How to Move a Pool Table: To a New Home and Across the Room

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The first billiard games were played in the early 1340s, though these were lawn games more similar to croquet than the billiards we play today. These days, our pool tables are large and heavy, making it tricky to move them around the house. That’s why many people choose a place for their pool tables very carefully before they even buy one to be sure it stays put after it’s assembled.

However, if you move to a new home, you likely won’t want to leave such an expensive piece behind. This means that you need to learn how to move a pool table from your current home to your new one. There also may be some instances where you need to figure out how to move your pool table across the room to make space for other games or furniture. Each of these procedures requires some specific steps to ensure you aren’t damaging the pool table in the process.

To a new home

How to Move a Pool Table: To a New Home and Across the Room

Though portable pool tables are lightweight and easy to move without too much work, moving the larger, heavier models to be disassembled and moved with a great deal of care.

What you’ll need:

You’ll need a few tools to move your pool table from your current home to a new one. These tools include:

  • drill
  • socket wrench
  • screwdriver
  • staple remover
  • moving blankets
  • bubble wrap

1.     Get some help

As we already mentioned, pool tables are heavy, so they can’t be moved easily with only one person. Ask a friend or family member if they can give you a hand taking it apart, especially for the heavier pieces.

2.     Measure the doorways

Before you even begin to disassemble your pool table, you need to measure the doorways that you’ll need to pass through when moving the table. Make sure the table will fit through the route you’ve planned to prevent damage to the pieces as they are moved, as well as preventing damage to the house you’re leaving. You should also measure other tight spaces you’ll be going through, like hallways and stairs.

3.     Remove the pockets and rails

Now you’re ready to start disassembling your pool table, starting with the pockets. There are six of them in all, with four on the corners and two on the sides. Though some pool table pockets are attached using screws, they are usually held in place with staples. These are easily accessed from beneath the table and can be pried loose using a flathead screwdriver or a staple remover.

Once the pockets are off, remove the bolts on the rails using the socket wrench and slide them free. There might be a few rail sections, so an extra pair of hands may be needed for this.

4.     Get the felt off

How to Move a Pool Table: To a New Home and Across the Room

With the pockets and rails removed, it is time to remove the felt, which is the most delicate part of your pool table. The felt is usually held in place using staples, so a staple remover will help you remove it with minimal damage. It can also be attached using glue, so it is best to remove it by pulling it backward as gently as possible to avoid tears. When it is removed, fold it neatly to prevent wrinkles. If the felt is worn or torn, you can also buy replacement felt at this time.

5.     Remove the slates

The slates are the heaviest part of the table, so need extra care when being removed. It could be one solid piece or have two or three pieces that fit together. Either way, unscrew the slates from the frame and carefully carry them out to your waiting vehicle, laying them flat to avoid damage.

6.     Detach the legs

The legs are the last piece to remove from the pool table frame. Using your drill, unscrew each one and set them aside. You may need someone to hold the frame as you do this. Once the legs are off, carry the frame to your vehicle and lay it gently on top of the slates. You may want to place a moving blanket or a drop-cloth between them and on top of the frame for protection.

7.     Wrap everything in movings blankets and bubble wrap

All of the parts that you have left in your home should now be wrapped in moving blankets or high-quality bubble wrap. The  Upkg 125ft Bubble Cushioning Wrap Rolls are a good option for this due to the large roll size and long-lasting protection.

8.     Load it all in the vehicle

Load all the wrapped parts into your vehicle, being careful not to damage the frame and the slates in the process. Make sure they are secure enough that they won’t shift or fall over during transport to your new home.

9.     Reassemble it in reverse order

Once you’ve reached your new home and have unloaded the various pool parts, it is time to put them together. This needs to be done in the reverse order from the disassembling process. Start by attaching the legs to the frame, then add the slates, the felt, the rails, and then the pockets.

Across the room (without taking it apart)

Sometimes you need to move a pool table across a room rather than removing it from your house. This is a much easier process since it allows you to move a pool table without taking it apart. This also speeds up the process, so you won’t need to spend too long away from your favorite game.

1.     Get 4 wooden dollies

How to Move a Pool Table: To a New Home and Across the Room

To move a pool table across a room, you first need to get 4 wooden dollies. There are many to choose from but for pool tables, you need dollies that can handle a lot of weight, like the Wen 721830 1000-pound Capacity 18 x 30-inch Hardwood Mover’s Dolly, which comes in sets of 2 dollies.

2.     Lift one end and place the dollies underneath

Lift one end of the pool table off the floor. Have an extra person nearby to slide a dolly beneath each of the lifted legs. Then lower the table onto the dollies. Be sure the legs are positioned securely onto the dollies to prevent them from sliding off when the table is moved.

3.     Brace the dollies

Once the dollies are in place and the legs are in position on them, the dollies will need to be braced. Many of them include locking wheels to keep the dolly from moving. If not, you can use chunks of wood or other objects to jam the dolly wheels and keep them firmly in place.

If you do not brace the dollies, they will shift when you lift the other side of the table, which could cause damage to the pool table, the dollies, or even lead to an injury.

4.     Repeat the procedure with the other end

When the dollies on the end are secure, move to the other side of the table. Lift it and place dollies beneath the legs on this side as well. Again, be sure the legs are positioned securely on the dollies when you lower the table to keep the legs from sliding off when the table is moved.

5.     Push the table to move it around

Now that the dollies are in place beneath all four of the pool table legs, it is time to move the table from its current place to its new one. Start by unlocking or unblocking the two locked dollies. Then choose your path, checking the measurements of any doorways or hallways you need to move through to be sure the pool table will fit. Remove any obstacles from your path, including toys, rugs, or anything else that could prevent the dollies from rolling.

Once the path is set and clear, it is time to move the pool table. Use only the necessary force to push the pool table to prevent it from rolling faster than you can handle. Help from a friend in this area will allow you to keep better control of the pool table as it moves. Push it gently until you have it positioned the way you want in its new spot in your home.

6.     Brace the dollies on one side

When the pool table is where you want it to stay, you need to brace the dollies again on one side of the pool table. This can be done with the locks on the wheels or the same objects that you used to brace them with when first lifting the tables. This will keep the dollies firmly in place for the next step.

7.     Remove the dollies on the other

When the dollies on one side are braced, move to the other side of the table. Lift the table and have your friend remove the dollies from beneath the legs on that side. Gently lower the table to the floor, setting it down carefully to avoid damaging the legs or the frame. Move the dollies away from the table to keep them out of the way when you move to the other side.

8.     Remove the remaining dollies

Head to the other side of the table and remove the locks or blocks from the remaining dollies. Then lift this side and remove the dollies from beneath the legs of the pool table. Lower the pool table again, doing so gently to prevent damage. Adjust the leg height as needed for the new table position. Now you can get your billiard balls and pool cues out and start playing pool in a new area of the house.

Final thoughts

Getting a new pool table is an exciting experience since it allows you to hone your skills while enjoying this entertaining game in the comfort of your home. The downside is that these tables are heavy and difficult to move to a new home. It isn’t impossible, though, so if you want to take your pool table with you when you move, you just need to spend a bit of time and effort to make this happen.

Moving a pool table to a new area of your home is an easier process since you don’t need to disassemble it and then reassemble it when it is placed in its new location. Instead, a few dollies and a bit of pushing can get this job done quickly and easily.