How to Refelt a Pool Table in 10 Easy Steps

How to Refelt a Pool Table in 10 Easy Steps

Is your pool table at home starting to get worn out? We know just what you mean.

Over time, the felt of your pool table felt can become torn, damaged, and uneven due to the impact from the balls and the cues as well as other factors.

Now, you can hire professionals for pool table refelting OR you can also do this project on your own as a LOW-COST OPTION. Just read our guide below to find out how to re-felt a pool table in 10 steps!

Refelting Pool Tables: A Step-by-Step Guide

Before refelting a pool table, make sure you have all the necessary tools and equipment on site.

Because there are plenty of steps in this process, it’s a good idea to ORGANIZE everything first. This prevents any unwanted delays, mistakes, or accidents down the line.

If you don’t have much experience using these tools, we recommend trying them out ahead of time.

Get information from professionals or search up articles with pictures on a reliable website so that you understand how to operate them safely and properly.

Lastly, go over the instructions below very carefully so you have a clear idea of the many things you have to do.

Materials Needed for Felt Replacement

  • Felt for pool tables
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Staple remover
  • Screwdriver or wrench
  • Glue and sealing wax
  • Leveler
  • Utility knife
  • Measuring tape
  • Rubber mallet
  • Wooden block

Instructions for Refelting a Pool Table

Step 1: Disassemble the Pool Table

The first step is to take apart your pool table on site. Sounds tedious, but don’t worry!

That’s why we made sure to outline each step thoroughly.

Take note: This process varies per pool table type and brand, but generally, you have to SEPARATE the rails from the frame and the featherstrip from each rail.

Using a screwdriver or a wrench, carefully remove the screws or bolts that are holding the pool table cushions in place. MAKE SURE to bag them up after removal.

It would be a nightmare if you lose those pieces.

Step 2: Remove the Old Pool Table Felt

  1. Pull out the staples attaching the OLD FELT to the rail. Exercise caution while doing this—the staples are very sharp!
  2. Before you set aside the rails, mark them and TAKE PICTURES so you know which piece goes on which side of the table. If you mix up the positions of the cushions, the refelting won’t be done properly.
  3. To remove the felt on the pool table, repeat the same process above. If the felt was stuck to the surface with glue instead of staples, simply start RIPPING it off at one corner of the pool table.
  4. After the felt removal, scrape off any pieces of hardened glue that remain on the surface.

Step 3: Clean the Pool Table Slate

  1. Once you’ve removed the old felt, you should now see the pool table’s slate.
  2. Over a long period of time, dust can gather here, so you should clean it properly BEFORE covering the pool table again with cloth.
  3. Wipe the whole surface down with a dry cloth to remove dirt and dust particles.
  4. NEVER use any liquid cleaners or sprays on the slate, as this can degrade the quality and condition of the material.

Step 4: Measure the Pool Table

  1. Using a measuring tape, check the size and dimensions of your pool table so you know how much felt to use. Always add in a few extra inches just in case you make a mistake!
  2. BEFORE BUYING the felt replacement, make sure that it looks new and feels smooth. You don’t want any bumps, wrinkles, or creases, as these could negatively affect gameplay.
  3. Ideally, you should pick a felt replacement made of high-quality worsted wool for your table; if this doesn’t fall within your price range, though, Teflon felt or napped felt are still quality, low-cost options too.

Step 5: Cut the Pool Table Felt

  1. Cut the felt according to your pool table measurements, but remember to set aside cloth to cover each rail.
  2. Make sure you mark which side of the cloth is face-up too; if you refelt with the WRONG side up, you’ll have to repeat the process all over again.
  3. Another option is to buy a pre-cut felt kit that’s made for your specific pool table.

Step 6: Level the Pool Table

  1. Once that’s done, you can now make any necessary adjustments to the pool table.
  2. With a leveler, check if everything is balanced. If not, put shims under the legs of the table or under a specific part of the slate to raise the height of the pool table.
  3. Adjust the table more until completely level.

Step 7: Refelt the Pool Table Rails

  1. To refelt the rails, put the cloth face-down over the rail. Keep at least 4 INCHES or more of felt overhang and AROUND 1-INCH of excess felt over the feather strip space.
  2. Get the featherstrip you disassembled in Step 1 and place it back into position.
  3. Stretch the felt until it is taut, put a tapping block over the featherstrip, and start hammering it down with your mallet.
  4. Stop about 2 inches from each end, as these are where the pockets will be.

Step 8: Refelt the Pool Table Surface


Staple Method:

  1. If you want to staple the felt to the pool table, grab your stapler or staple gun.
  2. Lay the felt on top of the table; pull it until it’s fully stretched, and begin stapling from the head end.
  3. You can ask for assistance during this part of the process so that it’s not hard to stretch the felt and staple at the same time.
  4. When stapling, START at the center before working your way to both ends of the table. Keep pulling the felt so that it’s free from any creases or wrinkles.
  5. Once you reach the pockets, cut three slits so you can wrap the felt inside and staple it in place.

Glue Method:

  1. If you want to use the glue method, clean the entirety of the pool table first with a dry cloth.
  2. Again, make sure there are NO HARDENED PIECES of glue still stuck to the table, as these will interfere with the pool table refelting.
  3. Next, apply the glue all over the table and carefully place the felt over it.
  4. Stretch the felt and cut off any excess at each end.
  5. Lastly, make some cuts at the edge so you can fold the felt into the pockets. Glue this into place.

Step 9: Reattach the Rails


Now that all the pockets are done, it’s time to reattach the rails to the table.

  1. Line up the holes with the rails
  2. Bolt them in place.
  3. Once you’re sure they’re positioned properly on the table, you can tighten them all the way.

Step 10: Install New Pocket Liners

The last step is to put in the NEW pocket liners.

  1. Just place the liner into the pocket and mark it for cutting.
  2. Use a utility knife to trim them down so they fit your pool table pockets perfectly.
  3. Then, fasten each one in place.

That’s it! You now know how to refelt a pool table by yourself at home.


Is It Difficult to Refelt Pool Tables?

If you’re quite handy with fabric, you’ll probably find that refelting a pool table is fairly simple! The best part is, it’s low-cost as well!

However, refelting a pool table still takes time, effort, and patience on your part, especially if you don’t have much experience in the field.

It helps if you try to read and understand this guide to the best of your abilities, but it can still be difficult to put it into action.

If you feel like this is too complicated for you, you can always opt to hire a professional instead. You’ll have to pay a HIGHER PRICE of course, but it’s a fair cost if you know you can’t handle it by yourself.

Plus, you can trust that you’re getting quality service too!

How Long Does It Take to Refelt Pool Tables?

Generally, it takes around two to three hours for a professional to refelt a pool table (one if he’s very, very efficient).

If you’re a beginner, expect to spend more time refelting a pool table—maybe even one whole day.

This is why it’s important to prepare everything beforehand. If you’re very organized from the get-go, the process will be a lot quicker and smoother too!

How Often Should You Replace Pool Table Felt?

When you start to notice that the felt of your pool table is affecting players’ gameplay, it may be time to get a replacement.

Physical signs of damage such as cuts, tears, or folds on the felt may also indicate it’s time for pool table maintenance and/or refurbishment.

ONE TIP to prevent frequent felt replacements is to invest in high-quality felt from the very beginning, especially if you play pool a lot at home.

It may cost more upfront, but it’ll save you a lot on repairs down the road.

How Much Does Pool Table Refelting Cost?

