Both easy to learn and fun to play with, a Foosball table can sometimes really help to bring that extra dimension to your game cave. However, not everyone has an Olympic stadium for their cave, so knowing the dimensions of the room and what you wish to fill it with can really help to make the most of your space.
How much space do you need for a Foosball table in your room? Tables can vary in size from a regulation 56” to 40” and smaller. Depending on the table you choose, you’ll need enough space for your table and the players. You will also need to get your table through the door and inside your room as well.
There are still many more things to factor in before going out and making a purchase, though. Read on to arm yourself with the needed knowledge to take on those Foosball competitions in your game cave.
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Types of Foosball Tables
Before we get right into the specifics of Foosball table measurements, I’ll touch on some types of tables you may come across. Knowing the types of Foosball tables available can help you figure out whether it can fit in your room and fit your playstyle, too.
There are typically three basic types that Foosball tables come in: stand-alone, tabletop, and multi-game. All of these tables come with their own ups and downs, of course. Some are cheaper, some are hugely expensive, some need to be assembled, some are ready to play right from the box. While you may have people loyal to one particular type of table or brand, for the most part it’s up to you to choose.
This is the most popular and most widely known Foosball table. Hardy, traditional, tried and true, the stand-alone is a real staple of the Foosball world. It’s likely what you imagine when you think of Foosball tables.
The stand-alone Foosball tables come in many shapes and sizes, but are usually rectangular, large, heavy, and stand on four built-in legs.
Because of its popularity, this type of table has many different styles and brands to choose from, giving you the chance to choose the exact table of your dreams.
Tabletop Foosball tables are smaller and more portable than other types. Some tabletop Foosball tables are even made specially for children. Their small stature makes for a tempting target for the prospective gamer with limited space in their game cave. They simply go right on top of any table in the room, instantly transforming it into a Foosball table.
Their portability also works great for on-the-go Foos-ing. Imagine showing up to your buddy’s game night and whipping out an entire Foosball table. Now that’s a power move.
Also sometimes known as combination tables, multi-game Foosball tables can be converted into a plethora of other games such as air hockey, chess, and many more.
They typically have a similar appearance and dimensions to stand-alone Foosball tables. But because of their shape-shifting abilities, they can understandably get much pricier than other kinds of Foosball tables.
Be sure to carefully pick out which one might work best in your game cave.
And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for: measurements! Now, something to keep in mind before we get started is that while I can give an estimate of what a table’s dimensions might be, every brand and table type may be slightly different from another. Always read more about your chosen table on the manufacturer’s official channels to get the exact dimensions.
Sometimes the width doesn’t include the rods. The rods can add about 12 – 18 inches to the total width of the whole set, so you may have to look up replacement rods to see how much more space they add. If you’re lucky, then the manufacturers have already listed the length of the whole set including the rods, but not all do that.
Each of the different types of tables that I mentioned earlier all have their own sizes as well. While both the stand-alone and multi-game tables usually stay close to the same sizes as each other, the tabletop ones tend to run on the smaller end of the scale.
For a stand-alone regulation table, the most common size is approximately 56 inches (length) x 30 inches (width) x 36 inches (height), but as I’ve said, there are many sizes to choose from. Other sizes they can come in range anywhere from 56 to 40 inches long.
Foosball tables that come in 40 inches lengthwise might be pretty small for the average adult, but they can work great for kids.
The smallest of Foosball tables are the tabletop ones, which can sometimes even be small enough to stow away under a bed. Other times, these tables can be the same width and length of a regulation table, just without the attached legs.
When looking at one, you may not think that a Foosball table could be that heavy. But for anyone who’s had to move one before, you know that they are deceptively dense and awkward.
For instance, the most popular type of Foosball tables are the regulation stand-alone ones, and these can be upwards of hundreds of pounds. Some of these tables even reach 360 pounds! If your table comes in a box, this might not be too bad, but if you’re trying to move an already assembled table, it can be a bit much.
If you’re lucky, then the table you’ve purchased can be dissembled and moved into your room easier. While you and a friend may be able to lift it into the room, you might still want to consider hiring professional movers to do the job. Their job is to move heavy and delicate items without damaging everything in their path.
Of course, if the heftiness of stand-alone and multi-game Foosball tables seems like too much for your situation, then there’s always tabletop. Tabletop Foosball tables are much lighter, easier to move around, and usually much cheaper than stand-alone and multi-game versions.
How Much Space Do You Need?
Let’s say that you’ve measured your room, the doorway, and the table, and everything seems like the perfect match. So, now you’re on your way to ordering your new table. Hold your horses! Even if your table has the perfect dimension for your room, there are still a few more things you should take into consideration before buying.
As I’ve said above, even after looking at the exact dimension of your chosen Foosball table, some places don’t outright tell you the dimensions of the rods. Not only do the rods add that little extra bit of width, but you have to also think about how the players are going to maneuver around the table.
Yes, shoving your table into a corner all tidy looks nice and pleasant, but unless you’re playing against ghosts, your players aren’t going to fit as nicely. Since it’s generally considered weird and is frowned upon to measure all your guests, you’ll need a nice large buffer between all the table angles and whatever wall or objects may be close by.
While I can’t give you an exact magical number or equation that will solve this dilemma for everyone, I can give you this piece of advice: try walking around your table, or even playing a test match. Just really go ham on it. Jump up and down, pump your fists, and do a victory dance. If at any point you get stuck in a corner or run into something, you know that you should plan out a little more space in that spot. Give it a few more inches away from anything that could be in the way.
It’s better to have a lot of space around your play area than having all your contestants falling over or scraping against your walls.
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Other Things to Factor In
After all the important things to factor in about the Foosball table itself, you should also think about anything else that can go with it. I’m talking about accessories, folks.
For starters, if you plan on having multiple people over to play, then you might need seating areas for people to spectate and cheer you on. Or throw insults; I don’t know your friends.
You might also need some space to keep any extra pieces, replacement parts, additions, cleaning items, etc. Anything you may need to keep your Foosball table in tip-top shape should be stored somewhere near the table itself.
Making sure that your new Foosball table, its accessories, and the players all fit in your room is all important, that’s for sure. But you’ve also got to take into consideration how you’re going to get it inside your room to begin with. After all, even if your room can fit everything needed, that could all mean nothing if you can’t even get the table through your tiny door to begin with.
For some tables, this might be really easy. Many come un-assembled in boxes. Just lug the boxes into your room and build the table in the spot you plan to keep it. Easy-peasy! This is especially true with the tabletop Foosball tables, as those are conveniently easy to move around and rest them wherever you need to.
Other tables, though… They can come pre-assembled. Which would mean that you would have to measure your entry point to be sure your table (and you) can actually make it into the room unscathed.
If your table is small and or light, this can be a breeze. Even if it doesn’t exactly fit through the doorway as-is, you may be able to wiggle it in there. However, if it’s really large and or pretty heavy, then you’re going to have a harder time. Now, if you’re lucky, you may be able to take some parts off and slide it into your room and assemble it once safely inside.
Picking out the perfect size Foosball table for your room should be much easier now after arming yourself with the proper knowledge. Whether you decide on the multi-functional, tabletop, or stand-alone type of Foosball table, I sincerely hope that this article has prepared you to pick the absolute best table for your game cave. Just take the time to find the measurements of the table, the rods, your doorway, and your room, and you should be fine.
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