How Much Space Do You Need to Play Ping Pong

As you start shopping around for a new ping pong table, there are a few things to consider before you buy one. From knowing where you’re going to put it to the different options that are available, you will want to take some time to understand space and table styles before you just jump into buying one.

We’ve compiled some information on how to go about buying a ping pong table and how to know which size to buy. 

How Much Space Do You Have?

The kind of ping pong table you’ll buy is largely dependent on which kind of table you’re going to buy. For example, if you want a regulation table, you’ll need to get one that is 9 x 5 feet with the tabletop measuring 76cm above the floor. 

At first glance, that may seem like a normal size table that can fit anywhere, but when it comes to actually squeeze it into your designated space, will it actually fit? For example, if you are setting up a game room in your home, you may also want to fit other games and items in the room. A 9 x 5-foot table is going to take up quite a bit of space, so consider this before you buy a regulation-sized table (find some recommendations here). 

Where Will You Put It?

Where do you plan on putting your table? There are many different styles of ping pong tables, so you can either buy one that is designed to be indoors, or you can get one that you can set up outside on the patio. 

Of course, as you consider which type to buy, you may also want to consider what extras you may need for an outside ping pong table. For example, is it weather resistant? We’re talking about from the tabletop to the legs and even the net. You don’t want to put your table outside without covering it with something that can keep it safe from the elements. 

While you will most likely have more space for your ping pong table outdoors, you will want to be sure to take good care of it if you decide to buy one for your patio or yard. 

Do You Want to Move It? 

In some cases, a stationary table could be perfect for your needs. In other instances, you may want to be able to move it, so that you can bring it to a house party or when you go to visit family in another country. 

If this is the case, the good news is that there are foldable and portable ping pong tables. Of course, we’re talking about tables that are not the regulation size at all. If you want one that you can fold that is the regulation size, there are options that fold up vertically, so you can easily store them when they’re not in use. These tables aren’t what you would think of as portable, but they do make it easy to have extra space when you need it. 

General Tips For Shopping 

Are you ready to make ping pong a part of your everyday fun and lives? Your kids are bound to enjoy having a ping pong table in your home. If you have the space for it, why not invest in one. Before you choose to buy one, consider some important features of a ping pong table, so you can make sure that you’re making the right investment for you and yours. 

Here are some top features to look for when shopping for a ping pong table:


The above tips are helpful for you when choosing the size that you want. It’s important to understand how big the standard-sized table is and also what you want to use it for. If you don’t need the biggest size, it could be easier to work with a smaller one. 


It’s very important to understand the kind of use that you want to get out of your table. For example, if you actually want to practice to play competitively, it’s very important you get the right table to practice on. 

Just imagine playing on a table that is smaller than the regulation-sized table, and when it comes time to play against a component, your shot falls short? Know what kind of use you want to get out of it so that you can avoid spending money on something that you’re never going to use. 

Leveled Table Top

When you buy a new table, you should expect it to have a perfectly leveled tabletop. When you are shopping around for a used ping pong table, this is something to pay attention to. Some tabletops may be warped, which can completely throw off your game. 

Sturdy Legs

Some tables are made for easy and quick use and just for fun. But, if you’re hoping to train for competitive ping pong, you’ll want a sturdy table with strong legs. Even if you do choose a foldable table or a portable one, you still want to make sure that the legs will stay sturdy for months to come. 

Final Thoughts

Are you ready to do something fun as a family? Have you been looking for options for your game room? Are you hoping to get into a competitive sport? A ping pong table is a great idea for when you want to start playing a game that is fun to play leisurely but can also be a competitive sport. 

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