  • If you hire a professional to refelt your pool table, it can cost around $300 to $600, not including the price of a pool table felt.
  • If you need to move your table to a different location, it’ll cost around $200 more. Other factors that can hike up the price include the size, weight, and condition of your table.
  • If you plan to DIY it, you’ll just have to pay for the cost of the pool table felt, tools, and other necessary materials for refelting.
  • If you already have most of the equipment at home, then you won’t have to shell out a lot of money for the project.

Keep in mind that the felt for the table can be pretty expensive, depending on the one you choose.

Pros use NCAA professional-grade felt for their tables, which goes for a whopping $1000, but prices for a regular table are just around $100 to $400.


A subpar playing surface often disrupts the flow of games. This affects the way the balls roll around the pool table, and it doesn’t look very pleasing to the eye either.

Lucky for you, you now have the knowledge and skills to refelt a pool table!

Did this guide help you learn how to refelt pool tables? Do let us know if you try it out, and send us pictures of the finished product!

Good luck with your project!

Pool Tables Installation: A Step-by-Step Guide

Pool Tables Installation: A Step-by-Step Guide

Did you know a pool table purchase doesn’t typically include free professional installation services?

But why should that worry you when you’ve got us to help you out! We’ve done our fair share back in the day.

Assembling a billiards table seems like complicated work that should be left up to professionals with more experience, but any person can actually do it on his own!

Keep reading to know more about billiards table assembly.

Materials Needed for Billiard Table Assembly

Before unpacking all the pool table parts and beginning work at the location, make sure you have the following tools and materials for a smooth, easy, and safe installation process.

  • Phillips and flat head screwdriver
  • Hammer and nails
  • Measuring tape
  • Stapler
  • Leveler
  • Paint scraper
  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Blowtorch
  • Beeswax or putty
  • Glue
  • Felt/Pool table cloth
  • Billiard table parts


#1 – Get Help

Although you can definitely perform the billiard table installation on your own, the work will be much easier if there’s more than one person to help with the set-up.

Remember, the pool table pieces are quite bulky and heavy, so you’ll have to exert more effort putting together different parts on your own.

You should also expect to spend AT LEAST 2 HOURS or more on pool table assembly.

#2- Check All of the Components


When the pool table pieces are delivered to your location, make sure to check the items are complete.

Running from 1 location to another is a waste of time, gas, and it’s downright exhausting.

Typically, your purchase should include the following:

  • A long box for the pool table frame
  • Wood
  • Hardware
  • A tall box for the pool table legs
  • A flat box for the rails
  • An accessory kit
  • Felt for the table

Depending on the brand you bought from, it may come with more accessories as well.

#3- Follow the Procedures Properly

We also recommend going over the next instructions carefully and thoroughly before starting any work.

Because this is usually done by professionals, it’s important that you understand the directions clearly to prevent any accidents or errors.

For added protection, wear safety goggles while operating any of the high-powered tools above.

Instructions for Pool Table Assembly

Do you have all the equipment you need with you? Let’s get started!

#1 – Selecting the Pool Table Location

  1. First, determine where you want to position the pool table in your room.
  2. Don’t just account for the size of the table when choosing a location; make sure to leave excess space on all sides too so that players can move around more while playing.
  3. Although the exact measurements depend on the size and length of your cues, AROUND 5 FEET of space all around should be sufficient for comfort. More space is better if possible, of course!
  4. Now, if your recreational room is already filled with different kinds of game tables, don’t be tempted to pack in the pool table, especially if it will be a tight fit.
  5. It’s best to disassemble one or more of the tables (preferably those you use the least) so that you’ll have a more enjoyable experience playing pool.

#2 – Unpacking the Pool Table Pieces

  1. Next, using your scissors, remove the packaging of the pool table pieces.
  2. SEPARATE larger wood parts such as the frame, legs, and hardware from the smaller pieces like the nuts and bolts.
  3. Double-check the user manual to see if you’re missing any pool table components—you don’t want to go looking for something in the middle of installation!
  4. Set aside the boxes so you have a big, clean space to work with.

#3 – Building the Table Frame

Now, it’s time to build the pool table frame.

  1. Place the frame upside down on the designated location.
  2. If yours doesn’t come pre-assembled, you may have to put together some panels and other frameworks. Just make sure to follow the instructions in the manual for this!
  3. Using your screwdriver, affix (attach) the legs and leg supports to all FOUR corners of the table.
  4. After attaching the legs, check to see if they wobble or move around. MAKE SURE the legs are completely stable before turning the table right side up.

#4 – Placing the Slates on the Table

  1. Before putting the slates on the table, use a leveler to check if the table and legs are balanced. If certain legs need more leveling, PLACE SHIMS below them to raise their height.
  2. Next, use a measuring tape to locate the center of the table. This space is where the center slate should be.
  3. Put the other two slates in place beside it, and CHECK THE BALANCE with a leveler to ensure everything’s even.
  4. If you’re using only one slate, place the whole piece carefully into the frame. Then, use a leveler to check that it is properly balanced.
  5. Once the slates are in place, screw them securely onto the table. Use a leveler again to make sure the slates are balanced.
  6. Then, make any necessary leveling adjustments. You can use more shims in the space between the slates and the table frame to make the pool table completely level.

FAST FACT: While a professional may be able to do this on his own, we recommend getting someone to assist you with this step. Slates—especially a one-piece kind—are extremely heavy, so they can be difficult to position correctly on the table.

#5 – Sealing the Slates on the Table

There are two options for sealing slate joints. The first method uses wax while the second method uses putty.

For the wax method:

  1. Use a blowtorch to melt beeswax in the gap between slates—this will help each slate adhere properly, resulting in a smoother table surface.
  2. Repeat with the other slates’ joints.
  3. Leave the beeswax to dry for a few hours or more.
  4. Once fully dry, scrape off any excess wax from the table, then check if the slates are properly sealed.

For the putty method:

  1. Apply this mixture to the joints and make sure you don’t leave any gaps.
  2. Repeat until you’ve covered all slates’ joints, then leave to dry for a few minutes.
  3. Scrape off the excess hardened putty from the slates.
  4. Before applying wax or putty, you can also put a FEW DROPS of liquid glue between slates for more adhesion.
  5. Wipe off the excess with a cloth, and proceed with your preferred method.

#6 – Applying the Felt to the Table

  1. Before placing the felt, ensure the surface is clean.
  2. Spread the large piece of felt on the pool table, make sure it’s as CENTERED as possible.
  3. Using a stapler, fasten the cloth to the first side of the table.
  4. ALWAYS BEGIN AT THE MIDDLE, then move to the extremities before working your way back to the center.
  5. When you proceed to the next side of the table, pull the felt until it’s taut before repeating the same stapling process. This ensures no wrinkles will form and that the table surface will be completely smooth.
  6. Move to the middle slates, and begin stapling at the CENTER pocket.
  7. Make sure the felt is stretched to its maximum capacity before fastening it in place. Apply the same technique to the corner pockets.
  8. Now, spray the slate surface of the pocket with glue. Wait 2 MINUTES or more for the glue to dry before pushing the felt into the pocket opening.
  9. With a utility knife, make cuts into the cloth so that you can fold it neatly underneath the pocket. Smooth out any creases before stapling the underside of the pocket opening.
  10. Repeat these steps for all remaining pockets. Once that’s done, cut off all excess felt from the sides of the table.

#7 – Applying the Felt to the Rails


Now you have to apply the felt to the rails.

