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Table Top Surface and Table Covers

Top tips to help you choose your ideal table tennis table.
Part five - which table top and table tennis table cover is best?

Part One  |   Part Two  |   Part Three  |   Part Four  |   Part Five  |   Part Six

 

Table Tennis Table

In this six-part series we're looking at how to choose a table tennis table that'll be exactly right for YOU, and we've already covered parts one, two, three and four.

In part one we looked at the size dimensions of a table tennis table, how much room you need to play and how your table will be used, and in part two we looked at whether an indoor or outdoor table would be more suitable for your needs.

In part three we looked at the different types of indoor tables which are available and in part four we looked at the different types of undercarriage which are available.

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Well, let's now take a look at the most important part of a table tennis table - the top surface, and then how we can protect it with a table cover.


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What colour surface is best?

Blue table tennis table

The colour of the table top surface is important because it needs to provide a good contrast between the floor, the walls and the background colours of the playing area.

Traditionally, the surface of a table tennis table was always green or grey but, in order to make them visually better for television audiences, there was a period of experimentation with different colours during the early 1990s.

A matt blue colour was eventually chosen as the preferred colour, primarily because it complements the (reddish) colour of the floor covering which is now used for all the top tournaments.

And the International Table Tennis Federation now only authorise blue or green tables - although you may find that green tables are more readily available.

However, the choice is yours!


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What type and thickness of table top do you need?

The type, and thickness, of the top surface will have a significant effect on its' playing characteristics.

Table tops are usually made of either plywood, particle-board, plastic, metal, concrete or fibre-glass and can vary in thickness between 12mm and 28mm (0.47 - 1.1 inches).

However, the best tables have wooden tops with a thickness of 25-28mm (1 inch).

Generally, the thicker the top surface, the better the table will be. And for major tournaments, only wood or wooden derivates are allowed to be used.

The Rules

The rules of table tennis state that the playing surface can be of any material but that it has to have a uniform bounce of about 23cm (9 inches) when a standard table tennis ball is dropped on to it from a height of 30cm (12 inches).

The rules also say that the playing surface must be uniformly dark coloured and matt, with a 2cm wide white line along each edge of the table.

And if you're playing doubles, each court must be divided into 2 equal half-courts by a white centre line, 3mm wide.

 

I recommend...

that you buy the thickest wooden table top available, especially if the table will be used by top quality players. However, a thinner top surface may be more affordable and will be suitable for beginners.

You can see all my recommendations below.


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Table Tennis Table Cover

Table tennis table cover

When your table isn't being used, a good table cover will help to extend its life span.

Table tennis tables need to be stored in a cool place to prevent warping of the table surface.

Moving your table between different climatic conditions - hot / cold / damp - will also have a detrimental effect on it.

You'll also find that over time, the top surface will start to lose adhesion and it'll become shiny, making the ball skid rather than bounce properly.

This will need to be rectified and you'll need to get an expert to repair, re-cover and re-paint the top surface - or else you'll need to replace the table.

Table covers are generally only available for tables when they're in the upright storage position.

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So ... if you've now decided which table tennis table is best for you, you may need to know whether it appears on the list of ITTF authorised tables.

Only tables which appear on the list of ITTF authorised tables can be used in authorised events.

So lets take a look at the table tennis table manufacturers and see which of their tables are authorised.

 

Part One  |   Part Two  |   Part Three  |   Part Four  |   Part Five  |   Part Six

 


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Here are my recommendations
Indoor Tables for Home Use

Indoor Home Use (Basic)

Butterfly
Sport Rollaway


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Indoor Home Use (Better)

Butterfly
Premium Rollaway


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Indoor Home Use (Best)

Butterfly
Centrefold Rollaway 25


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Here are my recommendations for Indoor Tables for Home Use

Indoor Home Use (Basic)

Butterfly
Sport Rollaway


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Indoor Home Use (Better)

Butterfly
Premium Rollaway


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Indoor Home Use (Best)

Butterfly
Centrefold Rollaway 25


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Here are my recommendations
Indoor Tables for Club Use

Indoor Club Use (Basic)

Butterfly
Premium Rollaway 19


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Indoor Club Use (Better)

Butterfly
Match 22 Rollaway


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Indoor Club Use
(Best)

Butterfly
Europa 25


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Here are my recommendations for Indoor Tables for Club Use

Indoor Club Use (Basic)

Butterfly
Premium Rollaway 19


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Indoor Club Use (Better)

Butterfly
Match 22 Rollaway


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Indoor Club Use
(Best)

Butterfly
Europa 25


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Here are my recommendations
Outdoor Tables

Outdoor Table (Basic)

Butterfly
Outdoor Playback Rollaway


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Outdoor Table (Better)

Cornilleau
Pro 510 Outdoor


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Outdoor Table (Best)

Concrete
Tables

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Here are my recommendations for Outdoor Tables

Outdoor Table (Basic)

Butterfly
Outdoor Playback Rollaway


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Outdoor Table (Better)

Cornilleau
Pro 510 Outdoor


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Outdoor Table (Best)

Concrete
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