Get big things out of small spaces with a POPP table.
POPP tables are renowned for transforming seemingly small, underutilized, passive spaces into active hubs that encourage play, drawing people in and anchoring social connectivity.
However, it is a common misconception that outdoor ping pong requires a generous playing area (understandable, as most outdoor sports do).
Many of our customers talk to us about repurposing and giving new life to their public and/or private space. To assist with their planning and to help them get the most bang for their buck, there are three main points worth considering:
1. Playing area.
Take 5 big steps forward, then take 3 big steps to the side. Now imagine this space as a rectangle. This is the POPP minimum recommended playing area for a table (aka: 5.75m x 3.5m ). We have consulted with professional table tennis players and tried and tested a range of different playing area dimensions to ensure the optimum playability, but we have to be honest with you, each ‘court’ can be different. There is no fixed size per se, but we have provided the Minimum and Optimum playing areas for your reference below;
So which playing area is right for me?
It’s really a case of horses for courses here, as each project will invariably need to cater for a different set of users. We’d hazard a guess that the vast majority of private tables are situated in the garage or basement of a home, and 9 times out 10 that will be more than sufficient.
If you’ve ever watched a game of table tennis being played at an Olympic level, you’ll know that competitors will regularly play from up to 2 meters away from the edge of the table. And while the everyday user at a park or school will often only require a third of this space – leaving enough room behind, and in front of your table, won’t limit gameplay as things start to get serious.
“The minimum playing area for a POPP table is only 20 m2 – that’s just a little bigger than a parking spot!”
2. Playing surfaces.
Suitable playing surfaces can range from paving, concrete, asphalt, crushed granite, pour-in-place rubber to timber decking. As long as the surface is flat, level and hard-formed – it’s a generally a winner.
For security, we recommend the table’s securing footings be anchored directly into the ground. If necessary, sites can be prepared with a concrete slab or strip footings to allow the table to be anchored. This ensures longevity, security, and playability of your POPP table for many years to come.
Our POPP ICON tables have been retrofitted into a wide variety of existing spaces. Literally hundreds. We’re talking schools, parks, plazas, laneways, malls, concourses and even rooftop terraces. And the assembly there? Easy. Just follow our Assembly Guidelines and it will be done in about an hour!
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