Moving a pool table – how to do it
Moving a pool table is a tricky job – most of the items we transport are either big or fragile, rarely both. And a pool table is just that – both. Shipping a pool table can be done safely, but it requires certain precautions. How can you transport your pool table efficiently and ensure it won’t be damaged during shipment?
Firstly, bad news – you’ll probably have to dismantle it. It’s the safest way to transport a pool table – in pieces it will be much easier to cover and secure to avoid damages during shipment. No worries, though – taking a pool table to pieces is actually easier than it sounds, even if you don’t feel particularly good about your handyman skills.
Keep reading this article to find out:
– how to take your table to pieces and avoid damaging it in the process
– how to transport the pool table
– which transport option will be the cheapest, and which is the safest
How to dismantle a pool table
1) Remove the pockets and the rails
That’s the first step – sounds easy enough, right? All you need to do is remove the nails and bolts. Just remember to store pockets, rails and all the screws somewhere you’ll be able to find them later. We strongly suggest keeping all the elements of your pool table (especially nails, pins, staples etc.) in the same place (for example in a ziplock bag). Small parts are easy to misplace, and sometimes a couple of missing pins is all it takes for your pool table to stay in pieces forever ;).
2) Detach the felt
It’s easier than it sounds, but it does require extra caution as even relatively small tear in felt can ruin it and force you to re-cloth the slate. If your felt is attached by staples, use a flat tool to pry them off. If the felt is glued to the slate, be extra careful while removing it to avoid tearing or stretching the material, which will ruin it. Also, be careful when folding removed felt to avoid wrinkles.
3) Remove the slate
Here comes the hardest part – and the heaviest! The pool slate can consist of one, two or three pieces and weights about 250 kg (551 lbs). Be careful while moving it – trapping your finger between the slate and the table can cause serious damage. Remove the screws and lift the slate. Be sure to find some help for this step – handling the slate is definitely a two-man job. Cover the removed slate with materials that will absorb any jolts during transportation and secure it well – along with the felt, the slate is the most important part of the pool table.
4) Detach the legs
After removing and securing the slate, you can mostly relax. In comparison with removing delicate felt or 250 kg slate, unscrewing legs from the frame is a piece of cake.
5) Secure all the elements
It’s vital with the slate, but also very important for other parts of the table. While the frame and the legs can take a little bump, more serious jolting can cause the table to come unbalanced and therefore ruin future games.
After these five steps, your table is ready to go!
Your pool table is prepared for transportation – now what? Essentially there are two ways to go about the transportation. You can either:
– transport the pool table by your own car
– hire a transport provider
Moving a pool table by yourself
If you have a car with big enough boot, you can transport the pool table by yourself. Just follow the instructions to dismantle your table and then secure all the parts in your car, making sure every item is safe from jostling around in the back of the car. It’s probably the cheapest way to transport, but also the least safe – unless you are an expert and have at least one person to help you, moving a pool table is energy-consuming, as this particular piece of furniture is prone to damage.
So, if you want to be sure your table will arrive safely at its destination, we recommend hiring a transport provider.
Moving a pool table with a transport provider
Due to the considerable size of most pool tables, moving one by courier is not usually an option. Instead you can use the services of a moving company. One of the main benefits is access to transport professionals – people who will not only know how to dismantle and secure the pool table properly, but will also help with the unloading once the table gets to its destination.
It will also be a good choice if you are reluctant to dismantle your pool table. Most of the moving companies own professional vehicles with enough space to safely transport your pool table in one piece. That way you can avoid the danger of losing small parts or damaging the table during disassembly.
An easy and reliable way to lower the shipping cost is shared transport. You find a transport provider that is shipping a cargo the distance that you need, and he takes your pool table as a part of his load. For you it’s a chance to lower the transportation expenses – for him, to earn some more money.
This way, you get to the use services of a professional (who can help with loading and unloading) and reduce transportation costs at the same time.
Check out these sample offers that involved a pool table to find out more:
Rzeszów, Poland to Jedlińsk, Poland for 51 £ (200 km)
Dumfries, UK to Szczecin, Poland for 602 £ (1783 km)
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