Badminton Rules For Net Height

 Male badminton players

Versions of badminton have been played maybe from the time of the ancient Greeks. Over the years these games have employed different rules, but modern badminton is regulated by the Badminton World Federation. The BWF has strict rules governing all aspects of the game, including he height of the net.


The badminton net must be suspended from two posts located on either side of the court. The posts are placed on the side lines used for doubles play, even when playing singles badminton. The posts cannot extend into the area of play and they must remain vertical when the net is stretched between them. The posts must measure 6-feet 1-inch from the court surface to the top.

Net Dimensions

The net must be at least 20 feet wide. The net's height is 2 1/2 feet, however this is only the height of the net itself, not including additional height from being suspended off the ground. The top edge of the badminton net is covered with 3-inch white tape doubled over the cord used to suspend the net.

Hanging the Net

The badminton net is suspended from the cord that runs under the tape at the top of the net, connecting to the posts on either side of the net. The cord must be flush with the top of the posts and it must be pulled taught to suspend the net at the correct height. There can be no gap between the side of the net and the posts. If necessary, the net can be tied to the posts.

Net Height

The net's height must be measured in three places: the middle of the court and at either post. The top of the net must be 5 feet from the surface of the court at the midpoint of the court. The height at each post must be slightly higher, at 5 feet ,1 inch.