  1. Begin with an end rail, and mark the center so you have a guide when placing the felt.
  2. Carefully hammer the felt onto the rail, making sure you don’t create any creases. Cut off any excess cloth from the side.
  3. Turn the rail over and start folding the felt so it covers ALL EXPOSED AREAS.
  4. Smooth out any wrinkles; staple it into place, and cut off the excess cloth for a clean finish.
  5. Repeat this process for the other end rail as well as the side rails.

#8 – Finishing the Pool Table

All that’s left to do is to attach the rails and pockets to the table.

  1. Fasten the rails to the side of the table
  2. Staple the drop pockets to the underside of the table, and you’re done!

You can now play a fun game of pool at your brand new table!

How to Disassemble a Billiards Table

At this point, you know how to set up a pool table, but what if you need to take the table apart to make space in your game room?

Fortunately, disassembling the table is more straightforward than assembling it.


#1 – Gather the Materials

You’ll need safety goggles, a flathead screwdriver, a wrench, and a drill.

#2 – Remove Staples

Use your screwdriver to remove the staples that attach the drop pockets to the table. It’s important to wear safety goggles during this step because the staples could fall into your eyes by accident!

#3- Remove Rails

Next, remove the rails from the table with a wrench.

Make sure to collect ALL THE SCREWS and rail wood pieces—you’ll want to leave these somewhere safe so that you can easily reassemble the table next time.

#4 – Remove Felt

  1. Take out the felt covering by gently pulling at it from one corner of the table.
  2. Be careful, especially at the table edges and pockets, since this could tear! If that happens, you may have to buy a new one when you want to use your pool table again.
  3. If the felt is stapled onto the table, use your screwdriver again to remove the staples.
  4. Once the cloth is fully removed, fold it up and put it somewhere clean for safekeeping.

#5- Remove Screws

  1. To remove the slates from the table, you need to take out the screws.
  2. Scrape off any glue or beeswax coatings before removing the screws with a drill.
  3. Each corner of the table will have a screw, but there may also be additional screws running along the center.

#6 – Remove the Slate

After you’ve removed all the screws, carefully lift the slate off the pool table and set it aside.

This is very heavy and large in size, so ideally, more than one person should be doing the job. Don’t forget to put away the screws for future use too!

#7 – Remove the Legs

Now, remove the legs of the table.

  1. If the table’s legs are secured with nuts, take these out FIRST with a wrench.
  2. Then, unscrew the legs from the body of the table and set them aside.

You’re done! Time to pack everything up.

Packing Up

After going through all these steps, you should pack everything up nicely so you have a clean and organized game room.

  • If you’ve kept the boxes from your initial purchase, now would be a good time to bring them back out to store the table framework, legs, felt, and other pool table components.
  • When transferring game tables from your room to storage, make sure every little piece is accounted for.
  • During disassembly, it’s CRUCIAL to bag up the screws, nuts, and any other fasteners used because you’ll be using these again during installation work next time.
  • Don’t forget to pack up the shims that were placed under the legs of your table too. You’ll need these again when leveling your pool table.


How Much Does It Cost to Have a Pool Table Installed?

Labor costs are around $200 to $600, depending on the size and weight of your table.

These cover any moving and/or installation that needs to be done.

Note that prices may go up if the table has to be carried very far or lifted up the stairs. It’s best to get a quote from your local companies for a more accurate estimate of the price.

Is It Hard to Assemble a Pool Table?

Before assembling a game table in a specific room or area at home, you should always have the proper tools and safety equipment on hand.

You should also understand all the steps involved in a successful installation process.

However, if you don’t have much experience operating power tools or doing construction work, then it’s always an option to hire a professional to set up your table instead.

You’ll have to spend more money, of course, but at least you’re certain that the table will be assembled properly in the designated room, with no hassle at all on your part.

Because these professionals have more experience in the field, you can trust that they’ll do it efficiently too.

How Far Does a Pool Table Need to Be From the Wall?

In a game of pool, people need to move around and extend their cues behind them, so you’ll need a lot of room to play comfortably.

Generally, around 4.5 to 5 feet around all sides should be enough!


Getting game tables such as a billiards table is a great way to spruce up the recreation room in your home.

With all the steps outlined here, installing and leveling the game tables in your recreational room can be done in a few easy steps.

With the right tools and equipment, effort, and a little bit of patience, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying your new pool table at home!

How to Disassemble a Pool Table: A Step by Step Guide

How to Disassemble a Pool Table: A Step by Step Guide


But there are many things you have to pack and disassemble to move to a different home, and that includes your beloved pool table.

Having a pool table is a GREAT ADDITION.

But moving a pool table is not the easiest thing to do. The first step is to disassemble it.

Usually, professional movers do this. But if you can’t afford to shell out the cash to get movers, here’s how you can do it yourself (with a friend)!

Items You Will Need

When you disassemble your pool table, you can’t do it with your bare hands. You need tools! So here’s a list of supplies you will need in order to do this.

  • Electric drill with flat head bit and screwdriver bit
  • Flat head screwdriver, a staple puller, or needle-nose pliers
  • Blankets
  • Box or Bag, or any container for the hardware accessories
  • Markers
  • Plastic Ziploc Bags
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Socket Wrench

Safety Tips

For safety purposes, you may want to wear eye protection, like safety goggles or glasses.

Most importantly, you want a friend or assistant to help you. Movers never do this alone, there are always at least two of them.

So don’t expect yourself to do it alone. GET HELP.

Disassembling a Pool Table

Now that you have everything you need to start, here’s how to do it!

Please do note though, that this way of disassembling only applies to the furniture slate table, and not the coin pool table.

Make sure you have Ziploc bags or containers to place your pieces in. You wouldn’t want to lose a screw!

Without further ado, here are the steps!

1) Remove the Pocket Liners

The pockets are an important part of the pool table. It is also one of the first things to remove.

So if you have pocket liners, this is the best place to start.

  1. First, remove the screws or staples that hold the pocket straps in the table. You can use a staple remover, flat head screwdriver, or needle-nose pliers to remove the staples and a screwdriver for screws. 
  2. Once you remove the tacks or screws, just squeeze the sides of the pocket and push down on it so it goes through the apron and detaches from the table.
  3. Do it the same way for all the pocket liners.
  4. When all the drop pockets are removed, place them in a box or container.
  5. Put the screws into a Ziploc bag, and the drop pockets into a separate container so you don’t lose them.

2) Remove the Rail Bolts

After you’ve removed the pockets, the next step would be to remove the RAIL BOTS.
  1. You can lay it down underneath the table and use a socket wrench attachment for your drill to remove these.
  2. The side rails usually have 3 BOLTS PER RAIL, meaning you will most likely be removing a total of 18 bolts.
  3. If you have an older table, the side rails could be attached in two places with different bolts (Be careful not to remove the smaller apron bolts).
  4. Keep all the rail bolts in a Ziploc bag, and label it accordingly so you don’t lose them.
  5. Since you will be laying it under the table, a way you can keep your eyes from getting hit by a bolt is to wear eye protection or goggles.

3) Remove Corner Miters

After removing the rail bolts, lift the rail system off the table.

Flip it over and lay it back on the table.

Please get help from a friend or family member for this. You don’t want any accidents. You could accidentally break the rail or hurt yourself.

In the corner of the tables, you will find two corner casting brackets. You should remove this with a FLAT HEAD BIT.

Once the screws and brackets are removed, you can lift out the corner pieces.

