How To Get A Pool Table Into A Basement


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How To Get A Pool Table Into A Basement

If you’re wondering how to get a pool table into a basement, look no further. As someone who is obsessed with renovating, I know exactly how to move things around the house with a minimum effort!

Maneuvering a pool table into a basement may seem like a daunting task, but in reality it does not have to be that complicated! You can either disassemble it, or carefully carry it to your basement, depending on your personal preference, and the size of the pool table itself.

Since there are many types of pool tables available in the market, it is best to evaluate which one you have and then act accordingly. Moreover, if the doorway to your basement is large enough, you can simply carry the pool table in it vertically!

As there are many ways to get a pool table into a basement, it would be best if you evaluate all the possible options before deciding which course is the best for you. Here is a quick guide to help you make the decision!

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Ways of getting a Pool Table into a Basement

As mentioned previously, there are different ways of getting a pool table inside a basement. The ways depend on your personal ability, as well as the relative sizes of the pool table itself and the size of the basement door.

Take it as it is: if your basement doorway is large enough, and your pool table one of the smaller or medium sized ones, getting it inside your basement shouldn’t be that big of an issue. Here are some steps that you can follow to aid you in the process.

  1. Ask a few friends to help you, and then grasp each side of the pool table carefully.
  2. Once you all have a firm grip on the table, you just need to lift it carefully at a comfortable height, and then turn it so that it is positioned vertically.
  3. Then carefully walk through the basement doorway, remaining mindful of the edges of the table and the table legs so that they don’t graze the door way as they pass through.

Pull it apart: if your pool table is too heavy or too large to fit through the doorway comfortably, or if your basement doorway is too small, you can always disassemble your pool table to make it easier to transport around the house. Here are some steps that you can follow that can help the movement easier.

  1. Count how many removable parts there are on the pool table, before deciding to disassemble the whole structure.
    If you have a solid one piece slate, you would only have to take off its legs. Most pool tables have three pieces that are reassembled using beeswax. This means that it would be better that you go to a professional for help if you want your pool table to stay in optimum condition.
  2. Remember to stay mindful regarding which part belongs to which place.
  3. Carefully carry the individual pieces of the pool table to the desired location in the basement, and then reassemble it.

Different types of Pool Tables

There are various types of pool tables available in the market, thus transporting each requires a different set of skills. Picking up a pool table is not as easy as just picking it up and carrying it across, rather it requires some skill and patience as you don’t want to damage your pool table in the process.

  • Number of Pieces: As mentioned before, there are two main types of pool tables; those that have one piece, and those that have three pieces. One piece pool tables still need to have their legs removed from the slate in order to be moved.
  • Weight: pool tables are heavy, there is no doubt about it. Pool table slates usually weigh around 300 pounds, and thus need multiple people to help carry them around. Moreover, the frames that hold the slate in place are also known to be bulky and heavy.

One piece pool tables are generally heavier than three piece pool tables, though the slates are heavy for both.

  • Size: the dimensions of the pool table also determine the way they can be moved around. Larger pool tables, usually measuring 4.5 by 9 feet, are obviously more difficult to maneuver, and need to be positioned vertically, or even diagonally in some cases in order to fit through doorways.

Since there are different types of pool tables available, it is not hard to see why they each need to be evaluated before they can be moved around in order to prevent damage to the individual parts.

Related Questions

Should I hire a professional for transferring a pool table into a basement?

It is actually recommended that you take help from an experienced professional for this task, despite the expense of doing so. This is because inexpert handling of pool tables can damage their frames or even cause them to become unaligned.

Moreover, professionals would know how to handle the weight of the table without causing damage to the table, or even to themselves in the process.  

Can you move a pool table by yourself?

It is tempting to want to move your pool table by yourself in order to save money from hiring someone to do it for you. But this is not recommended.

One piece pool tables are heavy, and require man power to lift and transport. Due to their weight, they are more likely to break during moves.  Moreover, three piece pool tables need to be managed skillfully or the pool table would be damaged.

What happens if you drop a slate? 

A slate is an important part of the pool table. Dropping it might cause it to become misaligned or even break, as slates can be damaged very easily. For three piece tables, even if you break one slate you would have to replace them all if you want the whole table to be aligned properly. Yikes!

See Also:
Slate Pool Tables VS Non-Slate Pool Tables
How To Level A 3 Piece Slate Pool Table
How to Move a Coin Operated Pool Table

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