How to move a pool table DIY style

A pool table can weigh up to 1,000 pounds. It is one of the heaviest and most complicated items to move, not only because of its weight but also because of its structure. So, before we get into the details of moving it DIY style, we advise you to consider specialty movers. Of course, we know hiring professionals is not always possible. If you decide to move a pool table on your own, do not start before you call a group of friends to help you out and make sure they are familiar with the whole procedure.

This is how you move a pool table in a few steps

The disassembly, transportation, and reassembly of a pool table require either finding decent pool table movers with experience or relying on your own brains and muscles. Luckily, you also have our tips on how to move a pool table to guide you in the right direction.

Ask your friends to help you move a pool table

Contact four to five strong, healthy people to help you move your pool table. Call your helpers as early as you can. If you call them too late, they might be unable to clear their schedule. Ask them to wear appropriate clothes and shoes on moving day. Prepare some food and drinks for your moving crew. And don’t forget to return the favor!

Two people playing pool after helping their friend move a pool table
Your friends and family can help you move a pool table DIY style.

Prepare tools and moving supplies

You’ll need:

  • a power drill,
  • a socket wrench,
  • a screwdriver,
  • thick moving blankets,
  • boxes,
  • a staple remover,
  • safety goggles.

You can buy tools from various industrial suppliers or online distributors like Amazon. Moving companies sell packing and wrapping supplies, while staple removers can be found at office supply stores.

Rent a truck

Pool tables are large. You know that. However, you may think your pool table won’t take up much space once disassembled. Underestimating its size is a common mistake. Your minivan probably isn’t large enough to move a pool table, so you should look for a more practical solution.

Kermit the frog playing pool
Love to play pool? Take good care of your pool table!

Find an affordable truck rental center in our area to make sure the entire pool table can be transported at once. The rental company will recommend the right truck for you. There are many companies to choose from. If you cannot decide, turn to online review sites for help.

Protect your home and measure everything

Open the doors and measure the doorways, hallways, and staircases. The last thing you want is to learn the hard way that the pool table cannot fit through the door, for example.

It is a good idea to cover any sharp edges before moving heavy objects around. This is where you can use those thick towels we mentioned earlier. Moreover, protect your walls and floors before the moving process.

How to disassemble a pool table

  • Start moving a pool table by taking out the staples that keep the table’s six-ball pockets in place. To do this, you can use a staple remover or a screwdriver in case your pool table’s pockets are screwed in place.
  • Then, use a socket wrench to remove the pool table’s side rails. When you finish unscrewing the bolts, remove each side rail. All bolts and screws should be stored separately. Remember to label each part as soon as you remove it, so you can find it easily later on. Small parts are easy to lose and hard to replace.
  • To remove the felt on the top of the table that has been stapled down, use a staple remover to extract each staple. Be careful not to rip or damage the felt during the process. You can rip it off if you don’t plan on using it anymore.
  • Once you successfully remove and pack the felt, it is the pool table’s slates’ turn. A one-piece slate weighs a few hundred pounds. You can easily get injured if you are not used to moving heavy items, which is one of the most common moving mistakes. Therefore, you and your helpers need to be strong and prepared. Most slates are usually screwed in, so you might need a power drill to properly remove them. When you get the screws out, remove the slates with the help of your assistants.
  • Once these parts have been removed, move on to the main body and legs of your pool table. Remove each leg from the main structure. You can turn the main body of the table on its side or upside-down before you do this step.
A pool table, two chairs and a small table in the background
Moving a pool table involves a long disassembly process.

Apply protective materials and load the moving truck

It is of utmost importance to wrap each part of the pool table in moving blankets or any other soft wrapping material before moving them. Since the slates are very sensitive and heavy, they require extra protection.

Once you are done loading the pool table onto the truck you rented, drive carefully to prevent items from shifting around during transport. In order for the table to remain unharmed, it is important that nothing moves.

How to reassemble a pool table

Reassembling is not the easiest part of moving a pool table. Well, so far you’ve realized there is no easy part. Long story short, you should put it back together the opposite way you disassembled it.

  • First, carefully reassemble the frame and reattach the table’s legs to the main structure while the table is upside down.
  • Next, add the slate and felt on top. A carpenter’s level and shims can be used to level the table according to the floor. Apply wax to the seams and screw holes and add the felt.
  • Smooth out any wrinkles in the felt with a metal paint scraper.
  • Finally, put the pool table’s rails and pockets back and tighten them.