How to Assemble a Ping Pong Table?
The big day is finally here! Your brand new ping pong table has been delivered to your door and now you need to assemble it, so you can start playing with your family and friends. But where do you even start?
Luckily there is no need to get stressed out because these tables are very easy to set up. In fact, you can go from packed in the box to fully set up and playing in just 15 minutes.
The following steps will guide you through the set up process. Of course, every manufacturer will have their own set of instructions and slight variances, so the first thing you should always do is familiarize yourself with the user manual and set up instructions.
How to Assemble a Ping Pong Table
Clear a space to set up your ping pong table
A ping pong table is normally 9 feet long and 5 feet wide, but you also need to have enough space to move around when playing. It is recommended that you have a space of 3 feet on either side of the table and 5 to 6 feet on the sides where the players stand. Of course, you can leave less space if you have to, but this is a good guide.
While professional table tennis players typically use all of the space around them to play, recreational playing does not require as much space as you tend to move a lot less. So do not worry if you don’t have that much space available.
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Remove the table from the box
Gently lay the box down on its biggest side. Use a knife or box opener to cut all of the tape. Lift the cardboard box and protective packaging from the table and discard. Ask a friend or family member to assist you in lifting each side of the table from the box.
Connect the legs to the table
The table’s T-shaped legs will normally come with the casters installed already. You simply need to attach them to your table. This is very easy. Just lift the base frame and extend it from the table then slide each leg into the slots on the frame ensuring that they align correctly pointing towards the player instead of the table.
Insert the bolts and use a wrench to tighten them so they are secure. Once you have completed the leg installation, extend the legs and lock them in place. Ask someone to help you rotate the ping pong table so that it is right side up and resting on its legs. Do this for the other side of the table. Once complete, you are ready to install the net.
Install the ping pong table’s net
There are quite a few rules to follow that aid in the installation of the net. Start by ensuring that the net isn’t damaged as this will make it hard to set up and it will be more likely to fall or crack. If you are using a fabric net, first unfold it and let it flatten before you install it. If you are using a plastic net, make sure that you flatten it before you slip it onto the posts.
Most net structures will have clamps which you can use to secure it to the table. You must make sure that your net is not too tight as this can cause damage and is more likely to break. However, it should also not be so loose that it sags in the middle.
Bring out the paddles and ball and start playing
I think this one speaks for itself. You can now enjoy your ping pong table. If you do not know the table tennis rules or you want to brush up on them, you can easily find them online.
Many people choose to buy ping pong tables that can be assembled and disassembled as and when needed. In order to do so, you need to know how to put the table together. Most ping pong tables will come with an instruction manual that will detail how to set up your new unit. Ensure that you have familiarized yourself with the instructions before you start.
The above steps only act as a guide and may have more steps depending on your specific ping pong table. Also remember to get help from a friend or family member when lifting or moving the table so that you do not injure yourself or damage the table.