Before going into the court, I always suggest the new players have a minimum idea about the dimension or size of the court. The size of a badminton court is 20 feet by 44 feet. The court is divided into two equal halves by a net placed at the center of the court. This creates an area of 22 feet by 20 feet at both sides of the court.
The dimension of badminton court
A badminton court is rectangular in shape. The length of the court is 44 feet or 13.41 meters, and the width is 20 feet or 6.1 meters. If you have ever watched sports like tennis, volleyball, pickleball, you might have noticed that the court is always divided into two equal parts. The same thing has happened in the badminton court. The court is divided into two equal halves by a net set at the center of the court.
The length of a badminton court always remains the same, whether it is a singles match or a doubles match. But in case of a singles match, the court's width is less than the width used in a doubles match. In a singles match, the court's width is 17 feet or 5.18 feet, which is 3 feet less than the width of doubles or full badminton court.
The total area of the badminton court
Yellow or white lines mark the boundary of the court. These lines should not be more than 40 mm in width. These yellow or white lines around the court remind you of the court's range, which helps you to make the perfect shots into the opposition's court. The total playing area of a badminton court is 880 square feet or 81.74 square meters.
To have a clear idea about the badminton court's dimensions, you need to know some parts or areas that make a proper badminton court. Now that's why I'm going to discuss about these parts to provide you a clear idea about a badminton court.
The net is that part of a badminton court, which divides the court into two equal halves. The net is placed at the center of the court, and there are net line marks at the middle of the court for placing the net in perfect position. The net creates two areas of 22 feet by 20 feet inside the court.
The height of the net should be 1.55 meters at both sides from the surface of the badminton court. But the height should be 1.5 meters from the surface of the court at the center point. The net should be placed on the doubles sidelines.
The net should not be thicker more than 20 mm. The regulation range of the thickness of the net is from 15 mm to 20 mm. The badminton net's width must be 6.1 meters, and the depth should be around 760 mm. As the color of the boundary marks is white or yellow, it's better to have a net, which mesh color is dark. The net should be made up of fine cord for a better experience.
This is the end line of the badminton court. There are two baselines at the end of each side of the court. The baseline is marked parallel to both ends of the net. You can measure the overall width of the badminton court by the length of the baseline.
Centerline: It is the line that divides the court from the short service line to the back boundary line. The line is perpendicular to the net and separates the left and right service court boxes.
This is the area where the player stands to serve the shuttlecock into the opposition's court. In a singles match, this service box area is formed by the centerline, baseline and singles sideline. And in case of a doubles match, the same area is formed by the centerline, doubles sideline, and doubles long service line.
Short service line
Short service line is the nearest line that is marked parallel to the net. This line covers the width of the badminton court both in a singles match.
Doubles long service line
Doubles long service line is the line that designates the back service for the doubles matches. This line is similar in one aspect to the short service line, as it also covers the court's width.
This singles sideline is marked at the inner side of the doubles sideline. It is 1.5 feet parallel from the edge of the outer boundary of the doubles sideline.
This line covers the external boundary lines along with the baseline. It is marked 2.5 feet inside the back boundary line.
It is the area that is formed between the doubles and singles sideline. In a singles match, it is regarded as the outer of the boundaries.
You will basically find four types of surfaces for badminton court. The most common surface that is used in the court is a synthetic surface, which is built with PVC or PU. Then with a higher maintenance cost, the second most used surface is a wooden surface. You will also find a surface known as the acrylic surface, which is very similar to synthetic surfaces. And for outdoor recreational badminton, a concrete type surface is used known as cement surface.
So the size of a badminton court is 20 feet or 6.1 meters by 44 feet or 13.41 meters.