If you have ever been to a frat party, tailgating party or virtually any gathering that includes a large group of people and copious amounts of beer, you are probably at least somewhat familiar with beer pong tables Although many people originally fashioned their own from wood and saw horses or renovated ping pong tables, you can now choose from an assortment of beer pong tables from both online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Determining what you want will help you choose a table you will enjoy.
There are multiple table sizes available, ranging from six feet long and two feet wide to nine feet long and four feet wide. According to the National Beer Pong League, however, regulation tables are eight feet long and two feet wide. Unless you have limited space that necessitates purchasing a six- or seven-foot long table, opting for the standard size is your best bet, as players will be most familiar and comfortable with this length.
Most beer pong tables are comprised of either aluminum, plastic or wood. While they tend to be the least expensive, aluminum tabletops can reduce the speed and height of the balls’ bounce. Plastic tables are also affordable and can actually promote a slightly higher bounce. Wood is the traditional material used and hardcore pong players will turn up their noses at anything else. One benefit of wood is that it is durable and less likely to be knocked over than lighter aluminum and plastic tables are.
A major factor to consider is the design you want on your beer pong table. Some vendors let you create a custom design, which is nice if you want to purchase a table for your bar, club or frat house as you can embellish it with your name or logo.
Finally, you will want to look at prices. Tables can range from exceedingly inexpensive to several hundred dollars. Whether or not you choose custom designs and colors as well as the materials used will determine how much you spend, so have an idea in mind before you start shopping.