How to Move a Pool Table
When you’re getting ready to move, certain items require special attention. Whether it’s because they’re valuable, delicate, or special to you and your family, you want to make sure those items stay safe. However, some pieces of furniture that you think of as sturdy need extra care when you move them. Good examples of those kinds of items are gaming tables. In this article, we’re going to look at how you–or local movers in Boston that you decide to hire–carefully and safely move a pool table.
Get all the help you can find.
Pool tables are heavy. Moving one is not something you want to attempt on your own. Assemble your crew of helping hands and ensure that you have all the tools and equipment you need to disassemble the table. Those tools include a drill, screwdrivers, socket wrenches, Allen wrenches, and a staple remover (to remove the felt), plus anything that’s specific to your table. To move and protect the pieces, you’ll want a dolly and moving blankets.
Before you move anything, you need to measure all the doors and hallways you need to move your pool table through. The largest part will be the frame of the tabletop, so measure that to ensure it will fit into your new home. Make sure you measure the height of the doorways in addition to the width. You don’t want to find out when you arrive that you can’t fit the table through the door.
Protect the pieces.
The trickiest part of moving a pool table is keeping the felt intact. To keep it from tearing and to protect the slates underneath it, you have to remove the felt. If you plan to replace the felt after you move, you can just tear it off. However, if you wish to keep it, you have to carefully remove the staples and pack up the felt. Up next are the slates. These are very heavy, so don’t try to lift them on your own. Once the slates are safely out, you can move on to the rails, pockets, and finally the legs. Carefully pack and label all the pieces to make it easier to reassemble the table.