Buying sports equipment can be a difficult task. With so many alternatives available and so many factors to consider, it can be easy to end up feeling overwhelmed and confused.
If you’re in need of a table tennis table but your research isn’t getting you anywhere, Sportsmark Group Ltd can help you decide which one is right for you. This blog will cover some of the key considerations you need to make when in the market for a table tennis table.
The first thing to consider is where you’ll be using and storing your table. Indoor tables are made of fibreboard and won’t fare well outdoors due to rain and long-term sun exposure. If you think there’s any risk of an indoor table being exposed to the weather in your desired location, play it safe and choose an outdoor table.
Quality outdoor tables have a melamine resin board surface, which protects them from the elements and therefore makes them perfect for outdoor use. That being said, you should still cover an outdoor table when it isn’t in use – this is just to protect it from unnecessary wear and tear.
You’ll need to decide whether your table will be permanently set up or whether you’ll be packing it away when not in use. If you have the space to leave it up permanently, it’ll be more convenient for you and will help to maintain its stability.
If you’re going to be packing up and storing your table whenever it isn’t being used, you may want to opt for a ‘roller’ model. These tables have wheels, fold-out legs and/or assembly frames, which can make setting it up and putting it away far quicker and easier. That being said, they are unlikely to be as durable – the more you assemble and disassemble them, the less stable they become.
For those who will need to store lots of tables – for example, a table tennis club – a ‘Compact Storage Solution’ is worth looking into. These allow multiple tables to slot together, which makes for easier storage and uses less space.
The best thickness for indoor table tennis table tops is 25mm+. These are the tables used in leagues and tournaments, so are a good option for serious players. If the table is just being used casually, 16-19mm table tops will be perfectly fine.
Outdoor tables prioritise the quality of the surface and the table’s durability rather than thickness, so their playing surface measurements tend to vary. Sportsmark Group Ltd’s outdoor tables range from 10mm to 40mm thickness, so you’ll be sure to find one that suits your needs. You can find our full range of table tennis equipment here.
This blog has covered some of the main factors you’ll need to consider when buying a table tennis table, but things like legs, undercarriage, nets, and the floor beneath your table are also worth thinking about. Whether you’re in need of more guidance or you’re ready to buy, Sportsmark Group Ltd can help you. As a leading supplier of sporting equipment, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality, reliable and affordable products and services throughout the UK. Contact us today for more information.