Place all the corner parts, each screw and bracket, in another Ziploc bag and label it.

4) Remove Aprons

There are 4 apron sections that can be removed from the rails.
  1. Unscrew the apron bolts.
  2. Hold on to the apron as you remove the last bolt so you keep control of it.
  3. Wrap each apron in a blanket so it doesn’t get damaged while you move it. You can SECURE it using MOVER’S WRAP around the ends.
  4. Place the apron bolts in another Ziploc bag and label.

5) Remove the Pocket Castings and Rails

Now it’s time to loosen and remove the bolts in EACH pocket casting. Yes, the pockets are not quite done yet.
  1. You can do this using a 14mm ratchet wrench. Once all 12 of the nuts and bolts are removed, place them in another Ziploc bag so you don’t lose them.
  2. Place the pocket castings in a box.
  3. Once these are separated, the rails should be separated as well.
  4. Just like how you wrapped the aprons in blankets, do the same with the rails, securing each end with mover’s wrap.

6) Remove the Felt

Removing the felt is important since you have to uncover the slate bed to remove it.
  1. If the felt on your pool table is stapled, remove the staples slowly with a staple remover or flathead screwdriver so as to not damage the felt. 
  2. You can use your needle nose pliers to make sure you remove the felt slowly and gently.
  3. If the felt is glued on, carefully peel it from the table.
  4. Once the felt is removed, fold it neatly, and put it in a waterproof bag for protection.
  5. We would personally fold the felt in half widthwise twice first, then fold it in half width lengthwise thrice to make it a neat fold.
  6. Try to make as little creases as possible in the felt.

Pro tip: Use a magnetic bowl to hold the staples so you don’t make a mess.

7) Remove the Slate Pieces

Once the felt is off, you’re ready to remove the slate bed.
  1. You have to BE REALLY CAREFUL in this part. If any slate piece gets chipped or scratched, it could ruin the whole table. 
  2. There are 4 slate screws on each piece. Remove EACH of these with a drill.
  3. Some manufacturers cover the screws with beeswax to smoothen it out. This makes them hard to identify and remove. If you notice your table has beeswax, scrape it off with your flathead screwdriver.
  4. Once the screws are out, put them in a Ziploc bag and label them.
  5. Before you remove the slates, label each of them with a number. This is important if you want to reassemble it. Also, MARK THE MIDDLE PIECE so you know its position.
  6. Lift each of the slate pieces and see them aside. Make sure to get help. Each slate can weigh up to 250 lbs., and there are usually three slates.

8) Disassemble the Frame and Remove the Legs
  1. To disassemble the frame, you have to remove the legs first.
  2. The legs are normally screwed onto the body, so you just have to unscrew it. If there are nuts, place them in a Ziploc bag so you don’t lose them.
  3. Wrap each of the legs in a blanket to protect it from scratches, just like you did with the apron and the rails.
  4. After removing the legs, you can unscrew and disassemble the entire frame, if your particular pool table allows for it.


Can You Move a Pool Table Without Taking It Apart?

You cannot move a slate pool table in one piece. You have to disassemble it and reassemble it.

In SOME cases, you can move it with furniture sliders without taking it apart. You could probably do this if you just want to move it to a different room in your house, and if the door is wide enough.

How Much Does a Slate Pool Table Weigh?

Each slate piece weighs around 150 to 200 lbs. The entire slate pool table would weigh around 650 to 1000 lbs.

How Much Does It Cost to Disassemble a Pool Table?

If you already own all the tools needed, you need basically nothing to do it yourself.

But if you want to have it disassembled and reassembled by movers, it would cost around $200-$600, which includes the price of them to move it.

Now You’re Ready to Move Your Pool Table!

Pool tables are great. If we had to choose between a dining table and a pool table, we would choose a pool table. So of course, it CANNOT BE LEFT BEHIND.

Of course, it’s important to you, right? You didn’t do all this research for nothing!

While it is definitely possible to do this yourself, and there are easy steps here, we recommend having professional movers do this if you’re having doubts about installing it yourself or want to prioritize safety.

This will lessen the chance of you accidentally breaking your pool table or worse- injuring yourself!

Pool tables can be very complex, so doing this by yourself is quite a challenge.

But if you do choose to take apart the table yourself, just make sure you don’t lose a piece of your pool table, or you may not be able to reassemble it later.

What Should The Pool Table Light Height Be?

What Should The Pool Table Light Height Be?

A pool table is an excellent addition to your home. You can practice your shots, or have friends over to play a game.

But it doesn’t feel quite complete until it has lights. RIGHT? Not to mention, good lighting makes playing much more pleasant.

Some may say it doesn’t look like it belongs until it has a light fixture. It’s just as essential as having a good cue stick.

But how high should you hang the light fixture? Surely it has to be low enough to give the effect that you get in a bar pool table.

Proper Height of Pool Table Lights

Some factors to consider for the height of the lights would be how tall the player and the table are.

The BOTTOM OF THE LIGHT should be around your nose height (A.K.A., the average person). 

If it’s too high, the bulbs could end up shining in your eyes, which is not a great idea as it can be distracting.

So one thing you should take into consideration is how tall you and the people you’ll be playing with are.

Here are other guidelines to help you:

  • The bottom of the lamp shade is usually around 62-66 INCHES from the floor.
  • As for the table, 32-36 inches from the bed of the pool table is usually the appropriate height.

So taking all of those factors into consideration, you should be able to find the appropriate height for the light fixture.

What Is the Standard Height of a Light Over a Pool Table?

While there are suggestions for a casual setting, if you want to fit the tournament standard, some will want to look at the World Pool Billiard Association standards.

  • The slate bed and the rails should get AT LEAST 48 foot-candles (520 lux) of light at each point.
  • The light fixture should be adjustable. Depending on the players, the referee can adjust it. But the distance SHOULD NOT BE LOWER than 40 inches from the playing surface.
  • If the light fixture is fixed, it cannot be fixed lower than 65 inches from the surface of the table.
  • The light cannot be more than 465-foot candles (5000 lux). This is considered blinding.
  • The bleachers and the background should not get more than 5 foot-candles (50 lux) of light.

These are basic guidelines for lighting, but if you check their website, there are even more guidelines, even for standardized billiard tables.

Why Does the Height Matter?

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first.

If the pool table light is too low, then you might hit your head on the bottom of the lampshade when playing. It could also hit your cue stick or a jump ball shot if it gets THAT low.

If the light is too high, it doesn’t look that nice anymore.

But is that all there is to it?

The point of a pool table light is actually to eliminate any shadows and light up the table. So it has to at least cover the whole top of the pool table, including the rails.

Some may say that without the right light height, the shadows can actually ruin a game.

What Is the Proper Height for Billiard Tables?

The height varies between 29 1/4 inches and 33 inches. It usually gets higher as the length and width of the pool table increase.

Pool tables have standard sizes. Depending on what type of table you need, you will want a different size. In general, here are the standard sizes and measurements of billiard tables.

  • 12-ft (snooker): 140″ x 70″
  • 10-ft (oversized): 112″x 56″
  • 9-ft (regulation size table): 100″ x 50″
  • 8-ft+ (pro 8): 92″x 46″
  • 8-ft (typical home table): 88″x 44″
  • 7-ft+: 78-82″ (198.1-208.3 cm) x 39-41″ (99.1-104.1 cm)
  • 7-ft: 74-78″ (188-198.1 cm) x 37-39″ (94-99.1 cm)
  • 6-ft: 70-74″ (177.8-188 cm) x 35-37″ (88.9-94 cm)

For a better illustration, this is what a snooker with lights could look like:

Whereas a 10ft oversized table would have 4 lights:

What Light Size Is Good for My Pool Table?

