With the rising popularity of Pickleball, more and more people want to know the dimensions of the court so they can tape a surface with lines inside our outside or build their own backyard court. A Pickleball court’s dimensions are 20 feet in width and 44 feet in length for both singles and doubles play. The official Pickleball court size is the same as a badminton court. Note these dimensions do include the lines which are recommended to be two inches wide if building a regulation-size court.
As can be seen in the photograph below, the court itself has a number of lines on it including the baseline, sideline, non-volley line, and center line. The center line divides the court lengthwise as there is a left service area and right service area. The service areas are 15 feet in length and 10 feet wide. The non-volley line is seven feet from the net and extends the width of the court. You can download these Pickleball court dimensions in PDF format here.
What is the height of the Pickleball net?
The net is 36 inches high on the ends and 34 inches in the middle. It is recommended to place the net posts 12 inches outside of the side line.
The Area Around the Court
Besides the actual court area, you will want to have enough space around the court so as not to be too close to other courts or having players running into objects. USA Pickleball recommends having a minimum of 30 feet wide by 60 feet in length but a surface 30 feet wide by 64 feet long is preferred. I believe the minimum recommended surface area is 30 feet by 60 feet since this is exactly have of the size of a tennis court’s area.
Pickleball Court Dimensions vs. a Tennis Court
If you have an existing court used for tennis, basketball, or hockey rink you can put multiple Pickleball courts on it. These may be temporary courts or permanently converted courts. A tennis court is 36 feet wide and 78 feet long so it is much larger than a Pickleball court. If you take the measurements of the court along with the area around it, a standard tennis court is 60 feet by 120 feet. This is exactly double when compared to a Pickleball court. As such you can easily fit one or two Pickleball courts in the tennis area. In some situations you can even put four Pickleball courts on one tennis court. This should only be used as a temporary set up as it puts the players a little too close to each other.
Pickleball Basketball Court Dimensions
Basketball courts are generally 84 feet in length and 50 feet in width. Some courts, however, can be larger or smaller but they must have at least three feet around the perimeter. This means a basketball court can easily accommodate up to three Pickleball courts whether the court is indoors or outdoors.
I’ve seen a number of hockey rinks being converted to temporary Pickleball courts during the summer months or as permanent Pickleball courts where the game is exploding. An inline hockey rink is 185 feet by 85 feet while an ice rinks is 200 feet by 85 feet. Hockey rinks can handle six or more courts depending on whether it is an inline or ice rink. Some courts are even dual purpose year round.
Small Pickleball Court Dimensions
If you are looking to set up a small Pickleball court in your driveway or backyard, the dimensions are half of a regulation size court in terms of the width. This means the length stays the same at 44 feet long with the kitchen line being seven feet from the net. It is the width of the court that changes for a mini Pickleball court at 10 feet. Again, make sure you have plenty of area around the court so as not to run into other objects. You can also buy a net 10 feet in width which is considered a practice net but it works great for skinny singles.