Ping Pong Table Dimensions: What’s The Official Size?

Table tennis is a very easy sport to pick up, and you don’t need much gear to get started. The only downside is that it can take up quite a lot of space as tables can be pretty big. Even though I’ve been playing for over 10 years, I still haven’t been able to fit a table into my house. But maybe you can! 

Before you buy a ping pong table, it’s worth doing a bit of planning and shopping around. In this post, we’ll cover the different ping pong table dimensions to help you make the correct choice.

Regulation Ping Pong Table Dimensions & Requirements

Most sports have an official regulatory body that sets the rules for everything about the game. This covers the scoring of points, what equipment players can use, and the dimensions and materials of the courts and tables. In the case of table tennis, the governing body is the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Below we’ll cover all of the various dimensions of ping pong tables and other requirements.

What Is a Regulation Size Ping Pong Table?

The official size of ping pong tables (length x width x height) should be:

ping pong table dimensions fulls-size



  • 2.74 m x 1.525 m x 0.76 m
  • 9′ x 5′ x 2.5′
  • 108″ x 60″ x 30″
  • 274 cm x 152.5 cm x 76 cm

For those of you wondering what is the size of a standard ping pong table, it’s 2.74 m x 1.525 m x 0.76 m. But we’ve provided the dimensions in various units in case you’re not a fan of the metric system. For a table to be eligible for use in official events like the Olympics, it has to meet these requirements. You’d see this size in most sports clubs, schools, bars, etc.

There are no specific size differences between indoor tables and outdoor tables. Most tables are full-size, and those that are not will vary from model to model. 

When full-size ping pong tables are folded they shrink to around 61″ H x 69″ W x 26″ D.  

Space Required Around the Table

ping pong table dimensions

If you’ve seen pro players going at it, then you know they like to drift away from the table. They often take more than a few steps backward and to the sides. This prompted the ITTF to recommend a minimum clearance space all around the table.  

The playfield in an international event or world tournament setting should be 14 m x 7 m, which is approximately 46 ‘ x 23’. National and local tournaments have less demanding space requirements, and a recreational table tennis room needs less still at around 8.5 m x 4 m or 28 ft x 13 ft.

For this reason, many people opt for their backyard to be their playfield. Most lack sufficient space to effectively play indoors.

Type of PlayFeetInchesMeters
Recreational play / coaching28ft x 13ft336" x 156"8.5m x 4m
Local league & local tournaments30ft x 16.5ft360" x 198"9m x 5m
National league 33ft x 16.5ft 396" x 198"10m x 5m
National tournaments40ft x 20ft480" x 240"12m x 6m
International events46ft x 23ft480" x 240"14m x 7m


The official ping pong table height is 76 cm/30″. This level allows players of various statures to play comfortably. It’s also intended to let disabled players who are wheelchair-bound enjoy the game.


The standard ping pong table must have:

  • A white sideline that is 2 cm wide across the length of the table.
  • A white end line of 2 cm width across the width of the table.
  • A 3 mm wide white line parallel to the sideline

The last line relates to doubles. Its job is to divide the table into equal halves.


ping pong table dimensions net

The net’s purpose is to separate the playing area into two equal parts, it runs parallel to the end lines. The ITTF rules for ping pong nets stipulate that the net height must be 15.25 cm tall. The rules also state that either side of the net must extend 15.25 cm beyond the sidelines of the tables, therefore the length of the net must measure 1.83 m.

Although previously there were net color requirements, these are no longer listed in the official rules. That being said, most nets are dark in color with a thin white strip along the top. 

You can easily check net height before a game using a net gauge

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There are two posts that reside at either end of the table. This is what supports the net. These posts must be of the same height as the net as well. Finally, the bottom of the net should be as close as it can be to the playing surface.


Surprisingly, there are no official ping pong table color requirements for color. As long as the surface is dark and allows for full visibility of the ball, it is eligible for international tournaments provided it meets all other criteria. It should also have a toned-down finish that doesn’t allow glare or distracting reflections.  

That being said, ping pong tables are often dark green or blue. The older generations are more used to green, but blue has gained popularity. Currently, both colors are the norm. Purple and black tables are also seen from time to time. 


ping pong table dimensions thickness


Ping pong table playing surfaces come in lots of different thicknesses. The thinnest tables are around  ½”, but elite tables can go as thick as 1.2″. Regulation size ping pong table thicknesses must be at least 1″.

The tables have to be this thick to do with the bounce of the ball. The thicker the tabletop, the higher the ball will bounce. Having this thickness ensures that the ball bounces a distance of 26 cm if it’s dropped from a height of 30 cm. 

Thick tables like this can get quite expensive. However, if you’re buying a table for your home, we recommend going for whatever thickness you can afford, with an ¾” (18 mm) thickness being our minimum recommendation.


The table’s weight is a direct indicator of its stability. Heavy tables are unlikely to move even if knocked into, so there are never interruptions to your game. It’s also a good safety measure to purchase a heavy table. As such, heavier tables are far more common in serious settings. 

