Pool Table Storage Tips
While moving and storing a pool table might not sounds complicated, you may discover that it is more difficult than you thought. A pool table is not only very fragile, it is also very heavy. And unfortunately, any false move can lead to you spending quite a bit in repairs. But, we’re here to help. Read below to find out essential tips for moving and storing a pool table.
Pool Table Disassembly Tips
Remove the Pockets
First, to take apart a pool table, remove the pockets. Depending on the brand of pool table, the pockets will either be stapled or screwed into place. Use a staple remover or screwdriver to take off the pockets and store them in a safe place. If the pockets were attached using screws, store them in a plastic bag for safe keeping.
Disengage the Rails from the Pool Table
Next, remove the rails from the pool table. The rails are likely screwed in, so use the socket wrench to unscrew the screws and release the rails. Store all small pieces in a small bag for safe keeping.
Peel Back the Felt
The felt will either be attached to the pool table with staples or glue. Take a look at your pool table to determine how the felt is attached. If the felt is attached using staples, remove the staples and then peel up the felt. If the felt is attached using glue, gently peel the felt up. After removing the felt, fold it up and place it in a plastic bag for storage. If you have had your pool table for a while and the felt is looking worse for wear, consider replacing the felt instead.
Remove the Slates
It is important to keep in mind that the pool table slates are extremely heavy. When moving the pool table slates, make sure you have a few people there to help you. Before moving the slates, place a piece of tarp on the floor. Lower the slates from the pool table to the tarps.
Break Down the Pool Table Frame
Lastly, break down the pool table frame to make it easier to move. Lay the pool table on its side and then remove the legs.
How to Store a Pool Table
- Wrap all items for storage: Before placing any of the pool table pieces into storage, ensure all pieces are wrapped with moving blankets. Keeping the pieces of the table wrapped for storage will prevent dust and dirt from settling on the pieces of the table.
- Elevate the pool table: It is never a good idea to store anything wooden or temperature sensitive close to the floor. Instead, place pallet boards on the floor of the storage unit and keep the pool table pieces on top.
- Use a climate controlled storage unit: To protect your pool table from damage caused by fluctuations in temperature, it is essential to utilize a climate controlled storage unit. Over time, when a wooden piece of furniture is exposed to fluctuations in temperature it can cause the wood to warp.
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