Beer pong is simple: Four players, two people on two team, toss ping pong balls into plastic cups filled with beer. But today's beer pong tables are anything but simple. Beer pong began with a ping pong table and a few bored college students, but the game has gone global. Bars attract customers with beer pong tournaments, national competitions have sprouted up, and the game has even gone international. Ping pong tables are still used, but beer pong players are developing ever more customised tables for their playing pleasure. Customising your beer pong table gives you the opportunity to express your school spirit or whatever creative whim comes to mind.
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Things you need
- Marking pencil
- Circular saw
- LED lights (optional)
- Door hinges
Add paint or stickers to your beer pong table. This is the easiest and least costly way to customise your beer pong table. College mascots, graphic designs or your business logo are easy additions to enhance the look of your table. Another option is to paint a local charity's logo onto your beer pong table and set up a "fee" jar for playing, thus combining social awareness with socialising.
Create custom beer pong table shapes. Almost all beer pong tables are square. But this does not have to be the case. As long as you have an area on both ends for the cups and some room for the ping pong balls to be bounced, you can create any shape you like. Fish shapes, mascot shapes, butterfly shapes (for the sorority), and whatever your imagination can dream will work for a beer pong table. Beer pong tables are best made from plywood, and a circular saw is optimal for creating shapes. Use a marking pencil to create an outline of your intended design.
Drill holes in the beer pong table to act as holders for the cups. Placeholders for the cups will add a custom touch that will also prevent that early morning stench of stale beer coming from the carpet. This idea works especially well for businesses that want to keep a clean and slip-free establishment.
Add styrofoam to the bottom of a legless beer pong table for a floating fun. This is a great summertime customisation for your beer pong table. Purchase a block of styrofoam from your local handicraft store and glue it to the bottom of the table. Then the table can be used in the pool or at the beach. Once the summer is over, replace the styrofoam with legs.
Add a Plexiglas top to your beer pong table for custom lighting and design. Build a beer pong table that has a certain amount of depth depending on the design, like lined with LED lights or inserted with beer caps. Insert whatever design into the box that you have created for your beer pong table. Lay a piece of Plexiglas atop the box, and you have a not-so-ordinary beer pong table.
Add heavy-duty door hinges to the table's opposing playing areas. This will create a collapsing beer pong table for easily storing or transporting.
Tips and warnings
- Complement customisations, like adding styrofoam to fish-shaped table for playing at the beach.
- Drink a bottle of water between each game of beer pong to avoid dehydration.
- Beer pong should be played in moderation as binge drinking is a serious health risk.
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