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Pool tables and snooker tables are heavy, often weighing anything from 100 kg to 500 kg – the equivalent weight of five adults! When moving one from A to B you have to be careful, even when working with a team; after all, if you damage the table, you can ruin it for good.

Here are our tips for safe pool table transport.

Dismantle the pool table for an easier move

The safest way to move a pool table is through taking it apart. In order to dismantle it, you’ll need to make sure you have enough space and that you have the relevant equipment on hand. This doesn’t just require power tools but also pens and stickers for labelling.

Labelling each dismantled piece is important, as when it comes to putting everything back together, it’s a much easier job. This can even apply to screws so you know exactly which ones were used for specific parts of the table. It may help to take photos during different stages of the dismantling process as this can again help when putting the pieces of the puzzle back together!

As well as needing help moving, you will also need several people to help with the dismantling process too; components from slate pool tables, in particular, are very heavy.

Remove corners and side pockets

The corner pockets can be removed with a staple remover and/or screwdriver. Staples are usually placed underneath the pocket and shouldn’t be too difficult to remove – but be careful when removing them! Wearing goggles can help avoid nasty injuries. Then move onto the side pockets which you should be able to remove in the same manner. Wrap these up and clearly label them and put aside together.

Remove the rails

Next, the bolts that hold the rails in place can then be removed. Use a socket wrench to remove the bolts for each rail; you may need some help if the rails are attached in sections so they can be removed before breaking them down.

Take off the felt

Removing the felt can take time but is the safest way to ensure there is no damage when moving the table to its destination. Taking out the staples should be done carefully, though there is always the option of using new felt when the table is in its new home! If the felt has been glued down, lightly pull the felt backwards – particularly when it comes to the corners – to ensure the felt is not damaged. Fold the felt to ensure it is flat and won’t wrinkle, helping to ensure it is reusable after being transported.

Unscrew the slate

Last but heaviest is the slate, so it’s important to get help and make sure that you are not risking injury or the safety of yourself. Also, make sure the floor is prepped by laying out a moving blanket (or other (large) protective coverings) when moving the slate, so it can be easily wrapped once moved.

The slate can usually be removed by taking out the screws around the edge of the table using a power drill. Be patient as slate can be easily damaged and carefully remove each screw. Remember to label each piece so it’s much easier to piece back together later!

Remove the table legs

Flip the table so the top of the table is touching the floor; unscrew each leg carefully, and make sure you label each one.

The frame will be very heavy, so make sure there are enough people to move this, and that the path to loading onto the vehicle is free of obstruction.


The actual move

Move the slate carefully – make sure the piece/pieces of slate are protected and adequately wrapped to ensure no damage occurs!

If there are several pieces – a chip in just one of the slates may mean replacing all of them, so be extremely careful with these. It can help to clearly mark that each piece of slate is VERY HEAVY and are best moved by more than one person. Also, make sure each piece will not move significantly during transit.

Remember to take all the items to their new home – not only the slate, table legs, frame and felt, but also the cues, balls and chalk!


Putting together the pool table doesn’t have to be super complicated – as long as each piece has been appropriately labelled. Reverse the above steps, being especially careful with the slate to ensure no damage occurs. Small chips and cracks may be remedied, but hopefully, it won’t have to come to this situation if careful when moving.

Just remember that the slate will need to be levelled according to the floor in the property, as this may be quite different from its previous home. A spirit level is definitely handy to ensure all parts of the table itself and the slate are all level – and is useful throughout the reassembly process so little adjustments can be made along the way. The table legs may be adjustable to take into account any unevenness in the new environment.

Use professionals

Snooker and pool table removal specialists are experienced in ensuring that everything, from the felt to the slate are not damaged during the move, and can even help with the dismantling process.

AnyVan have helped move hundreds of tables – whether for snooker, pool, billiards, or even dining room or coffee tables! Get prices now for your move to be done by the experts.

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