How Much Space Is Needed For A Ping Pong Table?

How Much Space is Needed for a Ping Pong Table?

Last Updated on March 25, 2024

When you come to the wonderful decision of purchasing a ping pong table, the next thing you have to ask yourself isn’t “which ping pong table should I get?” yet it’s “do I have enough space or even a dedicated room for ping pong table?”.

Believe it or not, still many people take approximate measurements and wing the purchase only to realize they’ll be a little bit short on the space aspect of the purchase.

So you don’t end up with a table you have nowhere to put, this article will help you find out how much space (room) is needed for a ping pong table.

Also, since you’re already here, you’re making a great decision on informing yourself, so step one is done!

How Much Room/Space is Needed for a Ping Pong Table?

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While some people love to dedicate an entire room to turn it into a ping pong arena, if you lack space in your home – you might not be lucky enough to do that.

On the bright side, there’s nothing to worry about since you can still make it happen.

If you’re looking to purchase, or you already own a ping pong table that comes in regulated size by ITTF, the dimensions are the following – 2.74 m long, 1.525 m wide (9 x 5 feet).

You should never take the exact measurements of the table and think that a room matching the measurements will be enough.

You will need some additional space to open the table and rotate it whenever necessary.

Also, you should pay attention to the ceiling, since you’ll be moving in the table while in an unfolded position.

Therefore, 20-30% larger room than the table actually is, is what we recommend.

Don’t Forget Some Extra Space Around the Table

Most people focus more on the space behind the table rather than the available space around the whole table.

It’s true, nobody is going to play by standing next to the table – but what happens with diagonal shots?

You will need plenty of space to reach and step to both sides of the ping pong table.

Also, you should leave yourself plenty of space behind the table, since you never know when you will distance yourself from the table and play a defensive game for a bit.

If you’re a defensive player, you’ll definitely need a lot of space around you to handle the aggressive balls.

We recommend it’s better to leave plenty of space, than lack space at all.

With that being said, you will always be able to place barriers to shorten your table tennis playing “arena”.

What if You Don’t Have Enough Space?

Ping Pong Table Top

Believe it or not, even if you have no space to place an actual ping pong table anywhere in your home – there’s still a hope, a solution to your problems!

As you may probably know, there are 3 types of ping pong tables.

While we were talking in here about the indoor type of table and the space you need to place one, the third category is a tabletop ping pong table.

How many times have you thought, well why don’t we use the dining table like ping pong table?

Basically, what ping pong tabletop does is it uses the construction of your dining table, pool, or any other object inside your home and yet gives a perfect surface for ping pong.

If you really have no space in your home – this is the most ideal solution.

And before you think this solution isn’t good – we should remind you that there are professional brand manufacturers who produce ping pong tabletops.

The principle is the same, and if you choose a great tabletop, you’ll have one of the easiest ways to turn your basement or dining room into a ping pong arena.


Making sure you have enough room to place an indoor ping pong in your home is something you must do before a purchase.

Ping pong tables are a pricey investment, and once your table arrives, you want to already have a space ready for the installation so you can play as soon as possible.

But hey, there are 50-50% chances you get it right, but we don’t recommend you wing something like that.

Taking measures and checking before ordering is the most responsible thing to do.

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Ashton Brown
Ashton Brown spent a lot of time in after school programs as a child. In a local community-run recreation center in Boston, they had a ping pong table, and since then he has always played. He had a ping pong table in his college dorm, and a mini one in his office for giggles. After playing for years, Ashton wants to show you how to get started with ping pong, learn the tricks of the trade, and equip yourself with everything you need to be better at the game.

2 thoughts on “How Much Space is Needed for a Ping Pong Table?”

    1. Avatar for Dominique Layt

      The beauty about Ping Pong is it is fun and can be played by 1 to 4 players. If you get a table that raises at the end you can play against yourself. I hope you enjoy it! It’s great for fun as well as competition.

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