As we close out week four of “Lighten Up! Tips for Letting Go in 2024,” I turn to an item that can be a real challenge to move out: pool tables.
Pool tables are classic pieces. They are fun and classy, and many people have purchased them for a basement or den. However, there often comes a time when the pool table needs to go:
- The pool table is in disrepair.
- You are selling your home, and the new owner doesn’t want it.
- You are moving and don’t want to take the pool table with you.
- You need the space that the pool table is taking up for another purpose.
Whatever your reason, if you are ready to get rid of your pool table, you might be wondering how to do it. I’d love to provide an easy resource, but unfortunately there are no simple answers.
If your pool table is in a location from which it can be carried out in one piece, you can try to see if anyone wants it. Contact local community centers, YMCAs, schools, youth groups, etc. You can also advertise your pool table as “free” to anyone who will pay for it to be moved (e.g., on as Freecycle, Nextdoor, or Facebook Buy Nothing).
Pool tables tend to be incredibly heavy, and therefore quite difficult to move. Odds are, it will need to be taken apart. If you want to try to take your pool table apart yourself, bear in mind that it require a bit of work. Home Depot® has a Youtube™ video you can watch to see how it should be done.
If this task seems beyond your capabilities and/or if no one wants your pool table, the best answer is to call a junk hauler. When you are getting estimates, tell the haulers where you keep your pool table. Expect that a junk hauler will want to disassemble the pool table in order to take it away, possibly damaging it beyond repair. This can be a harsh reality, considering you probably spent a lot of money for the pool table. However, if you can’t find any takers, and you really need it gone, this is your best option.
The Junkluggers®, on their website, actually address pool table removal:
How to remove your unwanted pool table
Safely removing a pool table from your basement requires special tools and multiple people. Odds are, you and your friends aren’t going to carry this 650-1000 lb piece of gaming equipment out on your own. To help you save time and avoid possible injury, The Junkluggers offers efficient, professional pool table removal.
Simply set up an appointment with your local Junkluggers and our experts will do the rest. From dismantling to lugging, we have it covered. The Junkluggers will either donate or recycle any materials that can be reused.Junkluggers
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We have a pool table in our basement. To be honest, it gets periodic use at best. At some point, I expect we will need to have it hauled away.
Have you ever moved a pool table? Do you have any tips for getting rid of them?