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Can I put and indoor table in a garage or outbuilding?

The answer is sometimes! If the garage or outbuilding does not suffer from dampness then it should be okay. A good test is to put a crisp and dry cardboard box in the room you wish to put the table and leave it for a week. If the cardboard has lost it's crisp feel and has become very weak it's likely the there is too much moisture in the room and the indoor table top might warp. If the box stays crisp then an indoor table will most likely be okay. However, it might be worth choosing a table with a metal rim and a playing top with a minimum of 19mm thickness as these are less likely to warp.

What size is an indoor table?

   

9 foot long x 5 foot wide by 2 foot 6 inches high
(2.75m x 1.53m x 77cm)

This is the official size set by the International Table Tennis Federation regulations.

Please note: Net and post set extends the table width by 6 inches on each side.


What space do I need around the table?

As a minimum approximately 4 foot (1.3 metres) at each end and 3 foot (1m) at the sides. Sometimes you might see professional players standing along way behind the table during rallies - it's only when you reach a very high standard do you require a large space around the table. If you think space is limited a Junior Table might be a better choice.


Are the playing tops all the same?

Each manufacturer uses different production methods to build the tops. It's also where cost savings can be made easily in manufacturing. It is not just the thickness of the top which is important but also how the surface coatings have been applied. Some manufactures apply paint via a roller system others use a special thin melemin coating. Cheaper tables are often sprayed with paint which can produces an inferior and patchy finish.

The thickness of the top varies between 16mm right up to 25mm. While 25mm tables produce the best bounce they are only really required for tournament level play. For home use 16mm, and 19mm all perform very well. 16mm tables have the advantage of being lighter and easy to move around the home whereas 19mm tables are generally more study.


Is brand important?

Yes - The brand of table does make a difference. The major brands have a reputation to uphold and this means you are likely to find better materials and construction methods used during the manufacturing a table. Look at the warranty as an indication of how confident the manufacturer is regarding the materials used.


Warranties?

 
Indoor

Dunlop
5 Years

Adidas 3 Years

Butterfly 3 Years

Stiga 3 Years

Andro 3 Years  


What is playback?

Playback is the ability of the table to fold in a way that enables solo play. This is a useful feature and works well. On many designs you simply fold one side of the table and you can hit the ball against the folded half. It's good for practice and it's good fun.  
Table in playback mode


Are they easy to fold?

There are a number of folding systems on table tennis tables. For home use generally choose a single or double folding design. These two type are on wheels and are easy to use and almost always have the playback feature.

Unless storage space is very limited we recommend Single or Double folding for both indoor and outdoor tables

Table showing Features of different folding systems

  Slimline Storage
(Depth approx 3 - 5 inches)
Playback (For Solo Play) Rollaway System
(On Wheels)
Permanent
Net & Post

(no need to remove net when folding)
Easy
Assembly
Comments
Slimline Folding



Ideal when you have only very limited storage space. Some slimline tables have wheels on the table edge although they offer only limited functionality. Look for a lighter table as slimline tables require lifting to set up. Please note: two adults and 5 mins are required to set up these tables.
Single Folding


These tables have two separate halves - they are easy to open and close and move around. The net & post set is put on after the table is opened. These tables have the playback facility. Good allround tables, ideal for home, schools, clubs.
Double Folding

  Double Folding tables are built on one single frame and they are moved around as one single unit. Easy to use and very popular as outdoor tables where small storage space is not so critical. Net and post set stays in place perminately.
Static Table




  Suitable for parks and schools - tables are perminately open and ready to play.

 




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Outdoor Table Help

   

Can I use an Outdoor table indoors?

Yes! Outdoor tables can be used in all environments - indoors, outdoors, rain, snow or intense sunshine.

You might have seen on some sites tables called Indoor/Outdoor Tables - These are often simply indoor tables with a extra coat of paint - once you read the instructions they explain they cannot be left outdoors and must not get wet! These tables are inexpensive because they are not proper outdoor tables and should not be sold as outdoor tables. Table Tennis Pro does not stock these tables.


