to protect your eyes from potentially flying small parts.

2. Disengage the Rails

Use a socket wrench to loosen the bolts holding in the rails, then slide them out gently with some assistance from friends, placing the rails on a moving blanket for safe transport. Keep all the bolts, screws, nuts and other small pieces sealed together in a plastic bag.

3. Take off the Felt

Removing the felt is a very delicate process, unless you’ll be replacing it after the move. The felt will either be stapled to the pool table or glued in place. Carefully remove the staples to release it, or pull the felt up very gently in a backward motion if it’s glued on. Try not to stretch it or pull on it, as it will lose its shape easily. Fold the felt carefully once you have gotten it up off the table.

4. Remove the Slate

Removing the slate is where your helpers will really come into play. The slate may be in one to three pieces and can weigh a total of around 800 pounds! The slate will be screwed down and needs to be removed with a power drill. Again, keep all the screws and pieces together in a plastic bag. Once the screws have been removed, use the combined strength of your helpers to lift the slate off the frame and set it down on a moving blanket.

5. Remove the frame and legs

Finally, the last step before moving a pool table is flipping it over to remove each leg from the frame, as well as any other detachable pieces.

Once the pool table is completely disassembled, it is ready to be moved. Wrap up all the larger pieces in the moving blankets, individually wrapping each slate, rail, leg and frame and secure them with packing tape. It’s important to be very cautious when placing the slate on the moving truck, too. Use an appliance dolly to help get it up the loading ramp, and if there is more than one slate they can be stacked once on board.

How to Store a Pool Table

Now that you know how to move a pool table, the next step is knowing how to store a pool table properly.

Cover the Floor of Your Storage Unit

Place plastic sheeting on the floor of your storage unit and lay the slate on top of it, covering each individual piece with more plastic adhered with packing tape before stacking the next piece on top (if there was more than one piece of slate).

Keep the Table Pieces Wrapped During Storage

Keep the other elements of the pool table wrapped in the moving blankets and set them on top of the slate- the frame, legs and pockets. The felt should be kept folded neatly in a sealed plastic bag to protect it from damage.

Keep all Pieces and Parts Together

Finally, keep the bags of screws, nuts and bolts with the table parts so you’ll have everything ready to go for reassembly.

Store Your Pool Table with ezStorage!

If you need to store a pool table or other larger items, consider ezStorage for all your household storage needs. We offer a variety of temperature controlled storage units that are perfect for all your sports equipment storage large or small, throughout the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas. For the convenience of our customers, we’ve recently added a contactless rental option. This allows our customers to rent a storage unit from the convenience of their own homes. Rent your storage unit today!

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