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Ping Pong at home: 

Instead of a regular table and net

Because table tennis requires only one opponent and can be played in a small room or yard, it is well suited to people who are stuck at home during the social distancing period.

Playing table tennis with a spouse, other family member or housemate for thirty minutes reduces cabin fever and cantankerousness by about half for the next two hours.

You might want to send this document to friends and relatives who don’t own a ping pong table-- people who already like playing and other people who could start liking table tennis during this period of having no other sport available. 

The prices that are mentioned here are U.S. dollars.

The sections of this document:

• alternatives to a net

• a net that fits almost any non-ping-pong table of yours, taut 

• small ping pong tables

• the size of a regular ping pong table and its court

• a $30 alternative to a ping pong table: MDF

videos of how to make a homemade ping pong table

Alternatives to a net

• cardboard or cardstock folded in half and oriented like an upside-down “V

• a wooden board

• a set of hardcover books that are each the same width (which is their height when oriented for use as a net)

• VHS cassettes or, for a more conventional height, the plastic cases that were made for storing them 

The conventional height of a net is six inches.

A net that fits almost any non-ping-pong table of yours, taut

Franklin Sports Table Tennis To Go

Ksruee All-in-One Portable Ping Pong Set for Anywhere

Sportcraft Anywhere Table Tennis Set

Wild Sports Anywhere Table Tennis Set

XGEAR Anywhere Ping Pong Equipment to-Go

Those five models are exactly the same product, except for their color and logo.  

They include a net, two paddles and three balls.

Price: ~$25. 

When I ordered that Ksruee set on April 13, 2020, Amazon said it would arrive (at an address in the U.S.) in five weeks.  It arrived in eleven days but without the paddles and balls.  Ksruee gave me a 50% refund.

The same net is sold without paddles and balls for ~$16 at these four stores:

AINAAN Retractable Ping Pong Net

• Fostoy Ping Pong Nets, Table Tennis Nets Adjustable Retractable Net

• S&S Portable Table Tennis Net

• Yigeyi Portable Ping Pong Net, Retractable Table Tennis Net

Maximum thickness of your table: 1.9 inches.

Maximum width of your table: 6 feet 3 inches.

A spring inside each net post automatically keeps the net taut at any length that you extend it to, no matter how narrow the table is.  The spring keeps the slack (the unused length of the net) that is at each of the two ends rolled up.

Another spring in each net post holds its plastic clamp to the table.  

Because the clamps aren’t metal and are broader than metal clamps, they won’t mar the table.  If your spouse or another important person isn’t sure about that, you can dispel her/his concern by putting a layer of paper or cardboard between the clamps and the table.

Small ping pong tables

All of these models come with a net and two net posts.

All of these models fold up for storage.

• 2.5 feet by 5 feet:

Park and Sun Mini Table Tennis Table

$130.

It comes with two paddles and two balls.

• 3 feet by 6 feet:

GoSports Mid-Size Table Tennis

$150.

It comes with two paddles and four balls.

• 3 feet by 6 feet:

Hathaway Reflex Mid-Sized

$203

It comes with two paddles and two balls.

• 2 feet by 8 feet:

GoPong 8 Foot Portable Beer Pong

$49

It comes with six balls.

• 3.4 feet by 6 feet:

Stiga Space Saver

$257

• 3.8 feet by 6.8 feet:

Butterfly Junior Table

$350

It rolls on four wheels when it is folded up. 

The size of a regular ping pong table and its court

A regular ping pong table is 5 feet by 9 feet and costs between $225 and $2,200. 

For storage, most models fold up into two vertical halves.

For playing, a comfortable amount of floor space surrounding the table is 10 feet at each of the two ends and 6 feet at each of the two sides (a court of 29 feet by 17 feet).  The minimum tolerable amount is 4 feet at each end and 3 feet at each side (a court of 17 feet by 11 feet). 

