Written by Amir Bashir | 20 May 2022
Last week, we provided you with a comprehensive guide on how to make an indoor badminton court.
In this article, you’re going to look discover how to build a badminton court outdoors.
If you have enough space in your backyard or anywhere else that you can dedicate to a full-size badminton court, and you’re searching for a step-by-step guide to building an outdoor badminton court, this post is for you.
Let’s jump into it:
Here are the things you’ll need:
There are three things you need to consider when zeroing in on the location of an outdoor badminton court:
Here’s what I mean when I say that you need a favorable climate for an outdoor badminton court:
A full-size badminton court is 44ft long and 20ft wide, but side galleries are not included in this dimension.
To have walkable side galleries (something that is essential to facilitate ease of movement across the court and in/out of the court area), the place where you’re going to construct the court should at least be 55.8ft long and 26.4ft wide.
An uneven or rocky ground won’t allow for easy movement during the games, increasing the risk of injury.
If the ground isn’t even, you might have to remove and replace the topsoil (a costly endeavor but one that is needed to have a playable court).
The area where you’re going to construct the court needs to be clear of any obstructions, tree stumps, rocks, or any other objects that might interfere with the gameplay.
If you also have grass in the area, mow it to about 2 inches in height with a lawnmower.
Finally, water the area with a garden hose. This is crucial to make the dust settle down before moving on to the next step.
Using skates, mark the four corners of the court, creating a rectangle that measures 44ft long and 22ft wide (the size of the court).
Once you’re done marking the corners, you should have two squares (boxes) of equal size.
Tip: To confirm that both the squares are of equal size, measure diagonally between opposite corners. If the two squares are indeed of equal size, the two measurements will also be equal.
To outline the court’s perimeter, run a string around all four skates; this will define the backline for doubles games and back boundaries for singles as well as doubles.
Leave the taut string line on the ground and spray-paint the boundary lines on top of it. The string line will help you paint fully straight lines.
You can draw the boundaries in the following order:
Standard badminton nets are 5’1″ at the edges and sag slightly at the center, dropping to a height of 5′. Here’s how you can set up a badminton net:
Different nets come with different types of poles. Let’s look at the commonly available types of pole setups and how you can erect them:
Bottom poles let you adjust the net stand on both sides. All you have to do is to push one of them into another.
To assemble a net that came with bottom poles, go to one side and push one of the poles into the other, before fitting it with the T-shaped foot.
Follow the same instructions to assemble the net stand on the other side.
If your net didn’t come with poles and instead only has two stands, start by pushing one pole into another and inserting a stake into the ground.
Next, pull the net taut and note down the distance from one pole to the other before determining where you’ll set up the second pole. Based on your calculations, insert the second pole into the ground.
Start by tying the upper part of your net to the top of the pole, before tying the lower part to the pole’s bottom.
After you have tied up the net at one side, it’s time to move to the other side.
The lighting on the badminton court should meet a two-point criterion:
Per a rule of thumb, two lights of 150W each, installed on both sides of the net, will be enough to brighten up your outdoor badminton court.
If you are going to only use the badminton court during the day, and there is enough natural light, then you can skip this step.
A standard badminton court is 44ft by 20ft, excluding the galleries.
The price of building an outdoor badminton court can range from $5,000 to well over $10,000. The range is so large because the final price depends on the kind of material and supplies you intend to use.
You can use spray paint, chalk, or even duct tape to mark out a badminton court on grass. Among all these options, the spray paint is the easiest to apply and will take the longest to diminish/disappear.
A standard-size badminton court is 44 feet long.
A standard-size badminton court is 20 feet wide.
If you include the side gallery, a badminton court requires a 55.8ft long and 26.4ft wide area.
In a singles match, the dimensions of a badminton court are 44ft by 17ft.
There aren’t many better ways to spend your weekends and whatever free time you can muster during the week than smashing the shuttlecock on your own badminton court.
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Amir picked up his first badminton racket at the age of 4 and fell in love with the sport. He joined Healthy Principles to help his fellow badminton enthusiasts get better at the game. In his spare time, you'll find him watching long rallies on YouTube. Learn more about Amir Bashir.