How to Move a Full Size Pool Table

by Mary Sharp
Moving a full-size pool table can be challenging.

Moving a full-size pool table can be challenging.

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Pool tables can be extremely challenging to move. This is not only due to their weight, which can be over 500 pounds, but also because pool tables are originally assembled by trained professionals who then balance them in order to fit billiard table regulations. Moving a pool table like any other table, by lifting it, can shift the rails and and slate, causing the table to become unbalanced. Because of this, it's best to hire professional pool table movers, who will move and assemble the table at its new location. If you do not want to pay for this service, then consider disassembling the table and moving it yourself, but hiring professionals to reassemble it once it has arrived at its new location.

Items you will need

  • Magic marker
  • Small plastic bags
  • 3/8 variable speed drill
Step 1

Mark every visible piece of the pool table with the magic marker in an inconspicuous spot with a number or letter before disassembly. This will ensure that you know where every piece goes for reassembly.

Step 2

Remove the rails, or sides of the table, first by unscrewing the bolts beneath the rails. Place these bolts in a plastic bag and label them.

Step 3

Remove the pool pockets that are bolted to the rails.

Step 4

Place each pocket in a plastic bag and label where it goes on the table.

Step 5

Remove the screws attaching the slate, or top surface, to the cabinet, or pool table frame, using the 3/8 variable speed drill.

Step 6

Remove the slate from the table. Do not lay the slate flat. Transport it on its edge vertically.

Step 7

Remove the legs from the table. Place the screws in a plastic bag and label them.

Step 8

Move the pieces of the pool table to their new location.

Step 9

Call a professional pool table company to have the table set up and balanced in its new location.

Tips & Warnings

  • To avoid injury, always use a weight belt when lifting heavy pieces of the pool table. Lift with your legs, not your back.

Photo Credits

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