How to Move a Pool Table within Your Home

Pool tables typically weigh between 500 and 1,000 pounds – so moving a table can be no small feat.  In addition to being heavy, large, and cumbersome, they are incredibly delicate.  Improper moving of a table can cause the slate play-surface to crack or break, making replacement a necessity.  The surface can warp from too much tugging and pulling.  Not to mention the high probability that someone will get seriously injured in the process of moving a pool table.

How to Move a Pool Table

Photography by Terry Platt

There are several methods used to move a pool table:

Taking the Pool Table Apart

An incredibly labor intensive and tedious job, this method is recommended only when moving a table to a new building or another floor of the same building.  Taking a pool table apart requires a myriad of tools, including socket wrench, flat hand screw driver, power drill, safety goggles, staple puller, beeswax, and propane torch (for melting beeswax).  It requires careful labeling of all parts (or else reassembly is next to impossible), several strong humans for disassembling slate, careful wrapping of all large components in blankets, and saintly patience for proper felt cover removal.  Reassembling is even more difficult.

Long-distance moving of a pool table is best left to a pool table technician.  They have the special training and experience.  For simply moving a pool table within a room or to another room with adequate door width, such drastic measures are unnecessary.

Use of Dollies

Four dollies will be required, one for under each leg.  Also, manpower of three or four strong friends is necessary.  The pool table will have to be lifted four times, in order to place each dolly under a leg.  Upon placement of each dolly, the dolly must be promptly locked so it doesn’t roll.  Once properly placed, the pool table can be carefully rolled to the new location.

Pool Table Lift

Using a pool table lift is the simplest, least burdensome approach to moving a table to nearby locations.  Often times, one person alone is able to utilize this nifty device.  Highly recommended is Great American’s Pool Table Lift, available at  The user slides the lift under the center of the pool table, and then uses a lever to raise the lift to the bottom of the table.  The table is easily rolled away on the lift’s heavy duty wheels.  Made of gauge steel, the Pool Table Lift by Great American has a 1200-pound capacity.

Great American Pool Table Lift

A pool table lift is an essential tool to moving your pool table around the house. Pictured above is the Great American Pool Table Lift

Leveling a Pool Table after Movement

Anytime a pool table is moved, screws and bolts should be checked to ensure that they are still tight.  Especially important is to ensure that the pool table remains level.  An unleveled table will affect accurate playability so that balls will favor one side of the play-space.  An easy way to check whether the table is level is to place a flat piece of glass in the center, then put a marble in the center of the glass.  The marble will not move on a level table.  This method should be repeated on every side of the table.

Often a pool table will need to be re-leveled after movement because each area of a floor has slight variations in height.  Checking table level is easily accomplished by use of an analogue or digital carpenter’s level.  An easy step-by-step guide to leveling a pool table can be found at

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