How to space game tables for a room

How To Space Game Tables In Your Game Room At Home Or Office

Level Up Your Game Room: Essential Furniture and Space Requirements

This is an ultimate guide about the actual space you need to keep around your pool table, air hockey, or whichever table you picked up for your game room furniture. 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 give you 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?

While smaller models are available, a full-size ping-pong table will be five feet wide by nine feet long. So right off the bat, you’re looking at a massive space commitment. Ping-pong (outside of the pool) is also the most demanding of the space around it.

It is best to allow at least sixteen inches of space on your ping pong table (on both sides) for each person playing. Without this space, players won’t be able to play comfortably and to their fullest ability.


What's the Space Needed for a Pool Table?

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. From lining up your shot just right to getting perspective on the whole table, you need to be able to move freely around your table as well as lean against as appropriate. To be safe, assume the pool table will take up half of the room itself. 


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

Again, this will ultimately be decided by which model you purchase but air hockey tables are a bit more economical on the space in your game room. You will need a minimum of 8' x 4' for the table, however, once it is in place, you will only need extra room on the ends for gameplay.

That said, much like a pool table, you will need a much larger amount of space to install an air hockey table. 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'. A good rule of thumb is to double the size of the table and that is how much room you will need.

How to Use Space Around the Table to Its Full Potential

Once you have the general idea of space needed for the game, 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.\

There are plenty of high-quality options across these tables that will give you the ability to match aesthetics if not exact stain colors giving your game room a connected and comfortable feel. This will also help you as you decorate the room with furniture, a bar, or whatever suits your fancy.

This will also allow for some additional, smaller game stations around the tables. Two large tables can be set up on each side of a room, so you can fit a pool table and an air hockey table together and still have everyone enjoy their game without hindering the other. 

If you’re interested in having more options, you can easily give one side to a large table and dedicate the other to smaller games such as pinball or darts.



It is essential to plan out the space needed before purchasing any game table. The space needed will depend on the size of the table, the type of game, and how many people will be playing. This will allow you to purchase the table of your dreams while ensuring that you and your family can play comfortably. 

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