Badminton has long been a staple activity at family barbecues and company picnics. Easy and fun to play, people of all ages can team up and bat the shuttlecock around. But you can kick your game up a notch by creating a professional badminton court right in your own backyard -- and you don't have to be a professional to build it.
Locate a flat area that is at least 54 feet long and 30 feet wide. This ideal size allows for a full-size regulation court with a 5-foot-wide perimeter margin. Standard badminton court size is 44 by 20 feet. A perimeter margin is desirable for safety but is not required.
Measure the area and drive a stake at each corner, using a hand maul or hammer. This is just an approximate layout, and you will fine-tune the court layout later.
Clear obstructions in the area, getting rid of all rocks, tree stumps or any potential obstructions. Mow the grass to about 2 inches in height.
Reposition the stakes using accurate measurements to mark the four corners of the court, creating a rectangle that measures 44 by 20 feet. Confirm that the layout is square by measuring diagonally between opposing corners; the layout is square when the two measurements are equal.
Run a taut string line around all four stakes to outline the court perimeter; this defines the side boundary lines for doubles play and the back boundaries for both singles and doubles. Spray-paint the boundary lines onto the grass, using the string line as a guide to paint perfectly straight lines.
Set up two more stakes and a string line 18 inches in from, and parallel to, each long side edge of the court perimeter; these represent the side boundary lines for singles play. Paint along these lines, then remove the stakes and strings.
Use the stakes and string to lay out and paint the net line, centered along the length of the court and parallel to the back boundaries (short ends). On each half of the court, mark the short service line at 6 feet, 6 inches from the net line, and the long service line at 19 feet, 6 inches from the net line. All of these lines should extend to the side perimeter lines.
Complete the court layout by painting a centerline from the short service line to the back boundary on each side of the court. These lines are parallel to, and centered between, the side boundaries.
Install a badminton net. Standard recreational nets have posts that are driven into the ground and are stabilized with strings and stakes. To go the extra mile, acquire a professional net from a sporting goods retailer or online supplier.