How Wide Is a Badminton Net?

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Maybe you have attended a badminton match or watched the game on television, two people on opposite sides hitting the shuttlecock back and forth over a net. Moreover, you wondered, how wide is a badminton net? Well, keep reading to find out and learn a lot more about badminton.

How Wide Is a Badminton Net?

A badminton net is 20.01 feet wide on average, with a depth of 29.9 inches/760 millimeters. For doubles, the top of the net from the court surface is 5 feet in the middle of the court, while over the sidelines is 5.09 feet. There should be no space between the posts and the net.

A woman picking a shuttle near far from the net

With this in mind, you might be wondering if the badminton net will vary as per the court width; well, the answer is no. Badminton nets cover the entire width of the court, 20 feet for both singles and doubles games.

Other Measurements of a Badminton Net

The height of the badminton net is 2.6ft. When fixed on a post, the net’s top is 5.1ft high, and at the center, it is 5ft. Sagging of the net is what causes the height at the middle to be lower.

What Is a Badminton Net Made Of?

Badminton nets are made from very light material to maintain their mobile quality and high-quality material to ensure durability. Nylon poly-rope cable cords and natural or synthetic vinyl are used for both outdoor and indoor play.

The badminton net’s mesh is made of nylon in most cases. The top cable steel and nylon are the most used materials, steel is used for manufacturing the best quality nets, and nylon takes second place. The white tape that covers the top cable is made from cloth or nylon.

What Is the Purpose of a Badminton Net?

During a match, the badminton net serves as a boundary or centerline for the players. The game’s goal is for one player to hit the shuttlecock over the net to your opponent’s side of the court.

What Other Parts Make Up Badminton?

Other types of equipment that make up a badminton game include:


The net can not stand on its own; it has to be vertically upright for it to be useful in the game. This is achieved with the help of two posts; these posts may be permanently or temporarily fixed on the court, depending on how the court is used.

The posts should be 5.1 feet high and remain vertical even after setting up the net.

A shuttlecock going over the other side of the net


This is the feather-like ball used to play badminton. It is conical shaped to make it streamlined to easily cut through the air as I hit it back and forth. It is one of the essential pieces of the game.

Where to Position Badminton Posts

Regardless of whether singles or doubles, the badminton posts should be positioned on the double sidelines. These supports/posts, however, must not extend into the play area beyond the sidelines.

In situations where the posts can’t be on the sidelines, I can improvise by using other methods to show the position of the sidelines. I can use 40mm wide strips of material that rise vertically to the net chord and are fixed to the sidelines.

Positioning a Badminton Net

The net should be at the center of the badminton court to divide the court into two equal parts along the width.

Frequently Asked Questions 

The length of a badminton net and how it compares to a tennis net are some of the most commonly asked questions.

How Similar Is the Net in Tennis to Badminton?

Both game’s nets are distinctive in that the tennis court’s net is 36 inches high above the ground. As for the badminton court’s net, it is 60 inches high above the ground. Another noticeable difference is, badminton nets are taller than tennis nets.

Young men playing badminton

Are Volleyball Nets Equal in Height to Badminton Nets?

The answer is no; the badminton nets vs volleyball nets are of different sizes, with a badminton net being way lower. A standard volleyball net’s height is 7.9 feet, and as I have discussed above, a badminton net’s height is 2.6 feet.


Now that you’ve answered all your questions about badminton nets and everything it involves, here’s a tip: you may want to consider where you want to play before purchasing your badminton net, that is, if it’s indoor or outdoor. Now go have some fun.

Tim Frechette is an avid athlete, having played sports like soccer and basketball his entire life. He brings a wealth of athletic knowledge to his writing.