Getting the right-sized pool table light is essential since you want it to be able to light up the whole area so you can play well.

It’s just as essential as getting the right-sized cue. For the light size…

It DEPENDS heavily on the table size.

If you have a 7 foot or shorter table, a 3 light bar shade should work. But if you have a 9 foot or longer table, a 4 bar shade is much better.

There are many pool table light shades to choose from. They come in different designs. So do pick something that fits well into your room. Consider the size, shape, and color you want.

Do I Need Lights?

No, you don’t NEED pool lights.


You will have a harder time visualizing shots if there are shadows, especially if the lighting in the room is offset. Overall, lamps make a game more pleasant.

And not to throw any shade, but pool tables without a light fixture look amateurish. If you want your pool table to be the centerpiece that it truly deserves to be in your home, then get lights.

Some pool light shades also look highly attractive and can add to any room design.

Just think of it as glasses. If you need glasses, it’s not impossible to get the right shot. But it sure would help…SIGNIFICANTLY.

But that’s for a home setting. In a bar setting, we would say that good lighting is a must. This is because a bar is dark, and you need to actually see the table to play.

How to Install the Lights

Once you have the lights in a canopy that you love, it’s time to install it!

It would be easiest to do this before the pool table arrives, so you don’t risk ruining your table by having to get on it. You wouldn’t want to have dust fall on the cloth either!

If you have the pool table already in place, cover the pool table with a thick blanket and cover the slate area with a 3/4 inch plywood over the blanket before you get on.

You should also use a ladder to get on, and not just climb on and risk ruining the rails.

Here is what you can do:

  • You need to find the true center of where the table will be. You can do this by marking out the table and playing area on the floor.
  • Once you have found the center, mark it on the ceiling.
  • With a stud finder, locate the studs on the sides of the mark. Drill into them and install hooks for your chains. We recommend using sway hooks to properly drape your chain over it.
  • Once your lights are hung, measure from the ground up, or check if it is around as tall as your nose. Make sure to take note of the proper adjustments for how high the ceiling is.
  • Once the lights are up, plug them in to test them.
  • If you plan to hardwire it to the electrical box, make sure the lights in the room are off first. We suggest getting a professional to do this for you if you want it to have a light switch of its own.

If you really want high-quality pool lights, choose the adjustable types so you can always adjust the length of the chain accordingly including any other measurement, depending on how tall the players are.

What Kind of Lightbulb Do I Need for Good Pool Table Lighting?

For lighting, lamps should be not too bright and not too dim. If it’s too dim, then there really isn’t any point in having them at all. If it’s too bright, it can be blinding to the eyes of the players.

The bed of the table must receive at least 40 watts of light. But most pool light fixtures allow for up to 60 watts.

For the best lighting, you should get fluorescent light bulbs.


There is a standard height range for pool table lights. Overall, it really depends on you what height it is exactly, as long as it’s in the range.

If you can, we suggest getting lights you can adjust so you can change the distance of the light from the bed of the table depending on who is playing.

Now you can create the centerpiece your home deserves!

Hope this article helped answer your question and any other questions you may have as well.

Good luck hanging your billiard lights!

The Best Portable Pool Table: Which One Stands Out the Most?

The Best Portable Pool Table: Which One Stands Out the Most?

Are you a diehard pool lover that does not have enough space in the house for a full-sized billiard table?

Do you want to maintain your love for billiards even if you are always on the move?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, you might want to consider some of the portable pool tables we will discuss.

In a Hurry? Here’s Our Top Picks:



Fat Cat Original 3-in-1, 7-Foot Pockey Game Table - Best Overall

Hathaway Fairmont Portable Pool Table (6 Feet) - Best Value

Hey! Play! Mini Tabletop Pool Set- Best Budget Pick

GLD Products Fat Cat Trueshot 6-Foot Pool Table

Hathaway Maverick 7-Foot Multi Game (Pool and Table Tennis)

Hathaway Spartan 6' Pool Table

Costzon 47' Folding Billiard Table

The 7 Best Portable Pool Tables

1. Fat Cat Original 3-in-1, 7-Foot Pockey Game Table – Best Overall


Do you want to give yourself your best all-around playing experience? Well, FEAST your eyes on the Fat Cat Original 3-in-1 Game Table.

You heard that right! The product does not only limit itself to billiards. It also offers table tennis and air hockey, two FAN FAVORITES among kids and sports enthusiasts.

Why go to the arcade when you have all these fun games at your disposal?

Worried about changing the games? A tri-fold tabletop technology allows you to flip the tables in an instant. All you have to do is unlock the latches, and you should be good to go.

Quality is another strong suit of the pool table thanks to its strong and compact blue felt, which gives you a feel of what the original pool table looks like. [R]

Of course, these boards come with essential accessories such as:

  • 4 pushers and pucks (required for air hockey)
  • 2 pieces of chalk
  • 1 resin triangle
  • 2 cue sticks
  • 1 billiard brush
  • 1 set of billiard balls (cue ball included)
  • 2 table tennis paddles and balls
  • 1 net with post net

Indeed, Fat Cat gives you the whole package with its 3-in-1 set, making it a worthy choice of the best overall portable pool table.


  • Offers multiple sports (Pool, Air Hockey, and Table Tennis)
  • User-friendly tri-fold tabletop technology
  • Strong blue felt
  • 7-foot size lets you play anywhere


  • 286-pound item weight may be too heavy for some
  • Hefty price tag

2. Hathaway Fairmont Portable Pool Table (6 Feet) – Best Value


If you want to go for a portable pool table that is slightly cheaper but still delivers excellent value for money, you must try out the Hathaway Fairmont Portable Pool Table.

First off, the folding pool table has a ONE-UP over other pool tables in the storage category. The inclusion of folding legs lets you keep your table in your storage room if you’re not using it.

Once it’s time to play, you won’t have to worry about the assembly process because there’s no assembly needed! NONE. AT. ALL.

Just unfold the table and let the games begin!

The fun doesn’t stop there. The 6-foot size makes the pool table suitable for kids and adults.

The former will have an easy time learning the basics, while the latter gets to enjoy its minimalist and high-quality design.

Like most professional billiard tables, you get the required items. These include:

  • 2 pieces of chalk
  • 2 pool cues (48 inches)
  • Table brush
  • Racking triangle
  • leg levelers (1.5-inch size)
  • Standard billiard balls (2.25-inch size)

“What if it gets damaged?”

There’s no reason to panic! The Hathaway Fairmont is backed with a 180-day warranty covering replacement parts, repairs, and even a brand new table if needed.


  • Easy-to-fold leg system
  • Compact and ergonomic 6-foot size
  • Leg levelers even out the playing field
  • Complete set of accessories and materials
  • Excellent customer service


  • None we could find

3. Hey! Play! Mini Tabletop Pool Set- Best Budget Pick


Believe it or not, the Mini Tabletop Pool Set from Hey! Play! is a portable pool table specifically tailor-made for kids. It’s no secret that the 2-figure priced pool table is the best budget option on the list.

Even though it is a miniature version of the regulation table, its materials resemble the real thing. Do you want to know why?

Hey! Play! uses the same wood and green felt found on bigger pool tables.

