What Is the Size of a Badminton Court?

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Let’s find out what is the size of a badminton court? Badminton is a fast-paced indoor racket sport that is fun to play and riveting to watch.  Whether it is the immense speed of the shuttle after a thrilling smash or a delicate yet deceiving shot just over the net, the game is all about precision. Hence, there is little room for error in terms of shot placements.

Moreover, you need an astute understanding of the size of the court to play winning shots.

What Is the Size of a Badminton Court?

The outer dimensions of a badminton court are 44 feet (13.4 meters) long and 20 feet (6.1 meters) wide for doubles. The length remains the same for singles, but the width marks at 17 feet (5.18 meters), reducing by 1.5 feet (0.46 meters) on both sides. The court size is standard for all the matches, as stipulated by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). The lines marking the court dimension paint white or yellow to make them prominent.

Outdoor badminton court with buildings

Apart from the basic length and width, you may have noticed a few other markings on the court. These marked lines also require your attention to be able to play a competitive game. Below, we discuss the different sections of a badminton court, their dimensions, and their importance during the match.

Standard Badminton Court Dimensions

As evident by its measurements, a standard badminton court is rectangular. The length of the court divides by a net, accurately placed in the middle of the court. Each half of the court is 22 feet (6.7 meters) long.

Following are all the markings and their measurements you will find on a badminton court:

  • A short service line places in both halves at a distance of 6.5 feet (1.98 meters) from the net and is parallel to the net. A center line divides each half and the court width-wise into two equal sections. It starts from the short service line and ends at the furthest line from the net, called the back boundary.
  • A long service line places in both halves at a distance of 2.5 feet (0.76 meters) from the back boundary and is parallel to the back boundary. This service line marks for double to indicate that the service should not land beyond this line.
  • The line-markings should be about 1.6 inches (40 millimeters) in width.

Rules Concerning Court Dimensions

Badminton has a long list of rules regarding the scoring system, the serve, and the shot placements. In this blog, we will only talk about the rules and regulations dealing with the court dimensions and markings:

  • In singles, a player’s service should land beyond the short service line of the opposite court.
  • In doubles, the service should also cross the short service line but should not land beyond the long service line. This makes the area allowed for the serve to land smaller in doubles match.
  • The players have to serve from the right side of the court when there are even number of points and serve from the left side of the court when there are odd numbers of points. This is applicable for both singles and doubles.
  • If the shuttle falls on the lines, the shot considers to be inside the boundary.
  • Players cannot stand on a line when they serve or receive a serve.

Dimensions of the Badminton Posts

According to the guidelines, the badminton posts should be 5.1 feet (1.55 meters) in height. They are placed on each side of the court on the doubles sidelines regardless of whether singles or doubles game is being played. Finally, they must remain upright to keep the net taut during the game and should not extend beyond the court.

Badminton court with shuttlecocks on the floor

Dimensions of the Badminton Net

The badminton net extends across the width of the court. It is 20 feet (6.1 meters) wide and 30 inches (760 millimeter) in depth. The top of the net is at a height of 5.1 feet (1.55 meters) above the surface at the edges.

Additionally, it dips slightly in the middle resulting in a height of 5 feet (1.52 meters).

The badminton nets are often mobile and can set up quickly before a match. They are made from fine dark cord with a mesh size between 0.6 inches (15 millimeters) to 0.79 inches (20 millimeters). The materials used for the manufacturing of the mesh include polyethylene, vinyl, and nylon.

Types of the Badminton Court

The court flooring designs to provide cushioning and comfort to the players, so they can move across the court without the risk of severe injury. There are various types of badminton court:

Cement Badminton Court

Cement courts are most common in outdoor areas, such as parks. However, this surface is not recommended for playing for long periods, as it does not provide good traction or shock absorption for your knees. Moreover, there is a greater chance of suffering injury.

Wooden Badminton Court

Wooden surfaces are great for playing badminton on, due to their natural shock absorption mechanism. They are also recommended by the BWF as they make a great playing surface, but the wooden courts are covered with synthetic mats in international matches.

However, not all woods can be used, as some varieties become slippery and unsuitable for playing when they get wet. The best type of wood for badminton court is hardwood.  Moreover, wooden courts installation and cost of material is much more expensive than synthetic mats.

Synthetic Badminton Court

Synthetic flooring is the best surface to play badminton and top choice for international tournaments. Synthetic mats are laid on a wooden base to provide a great amount of friction and better bounce. It also helps reduce the strain on your knees.

There are two types of synthetic materials used in the badminton courts:

  • PVC provides decent anti-slip and abrasion resistant properties. They are also durable and easy to spread on the court, as they are available in the form of mats.
  •  Acrylic also provides comparative anti-slip properties and is cheaper than a PVC surface. However, the shock absorption of an acrylic surface is not as good as a PVC surface.
Badminton player down smash

Rubber Mat Flooring

Rubber mats are a new flooring option for badminton courts. They are easy to maintain, install, and uninstall. They also have good shock absorption capabilities.

Related Questions

What Is the Badminton Court Size in Square Feet?

The total area of the badminton court that is utilized during gameplay is 880 square feet (81.74 square meters) for doubles and 748 square feet (69.41 square meters) for singles. One of the ways you can lose a point is if the shuttle lands outside this area.

What Is the Length of a Badminton Racket?

The typical length of a badminton racket is between 26.18 inches (665 millimeters) and 26.57 inches (675 millimeters). The rackets should not be more than 26.77 inches (680 millimeters) in length and 9.06 inches (230 millimeters) in width.

Conclusion

To summarize, badminton courts dimensions are 44 feet by 20 feet for doubles, while 44 feet by 17 feet for singles. The court divides in half by the placement of the net. Each half further divides into two equal parts with a centerline.

There are also short and long service lines for singles and doubles, respectively. These lines identify the area on the court where the legal service should land.

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.