How to Store a Pool Table

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Storing a pool table may be necessary for all sorts of reasons--be it for a recent move, or for the need of more space in your home. No matter whether your table will be in storage for a short or long time, preventive measures need to be taken to ensure that, when it is removed and set up again, it will be in the same great shape as you remember it. Bear in mind that disassembling your pool table before you store it will increase space efficiency in your storage facility.

Storage While Assembled

Choose a climate controlled space to store your pool table. Be it in your home or in a storage unit, you want to eliminate humidity and keep a constant temperature of 55 to 80 degrees F. This will keep the wood on the pool table frame from buckling or warping. It will also keep mildew and mold from seeping into the table and wood, ruining it.

Clean off the table so that it looks new. Clean the felt with a lint roller and wipe the wood down with a clean rag. This will keep dirt and debris from staying stored with the table, which may lead to mildew, mold or scratches.

Wrap the table completely in sheets of plastic. Wrap the body of the table and the legs of the table individually. Secure them together with tape. If there are any holes in the plastic, recover them with more plastic or more tape.

Wrap blankets around the body and legs of the pool table so that if you place anything on or next to it, there is padding and a buffer between it and the table.

Storing a Disassembled Pool Table

Choose a climate controlled environment for the storage of this pool table. Like the storage of the assembled pool table, the climate should be between 55 and 80 degrees to reduce the threat of warping or mildew.

Disassemble the pool table. This involves removing the felt from the slate; removing the slate from the pool table frame; disassembling the frame (separating the rails from each other), and removing the table legs from the frame.

Place a sheet of plastic on a flat surface and lay one of your slate pieces on top of it. The slate should separate into three individual pieces. Depending on the size of the table, they will average approximately 32-by-48 inches. Each piece of slate will be adhered to a wooden backing--make sure to keep the backing in place while you store the pool table. Wrap the plastic over the top of the slate and tape it into place.

Place another piece of plastic over the first slate, and place the second slate on top of it. Wrap the second piece of plastic around the slate in the same way that you did the first. Repeat this step with the third and final piece of slate. When completed, you should have a stack of three slates wrapped in plastic.

Wrap each individual piece of the disassembled wooden table with a separate towel/blanket and tape it into place. This includes the frame, the rails, the pockets, and the legs. Any time there is wood that could rub against other loose wood, separate them and wrap them in their own individual wrappings. This will protect the wood, and eliminate the potential for scratches. You can place the wrapped frame on top of the slate pieces, and then the rest of the wood on top of the frame.

Fold up the felt and place it in a locking plastic bag, ensuring that it is also removed from atmosphere and the potential for mold or mildew. Place the screws from the removal of the slate into a separate bag, since you don't want sharp bolts next to soft fabric in case they may accidentally rip the felt. Place both bags on top of the pool table pile.

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