Ping Pong Table Dimensions – Regulation Vs Compact

Table Tennis Table Dimensions

Expert: Kevin James, Last Updated: 09/04/2019

Let me guess, you're planning to order a ping pong table.

You may have already selected the table or are researching for one.

You're looking to verify, if the table you have selected, is of standard size or not!

Yes?

Let me save the hassle for you.

The standard size of the Ping Pong table is:

2.74m X 1.525m X .76m or,
9ft X 5ft x 2.5ft or,
108in X 60in X 30in or,
274cm X 152.5cm X 76cm

These are specifications which ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) mandates.

But there’s more to this than that what meets the eye. Read on…

Beyond the dimensions, you need to check a couple of things like – bounce, marking, color, thickness etc.

Did you know that a standard table must produce a bounce of atleast 26 cm when the ball is dropped from 30 cm above the table?

Ping Pong Table Size

Broadly Ping Pong tables are available in two sizes:

1) Standard (Regulation size tables used in tournaments)

2) Mini or 3/4 size (Non Standard ones, used for leisure and recreational purpose)

Standard/Regulation Size Table:

Regulation Sized Table Tennis Table

So, standard size tables are the ones which are used in Olympic games, international matches and local tournaments.

It is built as per the dimensions laid down by International Table Tennis Federation. And if you don’t know, ITTF is the supreme body which regulates the table tennis sports internationally.

These tables are often referred to as tournament size, competition ready, full or official size. If you see any these words in the table description, be assured the table meets the official standard.

Go for standard size table if you don’t have space restrictions. At minimum, you would need 16ft by 10ft space to place a standard size table.

ITTF Specification for Table Tennis Table

Dimension

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2.74m X 1.525m X .76m or,

9ft X 5ft x 2.5ft or,

108in X 60in X 30in or,

274cm X 152.5cm X 76cm

Markings

2cm side line,

2cm end line,

3mm center line (for doubles)

Net and Post System

15.25cm height above the playing surface

Color

Uniform dark, matt finish

(Need not be necessarily blue or green)

Thickness

No Restriction. Must produce bounce of 26cm when dropped from 30 cm height.

(Ideally look for 19mm thickness)

Table Material

No Restriction
(Look for MDF/HDF material)

Weight

No Restrictions

Detailed Specs

1) Dimensions
A standard size table is rectangular, 2.74 m long, 1.525 m wide and .76 m in height.

2) Markings
A white sideline of 2 cm width runs across the length of the table,

A white end line of 2 cm width runs across the width of the table.

Table tennis table markings

For double games, additionally a white line of 3 mm wide (parallel to the sideline) runs on the center of the table, dividing the table in equal half’s.


3) Net

A net is a vertical mesh which divides the playing area into two equal courts. It runs parallel to the end lines. Net height should be 15.25 cm above the playing surface. It should be continuous and have uniform height across the length.

Read more about the net and post buying guide here.

4) Color
There is no real restriction on the color of the table except that it must be uniformly dark and in matt finish. The matt finish removes the shine and the uniform dark color helps in visibility.

Most of the tables are generally blue or navy blue in color. Other common colors are green and black.


5) Thickness
As per the ITTF rules, a table must be constructed with any continuous material (no visible joints).


And it must produce a uniform bounce of 26 cm when a standard ball is dropped on the table from the height of 30 cm.

There are no restrictions on the minimum or maximum thickness of the table. It should just meet the minimum bounce criteria.

Generally, the International tournaments are played on 25 mm thickness table.

Recommended thickness based on usage:

Usage

Recommended Thickness

Recreational/Fun

10mm to 15mm

Amateur/Intermediate

16mm to 20mm

Professional

20mm to 25mm

6) Table Material

The table tennis tables are generally made of wood or it’s derivative. MDF, HDF and composite board are commonly used.

Commonly used materials based on usage:

For

Recommended Thickness

Recreational/Fun

MDF

Amateur/Intermediate

HDF/Fiber Board

Professional

High Quality Composite Boards

7) Weight
There is no restriction on the weight of the table. However, the tables used in international matches generally weigh 300 pounds plus.

General rule of thumb – Heavier the table, sturdier it is. 

But remember that also makes it difficult to move.

Weight chart based on type:

Table Type

Weight (in pounds)

Professional Grade

300 to 400

Club Grade

200 to 300

Entry level

50 to 150

3/4 Size or Mini Tables

Don’t have enough space to squeeze in a full-size table. Don’t worry compact size or 3/4 size table can be a perfect alternative for you. These tables are ideal for recreational and fun play with family and friends.

There is no standard size of mini ping pong table and it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Generally, the table is about 3/4th of the regulation size table (around 6ft by 3ft). The height is close to 2.5 ft.

The table is also perfect for beginners who are just starting with the game.

However, if you are planning to train on this table seriously, then this table may not work out for you.

The main issue will be the size and ball bounce. You will need to readjust to both of them every time you play on a bigger table. And this will not be good for your game.

Alternatively, you can also covert your existing pool or dining table using a ping pong conversion topper. Read more here.

Conclusion

Out of all of the specs discussed above, the most important is dimensional requirements. On the market, you’ll find that most Ping Pong tables come in the standardized dimensions of 9 by 5 feet.

Remember these points before you go ahead with your purchase!

Kevin James
 

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