Table football is a popular pastime amongst all ages. Whether you want to play socially, with friends over some drinks, or you want to become a serious competitor in the sport, it is the dream of many to own your own table football table. Football tables traditionally featured in pubs and youth centres, but more and more people are seeing the benefits of owning a table at home.
The advantages of buying a table top football table
By owning your own table you will be able to challenge friends and family to matches, enjoying quality social time with a friendly competition. And, like other sports, your skills are going to improve with practice. So as well as never being bored at home again, you will probably never lose a table football competition â€“ or bet - again!
It is clear why you should buy a football table. But once you have made that decision, you will need to decide on a number of factors.
Choosing the right size of Table Football
Unlike other table sports, such as pool and snooker, football tables come in a range of sizes. This means that there is sure to be one to suit your home space, whether you intend to keep in the living room, garage or bedroom. If you are buying a table for a place used by the public, you may well have much more space. Table football tables are generally around 150cm (length) by 80cm (width), although this changes dramatically depending on the style. Micro tables are designed for areas with limited space, and an artist once created a football table to fit 22 players at once!
The main thing to consider with the size of your table football table is not to buy too big â€“ you will need plenty of space around it for players to move freely. Measure your area if you have limited space available.
Types of Table Football
Most football tables come with 4 control handles on each side. It is likely you'll want more than two on each side for an added challenge and the possibility of playing 2 a side.
Do you want a Perspex covered table? This is ideal if you want the added security (the ball is less likely to get lost) and safety if you think young children will be playing. If you are keeping your football table outside you should buy a weather-proof table football.These are also going to be more robust so less likely to get damaged in rough pay or through drinks spillages.
Table-top table football sets have the bonus of being easily stored away, but they require a big enough table to be placed on. If you are not buying a table-top football table think about height if young children will be playing.
Bonzini, Langoni and Garlando are some of the most popular brands of football tables. Your choice of brand is likely to be influenced by your budget and requirements. Choose a table which is aesthetically pleasing and will match the room. They are available in a huge range of finishes so it is important to browse the different styles.
A coin operated table may be the best option if it is not solely for the use of friends and family. They allow you to generate a small income (perhaps to pay off the costs of the table football), and also prevent the same people spending too long on a table if others want to take a turn.