Weighing typically between 500 to 1,000 pounds, pool tables are among one of the heaviest pieces of furniture to move. Before you move that pool table by yourself, consider hiring a professional mover who has the proper equipment and training to move even the heaviest slate pool tables with ease. If this is absolutely not an option, plan on asking at least three friends to help and set aside at least an hour of time to properly disassemble the table.
Take the following steps to move your pool table without injury to you or harm to the table:
- Start by removing the bumpers.
- Next, remove the felt. Begin by choosing a place to start and then moving around the table in either a clockwise or counterclockwise position. Be careful not to tear the felt as it can be tricky to unglue or to remove staples especially around the pockets.
- Slate is what makes the weight. Not all tables are slated, but if yours is, you will need help in removing and lifting the slate pieces as they are very heavy. Slate is also very fragile, so take care in removal and then pack in extra padding to avoid breakage. Slated tables usually have two to three pieces of slate that measure approximately ¾-inch to 1-inch thick. Carefully use a screwdriver or drill to remove the slate.
- Remove the legs.
- Once the heavy part of the table has been removed, flip the table over with the help of a friend or two and remove the legs and pockets.
- Lift and load the table.
Once the table is completely disassembled and the pieces individually wrapped and packaged for moving, it’s time to load each piece into the moving van. Move the frame onto the truck first, keeping the frame of the table upside down as you move it onto the truck. Arrange the other carefully wrapped pieces on top of the frame inside the moving van.
Arrange to have help to unload and reassemble the table once you arrive at your new destination.