Badminton Net Dimension in Feet and Meters

Badminton Net Dimensions in Feet & Meters – Height, Width & Much More

If you have any doubts about the dimensions of the badminton net, this is the post to read. In this post, we are going to explain all the different sizes of a badminton net, both in feet and meters.

All the information from this post is taken from the Laws of Badminton from the Badminton World Federation.

Badminton net dimensions

The net in badminton is one of the most important pieces of equipment you need. Without a net at the right height and with the right width, the game of badminton becomes diluted. Let’s have a look first at the most important dimensions in feet and after that we will check the same dimensions in meters.

Badminton net dimensions in feet

  • Total width: 20 ft
  • Total height at the posts: 5 ft 1 inch
  • Total height at the center: 5 ft
  • Net height: 2 ft 6 inch

These main dimensions are completed with two less important ones. The first is that the top of the net needs to be finished with a white tape that is 2 15/16” and that is doubled over the top cord. That means that the tape measures 1 1/2” on each side.

In addition to that, the mesh of the net has a thickness of between 9/16” & 13/16“.

Below you can find my illustration where all this data is explained in one image. I hope you like it.

Badminton net dimensions in feet
Badminton net dimensions in feet

Badminton net dimensions in meters

  • Total width: 6.1 meters
  • Total height at the posts: 1.55 meters
  • Total height at the center: 1.524 meters
  • Net height: 0.76 meters

These main dimensions are completed with two less important ones. The first is that the top of the net needs to be finished with a white tape that is 75 millimeters and that is doubled over the top cord. That means that the tape measures 37.5 millimeters on each side.

In addition to that, the mesh of the net has a thickness of between 15 & 20 millimeters.

Below you can find my illustration where all this data is explained in one image. I hope you like it.

Badminton net dimensions in meters
Badminton net dimensions in meters

Other important data for badminton nets

In addition to the main dimensions we have discussed above, there are a few other pieces of information about the badminton net that are worth keeping in mind.

According to the thickness of the mesh that we already mentioned, it is worth noting that it also needs to be made of a fine cord of dark color. The color requirement is in order to contrast with the white tape that tops the net and that should be clearly visible as a reference point.

Parts of a Badminton Net
Parts of a Badminton Net
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In addition to that, the top cord or cable needs to be stretched firmly and be flush with the top of the posts. If you have the right net and the right posts and you are putting them at the right height, you don’t really need to worry about this part.

Last, but not least, there cannot be any space between the posts and the net. This is to avoid a possible confusion if a smash goes very fast and actually goes below the net and lands inside. If there is no gap between the posts and the net, then the shuttle will always hit the net or go outside of the court.

In order to ensure that this is achieved, the standard solution is to tie the full depth of the net to the posts with the cords that usually come with the net for this specific function. Some companies are coming up with alternative ideas to achieve this.

In the case of the Li-Ning net LN2810, a Velcro post sleeve is used. This is supposed to make the process faster and easier.

Badminton net support dimensions & regulations

Nets need to be supported somewhere and here is where the net posts come into play. These posts need to be well designed so that they can support the net properly. In all my years of experience, these elements are usually the ones that are less thought of and the ones that cause most problems when installing the court for play.

These are the main regulations that the posts need to follow:

  • The posts need to be 1.55 meters (5’1″) in height from the surface of the court.
  • They need to remain vertical when the net is tensed so that the height in the center of the court is the one mentioned before (1.524 m or 5′).
  • The posts need to be placed on the doubles side lines, no matter whether singles or doubles is being played.
  • The posts and their support cannot extend into the court beyond the side lines.

Even though these seem like easy enough rules to follow, you will see mistakes with all of them, except the height of the posts which come from the manufacturer.

Typical mistakes when mounting a badminton need

You will see in a lot of instances that the posts do not remain vertical when tensing the net or that the center of the net cannot reach the required size without the posts falling over.

It is also quite common for the posts to not be located on the right spot. For example, it is quite common to use a singles post to hold the net of two courts. This is a sure indicator that the heights will not be correct.

Last, but not least, the post and its support cannot extend into the court beyond the side line. That means that, when buying badminton posts, you need to make sure that the post itself is the element that will stick out the most.

Mounting the nets is a very important moment to ensure badminton is played properly
(U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Cram)

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Final words

And with this, we have arrived at the end of this post. If you found this post interesting, you will also like my Badminton Court Size post, where we explain in a similar manner the dimensions of the court itself.

If you are looking for a more general view of the measurements in badminton, then I strongly recommend that you check out my Badminton Measurements post.

Lastly, if you want to learn a bit more about the net itself, especially the material it is made of, you will enjoy my post “What Is a Badminton Net Made Of?“.

Do you still have doubts about the badminton net dimensions? Let me know in the comments below!

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