- How to Assemble a Foosball Table in 5 Easy Steps
- Step 1: Prepare to Assemble Your Foosball Table
- Step 2: Get Your Foosball Table Upright
- Step 3: Attach the Rods to Your Foosball Table
- Step 4: Configure All Accessories
- Step 5: Final Preparations
How to Assemble a Foosball Table in 5 Easy Steps
Assembling a new foosball table can require a bit of effort, but you can generally go from unboxing your new foosball set to playing your first game in less than three hours. Every foosball table is different, so there are no definitive instructions that apply in all situations. However, there are a few important tips that you should keep in mind when you put together your foosball table:
- Always pick up your table before turning it over to avoid breaking the legs.
- Although the best foosball table sets include their own tools, you can use your own power tools to streamline assembly.
- Before getting started, confirm that all parts arrived in good condition to avoid having to disassemble your work when sending the product back to its manufacturer.
- If you cannot find the manual, inputting the name of your table and “filetype:pdf” into a search engine will usually lead you to finding a digital copy of the information you need.
Step 1: Prepare to Assemble Your Foosball Table
The first action that you should take is to lay out all of the components that came with your foosball table. I usually go through a foosball table’s manual to ensure that all parts were included in the package and to get a general overview of what steps I will have to complete. Once I understand what I am dealing with, I can find power tools that I have in my garage to make finishing the job easier. It is surprising how often a simple electric screwdriver or rubber mallet can simplify the assembly process.
If your table’s manual is difficult to read, try looking up your table on YouTube. Many manufacturers provide assembly videos that offer concise yet detailed instructions that can help you to understand the work that you will be doing. If the work appears to be too complex or physically strenuous, you can consider purchasing an in-home assembly package or at least reaching out to a relative or friend for assistance.
Step 2: Get Your Foosball Table Upright
Put together the table body first.
When it comes to actually assembling your foosball table, I always recommend starting by assembling the largest components first so that you can position your table upright. Foosball tables have rods that can slide out and get in the way. It is also easier to work on the main table area when it is at a comfortable height.
Put the table face down when attaching the legs.
In general, manufacturers will recommend that you lay the main table face down on the floor before attaching the legs. Alternately, you can have a second person hold the legs in place before dropping the main table down. If your table has narrow legs rather than structural panels that run down each side, I recommend attaching the legs with your table base positioned against the floor. With one-piece side panels, on the other hand, you can often get away with simply lifting the table base onto the side panels when you have an assistant and exercise caution.
Turn the foosball table over in three steps:
- Attach leg brace or leg end panels
- Rest the table on its side
- Lift the table off the ground, turn it over in the air, set on the floor gently.
Keep in mind that it is crucial to turn your table upright in the proper way. Turning over a foosball table is always a two person job because you must lift your table fully off the floor to avoid damaging the legs. Before turning your set over, you will want to properly attach any leg braces or leg end panels that were included. These items will give your table legs extra strength to avoid damage from lateral movements.
Next, rest your table on its side so that the floor is parallel with the table legs. Finally, while grabbing hold of only the main table area and not the legs, you and your assistant should lift your table fully off the ground. Turn your table over in the air, and do not let the legs make contact with the ground until they are in an upright position. From there, you can gently set your table on the floor. Use care when letting go of your table so that you can catch it in the event of a collapse.
Step 3: Attach the Rods to Your Foosball Table
Once your table is upright, the rest of the work is generally easy. The rods on the best foosball tables come with the stoppers and the men attached, but you will usually have to attach the rods yourself. If necessary, the men are usually secured to the rods by sliding them down to marked notches, and then tightening stop rings on both sides of the men to secure them in place. Instruction manuals are often unclear about how to assemble the men, so it may help to watch videos online to see an example.
When attaching the rods, I recommend trying to detach the side panels so that you can put together the rod assembly on a separate surface. Start by fastening all of the rods to one side of the table before moving on to the other side. The rods are attached by simply sliding them into the corresponding hole, and then securing the stoppers in the desired location. Some foosball tables simply use the end grips as stoppers, and you can usually attach these grips by twisting them onto the screws on each end of the rods.
Step 4: Configure All Accessories
Modern foosball tables usually come with multiple style options and additional accessories that you will need to configure. The plastic frame around the goalposts will generally need to be assembled separately, and doing so can sometimes be challenging. Many goalposts snap into place, but use care to avoid breaking the components. You will also need to attach cup holders and other cosmetic accessories. Refer to the owner’s manual when attaching each part, and remember that these additional components are usually optional.
When choosing how to assemble your unique foosball table, make sure that you think about how it will be used. For instance, many foosball tables come with a glass cover that can be removed in most cases. Glass covers are great if you plan to use your foosball set as a functional table, but the cover can be a nuisance for people who use their table on a daily basis. Nice stylistic accessories like faux wood panels can offer a nice cosmetic touch, but they will not match contemporary interiors. Some manufacturers also offer accessories that can be purchased separately, and I recommend browsing through the list of accessories that are available to ensure that you get the best foosball table for your particular situation.
Step 5: Final Preparations
After finishing the assembly process, it is often tempting to immediately start moving on with your life. However, you need to make sure that your table is complete before doing something else. It is human nature to plan on attaching a small accessory or customizing a component at a later date. In reality, years will often go by without the final steps being completed. There is no better time than now to finalize the assembly of your table.
Firstly, if your table has optional colors or components that can be swapped out, try to decide what configuration you like most from the beginning. Sometimes you may want to wait a few days to ask family members before making a decision, and you can lay out the optional components on your table to generate discussion.
Secondly, place all unused accessories, tool, bags, and other items into the original box that your table came with. You never know when certain parts that appeared to be worthless will actually be needed later. Additionally, in the event of discovering defects in the first couple of weeks of use, it will be easier to return your table if you still have all of the original parts.
Most of all, make sure that you test out your table extensively to confirm that all components are assembled properly. You will probably need to make a couple of modifications that will require the tools you already laid out when beginning the assembly process. It is always better to finalize your table at a quiet time than to fumble around for tools when hosting guests at your home.
In conclusion, every foosball table is different, and the way you put them together varies. But the basic principles are very similar among most good quality foosball tables. If you need professional help with assembling, check on Amazon’s services and see if there’s a pro near your area.
- Assembly of 1 customer-supplied foosball table
- Moving to another location is not included
- Typical assembly time of 3 hours
- Removal of packaging materials to customer's bin
- Products requiring additional work may result in an updated estimate from provider
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