Guide to Table Games Space Requirements by Game Exchange

Maximizing Your Game Room Space: The Ultimate Table Game Requirements

This is the ultimate guide about the space around pool tables and air hockey tables in your home game room. It'll go over how much space you need to allow for the games themselves and how to use the space around the table to its full potential.

This article will also describe a few ways to make your game room feel larger without sacrificing game table space–enjoy!

What's the Space Needed for a Ping Pong Table?

JOOLA Ping Pong Table Tennis Table

Depending on the manufacturer, the ping pong table will be made to fit six-to-ten people. To allow for that many people to play comfortably, the ping pong table will measure 92 inches long by 30 inches wide (6-to-10 players).

You may want to consider the amount of space needed for the game itself to be more than the table itself. It is best to allow at least sixteen inches of space on your ping pong table (on both sides) for each person playing. This will allow some extra room around the table to move about comfortably.

What's the Space Needed for a Pool Table?

Cimmaron 8 ft Pool Table at Game Exchange

The amount of space needed for a pool table will depend entirely on the style and make of the table itself, but the consensus is that you will need a minimum of 8' x 4' (72" x 36") to play pool comfortably.

However, the reality is that you will need much more space than that. The pool table will take up half of the room itself, but the remaining space needs to be left open to allow plenty of walking space around the table.

What's the Space Needed for an Air Hockey Table?

Dynamo Hand-Crafted Arch Air Hockey Table at Game Exchange

The space needed for an air hockey table will also depend on the type of table you purchase. However, the space needed for the game itself is not that far off from the space needed for a pool table; you will need a minimum of 8' x 4' (72" x 36") to play the game.

But, much like a pool table, you will need a much larger amount of space for an air hockey table. You need space for the table itself and for walking around the table. So, you will need a bit more than double the amount of space needed for the game itself.

The larger the air hockey table, the larger the space you will need for the entire game. These tables vary in size from 2'x4' to 4'x8', with the average being about 4'x6'.

How to Use Space Around the Table to Its Full Potential

Once you have a general idea of the space needed for the game, the extra space needed to allow people to move freely around the table, and the general size of the table itself, you can start to plan out your game room.

Choose a table with a brown finish or purchase a chalkboard to place on the wall above the table. This will give the feel of a pool room. The same thing can be done for an air hockey table.

This will also allow for some additional game stations around the pool table. A foosball table, dartboard, or air hockey table can be placed on the opposing wall. This will allow the other game to be played while someone is playing pool.


You will need plenty of space to play pool, ping pong, or air hockey around your home. It is essential to plan out the space needed before purchasing a table. The space needed will depend on the size of the game, the type of game, and how many people will be playing. This will allow you to plan out your room, purchase the table of your dreams and comfortably play with friends and family.

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