Room Size for Table Tennis

Table tennis is one of the best sports you can play at home. Of course, it needs more space than foosball, but if you have enough room size, than voila!! You can begin playing table tennis at home for fun or for practicing. Considering the table can be folded for storage and have wheels to move easily, isn’t it one of the best games to play at home, garage, garden, etc. ? To calculate how much room size you need to play table tennis at home, you first need to know the dimensions of the table and space you need to play. 

What is the room size for table tennis? 6.74m x 3.525m (22′ x 11.6′) is the required minimum room size for playing table tennis with the shortest answer. However, if you have an aggressive playing style or want to practice for tournaments, you will need more space. Or with a junior table, you need less space. Let me deep dive a bit and summarize what I mean.

Table Tennis Table Dimensions

  • (0)The table tennis table dimensions are 2.74m x 1.525m (9' x 5').
  • The regulated table tennis tables are 2.74 m x 1.525 m (9' x 5') and have a height of 76 cm (2.5') The center net has 6 inches (15.25 cm) height and stretches that much space beyond the width of the table. For the room size for table tennis you must focus the first two dimensions; 2.74 m x 1.53 m (9' x 5').
  • You are not limited to regulated table tennis tables, of course. You can get a "3/4 Size Junior Table" (2.06 m x 1.15 (81" x 45")) or a "Midsize Table" (1.82 m x 0.91 m (71.7" x 35.8")). This will reduce the room size you need. Or you can fold one side up use a robot at one side.

Room Sizes for Table Tennis

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Room Size for Table Tennis
  • (1)Minimum Room Size for Table Tennis.
  • You need space between 1.5 m and 2 m of space on the short side of the table and 0.7 m - 1 m on the long side of the table to be able to make your move. The more aggressive you play, the more space you need. Considering as 1 meter from the short side, 2 meters from the long side of the table, you need 6.74 m x 3.525 m room size for table tennis. Keep in mind that this is a very limited space to play.
  • As you are not limited to regulated tables only, considering a "3/4 Size Junior Table", you need 5.7 m x 3 m (19' x 10') or considering a Midsize Table, you need 5.5 m x 2.7 m (18' x 8.85') room size to play table tennis.
  • (2)Recreational Play / Coaching Room Size for Table Tennis.
  • You need 8.5 m x 4 m (28' x 13') room size to play table tennis for Recreational Play / Coaching.
  • (3)Local League / Tournaments Room Size for Table Tennis.
  • You need 9 m x 5 m (30' x 16' 6'') room size to play table tennis for Local League/Tournaments.
  • (4)National League Room Size for Table Tennis.
  • You need 10 m x 5 m (33' x 16' 6'') room size to play table tennis for National League.
  • (5)National Tournament Room Size for Table Tennis.
  • You need 12 m x 6 m (40' x 20') room size to play table tennis for National Tournaments.
  • (6)International Events, World Championships, Olympic Games Room Size for Table Tennis.
  • You need 14 m x 7 m (46' x 23') room size to play table tennis for International Events, World Championships, Olympic Games.

Some Alternatives

  • Getting only top of the table is an alternative. So you just get the top of the table and place it over your dinner table when you want to play.
  • Using the table with fold up is an alternative. So you will get rid of the other side of the table (this is more space-saving than a robot).
  • Getting a robot is an alternative. So you will get rid of the other side of the table and you will gain some space.
  • Getting a "3/4 Size Junior Table" or a Midsize Table is an alternative. So you will not need that much of a space, that you need in a regulated table tennis table. But keep in mind those tables may not give the experience of a regulated table as it will not have enough thickness for the ball to bounce.
  • Getting an outdoor table tennis table is an alternative. As it is very resistant to weather conditions, you can place it outside.

Room Height & Lighting

Height is the other factor that affects the quality of the game. ITTF underlines the height as 5 meters for International Events, World Championships, Olympic Games. Although 5-meter ceiling height is too difficult to ensure at home, we should know it affects the game negative if it is too low.

Lighting is another factor to consider. The table must not shine, reflect and block your view. It must have a clear height and must be uniform. 

Room Height

Room Lighting

(2)Recreational Play / Coaching

3 m (10') above the floor

300 lux

(3)Local League/Tournaments

3 m (10') above the floor

500 lux

(4)National League

3 m (10') above the floor

500 lux

(5)National Tournaments

4 m (13') above the floor

750 - 1.000 lux

(6)International Events, World Championships, Olympic Games

5 m (16' 6'') above the floor

1.000 lux

Please find the related table tennis rules & regulations of the ITTF, that can be found in the ITTF Handbook of 2019.