Moreover, the triangle rack, pool balls, and ball return system are directly proportional to the small pool table so that the kids will receive that same professional experience.

The mini pool table is a HUGE WIN for those who don’t have room for bigger portable pool tables. Its 12.25” (W) x 20.25” (L) x 3.5” (H) dimensions can fit most standard tables and desks.

You can even bring it with you while traveling if you need to find activities you can do in the hotel or Airbnb.

The table brush ensures that dust particles aren’t surrounding the playing surface. [R] Those who are highly allergic may want to take advantage of this extra accessory.

All that’s left to do? Why not Hey! Play!


  • Easy-to-use materials (table brush, chalk, balls, etc.)
  • Lightweight size
  • High-quality felt material
  • No assembly needed
  • Requires little space
  • Affordable price point


  • It does not come with a folding leg system

4. GLD Products Fat Cat Trueshot 6-Foot Pool Table


GLD products holds its own with its Trueshot 6-foot pool table. If black is your favorite color, you may want to consider buying this.

It may not use the traditional green or blue felt material, but the application of MDF wood ensures that the pool table does not sacrifice quality and strength.

Indeed, you have yourself a playing surface that is durable and scratch-resistant.

One of its main assets is EASY PORTABILITY made possible by its 114-pound weight and foldable legs. Yes – ONLY!

It won’t require a village to move the folding pool table from one area to another.

Do you want to improve your skills with the pool cue?

GLD Products incorporates a Trueshot Aiming System, a set of dots (18 to be exact) surrounding the table to help you UPGRADE your aim game.

To cap it off, strong pockets store your balls after every hit. These nets have wide openings and are shock-resistant, so the chances of damage are minimal.


  • Lightweight composition
  • Foldable legs provide easy storage
  • Easy-to-use Trueshot Aiming System
  • High-quality MDF wood


  • It does not have a ball return system

5. Hathaway Maverick 7-Foot Multi Game (Pool and Table Tennis)


Let’s keep the ball rolling with another high-quality pool table from Hathaway.

For starters, the multi-game table offers billiards and table tennis settings. You won’t have to buy two separate tables because the Hathaway Maverick lets you play all your games in one.

The dimensions are also compatible with those with limited space at home. A 7-foot length, 46-inch width, and 31-inch height provide equal space for all four sides.

Say no more to hours of finding the perfect spot for your pool table!

Hathaway prides itself in quality construction with its chrome-plated corner caps. [R] These ensure that the table stays sealed and compact during the games.

A mixture of polyester and wool felt make up a smooth and well-rounded playing surface for your pool table. [R]

Uneven floors won’t be enough to spoil the fun because the Hathaway Maverick comes with additional leg levelers.

These adjust the height of all four legs, thus providing a balanced playing field for everyone.


  • Convenient 2-in-1 feature (Pool and Table Tennis)
  • Unbreakable chrome-plated corner caps
  • Proportional dimensions for the average room size
  • High-quality playing surface (polyester and wool felt)
  • Adjustable levelers for the pool table legs


  • The legs are not foldable

6. Hathaway Spartan 6′ Pool Table


Another 2-in-1 option that keeps up with the best portable pool tables is the Hathaway Spartan. Here are some reasons why this is the case.

  • Like the Hathaway Maverick, the Spartan pool table comes with a table tennis top and accessories (balls, net, and paddles included).
  • The installation process itself is easy because you only have to place the table tennis top above the pool frame, and you’re ready to get that ping-pong action started.
  • Both the multiple options and 6-foot frame will have your kids engaged with different sporting activities to try out during their summer break.

Standing at 100 pounds, bringing it to the house’s play space WON’T BE A HASSLE!

The Spartan pool table also provides you with everything you need, such as a table brush, cue sticks, a complete set of balls, and a racking triangle to organize the balls.


  • Complete set of accessories for both sports
  • Easy assembly process for the table tennis top
  • Ergonomic size for rooms with limited space
  • Lightweight size


  • Legs are not foldable

7. Costzon 47′ Folding Billiard Table


Costzon may be an underrated brand compared to its counterparts, but its folding pool table is still capable of giving you and your kids a fun time.

Quality materials make up most of the accessories. The balls are made out of resin, the cue stick uses whitewood, and the playing surface uses an MDF board.

Still not convinced yet? Four adjustable pads help your legs adapt to uneven ground.

Is limited space a cause for concern? Balanced dimensions (47’’ x 26’’ x 29’’) and foldable legs save a lot of space during and after the games.

Costzon emphasizes the NEED FOR FAMILY INTERACTION, so they included 2 cue sticks so that you can teach your child how to play the game properly.

The best part is you don’t need to assemble it anymore because the pool table will come to you fully assembled.


  • All accessories are present (triangle rack, table brush, cues, and balls)
  • Foldable legs save space
  • Lightweight size
  • No assembly needed
  • High-quality MDF playing surface


  • None we could find

What Are the Different Parts of a Portable Pool Table?

When it comes to playing any sport, it helps to learn about the environment. In basketball, familiarizing yourself with the court will lead you to a lot of buckets and highlights.

In the case of football, studying the field will garner you unforgettable touchdowns and field goals.

THE SAME GOES for the game of billiards.

It may be more complex than more popular sports, but dedicating time to knowing the pool table’s anatomy will bring you one step closer to WINNING the games.

Don’t worry because you won’t have to learn the table pool parts alone. We’ve got you covered with the different parts of the portable pool table. Let’s go over them one by one.

  • Head Rail– The cue ball is placed here at the start of the games.
  • Foot Rail – All the billiard balls are assembled here for breaking purposes.
  • Cushions – They make up the outer perimeter of the pool’s playing surface.
  • Rails – A cloth that protects the cushions.
  • Bed Cloth/Pool Table Felt– In charge of covering the playing surface.
  • Bed – The actual playing surface; most beds are made up of slate.
  • Cabinet End/Side – Supports the slate’s topmost part and is referred to as the “body” of the pool table.
  • Blinds – These are located at the side of the top rail.
  • Legs – Raises the pool table and provides support for the cabinet
  • Leg Levelers – Evens the playing field by leveling the table
  • Drop Pockets – The balls fall here. These are usually made up of leather material.

The best portable pool tables may not have every single part most professional pools possess, BUT these have the essential parts needed for all billiards games.

Indeed, each portable pool table simulates the game-like atmosphere, so you will get the same experience most professional billiards players get.

Why Should You Choose a Portable Pool Table?

Indeed, there are so many advantages a folding pool table possesses over its regular-sized counterpart.

If you are still not convinced even after browsing through our product reviews, we highly suggest going over each benefit to know what you are getting.


One major advantage the portable pool table offers is its superior lightweight abilities. This feature allows you to move the foldable table around the house until you find the perfect spot.

Most portable tables also have folding legs, which is a huge plus for assembly and storage purposes.

You won’t have to worry about bulky billiard tables getting in the way of your living room once the games have concluded.


We’re sure you wouldn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on one pool table. Fortunately, most portable pool tables won’t require using up your entire savings account.

The manufacturers of such billiards tables emphasize the importance of making their products CHEAP and COST-EFFICIENT.

Unlike the more expensive standard pool tables, the portable alternative still gives you a top-tier pool experience for a fraction of the price.

Portable Pool Table Buying Guide: Everything You Need to Consider

Table Size

First and foremost, you need to determine the perfect table size for your portable pool table. Who enjoys the lack of space when playing a game of pool, right?

