Setting up an Outdoor Badminton Net

Setting up a badminton net and court can give your outdoor space a distinctive look. The equipment necessary for this project is fairly inexpensive, and badminton is a great way to get exercise and have fun on a nice day outside. Additionally, you can dismantle the net and court for other times when you'd like to use the space for something else. Read on for a brief guide on how to set up an outdoor badminton court in your home.

Tools and Materials

  • Badminton net and equipment (posts, rackets, shuttlecocks, etc.)
  • Tape measure
  • Small cones for marking space
  • Grass paint or chalk (optional)

Step 1 -- Measure out the Court

Decide if you'll set up your badminton court for doubles or singles play. According to regulation badminton rules, a doubles court should be 44 feet long by 20 feet wide. A singles court, on the other hand, should be the same length but only 17 feet wide. Find a suitable flat area in your yard where you can set up the court. Leave some room outside of the court area for spectators, if people will be watching the games.

Begin by placing one cone at the corner of the court. Measure out 44 feet across the length of the court and place a second cone. Next, measure either 17 or 20 feet, depending upon your court choice, from the second cone to make the third point. Place a third cone there. Confirm the location of the fourth cone by measuring from both the first and the third cones to make sure the court is rectangular.

Step 2 -- Mark the Borders

Decide whether you'd like to mark the borders with chalk or paint, or if you'd prefer to use cones. Cones are useful for a casual game because they can be easily removed. If you're looking for a more permanent badminton court setup, use grass paint or chalk to mark borders of about 2 inches across between the four cones.

Step 3 -- Set up the Net

Mark the midpoint (22 feet) of the long sides of the court and place the net posts at each of those two points. String up the net in between the two points. The bottom of the net should sit approximately 5 feet above the surface of the playing court.

Step 4 -- Measure and Mark the Serve Lines and Center Line

For a singles court, measure out the short serve line. This line should run across the court about 15 1/2 feet from the back edge of the court on both sides. For a doubles court, measure out the long serve line. This should be across the court about 2 1/2 feet from the back edge on both sides. Measure the center line and mark it in between the short and long serve lines. Regularly update the chalk or paint on the court to avoid having to measure out the lines again.