Ping pong is a popular pastime activity as it offers great health benefits and does not cost much for beginners.
If you are about to create a ping pong room at home, you may get confused with various information from the Internet, especially on selecting room size for ping pong table.
Don’t worry! In this post, we will help you collect all major factors to consider when choosing room size. Let’s dive in!
Size of a Ping Pong Table
Let’s begin with the standard ping pong table size.
Recently, there are broadly three types in the market: the outdoor, indoor, and the conversion top ones.
Depending on each brand, the design and size may vary a bit, but not too remarkably.
Most ping pong manufacturers follow the ITTF’s rule that a full-size ping pong table measures 9′ long, 2.5′ high, and 5′ wide (274 cm x 76 cm x 152 cm).
The net should stretch up to 6′ on either side of the table.
With that record, the most comfortable room size for average players is 22 x 11 feet.
If you don’t demand to play table tennis professionally, a mini or a 3/4 size table is also an appropriate option.
Typically, this type measures 6.75′ x 3.75′ (205 cm x 114 cm), preferred for teaching kids to play ping pong.
Room Space Needed (Playing area)
In line with the players’ level, the space needed for practicing ping pong is varied considerably.
For example, the entry-level players only need a mini or 3/4 size table to practice.
As a result, the room space needed is bigger than 6.75′ x 3.75′, which is the size of a 3/4 size table.
Commonly, the small playing space will help players gain better control and familiarize themselves with ping pong movements.
They will learn how to move more effectively when being locked in a limited space.
It’s a different case for intermediate players.
They can upgrade to full-size tables to get used to the standard playing areas, which is suitable for moving to a professional league later.
Consequently, they will require room space that is bigger than 22′ x 11′.
At this level, players have already mastered all playing techniques, so what they need to improve are flexibility and quick problem-solving skills.
A spacy room will help them achieve that goal.
Suppose you cannot provide a big space for practicing ping pong, a handy tip is to remove all objects in the room and leave the space empty.
Then, you can feel the room larger.
Type of floor or floor covering
You may wonder about choosing the type of floor, right?
In fact, there is no significant difference that the floor categories can make on your performance.
However, the most recommended type is the varnished/laminated wooden for its rigid and durable material.
Floor covering is another core factor influencing players’ performance while playing.
Just imagine, you never want to run eagerly in the competition and suddenly make a false step, right?
That’s the reason why you need to consider carefully when choosing floor covering.
In international standards, the best material to play table tennis is fiberglass.
Thanks to the firm base, this material will decrease the percentage of players tripping as much as possible.
However, if you cannot afford fiberglass, carpets or cloth mats are possible alternatives.
Another element that affects the ping pong training efficiency is lighting.
In a competition, the lighting system is crucial for players to follow the ball as these ball movements are usually too fast to recognize.
Hence, without proper lighting, predicting the ball’s path is even more challenging for them.
However, lighting seems not to receive the consideration it deserves.
In many table tennis playing spaces, facilitators use a normal lighting system without customized adjustment.
Such ignorance will weaken the practice’s efficiency in general.
Do you know that a poor-quality lighting system can develop bad sighting habits?
Many players do not recognize that they may have an incorrect perception of the ball’s movement after practicing in bad lighting for a long time.
When they go to professional competitions, their eyes can not get used to the lighting there, leading to unsatisfactory performance.
Let us give you another example for better understanding: when you have read books in darkness for hours, your eyes automatically get used to the dark, and you will feel dazzling when reading in bright light.
So, what is the standard lighting for playing table tennis?
Let’s take the Olympic standard as the measure: 300 lux lighting system with the ceiling at least 3 meters (10 feet) above the floor.
As mentioned above, the standard height for a ping pong table is 2.5′ (76 cm), so the playing area’s best height must rise above 80 cm.
However, we advise you to choose a room at least 3 meters high because such size will make your movement around more comfortable.
For Caucasian players, it’s natural for them to reach 180cm tall. In that case, a room above 3 meters high is ideal for practicing comfortably.
Hence, it would be best to care about your needs and your contender’s size to choose the best space.
If you play outside, then ceiling height is not a matter you have to consider.
Playing background (wall color)
Scientists proved that colors can considerably change our moods, feelings, and emotions.
Thus, choosing a wall color is also an important issue that you should highlight when planning to set up a ping pong room.
We recommend you not choose wall colors like white, black, red, orange, or yellow as they can block your eyesight and reflect the sunlight.
Scientifically, warm color can overhype our emotions while cool color keeps us calm.
For that reason, the best color tone for ping pong is a cool palette like green, blue, navy since you will not be distracted while seeing the cool palette around the practice room.
Scientists also discovered that the best temperature for doing work that requires high concentration is between 21 – 25 Celsius (69 – 77 Fahrenheit degree).
During this range, the body will release less repressive hormones, making it less stressed and exhausted.
Hence, you had better choose a room that satisfies such requirements for ping pong training.
However, it is impossible to control natural room temperature as it can fluctuate according to climate.
It would be best if you take the room with a built-in air conditioner.
Wrapping it up
We have finished discussing some factors to think of when determining the room size for ping pong table.
Besides the fundamental component – the ping pong table sizes, you also need to consider others like the room dimensions, your playing space, and the proper heat.
The above insights are based on our experience after years of working in this field.
We hope that you will successfully apply these tips to create your ping pong room.
Thank you for reading, and enjoy your ping pong practice!