Last updated on September 22nd, 2023 at 01:17 pm
Beer pong is a very popular game that is commonly played at college and household parties.
Many people have either played or witnessed a game of beer pong at some point.
It is a fun game that involves the drinking of beer and out-competing the other team.
If you are planning to play a game of beer pong or perhaps purchase a beer pong table, it’s important to know the dimensions of the table itself.
Dimensions of a beer pong table
The official size of a beer pong table is 8 feet or 96 inches long and 2 feet or 24 inches wide. The table can vary in height, but many people use tables that measure 27.5 inches tall.
Here is an example of an 8-foot-long beer pong table.
What is a beer pong table made of?
Most beer pong tables are made out of wood, usually, plywood that is then painted and or stained. Many tables have unique designs that can be personalized to your liking.
It’s important that the top surface of the tables are protected from water damage as they will most likely get wet from beer, water, and other liquids around the table.
Some tables are made with a synthetic laminate top to prevent water damage.
Other types of plastic and foams can also be used.
Most beer pong tables have foldable legs that make them easy to transport and store in a garage.
There are many DIY plans for building beer pong tables if you prefer to build one for yourself instead of purchasing one from a store or online.
Beer pong table setup
In order to set up a beer pong table, you will need a few things.
This includes plastic cups and balls. The game can be played with either 10 or 6 cups and the choice is up to the players.
There are variations to the game that can be played with up to 20 cups
Playing with 10 cups that are between 12 to 16 ounces is quite common.
The plastic cups are set up at each end of the table to form a triangle and the distance between the front cup at each end should be around 65 inches.
The cups can be set up with a row of 4, then a row of 3, then 2, with the single-cup at the front of the triangle equalling 10 cups total.
Most games are played with red cups at each end of the table although any color including clear can be used.
Cup set up for beer pong using 10 cups:
The number of balls used is up to the players as well and there is no set rule or regulation that states a certain amount of balls should be used.
The balls are lightweight and made of plastic that will easily bounce on the table.
Normally, ping pong or table tennis balls are used.
And of course, you will need plenty of beer although you can use water if you choose.
How to play beer pong
The rules for playing the game of beer pong are quite simple.
The objective is to bounce a ball into the other team’s cups. If a ball lands into a cup, the opposing team must drink from the cup and remove the cup. One team wins the game when all of the opposing team’s cups are removed.
Each team will take turns but if one player is successful with their shot and it lands into a cup, that player can continue their turn.
The other team will have their chance once a shot is missed.
These rules can be changed and some people will adapt the game to their liking.
For example, instead of removing a cup after a ball goes in, some people prefer to leave the cup on the table and once all the cups are filled with a ball, the game is over.
The cups will need to be re-stacked again in the triangle formation for a new game to start.
Can you play beer pong on a 6 foot table?
Yes, you can use a 6-foot long table for beer pong.
Many beginners will use a 6-foot table, and they are more convenient to use when traveling or if storage is a concern.
A 6-foot table will also be more affordable and is great to use for leisure. But a regulation size 8-foot table will be needed for competitive play.