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Stiga InstaPlay T8288 Table Tennis Table

Let's review the Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table to see if it's suitable for your needs...

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Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table

The Stiga (pronounced Steega) InstaPlay T8288 is a mid-level table from an established brand.

So let's take a closer look at all aspects of this table so that you can decide whether the InstaPlay T8288 is the right table for you.

You may also want to read my article explaining how to choose the right table tennis table for you. I recommend that you don't buy ANY table tennis table until you've read it.

Note: Very few tables have rackets (also known as paddles or bats) and balls supplied as standard, so you'll need to check with your supplier if you need them.

 

You can also see a list of all Stiga table tennis tables here.


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Stiga InstaPlay T8288 Table Tennis Table

Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table

You can buy this table at Amazon here

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Specification...

  • Type: Indoor use
  • Model number: T8288
  • Size: Full sized table - 9 feet long by 5 feet wide, 2 feet 6 inches high
  • Thickness of playing surface: ¾ inch
  • Color of playing surface: Black
  • List Price: $620
  • Apron: 2 inch steel
  • Legs: 2 inch square steel, with locking struts
  • Wheels: 3 inch ball bearing wheel casters
  • Undercarriage: Independent Chassis
  • Assembly: Fully assembled - from box to play instantly
  • Net & posts: Supplied (but net is only 5 feet 6 inches long)
  • Shipping Weight: Approx 263 pounds

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Here's the table in the "playback" position...

Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table in the playback position

When you're erecting or storing this table, each half of the playing surface independently tilts into an upright position.

This feature, which is present on many tables, enables the table to be used by one person by using the upright section of the table as an opponent.

When you watch the video at the bottom of this page, you'll see a demonstration of this near the end of the video.

The total measurements for this table in the playback position are:

  • Height: 64 inches
  • Width: 60 inches
  • Depth: 66 inches

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Here's the table in its storage position...

Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table in its storage position

When you're not using the table, you may want to store it away.

This is how the table looks in its storage position with each half of the playing surface in an upright position.

The total measurements for this table in this position are:

  • Height: 64 inches
  • Width: 60 inches
  • Depth: 28 inches

However, as each half of the table is completely separate from the other, you can store them separately or together.

In addition, each half can be used as a free standing mini table.

Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table in its storage position

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Here's a close up of the corner of the table...

Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table corner protector

The corners of a table can be hazardous in certain situations, and this picture shows how the corner of this table is protected.

This is a useful safety feature.


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Here's a close up of the undercarriage of the table...

Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table undercarriage

This table has a two inch steel apron underneath the edges of the playing surface.

This helps support the playing surface and reduce the opportunity for the playing surface to warp easily.

The legs lock into position with the cross struts.


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Here's a close up of the type of wheels used for this table...

Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table wheels

When you need to move the table (usually in its storage position) there are four wheels on each half.

The wheels are 3 inch ball bearing casters with a locking mechanism.


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Here's a close up of the type of legs used for this table...

Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table legs

In addition to the centre legs which have caster wheels on them, the four corner legs are as shown here.

These legs are not adjustable so if you have an uneven floor, this table may not be suitable for that location.


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Here's a close up of the locking mechanism used for this table...

Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table locking mechanism

When you're erecting or storing this table, each half of the playing surface independently tilts into an upright position.

This is the locking device used to secure each half of the playing surface in the upright, storage/playback position.

When you watch the video at the bottom of this page, you'll see this locking mechanism holding the table in the upright position.


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Here's a close up of the type of net which is supplied with this table...

Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table net

The ITTF rules state that the length of the net must be 6 feet, and the height must be 6 inches. It must also be adjustable.

The net supplied with this table is 5 feet 6 inches long and 6 inches high and non-adjustable.

Therefore, it does not meet the ITTF requirements for competitive play, but it's suitable for recreational play.

However, you could easily buy a new net and post set to fit onto this table.


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Here's the official Stiga video showcasing this table...

 

 


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Here are the instructions for this table...

This table comes ready to use with no assembly required, but there are a few instructions available which will help you to get this table ready for use.

It's a pdf document which is 4 pages long and you can download it now.

Please note:

You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader or Preview installed on your computer to view these instructions.

Most Windows computers have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed already - it's FREE, but if you're one of the few who haven't got it, click on this link http://get.adobe.com/reader and follow the instructions on the Adobe web site to download it.

(Mac users can use Preview which is already installed on all Macs)

Download your Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table assembly instructions here

Download your Stiga InstaPlay T8288 table tennis table instructions here
(pdf file - 758Kb)

This is a pdf file

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Who is this Stiga InstaPlay T8288 Table Tennis Table for?

This table is primarily intended for light home use.

Ideally, you would assemble the table and leave it permanently erected.

This table is designed for indoor use and if used outdoors you take a risk that the playing surface may warp.

If you want an inexpensive table for home use, this would be a suitable choice.

This table has not been submitted for testing by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), so it is not an "authorised" ITTF table.

However, that just means that it cannot be used for top quality events, although it's suitable for everyday use at home.

 

You can buy this table at Amazon here

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You can also see a list of all Stiga table tennis tables here.


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