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Move a Pool Table by Yourself: Can You Do It and How
- Published: Sep 08/2022
- Last update: Apr 28/2023
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Moving a pool table in the same room is quite the challenge and moving it outside the house is nearly impossible. Well, unless you have help and the proper knowledge. Then you can actually pull it off safely, but even so, this is no easy task.
Then read along this step-by-step guide on pool table moving. You will learn what tools you need, how to use them and different scenarios on how to move the pool table.
You cannot move your pool table completely by yourself, however, you can move it a short distance with help from some friends. But why are pool tables so heavy to begin with?
The playing surface of the pool table is made of a rock called slate. Slate is heavy on its own, so the table must be constructed with durable materials and in such a way that it won’t break under its weight.
The result is a contraption reaching about 1000 pounds (453 kilograms). The slate alone can weigh around 450 pounds (205 kilograms), while the rest of the weight comes from the wood frame, railings, legs, pockets and decorative elements.
3 piece slate tables are the most popular choice for home use, however, there are models which have a single large block of slate instead of 3 smaller ones. There are also medium-density fiberboard pool tables. A lighter and cheaper option however not as long-lasting, MDF pool tables only weigh around 100-300 pounds (45-136 kilograms).
Regardless of what kind of table you have, you still need at least 4, maybe 5, pool table movers even if you only want the table moved several centimetres. Failure to bring helpers might result in serious back injury and damage to the table and nearby items.
There is more than one method to move a pool table according to how far you want it moved. You can disassemble it, if you need to transport it to another property or floor, or you can keep it in one piece if you want to move it to a different spot or room on the same floor.
Before any kind of disassembly of the pool table can begin, you need to equip yourself with the following tools. You can either buy or ask a neighbour, just know that you will always need them when it comes to relocating your pool table.
You will need:
The proper approach to taking apart any pool table is to work from top to bottom. Some people may wonder how long does it take to disassemble a pool table? Around two to three hours at most. Also, you should have at least one helper, to hold the table when you remove certain parts of it.
With that said, this is how to take apart your pool table to move.
Now you can load everything in the moving van. When you load the slates, palace the protective blanket over them. Afterwards, place the frame on the slates. Keep all the bolts and screws in separate labelled bags so everything is neat and organised. When you arrive at your new place rebuild your pool table in reverse order.
Moving a slate pool table in one piece can only work when you need to cover a short distance. Moving it from one room to the next or moving it across the room are good examples of such times.
For this procedure to work, you will need:
Here is how to proceed:
Remember to always lift with your legs and keep your back straight whilst doing so.
If you don’t feel like moving the pool table by yourself, there is always the option to entrust this task to professionals. In this case, it’s good to research and find reliable removal specialists, as well as get informed about the approximate price of the service in advance.
The average price of moving a pool table ranges between £80 and £200 for short-distance moves and can go up to £3,000 for long-distance transportation of professional pool tables. Numerous factors come into play when calculating the final prices, so take the numbers you just read with a huge grain of salt.
With that in mind, the cost factors for moving a pool table are:
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