How To Repair Poker Table

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If you own a good quality, expensive poker table it’s important to keep it in good shape. Damaged parts will affect the game play and take away the aesthetic of your poker table which is really the main reason people pay for poker tables. You’ll need to know how to replace easily damaged parts.

Table Felt

Often times poker table felt can be damaged by spilt drinks or tear. Other times people just want to replace their table felt to give it a different look or upgrade to a better quality material. Poker tables work differently from others so these instructions might vary. Here’s how you can replace your table felt.

  • First, you’ll need to remove the rails of your poker table. These should be held in with a couple of screws but different poker tables can be taken apart differently. If you’re having trouble figuring it out then you can contact the manufacturing company and ask for any tips.

  • Next, you’ll need to remove the felt from the surface. Sometimes the felt is laid on a surface that’s set into the table. You’ll have to take out the screws holding it in and take the whole piece out. Other times the felt is simply glued to the surface of the poker table and you can peel it off.There might be a couple of staples also holding it to the table which you can just take out.

  • Once you’ve got the felt off you should replace the foam surface that’s underneath (some tables don’t have foam they just have wood). The foam makes for a soft padding on your table but is also firm enough to let cards slide across. Simply take it off of your table and replace it with new foam that will fit your table’s dimensions.

  • If your table has foam or if it’s just a wood surface, you’re going to do basically the same thing for the next parts. You’ll need to measure the felt to make sure that it will fit around your table perfectly and get it lined up. You can put a couple of staples in the sides of the felt to keep it in place.

  • Fold back one half of the felt to reveal the table surface underneath. Get a spray adhesive and lightly spray both the bottom of the folded back felt and the table surface. If you spray too much you want be able to wipe down the wrinkles or make adjustments.

  • Put the felt back in place onto the table surface. Wipe the cloth down to take care of any wrinkles and make sure that there’s an adequate amount of cloth on every side. Do the same thing with the other side of the felt top.

  • Staple down the cloth to the sides of the table to help keep it taught and in place. You can then screw back on the rails.

You will want to be extra accurate when your felt design includes graphics. If you want the table to look professional you’ll want to keep the graphics in the middle of the table. This can be hard to get it perfect and you’ll have to remeasure after every time you adjust the new felt when gluing it down. It helps to have a partner.

Table Rails

Poker table rails are the edges around the table that provide elbow support. They’re a padded material that usually has a vinyl surface. Most manufacturers provide replacement rails on their websites if you don’t feel like repairing them but if you do here’s how.

  • You’ll first need to purchase new vinyl as well as new padding. The padding is a sheet of foam that is wrapped around the wood of the rail. You can buy this anywhere and you can easily buy a substitute.

  • Take off your rails. These should be attached with screws so you’ll just need to unscrew the rails and they should lift off.

  • Take the vinyl off of the rails. They should be stapled at the bottom of the rail and you can take them out using pliers. You don’t need to take them all out but try not to staple over the old ones when you’re replacing them.

  • If you’re padding is fine and you really just wanted to replace the vinyl then you don’t need to take out the screws holding the padding down. If your padding is in bad shape then you'll need to unscrew it from the rail and screw on the new stuff. There’s usually two layers of this rolled padding.

  • Once you’ve removed the vinyl and replaced the padding, all you need to do is put the new vinyl on. You might want a partner to help you keep it straight. Lay the rail on top of the new vinyl and staple one edge of the vinyl to the bottom of the wooden rail.

  • When you’ve done this with all the rail, you need to staple the other side of the vinyl around the rail. For the straight edges you can do this easily without creating wrinkles.

  • For the curved parts of your table you might want to cut the bottom part of the vinyl into little strips in a way that you won’t notice on the top of the rails. You can also completely cut the vinyl into smaller pieces to avoid wrinkling but it looks less professional.

  • Pull each of the strips tight over the padding and staple it down. Continue until all of the strips are stapled down on the bottom of the rail.

  • Attach the rails back on your table and you’re all set to go.

Related Questions:

How Much Does Poker Table Cloth Cost?

Poker table cloth costs depend on what type of cloth and if it’s custom made. For a good speed cloth, the least you could pay would be about $20-$30 a yard depending on the size of your table. Customization costs depend on the manufacturer.

Why Do Some Tables Have Foam Underneath the Felt?

For a poker table, the purpose of the foam on the surface of the poker table is for aesthetic purposes. It doesn’t really make the cards slide across the table better or anything. The main purpose is to make the chips bounce on the table when a player tosses them into play.

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