Are we particular, we mah jongg players? Maybe. You could say that.
If you're playing all afternoon or evening, the table is important. It's not just a matter of comfort, but of being able to play and see ALL of the tiles. The discards and the exposures of your opponents.
Here are some guidelines:
The table should be square. My table is 36" square. But a 34" bridge table will work just fine. It should be small enough so that you can see everything clearly that ON THE TABLE...but large enough to comfortably hold the game, the racks and the player's MJ cards. If there's a bit of room for small snacks...all the better.
I use a table cover that is flannel backed and plastic-like on top. I've also been in tournaments where they use a regular linen tablecloth. The tiles mix just fine on that.
Now were' ready to play!