How to Disassemble a Pool Table

Disassembling a pool table may be necessary to move the table to a different room, or out of the house altogether. With most pool tables weighing nearly 454 Kilogram, you can lighten the load significantly when moving it by taking it apart. You can take apart a pool table properly with the right tools and a bit of patience. In no time you will be ready to put it back together in its new location.

Take out the staples that are holding up the pockets. Look underneath the pool table where the pockets are located to find the staples. Use a flathead screwdriver or staple puller to yank out the staples from the pocket straps. The pockets will still be in place but the staples will be removed.

Find the appropriate sized socket to remove the bolts from the underside of the rails. The bolt size may vary depending on the pool table. Attach the socket to a wratchet and remove the bolts by turning the handle of the wratchet. There are usually three bolts per rail.

Remove the rails and pockets from the table. You can remove the rails one of three ways, depending on the pool table: slide them out individually; slide them out two at a time if there are two sets of horseshoe shaped-rails; or flip the rails upside down onto the floor in one section if they are all attached underneath. You will likely need an assistant to help you if the rails are all attached in one piece. Pull the pockets off of the rails.

Remove the felt of the pool table from the slate base it is lying on. It will either be glued, stapled or a combination of the two. Pull out the staples, if applicable, with a staple remover or flathead screwdriver and needle-nose pliers. Carefully lift the felt from the slate. For glued felt, start in any corner of the table and gently pull up the felt with your hands.

Use a drill with a screwdriver tip to remove the screws from the top of the slate that are holding the slate onto the frame of the table. Most of the time you will use a Phillips screwdriver tip rather than a flathead tip. Sometimes the screws are coated with plaster or beeswax so they may be hard to spot. Use the flathead screwdriver to scrape the beeswax off, or a carbide drill bit to drill the plaster away. Be sure not to drill down too much or you will strip the head of the screws. Be sure to remove beeswax or plaster from the grooves of the screw to allow the screwdriver bit to fit securely. There will be one screw in each corner of the slate that needs to be removed. There may also be additional screws alongside the centre beam. Lift the slate from the frame once all of the screws are removed.

Turn the frame of the pool table upside down to remove the legs. Use a wrench to remove the nuts and bolts holding the legs to the frame.


Enlist the help of some friends when disassembling your pool table. Some parts may be very heavy and require more than one person.

Things You'll Need

  • Staple remover
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Ratchet and socket
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Drill with screwdriver bit
  • Carbide drill bit
  • Wrench
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.