Steps to packing a pool table for moving

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Some items can make your relocation more complicated than usual. One of those items certainly is a pool table. If you ever browsed through moving companies’ websites, maybe you’ve noticed that many of them offer pool table moving as a separate service. That is because packing a pool table for moving requires lots of strength, different tools, and some knowledge. Therefore, it is always better to hire movers Gulfport MS to help you than to do it on your own. If, on the other hand, you decide to move it by yourself, here’s how to do it properly.

Gather your strongest friends when packing a pool table for moving

Packing a pool table for moving first requires some organizational work. You cannot use your bare hands and start moving it without any plan and preparations. If you ever tried to move your pool table, even just a few inches, you know how heavy it is. Pool tables can sometimes weigh more than 1,000 pounds. This means that you will need to find a few strong helpers. On the other hand, maybe you cannot find anyone that is in the mood for moving such heavy items. In that case, remember that moving companies Jackson MS are waiting for your call. They have all the experience, tools and manpower to pack and move your pool table without you lifting a finger.

Strong soldiers carrying heavy lumber
You will need to assemble a strong crew

If you do not own a moving truck, you will have to rent one

If you have found several strong friends to help you, you need to find a way to transport your pool table to your new home. Of course, the easiest way is to recruit Cordova movers TN with their modern trucks and skillful moving crew. However, if you are one of those people who like to do things their own way, you will need to rent a moving truck. Pool tables, besides being heavy, are also very bulky. So you cannot hope to transport it in your minivan. Pool tables measure between 7ft. and 9ft., so you cannot pull this without a proper moving truck. Luckily, there are many different truck rental companies out there. So you shouldn’t have trouble finding a suitable one for your needs.

Gather suitable tools for dismantling and packing a pool table for moving

If you are planning to pack a pool table for moving, you will need to dismantle it. However, to be able to do it, you will need an appropriate set of tools. Of course, there are many different types of pool tables. And they are all assembled differently. Therefore, to identify the required tools you will need to look around and under your table. But usually, you will need:

  • A power drill is an essential tool when you are dismantling and packing a pool table for moving
  • Replaceable power drill screwdriver heads of different kinds
  • Different screwdrivers
  • Socket wrenches
  • Staple remover for removing the felt
  • Soft-faced hammer

Of course, not everyone is skillful and knowledgeable with tools. If you do not have experience with using power or any other kinds of tools, please do not try to do this. As mentioned above, pool tables are extremely heavy and one wrong move could cost you a finger. Just call movers Starkville MS and let them dismantle and pack the pool table for you. It won’t cost you much but the benefits will be numerous.

A power drill on a white background
It is easy to disassemble a pool table when you have a power drill with replaceable heads

Prepare the equipment that will help you to move and load a pool table into a truck

A pool table, even after you dismantle it, will have at least one large piece that will give you headaches. Especially when you start moving it. Luckily there are a few items that could ease this process. First, a pool table dolly. They come in various sizes, shapes, and functionalities. If you are moving often, you can buy one. Or you can rent it if you do not need to use it regularly. A second thing that you should prepare is a truck loading ramp. This thing will allow you to put the table in the back of a truck without lifting it. Again, buy or rent one, whichever suits your needs.

Packing a pool table for moving is impossible without proper packing materials

Now you only have to gather appropriate packing materials and you are ready to pack your pool table for moving. When you want to pack larger pieces of furniture, maybe a piano, or a pool table, moving blankets are maybe the best solution. They are large enough to cover the entire surface of your table and give it sufficient protection against scratches and bumps. Of course, you can always add (and it is recommendable) a few layers of bubble plastic. It will protect your wooden table from any damage and even rain. Also, you will need packing tape to secure the wraps in place. Finally, prepare plastic zip-lock bags to keep screws bolts and other small parts that you will have after dismantling.

Bubble plastic
Bubble plastic will be your main material when packing a pool table for moving

Dismantling and packing process

Now you are finally ready to start packing a pool table for moving. Of course, first, you need to disassemble it.

  • Unscrew and remove ball sockets
  • Remove the side rails
  • Use staple remover and carefully remove the felt on the top of the table
  • Unscrew the slates and remove them with the help of your friends
  • Turn the main body of the table upside down and remove its legs

Wrap each piece carefully in moving blankets and bubble plastic. Take care of the small parts. Keep them in separate and labeled bags so you can later identify what goes where. Finally, be careful when you are loading the table into a truck and where you are placing it. You should make sure that it cannot tilt over during the transport.

Final words

As you can see, packing a pool table for moving requires a lot of preparations. The most difficult part is disassembling and maneuvering it. If you cannot find a few people to help you, remember that you can always call your moving company. Just make sure that you are hiring reputable professionals.