If a ping pong table is stored outdoors, the humidity, rain and sun will permanently warp it unless it is a weatherproof model.  The warping can occur in less than a week.  Most catalogs call weatherproof models “outdoor tables.”  

A $30 alternative to a ping pong table: MDF 

A 4-foot-by-8-foot sheet of MDF (medium density fiberboard) makes a ping pong ball bounce to approximately the same height and at approximately the same speed as a ball does on an indoor (i.e., non-weatherproof) ping pong table.  A sheet of plywood makes a ball bounce less accurately than a sheet of MDF does.

MDF is commonly available in two thicknesses: a half inch and three quarters of an inch.  There is information below that lets you decide which of those two is better for you. 

The price range of a 4-foot-by-8-foot sheet of MDF is $25 to $37.  

Your dining table or some other table of yours can be the base of a 4-foot-by-8-foot sheet of MDF.  If you use sawhorses as the base, the ball’s bounce will be inconsistent (lower and slower the further it is from a sawhorse).  The longer and wider the base’s contact with the floor is, the more consistent the bounce will be.

The lumber yard or home-improvement store where you buy a sheet of MDF won’t charge for cutting it into two 4-foot squares, which will each be light enough to lift onto the roof of your car and easier to store than a 4-by-8 sheet when you aren’t playing.  To avoid causing an accident, you can get advice from a worker there or from one of these videos on how to tie the sheets to the roof of your car.  A blanket will protect the roof from getting marred.

If a sheet of MDF is stored outdoors, the humidity, rain and sun will make it swell and warp permanently.  

MDF whose thickness is a half inch makes a ping pong ball bounce to the same height and at the same speed as it does on an inexpensive indoor ping pong table (a table of recreational quality).  This height of bounce is too low for small children because the ball falls out of reach too soon for them. 

MDF whose thickness is three quarters of an inch makes a ball bounce almost to the same height and almost at the same speed as it does on the tables that are used in official tournaments.

Two sheets of MDF that are each a half-inch thick, one laid atop the other, i.e., adding up to a thickness of one inch, make a ball bounce to the same height and at the same speed as it does on the tables that are used in official tournaments. 

MDF is the main topic in the Constructing own table tennis table thread at the online OOAK Table Tennis Forum. 

Videos of how to make a homemade ping pong table

In the searchbox at www.youtube.com, type one of these twelve phrases, including the quote marks:

“diy ping pong table”

“do it yourself ping pong table”

“how to make OR build a ping pong table”

“diy pingpong table”

“do it yourself pingpong table”

“how to make OR build a pingpong table”

“diy table tennis table”

“do it yourself table tennis table”

“how to make OR build a table tennis table”

“diy tabletennis table”

“do it yourself tabletennis table”

“how to make OR build a tabletennis table” 





Edited by Liang Henry Qi - 02/08/2021 at 11:19am
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Hi, Which table will suits for the seven by ten living room??
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you can go for 2.5 by 5, well don't worry small table also has some benefits like improving hand-eye coordination and reflexes.
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I once had a table made out of 2 $13 8x4 boards from Home Depot and I had arranged a foot empty in the middle with chairs on the sides to hold the net in the empty middle. It was a regular sized table with its 2 5x4 boards. Frankly, how often do our shots land 1/2 foot behind the net? The expensive part are the trestles but we can arrange with a lot of thick books, laundry baskets etc...

Just to say that if we want to play ping pong at home, it can really be inexpensive and the fun is guaranteed.

For most rooms, just one 8x4 board would be alright imo, I wanted to go fancy and have the real deal but for the purpose it was an overkill. For 5 yo kids starting the game for example, the 8x4 board is ideal and the table can grow up with the kid. From a kneeling position, the parents will have a hard time transitioning to standing :)


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Thank you guys, this is nice explanation. Also the specialists agree that table tennis is excellent for the brain as well: it improves the children's motor skills, and it helps them perform at strategy-developing actions.
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This is a really thorough guide, I appreciate the great detail and the intention of sharing this knowledge.  Great work Heart
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