How to Move and Store a Pool Table Properly

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A billiards or pool table is a great investment if you have the space, free time, and ability to enjoy it. But moving and storing a full-sized pool table can be a hassle. When it comes time to move and store your pool table for a lengthy period, make sure that it’s done in a way that prevents short and long-term wear or damage.

In this guide, we’ll provide tips on how to properly move a pool table. We also offer ideas about storing a pool table, specifically when using a personal self-storage unit, that will keep your table safe and secure for long periods.


Preparing to Move Your Pool Table

Before you even start packing up your pool or billiards table, here are some of the initial steps to prepare for your move.

Secure the Right Tools 

Consult the manual for your pool table or search online for the tools needed to assemble and disassemble it. Ensure you have these easily accessible and available well in advance of your effort to move the table.

Set Aside Plenty of Time

Make sure that you set aside enough time to move your pool table. You will need to factor in time to disassemble the table, transport it, and place it in your storage location. You may choose to disassemble the table one day and move it the next.

Decide on Your Path and Transportation

Don’t make the mistake of beginning the move without a clear and sizable path. This begins with carrying the parts outside the table’s enclosure. You may arrange for a free moving truck along with your self-storage unit as well to ensure you have enough space.

Tips for Moving a Pool Table

Next, we will consider some tips for the actual disassembly and transportation of the pool table.

Unscrew and Remove the Ball Pockets 

Begin by removing all of the pool balls from pockets and roll them into a clean sock or other soft container. Then, unscrew and remove the ball pockets using a screwdriver or other appropriate tool.

Disengage the Rails from the Pool Table

 The rails are the pieces of wood that run along the edge of the pool table. Use a screwdriver or other tool to loosen and remove the screws that hold the rails in place. You may need to use a pry bar to carefully remove the rails from the pool table as well.

Remove the Felt

The felt is the soft surface of the pool table. It’s often held in place by staples or glue, so use a screwdriver or utility knife to remove it. Once the felt is removed, you can fold it and place it in a storage container.

Lift and Disassemble the Slate, if Applicable

Some pool tables have a slate surface, which is a single piece of stone or slate that makes up the playing surface. This type of pool table is very heavy, so you will need to enlist the help of a friend or professional mover to lift and disassemble the slate.

Wrap Each Piece in Moving Blankets

Once all of the pieces are disassembled, it’s time to wrap them in moving blankets. This will help protect them from scratches, dents, and other damage during the move.

Tips for Storing a Pool Table

Next, we provide some tips on storing the pool table for the long term.

Keep the Table Elevated

Using a pallet board, elevate the pool table off of the ground. This will help protect it from moisture and pests while in storage.

Keep All Pieces Wrapped

Once the pool table is disassembled, make sure that all pieces remain wrapped in moving blankets or another type of protective material. This will help keep them safe from scratches, dents, and other damage during storage or when the pieces are ultimately removed.

Keep Nuts and Bolts Together and Secure

Use a self-sealing plastic bag or another self-sealing container to store all of the nuts, bolts, and other small pieces that come with your pool table. This will help prevent them from getting lost during storage.

Storing Your Pool Table at an EZ Storage Facility

If you’re looking for a safe and secure place to store your pool table, look no further than EZ Storage. Our self-storage units are clean, secure, and sizable enough for your table. We also provide climate-controlled self-storage units, which can help protect your pool table from the elements.

To learn more about storage options in your area, contact EZ Storage today!

Storage FAQs

Can you store a pool table in a garage?

Yes, but really only if the garage remains clean, dry, and free of pests. Consider using a pallet board to elevate the pool table off of the ground. You should also consider disassembling the pool table and protecting its parts in containers as described above. Finally, avoid activity around the pool table to prevent scratches or other damage. Having a dedicated storage unit, though, relieves you of these things.

Can you store a pool table on its side?

No, this can damage the pool table. Instead, store the pool table on its legs in an upright position. You should also consider disassembling the pool table and storing its parts in containers as described above.

Does humidity ruin a pool table?

Yes, humidity can warp the wood of a pool table and damage the felt. Consider using a climate-controlled self-storage unit to help protect your pool table from the elements.

Are pool tables worth it?

This is a matter of opinion. Pool tables can be expensive, so you’ll need to decide if the cost is worth it for you. If you enjoy playing pool and have the space to store a table, then it may be worth the investment. Be sure you have a plan for long-term storage before purchasing one as well.