If you’re someone who’s always wanted a game room, the two things you may have had your eye on for some time are a pool table and a vintage arcade cabinet. Both are fairly easy to acquire, but you still want to make sure you get the right options for your game room. If you’re still setting up the space that will become your game room, man cave, or family entertainment space, then EZ Storage® in Philadelphia can help you find the perfect self-storage unit.
Pool tables and arcade cabinets take up quite a bit of space, so it’s important to make sure you have plenty of room so your game area doesn’t feel too cramped or crowded. If you’ve already purchased your table or cabinet and need to store it while you make some renovations, visit one of our metro-area locations today!
Moving and Storing a Pool Table
You might think that pool tables only come in a few standard sizes, but the truth is, there are actually quite a variety of table options out there. Your typical home pool table measures about 88” x 44” for the playing surface, which translates to about 7’ x 3.5’. When you include the outside dimensions of the table, it can take up quite a bit of space in your game room. If you don’t want the table to take up too much space, there are smaller options, including six- and seven-foot tables.
As for moving and storing a pool table, it’s important to take great care when transporting it or putting it in a storage unit. You may have to take the table apart, removing the legs and the rails in order to move it out of or into your game room. If you’re going to be moving the table up or down stairs, make sure you have plenty of help for lifting and maneuvering, especially on the stairs themselves. You may also need to remove the felt from the table so that it doesn’t get torn or scratched while moving it.
If you’re going to be storing your pool table for a few months, make sure to invest in a quality table cover. You should be able to find a cover that’s made specifically for your table, and this can keep everything protected until you’re ready to take the table home. As for the wooden legs and rails, it can be smart to store everything in a climate-controlled space so that heat and humidity don’t negatively affect the wood.
Preparing Your Arcade Cabinets for Storage
If you grew up in the late 1970s or early 80s, chances are you frequented your local video arcade. You played games such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, and many others. As you got older, you often entertained the idea of having an arcade cabinet or two in your house. While you knew the price point on these cabinets would be high, you still liked the thought of owning one of your favorite childhood video games in its original form.
Many companies today are making modern replicas of arcade cabinets, complete with the games you remember playing as a kid. You can also find vintage cabinets that have been kept in good condition, but those will often cost a bit more in terms of price. If you’re thinking about purchasing an arcade cabinet, or you’ve already done so, it’s important to make sure it’s moved, stored, and set up correctly.
If you need to store your new arcade cabinet for a short period of time, make sure to move it using the appropriate equipment, such as a dolly or hand truck. The last thing you want is to try to lift or move the cabinet and have it tip over and get damaged. The glass and electronics are the most fragile parts of an arcade game, and the cabinet itself is susceptible to breaking if not handled properly.
Once the cabinet is in storage, make sure it’s covered to protect it from dust. You don’t want dust and dirt getting inside the cabinet and affecting the electronics, as this could lead to a malfunction the next time you plug in the game. You’ll also want to make sure the cabinet is stored on a level surface to reduce the risk of tipping. You can pad the corners of the cabinet with foam or other materials to keep the wood and metal in good condition. Climate-controlled storage can also be a great idea for arcade cabinets, since some can be made out of plywood or medium-density fiberboard, which can swell when exposed to too much humidity.
Find Self-Storage Today
Whether you’re setting up a game room for the first time, or you’ve just purchased a new pool table or arcade cabinet and need somewhere to store it, EZ Storage® is here to help. We have both standard and climate-controlled units at our Philadelphia facilities, and we’ll gladly help you choose the appropriate option for your gaming tables and arcade games. We offer a variety of unit sizes, so if you have multiple arcade cabinets or the largest pool table on the market, you won’t have to worry about running out of space.
Every unit can be rented on a month-to-month basis, which means you only have to rent for the time you need. Once your game room is ready or you’ve completed your renovations, you can move everything out of storage and into your updated entertainment space.
We look forward to helping you!