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Badminton court size for the singles and doubles game

Badminton Court Size for Singles and Doubles Game

Knowledge of the badminton court size is vital to every badminton player. Badminton is a racket sport that is played by striking a shuttlecock with the help of a racket. Badminton is played both as an indoor and outdoor game. As a recreation, we often play badminton in an open environment mainly in the winter season both as a single and doubles game.

Badminton is also a highly professional indoor game. Players score points by beating the opponent with the placement of the shuttlecock and in this respect knowledge of the badminton court size plays a pivotal role in the judgment of the shuttlecock.

Badminton Court

As an indoor game, the synthetic surface is often used over the wooden base as a badminton court. This synthetic surface is considered the best playing surface of a badminton court. This anti-slippery surface reduces the stress on your knees and ankles, provides a very good grip to jump and shift in any direction with ease. This surface reduces the chances of injuries during play.

The layout diagram of a badminton court is as under:

Sketch detailing the size of a badminton court
Sketch of a Badminton Court

Badminton Court Size, Dimensions, and Markings

All particulars regarding the badminton court size, dimensions, and markings are governed by the BWF( Badminton World Federation).

  • The shape of a badminton court is a rectangle with 40 mm wide markings as shown in the above diagram.
  • The marking lines should be easily noticeable and the preferable color is white or yellow.
  • Marking lines are part of the area of the badminton court.
  • The diagonal length of the full court is 47.2 ft ( 14.4 m) for singles
  • The diagonal length of the full court is 48.3 ft ( 14.7 m) for doubles
  • The above layout diagram of the court is both for singles and doubles play.
  • The length of a badminton court is 44 ft (13.40 m), both for singles and doubles games.
  • The width for the singles game is 17 ft (5.18 m).
  • For doubles, the width is 20 ft (6.1 m).
  • The court is equally divided of length 22 ft ( 6.7 m) by a net.
  • There is a centerline that divides the service area into equal width.
  • The marking of the short service line from the net is 6.5 ft (1.98 m).
  • The doubles court has a shorter serve-length dimension than the singles court.
  • The long service line for doubles is (0.72m +0.04m) = 0.76 m or 2.5 ft inner than the long service line for singles.

Badminton Net

Badminton net dimensions

The badminton net is the central divider of the court. Players need to return the shuttlecock over the net from one side of the court to the other side to continue the rally. The net is held in place extending it over net posts on either side doubles sidelines. 

  • The height of the post is 1.55 m (5.1 ft) from the surface of the court and shall be vertical after the fixation of the net.
  • Whether it is a doubles or singles game, the position of the post is always on the doubles sideline.
  • The post and its support must not cross the doubles sideline and enter into the area of the court.
  • The net should be made with a dark-colored fine cord of even thickness.
  • The mesh of the net shall not be more than 20 mm or less than 15 mm.
  • The depth of the net shall be 760 mm with a width of at least 6.1 m.
  • The top of the net from the surface of the court shall be 1.55 m over the doubles sideline and 1.524 at the center.
  • There shall be no gap between the end of the net and the post.
  • Where it is not possible to fix the net with a post, there shall be some method to indicate the position of the sidelines where they pass under the net, like the use of thin posts or strips of material of 40 mm width fixed to the sideline and rising vertically to the net.

Badminton Court Size Singles vs Doubles

Sketch of a badminton court size for singles
Singles Badminton Court
Sketch of a badminton court size doubles
Doubles Badminton Court

The marking of a badminton court is for both singles and doubles. There are left and right alleys down the sidelines which are ignored for the singles game. The alleys are only for the doubles game which makes the court size bigger in doubles than the singles.

Also, there is a difference in the area of the service court for singles and doubles. The short service line is the same for both the singles and doubles, but the long service line differs in the two variants of the game in badminton. The diagrams below show the difference in the service area for the singles and doubles games.

The service area for the singles game in badminton when the server has an even number of points
The service area for the singles game in badminton when the server has an even number of points
The service area for the doubles game in badminton when the server has an even number of points
The service area for the doubles game in badminton when the server has an even number of points
Serving court for the singles game in badminton when the server has an odd number of points
Serving court for the singles game in badminton when the server has an odd number of points
Serving court for the doubles game in badminton when the server has an odd number of points
Serving court for the doubles game in badminton when the server has an odd number of points

Summary Chart (Shuttle Court Size)

Badminton Court Measurement Singles

DimensionsBadminton Court Size in feetBadminton Court Size in meter
Length4413.4
Width175.18
Diagonal Length47.214.4
Area74769.4
Service Court Length15.24.64
Service Court Width8.32.53
Service Court Area126.211.73
Short Service Line6.51.98
Long Service Line226.7
Net Width206.1
Net Depth2.50.76
Post Height5.11.55

Badminton Court Measurement Doubles

DimensionsBadminton Court Size in feetBadminton Court Size in meter
Length4413.4
Width206.1
Diagonal Length48.314.7
Area88081.75
Service Court Length12.733.88
Service Court Width9.812.99
Service Court Area124.8811.6
Short Service Line6.51.98
Long Service Line19.55.94

FAQs

Which badminton court is longer?

The length of the badminton court both for singles and doubles is the same. The difference is the width, where doubles courts are wider than singles courts. The extra strip for the doubles is the right and left alley.

Which type of surface is best for playing badminton?

The wooden flooring with PVC synthetic mat as an upper surface is the best and most popular surface for tournament play. This surface provides the advantages of wood for good shock absorption with a good bounce, traction, and anti-slip properties of PVC mat.

What is the ceiling height of a badminton court?

There is nothing mentioned regarding the height of the ceiling of a badminton court in the handbook of BWF (Badminton World Federation). But the most common ceiling height is about 8-9 meters (26-29 feet).

What should be the space between the two courts?

There should be a clearance of at least 2′ (0.61 m) around the lines of a badminton court. So ideally, the space between two courts should be (2+2) feet = 4 feet.

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