When in doubt, you should go for a billiard table that allocates at least 4-5 feet of extra space on EACH SIDE.

  • On the one hand, bigger pool tables simulate the professional game-like atmosphere full-sized billiard tables offer.
  • On the other hand, smaller tables have an easier assembly process and can fit most room sizes. These models also save space and provide easy folding for storage purposes.


One other important factor to consider when looking for a portable pool table is how much you are willing to spend.

Most portable pool tables have an average cost of $200-$500. Some of the more high-end tables that offer extra accessories can go for a lot more than that.

If you’re running on a tight budget, there’s no reason to be discouraged because the cheaper pool tables only cost $70-$100.

In fact, our best budget pick has a price tag of roughly $17.

The bottom line is that there are pool tables for every budget, so no one should feel left out.


Now that we’re done talking about price, let’s hop on the materials.

Even though we are only discussing portable pool tables, you have to make sure their build quality match or come close to the standard pool tables.

Playing Surface

Most professional billiard players will tell you that SLATE is the best playing surface among all the rest. Unfortunately, pool tables made out of slate will cost you thousands of dollars.

Thankfully, most portable pool tables use MDF (medium-density fiberboard), a cheaper option.

Some commercial sites and buildings include MDF because of its strength and water-resistant qualities, so it is safe to say your portable billiard will be in good hands. [R]

Playing Bed

You also want to take a look at the materials used for the pool’s playing bed.

Most non-professional pool tables use wool cloth.

But if you want a FASTER BALL ROLL, you may want to go for a pool table that utilizes worsted wool. [R]

Before placing the balls on the table, make sure to check the cloth to see whether if all sides are laid out evenly. The last thing you want is your pool balls to fall off the table due to uneven covering by the cloth.

Keep an eye on the bumpers and cushions too, because they are in charge of giving your billiard balls a steady bounce.

Leg Levelers

The first two materials won’t be put to good use if you cannot level your pool table.

Even if most tables possess foldable legs, they may not be enough to keep your table straight and balanced.

However, there’s no need to fear because leg levelers are here to save the day. They ensure to give the pool table a uniform playing field no matter how uneven the floor may be.

We highly recommend you buy portable pool tables that already come with leg levelers.

It may cost you a little extra, but you will realize that it’s a worthy investment when you start enjoying the games without any difficulties.

Health and Safety

We cannot let you buy any of these portable pool tables without emphasizing the importance of prioritizing health and safety.

The thing with billiards is some of the items and accessories can be hazardous to kids and even some adults.

Let’s take cue chalks, for example.

We believe that using chalk is a great way to teach kids and beginners the fundamentals of playing billiard games.

However, if there is no supervision from a parent or guardian, let’s just say that chalk may affect the kids’ health. [R]

Some pool cues are sharper than others, so being clumsy while handling the cue is a huge no-no. You would not want to poke yourself on the eye or other parts of your body.

We’re not here to scare you, but we want to raise health awareness so that there won’t be any casualties in the middle of your games.

Fun Playing Experience

Last but not least, have fun! All these reminders won’t mean anything if you do not enjoy your playing experience.

It is also important to note you don’t need to be an expert to fully enjoy your games at the pool table. Of course, being knowledgeable about the game of billiards gives you an upper edge over your beginner friends.

However, be sure to avoid starting a feud over a game of billiards. We want you and your friends to have a fun time playing at the portable pool table.

Besides the friendly banter and competition, playing a game of pool helps you take a break from your mobile device and busy schedule.

Indeed, doing recreational activities like billiards serves as a great way to unwind after a long week at work. [R]

What Questions Should You Answer Before Buying the Best Portable Pool Table?

Before we let you hop onto the store to begin searching for the best portable pool table option for your home, please keep in mind the following questions.

Browsing through many portable pool tables may give you a confusing time looking for the right one.

Your ability to provide reasons and answers to each question serves as a useful tool to narrow down your choices.

Who Are Your Intended Players?

Make a list of potential candidates that will be playing billiards: Are they kids? Grown-ups? Beginners? Experts? Aspiring billiard athletes?

Determining your target audience will help you choose a portable pool table that best suits your family and friends.

Are you and your acquaintances also interested in other sports like table tennis and air hockey?

If that’s the case, you should buy portable pool tables that offer multiple games. This will diversify your knowledge of other sports and provide your guests multiple options besides billiards.

Will You Be Playing Often?

You need to keep in mind that the average folding pool table will fall in the hundreds range.

If you are the type that wants to channel your inner “Mamba Mentality”(R.I.P. Kobe Bryant) by practicing the sport every single day, then going for the high-end portable pool tables is a worthy investment. [R]

However, if you plan to use it sparingly, we recommend you go for the cheaper tables.

Of course, if you have the money for the expensive models, go ahead and purchase them by all means.

Do You Want to Use Your Portable Pool Table for Decorative Purposes?

Just like the Christmas tree, the pool table can serve as a decoration for your household.

If you are conscious about making the living room stylish and presentable, you will have to take the pool design more seriously.

You cannot settle for any other folding pool table. It has to resemble the vintage billiard table in terms of overall craftsmanship and high-quality materials.

Elements like a functional ball return system, fully-colored billiard balls, original felt, and high-performance wood should do the trick.

Is Warranty Offered In Case My Pool Gets Damaged?

Warranty tends to be one of the most overlooked factors when buying a portable pool table. As a responsible buyer, you need to pay close attention to the warranty service. [R]

It will be your savior when catastrophe strikes on the pool table.

Most brands take pride in excellent customer service, and the portable pool table industry should be no different.

We’re certain you wouldn’t want to spend a huge chunk of money just to replace your damaged pool table with a brand new one.

The best way to avoid this is by checking the warranty terms and conditions to see whether your pool table can receive proper maintenance.


Billiards is a fun sport, and there are so many quality portable pool tables to choose from.

However, you need to make sure to find the best portable pool table that suits your personal needs and brings you closer to your goal of nonstop fun for family and friends.

We may have listed some of the best portable pool tables, but the choice is still yours to make.

Take into account the space, budget, and overall interest in the sport. These will help you determine which one stands out the most.

Happy shopping and have fun!

How to Level a Pool Table

How to Level a Pool Table

Ever played the winning shot at pool only to have the ball tilt to one side because of an unlevel pool table? Heartbreaking.

While a pack of cards may do the trick in a jiffy, it’s not exactly the most long-term or aesthetic solution.

If you’ve been looking for ways to level your pool table, this is your cue. Read on to find out how.

Find Out If Your Pool Table Is Level: What You’ll Need

The ways you can level a pool table will depend on the materials you have on hand.

Just to cover all bases, you can use:

  • Carpenter’s level
  • App
  • A marble and piece of glass
  • Cue ball

#1 Using A Carpenter’s Level

The best way to check for level issues is to use a carpenter’s level. A carpenter’s level will measure the plumb and straightedge level of your pool table.

While there are analog or digital types of carpenter’s level, the MOST COMMON ones have a simple tube of liquid with air bubbles inside to check for unlevel surfaces.

Simply place the carpenter’s level on the side of the table you want to check and see IF THE BUBLLES settle in the middle of the two marked lines of the level.

For your pool table, it’s best to measure the following areas:

  • All four sides of the table
  • The middle of the table
  • Playing surface of the table
  • Surface areas near the table pockets

How It Helps You:

What’s nice about using a carpenter level is that you can place it on different areas on your pool table to help pinpoint the exact location of the problem.

