...... Frequently asked questions about table tennis 

  1. How do I decide if I need an indoor or outdoor table?
  2. What are the key differences between the cheaper and more expensive table tennis tables?
  3. Do you have a range specifically for schools?
  4. Do all tables have the facility for solo practice?
  5. What colour table should I choose, blue, grey or green?
  6. At what age can you start to play?
  7. Where can I get spare parts for my table?
  8. Can I leave my table tennis table outside all year round?
  9. Are the tables difficult to assemble?
  10. Which tables are suitable for use by disabled players?
  11. Are all Cornilleau tables ITTF approved?
  12. Do all your tables conform to EU safety regulations?
  13. Are all tables full size?
  14. How much space do I need for my table tennis table?
  15. What size are the tables when closed?
  16. How long is my table guaranteed for?
  1. How do I decide if I need an indoor or outdoor table?
  2. Indoor tables are not weather resistant but provide an excellent bounce and are good value for money. However they must not be stored in damp conditions (such as a barn or garage) as exposure to moisture will cause the playing surface to crack. They will also warp if left outside in the sun for only a short period of time. Outdoor tables are more shock resistant and can be safely stored outside all year making them more long lasting.
  3. What are the key differences between the cheaper and more expensive table tennis tables?
  4. In the Cornilleau range, as the tables get more expensive, the playing surfaces gets thicker (for better bounce), the legs get sturdier, the frames get heavier, the wheels get larger, the net and post sets have more adjustment plus you get additional features such as a MAT top (on outdoor tables) or a SKIL Top (on indoor tables).

  5. Do you have a range specifically for schools?
  6. Yes, Cornilleau manufactures a variety of tables, both indoor and outdoor, for schools clubs and institutions. Special attention has been given to the sturdiness of the materials to ensure intensive use. There is also a range of bats designed for use in schools.

  7. Do all tables have the facility for solo practice?
  8. All Cornilleau rollaway tables can be used for solo practice - just fold one half of the table which creates a surface for you to play against. Static tables (Cornilleau Pro 510 and Competition 610) are the only ones that do not have this facility.
  9. What colour table should I choose, blue, grey or green?
  10. Blue or green, whichever you prefer. In the sport it is always blue for ping-pong tables because the colour of the ball stands out better on a blue surface and is therefore easier to see.

  11. At what age can you start to play?
  12. From 4/5 years old a child can begin to enjoy playing table tennis. For the youngest players there are mini-tables, the height of which can be adapted to the height of the child. They are very practical to store. Standard tables have a playing height of 76cm so from the age of 6/7 children can reach them.

  13. Where can I get spare parts for my table?
  14. Cornilleau guarantee the availability of spare parts for a minimum of 5 years from the last production date of any table. In reality, spares continue to be available for a much longer period of time. If you require spares for your table, please take a note of the models and serial number (located on a white label on the underside of one of the playing surfaces) and contact us with these details plus a description of the part required.

  15. Can I leave my table tennis table outside all year round?
  16. If you have Cornilleau outdoor table then the answer is yes. All these outdoor tables are resistant to sun, rain, snow and frost and can be left safely outside without any risk of deterioration. We do however recommend the use of a cover. The purpose of the cover is not to keep the table dry but to keep it clean so that it is always ready to play and for additional child safety. It will also extend the life of the table.

  17. Are the tables difficult to assemble?
  18. The assembly instructions are very clear and easy to follow and can be downloaded in advance from this website. Just go to the product you want to purchase and click the Assembly Instructions link. You should allow around 45 minutes for assembly and will need 2 people. All Cornilleau tables with the Compact Technology design have the entire security mechanism pre-assembled in the factory which has reduced assembly time by 30%.

  19. Which tables are suitable for use by disabled players?
  20. All of the Cornilleau tables with the Compact Technology folding system are suitable for use by disabled players as the leg assembly has been designed to allow for a wheelchair under the table.

  21. Are all Cornilleau tables ITTF approved?
  22. The 740, 640 and 610 Competition tables all have ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) approval. The ITTF only approve a small number of tables.
  23. Do all your tables conform to EU safety regulations?
  24. Yes, every table manufactured by Cornilleau goes beyond the requirements of the EN 14468-1 European safety standard. This standard has 4 categories for different levels of play and the product pages identify which level the table has been approved for. This is a good way to compare tables from different brands.
  25. Are all tables full size?
  26. All Cornilleau tables are manufactured to the regulation (ITTF) size of L2740 x W1525 x H760mm.

  27. How much space do I need for my table tennis table?
  28. In addition to the size required for the table itself (2.74 x 1.53m) you need to allow around 1.2m at either end of the table and about 0.6m at either side.

  29. What size are the tables when closed?
  30. Cornilleau leasure tables - height 155cm, length 164cm, width 74cm, professional - height 158cm, length 183cm, width 65cm.

  31. How long is my table guaranteed for?
  32. All Cornilleau tables have a 3 year warranty. The panels on the outdoor playing surface have a 10 year warranty against deformation, delamination and disappearance of markings. This warranty is limited to the supply of parts as recognised as defective by Cornilleau. First year adminstration of guarantee is performed by the seller and later guarentee is performed by producer Cornilleau SA. More information www.cornilleau-services.com