Outdoor or Indoor? - Do I need an outdoor table or will an indoor table be suitable?

Indoor tables can be quickly damaged if they are exposed to excess moisture or direct sunlight. Therefore if you are planning to use the table outside or if you are storing the table in a building which might be susceptible to dampness, it might be safer to buy an outdoor table.

Indoor tables can be used outdoors with care on a fine and dry summers day provided they are kept out of direct sunlight and and they are kept indoors overnight.

Many people ask us if they can buy an indoor table for their garage - the answer is generally yes it will be fine in a dry garage. However, if the garage is damp (a quick way to check this is to put a cardboard box in the garage and leave a few days, if the cardboard has lost it's firmness and shape then you might have a moisture problem) you might consider an outdoor.


Conservatories

Indoor tables can be put in conservatories as long as the temperature does not rise above around 80F in mid summer. Additionally the table should not be in direct sunlight without some shade. Direct sunlight can cause the top of the table to heat up to high temperatures and cause warping. If you already have a table in the conservatory feel the surface to ensure the temperature does not become hot. Outdoor tables with aluminium or melamine tops are particularly suitable for conservatories.

Need more advice on this question? Our trained staff will be happy to advise on this issue.
Call 0203 318 3239


Can outdoor tables stay outside all year?

Yes - although the more protection it receives the longer it will last. Ideally it should be protected with the outdoor cover and if possible stored in a sheltered position. Watch out for high winds as tables can blow over if not placed in a sheltered spot The material of the playing surface is important when leaving the table outside year round. Melamine and aluminium are the best materials and these will resist all weather type for a number of years. These tops tend to be thinner (normally 4 - 5mm) - when choosing a top for outdoor use it is not a case of thicker is necessarily better. Some outdoor tables have wooden 12mm tops which while they have been waterproofed are not likely to last as long.




Is brand important?

Yes - The brand of table does make a difference. Each manufacture chooses different material and construction methods when manufacturing an outdoor table. Look at the warranty as an indication of how confident the manufacturer is regarding the materials used for the outdoor playing surface.


Warranties?

 
  Outdoor
 
Playing Surface
Frame
Dunlop
10 Years
2 Years
Butterfly
3 Years
1 Year
Adidas
3 Years
1 Year
Stiga
3 Years
1 Year
Andro
3 Years
1 Year

What is playback?

Playback is the ability of the table to fold in a way that enables solo play. This is a useful feature and works well. On many designs you simply fold one side of the table and you can hit the ball against the folded half. It's good for practice and it's fun.
 
Table in playback mode

Are they easy to fold?

There are a number of folding systems on table tennis tables. For home use generally choose a single or double folding design. These two type are on wheels and are easy to use and almost always have the playback feature.

Unless storage space is very limited we recommend Single or Double folding for both indoor and outdoor tables

Table showing Features of different folding systems


  Slimline Storage
(Depth approx 3 - 5 inches)
Playback (For Solo Play) Rollaway System
(On Wheels)
Permanent
Net & Post

(no need to remove net when folding)
Easy
Assembly
Comments
Slimline Folding



Ideal when you have only very limited storage space. Some slimline tables have wheels on the table edge although they offer only limited functionality. Look for a lighter table as slimline tables require lifting to set up. Please note: two adults and 5 mins are required to set up these tables.
Single Folding


These tables have two separate halves - they are easy to open and close and move around. The net & post set is put on after the table is opened. These tables have the playback facility. Good allround tables, ideal for home, schools, clubs.
Double Folding

  Double Folding tables are built on one single frame and they are moved around as one single unit. Easy to use and very popular as outdoor tables where small storage space is not so critical. Net and post set stays in place perminately.
Static Table




  Suitable for parks and schools - tables are perminately open and ready to play.