#2 Using An App

Bubble level app on Google Play
Level function on iPhone Compass app

While not everyone may have a carpenter level handy, it’s safe to say almost everyone has a smartphone nowadays.

Download a ‘bubble level’ app on your Android phone or simply use the Compass app on your iPhone.

Simply use your device as a level by placing it on the surface of your pool table or against all four sides. Follow the app instructions on how to check for levelness.

How It Helps You:

While an app may not be as accurate as a carpenter level, it will definitely be able to tell you if your pool table is grossly skewed towards one side.

From there, it will be easier to diagnose the reason (i.e., uneven floors or a short table leg) and address the situation.

#3 Using A Marble and A Piece Of Glass

Using marble and a piece of window glass is another SIMPLE way to test the levelness of your pool table if you don’t have a carpenter level.

Again, it’s important to measure all sides of your pool table using this marble technique to find the problematic area.

It also helps to observe how much the marble rolls and to what side to determine the severity and direction of the skew.

How It Helps You:

Simply place the piece of glass on the surface of the table you want to test.

Then, put the marble on top.

  • If the marble stays on the window glass and does not move, your table is level.
  • If it rolls one way or another, then that particular surface of the table is not level.

#4 Using Cue Balls

Finally, when all else fails, use your cue ball!

Take your cue ball and roll it STRAIGHT DOWN the length of whichever side of your pool table you’re testing.

The only thing you need to do is carefully observe the plane of movement. SQUAT DOWN so that your eye level is in line with the ball’s height. This angle allows you to see in which direction the ball rolls.

How It Helps You:

If the cue ball rolls slightly to one side, that side may not be level.

Let’s Level

In case you’ve found that your pool table isn’t level, there are several ways to address the issue.

Now, depending on whether your pool table has adjustable legs or not, you may need to use certain pool leg levelers.

We’ll tackle both scenarios in this guide.

If Your Pool Table Has Adjustable Legs

Aside from checking the instruction manual that came with your pool table, you can easily check if your table has adjustable legs by checking if it has screw-on levelers.

If you want to raise or lower a side of your table, enlist a friend’s help to lift the table. Then simply adjust the problem leg by turning it right for more height and left for less elevation.

Keep checking the evenness by constantly referencing back to your carpenter level to check if the changes you made bring you closer to a level table.

Adjusting the legs on your pool table is mostly a trial-and-error exercise, so it will take a little patience on your part to get the table level just right.

Top tip: Some pool tables also have metal plates on their legs you can remove to adjust the table height.

If Your Pool Table Doesn’t Have Adjustable Legs

In case your pool table doesn’t have adjustable legs, don’t fret! There are several ways on how to level a pool table.

#1 Simply Tighten The Screws

Sometimes, the reason for an uneven playing surface is because the SLATE SCREWS under pool tables LOOSEN over time.

We suggest going this way first and then moving onto other solutions in case you find that the table surface is still skewed to one side.

#2 Shims

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A simple and cost-effective way to even out a pool table is by using shims.

Fast Fact: A shim is a thin and usually tapered or wedged piece of material used to fill in small gaps and spaces between two objects, like the table legs and the floor.

Shims are also easily found in home improvement or hardware stores which makes this solution one of the more straightforward ones when it comes tackling how to level a pool table.

To use a shim in leveling a pool table, follow these steps:

  1. Using your carpenter level, find out which corner of your billiard table has a slope.
  2. Ask someone to help you lift the table off the floor.
  3. Place the shim under the leg of the problematic corner.
  4. When dealing with slate pool tables, you will need to SLIGHTLY LOOSEN the screws holding the slate in place. You can then lift it up and insert the metal shim between the slate and the table.
  5. Check if the adjustment made with the wooden or metal shims addressed the skew.

Keep in mind that leveling a billiards table with shims is as much a trial-and-error process as balancing the table with adjustable leg levelers.

You may also need to add more than one shim so it’s probably best to pick up a couple of shims at the hardware store if you’re going the shim route.

When using a shim, just remember to consider the type of material your billiard table is made of. A WOODEN SHIM might be too weak for a slate table, so it would be best to use metal shims instead.

#3 FlatJax

When it comes to leveling a pool table, even the smallest of adjustments can make the BIGGEST differences.

FlatJax is one of the few reliable pool table levelers designed to make the leveling process easy while still delivering dependable precision.

Each FlatJax plate comes with a ball driver so you can make minute adjustments, even those that are thousands of an inch which gives you more control than using shims.

To get started on leveling your pool table with FlatJax, follow these simple steps:

  1. Make sure all your FlatJax plates are in the fully-lowered position.
  2. Ask a friend to help you hoist the table up then place one FlatJax plate under each leg.
  3. Using your leveling tool, determine which corner is higher than the rest. Do not raise the FlaxJax plate of that corner.
  4. Raise the FlatJax leg levelers of the rest of the corners of your pool table to meet the height of the highest corner.
  5. Level the table along its length first then side to side using the FlatJax ball driver.

Remember that each clockwise full turn of the driver RAISES the FlatJax leg levelers 0.004 of an inch, so a few turns won’t be visible to the eye.

At its fully elevated height, a FlatJax plate raises up an additional 3/8 of an inch so keep checking your billiards table as settling may happen.

Fine Tuning: Pro Tips on How to Level A Pool Table

It’s easy to even out your pool table when it has such a huge angle of skew because the discrepancy is so obvious. All you have to do is adjust a leg or simply throw a shim under the table.

However, leveling a pool table when the slope is more minute gets much harder because you’re trying to get the balance just right.

#1 Check Levels Horizontally And Vertically

You might be tempted to use your carpenter level in the middle of the table and call it a day.

Unfortunately, most leveling issues are found at the sides of the table which you won’t catch if you just place your carpenter level in the middle of the surface.

Here’s a guide to follow:

  1. First, use your carpenter level in a vertical direction to check the entire length of your table.
  2. Then, turn it the other way to check horizontally.
  3. When going in a horizontal direction, line up your carpenter level with the diamonds painted on each side of the table.
  4. Check the entire length again.

#2 Use the Center of the Playing Surface as Your Benchmark

Line up your carpenter level using the center pockets in the middle of your table.

Then, slide the carpenter level SLIGHTLY from one side to the other to check which end of your table might be experiencing issues.

#3 Don’t Forget to Check Diagonally, Too.

This last tip is really to check whether all areas of your game surface are finally level.

Place your carpenter level diagonally from each of the table pockets. If your table is balanced, the bubble should be in the center and not skewed in one direction.

Cost Comparison: Leveling Service vs Doing It Yourself

There are several professional services that offer to level billiards tables for a fee.

However, this leveling process includes everything from refelting the table, evening out the table legs, and making sure the table is ready for a game.

Some services offer a fixed rate while others charge an hourly rate. Regardless of the cost structure, expect to shell out $250 to almost $400 for a professional service.

Even if they’re just there to fix your table legs, you could end up paying a sizable sum.

Definitely consider calling a friend for help to level your pool table yourself. After all, there are several DIY options that are fast, easy, and affordable and won’t take much more than a couple of minutes.

En Fin

Pool tables need to be leveled from time to time to account for sag due to gravity, people sitting on it, and other factors beyond your control.

That said, remember that you don’t have to get your table completely level in order to enjoy playing a game on it.

Unless you’re playing professional pool, shooting for ‘more or less’ even is good enough for a relaxing game with friends.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, let us know in the comments and share your own inside tips and tricks to leveling your pool table.