Now that you’re well-versed with table tennis tables, perhaps you want a statement piece rather than a full-sized professional table. This is where buying a designer table is great not only because brands usually take the liberty to create interesting pieces, but for the fact that they are usually multi-functional and can be repurposed as a dining or conference table when not in use, which makes them great statement pieces in homes, residential areas, and even offices. However, you should always keep in mind that your purchase decision should align with your use case and requirements.
To help you figure out what’s right for you, here is a list of our top four brands and some of their best models for designer and professional-spec table tennis tables:
Best suited for clients with a discerning eye for aesthetics, designer tables are best for practicality and functionality without compromising aesthetics. As they aren’t tournament legal, brands usually come up with their own iconic designs and hidden storage compartments to keep all your table tennis components. Often, these tables are multipurpose in nature, where it's furniture like surface is often perfect for use as a dining table or a meeting table.
To make the best use out of them, designer tables are generally better for discerning home entertainment spaces or as a general statement piece as they are designed to be both eye-catching but elegant.
Known for their simplistic yet thoughtful designs, RS Barcelona is an advocate of what they dub 'Intense Living’ - Living life with play, practicality and quality.. This certainly shows in their work, where each detail is simple yet full of intention; every design feature of an RS Barcelona product is there for a reason, while never looking out of place in the modern home no matter where you place it.
The You & Me Ping Pong Table Series:
[caption id="attachment_9480" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The use of iroko wood and a steel chassis makes the outdoor variant both practical and weatherproof even under rain or shine. Lightweight, practical, and elegant. What’s there not to love?[/caption]
The You & Me is RS Barcelona's best selling product, and has won numerous design awards. Despite boasting a full size Table Tennis playfield, the You & Me is an incredibly elegant product that will not find itself out of place in a well furnished home or an office.
The You & Me is available in several finishes, including the White, Black, Walnut or Oak. It's also available in a multitude of sizes to fit smaller spaces, and in two trims - Outdoor or Indoor. Whether you decide to opt for an Outdoor or Indoor model, both models comes with a waterproof top that makes the table universally practical as a general purpose or dining table at home. Finally, the Y&M features a magnetic hatch that stores bats and balls out of sight when not in use.
With it's diversity in fun, practicality, materials and aesthetics - It's easy to see why the You & Me is the choice of designers and architects around the world.
Based humbly in Vietnam, District Eight is a promising new brand that has incorporated post-colonial industrial building designs into their lifestyle products to create something both modern and unique to them.
D8 Conference Ping Pong Table:
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="600"] By refurbishing parts from actual post-colonial bridges and buildings in Vietnam, the D8 Ping Pong Table is reminiscent of the industrial era with a modern touch.[/caption]
District Eight designs are known for their use of industrial materials followed by modern designs, which is what District Eight’s table tennis table encompasses. With a practical and high-quality industrial aesthetic, each D8 Ping Pong Table is handcrafted and features a pedestal cast iron base and solid oak tabletop surface to provide you with an interactive and functional experience. The D8 Ping Pong Table’s simplicity and practicality also mean it’s a great choice for office set-ups looking to provide break time incentives to workers and colleagues alike.
In terms of playability, nothing will ever beat a proper competition-grade table tennis table. While they’re usually marked with a hefty price tag compared to most other choices, you can be guaranteed quality that will last you a lifetime for as long as it’s maintained well.
Most professional tables are usually all business and no-frills, so their appearance is quite standard to meet strict IFFT regulations. However, these tables are usually the best for low-maintenance environments (such as schools and shared public facilities) so don’t be too daunted by the price tag as you’re paying for quality.
A renowned German brand when it comes to home furniture and sports equipment, Kettler can usually be found on the international market as they are best known for their quality standards in sports and ITTF-approved table tennis tables in particular. Kettler also has an official line of table tennis tables under the Atlanta series that they still manufacture and sell to this day—the same design of table tennis tables they had officially provided for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.
Kettler Indoor 10:
[caption id="attachment_2272" align="aligncenter" width="700"] A premium indoor table tennis table that’s ITTF-approved, the Kettler Indoor 10 is also great for home and office environments with its easy storage function.[/caption]
Specially designed for optimal indoor play, the Kettler Indoor 10 is both space-saving and heavy-duty for recreational and competition usage. For intermediate and more experienced players, the foldable table also provides you with solo training options—just fold the table in half and you’re ready to go! The additional square tube structures provide additional stability and are paired with a 22mm specially coated playfield to maintain the regulated ITTF ‘true bounce’ needed for tournament play.
Focusing on the production of table tennis tables and accessories, JOOLA debuted in the Olympics around the same time as Kettler and currently dominate the table tennis scene in America. While JOOLA does provide a few of its own designer options, they are still best known for their competition-grade tables. Supplying table tennis tables for three Olympic venues over the past few decades, JOOLA is certainly the best brand to look at if you’re interested in investing in a table tennis table that will last you a lifetime.
Joola World Cup 25s ITTF Approved:
One of the most popular Joola table in the Joola range, the JOOLA World Cup 25S has been fully optimised over the decades for the ultimate competitive playing experience. With a specially processed polyester coating that allows for an even bounce throughout, the JOOLA World Cup 25s is a great choice for competitive or training environments where heavy-duty equipment is required. It is completely foldable and which allows for playback training. Lastly, this ITTF approved table comes with heavy duty wheels that allows for easy moving and storage when not in use.
We hope this quick guide has given you some insight on the different styles and types of Table Tennis table available in the market. If you're unsure what might suit you, why not drop us a call and get professional advise from our product advisors?
Otherwise, do check out our range of table tennis tables here.
April 20, 2021