The badminton court is the place where badminton is played. In competitive games, badminton courts use synthetic carpets that are spread over wooden or concrete surfaces.
The court is intended to provide cushioning and comfort for players so that they avoid serious injuries when they have to land parts of their bodies on the court to make a return of the shuttle.
Badminton court dimensions
|Wide||5.18 m (singles), 6.1 m (doubles)|
|Diagonal||14.723 m (full court)|
Badminton court rules
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has set rules regarding the badminton courts and their equipment in the Laws of Badminton.
- The court shall be a rectangle marked out with lines 40 mm wide.
- The lines marking out the court shall be easily distinguishable and preferably be coloured white or yellow.
- All the lines shall form part of the area which they define.
- The posts shall be 1.55 metres in height from the surface of the court and shall remain vertical when the net is strained.
- The posts shall be placed on the doubles side lines as in Diagram A irrespective of whether singles or doubles are being played. The posts or their supports shall not extend into the court beyond the sidelines.
- The net shall be made of fine cord of dark colour and even thickness with a mesh of not less than 15 mm and not more than 20 mm.
- The net shall be 760 mm in depth and at least 6.1 metres wide.
- The top of the net shall be edged with 75 mm white tape doubled over a cord or cable running through the tape. This tape shall rest upon the cord or cable.
- The cord or cable shall be stretched firmly, and flush with the top of the posts.
- The top of the net from the surface of the court shall be 1.524 metres at the centre of the court and 1.55 metres over the side lines for doubles.
- There shall be no gaps between the ends of the net and the posts. If necessary, the full depth of the net at the ends shall be tied to the posts.