The typical weight for a full-size high-quality table is around 300 lbs. However, these tables are often very pricey and a lot less portable. Tables made for home and recreational use are a lot lighter and they tend to weigh anywhere from 50 to 150 lbs, making them a lot easier to move around the home.

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What Is the Size of a ¾ Size Ping Pong Table?

ping pong table dimensions

  • 2.13 m x 1.22 m x 0.76 m
  • 7′ x 4′ x 2.5′
  • 84″ x 48″ x 30″
  • 213 cm x 122 cm x 76 cm

Having a room with limited space shouldn’t stop you from owning a ping pong table. There are lots of smaller table tennis table sizes. You can get ¾ size tables that are only slightly smaller versions of the regulation tables. These are a great compromise for younger players and those who are just playing for fun. The ping pong table dimensions in feet for a 3/4 size table are around 7′ x 4′, with a height of 2.5′.  

Please take note that 3/4 size models still have the regulation ping pong table height. This is true for almost all table tennis tables (except the table top ones!).

What Are the Dimensions of a Mid-Size Ping Pong Table?

ping pong table dimensions

  • 1.82 m x 0.91 m x 0.76 m
  • 6′ x 3′ x 2.5′
  • 72″ x 36″ x 30″
  • 182 cm x 91 cm x 76 cm

Mid-size ping pong tables are great for use around the home where space is limited. They do not have set dimension sizes, and come under different names. Generally speaking, you will see mid-size and mini ping pong tables. Mid-size versions tend to be bigger, but not always. On average, the ping pong table dimensions in inches for a mid-size table are 72″ x 36″ x 30″

Measurements of a Mini Ping Pong Table

ping pong table dimensions

  • 1.27 m x 0.71 m x 0.76 m
  • 4.2′ x 2.3′ x 2.5′
  • 50″ x 28″ x 30″
  • 127 cm x 71 cm x 76 cm

Mini ping pong tables are the smallest recreational option provided you want to avoid poorly made novelty tables. There is no standard size — they come in a variety of dimensions. That being said, they are typically around 4.2′ x 2.3′ and usually have a standard height of 2.5′.

Playing on these miniature tables is mostly for fun, and it’s a good way to teach young players how to play the game. The downside is that if you get used to playing on smaller ping pong tables, it can take a bit of time to adjust when you go back to playing on ping pong tables that are full-size.

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What Size Room Do You Need for a Ping Pong Table?

A good-sized room to fit most ping pong tables is 28' x 13'. However, beginners need less room than advanced players.

What Size Is a 3/4 Size Table Tennis Table?

You can expect most 3/4-sized tables to measure around 84" x 48" x 30" but there is no set ping pong table size for a 3/4 model, unlike a full-size table.

How Wide Is a Ping Pong Table in Feet?

According to the International Table Tennis Federation, ping pong table width is 5 feet for full-size tables.

Is a Table Tennis Table the Same Size as a Ping Pong Table?

Table tennis tables and ping pong tables are the same, as the terms "ping pong" and "table tennis" are used synonymously. Although technically speaking, there are slight differences between the two games.

Are There Different Sizes of Ping Pong Tables?

Most table tennis tables have the same height of 30" and vary in length and width. For mini ping pong tables, the minimum length is around 50", and the minimum width is 28". Full-size tables, on the other hand, are much larger measuring 108" in length by 60" in width.

Are Table Tennis and Ping Pong Tables the Same Size?

Table tennis and ping pong tables are the exact same size. Both usually have standard dimensions of 2.74 m x 1.525 m x 0.76 m. In actual fact, when most people say ping pong what they mean is table tennis. Ping pong uses slow sandpaper paddles whereas table tennis uses modern paddles with rubbers.

Are Professional Ping Pong Tables Smaller?

Professional ping pong tables are not smaller than other tables. They are full-size models that are approved by the International Table Tennis Federation. These measure 274 cm x 152.5 cm x 76 cm.

How Big Is a Regulation Ping Pong Table?

A regulation ping pong table has a standard size of 108" x 60" x 30".

How Thick Should Ping Pong Tables Be?

Table top thickness matters as it significantly influences the bounce of the ball. The thicker the table, the better the bounce. We recommend getting a table at least 18 mm thick which is the standard thickness for most tables. But if you are serious about the game, 22 mm or 25 mm tables represent better investments.

How Long Is a Ping Pong Table?

Regulation ping pong tables measure 9' long which is equal to 108" or 274 cm.


We hope this post helped make sense of the various ping pong table dimensions and how much space you need to play. Obviously, if you have the space, we recommend you go for a full-size table. You can read our full guide on buying a ping pong table for more details. But if you’re restricted by insufficient room like most people, don’t let that deter you from getting one. If you’re looking for a smaller fun option, you can choose from a ¾ size table, a mid-sized table, or a mini ping pong table. All three are excellent choices for limited spaces.

Eager for more table tennis goodness? Why not read our breakdown of the official rules for table tennis.

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