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The table tennis table

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Table tennis uses a rectangular court. This court is normally referred to as a table, as the name of the game implies. 

The table’s playing area is 9 feet long. That is 2.74 meters. 5 feet or 1.53 meters is the width of the playing area. A table tennis table stands 76 centimeters or if we were to give the measurement in inches, that would be two feet and six inches off the ground. The top edges of the table are part of the playing surface. The sides, on the other hand, are not a part of the playing area.

The table is divided into two parts. The table’s two equal courts are divided by a 6-inch high net. If the measurement of the net is given in centimeters, it would be 15.25 cm. The net reaches six inches past the sideline. For doubles, there is a 1/8-inch-wide white line dividing each side.

Any continuous material may be used to wrap the table, or in the play area as long as it produces a uniform bounce of approximately 77% when a ball is dropped on the table. If we were to specify, that would be 9.1 inches or 23 centimeters when a standard ball is let onto it from a height of 11.8 inches or 30 centimeters. 

The playing field or table is consistently matte and dark in hue. Table tennis tables are mostly available in blue, and green. You can also find tables in grey and black colors.

Wood and other alternatives are used to make tables that are used in competitions and practice sessions. Playfields for table tennis are often built of compressed plywood. As a result, the surface is substantial with little flex. Also composed of particle boards are tops.

A melamine coating, which is a kind of plastic that is exceptionally durable and strong, is frequently used to finish higher-end tables. Since melamine is weatherproof, outdoor tables are the most common place to find it coated. It is also durable; compared to painted tables, melamine tables may have longer warranties.

Some game tables have plastic play surfaces. These are often less expensive tables meant for family entertainment rather than competitive play. These tables are still suitable for a friendly match between family members, or friends.

You will also come across fixed replicas of table tennis tables made of concrete in parks and other public places. These tables are usually divided by a concrete partition or a steel net. 

What you should know is that a game will be more vibrant and interesting the thicker the playing surface, the better the bounce you’ll get, and so on.

Although you won’t get the finest performance, the thinnest tables, (that would be up to about 20mm), are perfect for a casual game. As stated previously we are not considering the performance here. 

Consider looking at something up to 25mm thick if you want to take your casual game to a more serious level. Players of all skill levels will appreciate it since it provides a highly vibrant bounce.

However, if you’re an experienced professional or a table tennis athlete who needs to train on a surface that will prepare you for games at a tournament-caliber level, as you probably already know, you should look for a table with a thickness of between 25 and 30 mm.

Table tennis tables are available in two forms. They are folding tables and two-part tables. Folding tables are easier to handle when compared to the other style. Both the tables consist of wheels. 

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