How to Easily Build a Low Cost and Awesome Pickleball court With the Correct Dimensions
In this guide, you will learn how to make a pickleball court for recreation play that has the correct pickleball court dimensions. The guide will cover:
- Options for pickleball court location
- Pickleball court size and dimensions
- Pickleball court lines and playing areas
- Pickleball net setup
- Supplies needed for drawing court lines
- How to create a pickleball court
It’s not too difficult to create your own court.
Really, all you need is a hard surface, a net, and something to mark the lines.
Of course, you need to know the correct pickleball court size so that you can create a court that is close to a typical court.
Options For Pickleball Court Locations
A pickleball court can be created in almost any space that’s at least 20’ x 44’ and is a hard surface – the grass will not work.
20’ x 44’ are the dimensions of the actual pickleball court and the minimum recommended size.
Think about re-purposing a basketball, tennis, or badminton court.
Many communities are taking this approach and in some cases, a surface such as a tennis court is multi-purpose and has lines for pickleball as well.
Or maybe there’s an empty school parking lot that’s not used often? Or perhaps there’s a dead-end street in your neighborhood that could do the trick?
That being said, there are more and more pickleball courts being constructed because of the incredible growth of the sport.
When picking a location for your court, and you have a choice, think about the position of the sun and the effects of shadows on the court surface.
Where possible, you don’t want players having to look into the sun.
As a general guideline, avoid putting a court up in a direction that will have the sun low in the sky during the busiest or most likely time of the day that the court will be used.
Of course, you may not have many or any options if you are using your driveway or an existing tennis court that you are re-purposing.
Pickleball Court size & Dimensions
A pickleball court is a rectangle that is 20 feet wide (6.10 m) and 44 feet long (13.41 m) inclusive of lines.
The court size for singles and doubles is the same.
The recommended minimum total playing area is 30 feet wide (9.14 m) and 60 feet long (18.28) but the preferred size is 34 feet by 64 feet long allowing for room to move outside the court’s playing area.
Remember that the pickleball court dimensions that you use to create your court should provide you with plenty of room to move or stand outside the court so you have plenty of room to serve the ball.
Of course, for recreational play, you can adjust according to the space that’s available to you but try to use at least the minimum size requirements of 20 feet wide (6.10 m) and 44 feet long (13.41 m) inclusive of lines, if possible.
This pickleball court diagram from the USAPA provides a very good perspective of what you should try to create.
Pickleball Court Lines and Playing Areas
A pickleball court has lines that are similar to a tennis or badminton court but there are a couple of differences.
The main difference is that a pickleball court has a non-volley zone (the kitchen), a 7 ft area that runs parallel to the net on both sides.
All lines are 2 inches wide. Here’s a summary of the court lines and playing areas:
The side lines are perpendicular to the net on each side of the court
The non-volley zone (NVZ) is defined by a line that is parallel to the net and is 7 feet from the net on both sides of the net and runs to each of the two sidelines. The lines are part of the NVZ.
The service court area is on either side of the center line and includes the centerline, the sideline, and baseline.
The center line is down the center of the court on both sides of the net and starts at the NVZ and goes to the baseline.
The right or even court service area is on the right side of the court when facing the net.
The left or odd court service area is on the left side of the court when facing the net.
Pickleball Net Setup
Here are the USAPA guidelines to follow when putting a pickleball net:
The net can be made of any mesh fabric that the ball can’t pass through
Posts should be 22 feet apart from the inside of one post to the inside of the other post. The maximum diameter of a post should be 3 inches
The net length should be at least 21 feet 9 inches from one post to the other. The net height should be at least 30 inches.
The net should be suspended over the center of the court and the top should be 36 inches high at the sidelines and 34 inches high in the middle.
The net can touch the court it should not drape onto the court.
Supplies For Creating A pickleball Court
There are several simple and cost-effective options for drawing court lines. It’s really a matter of deciding how temporary you want the lines to be and selecting the option that will work best for the pickleball court surface.
Regardless, you’ll need the following supplies:
Spool of string or a carpenter’s chalk to mark the lines before drawing the permanent lines
Sidewalk chalk (approx. 2 large sticks per court), OR
How To Set Up A Pickleball Court
Pickleball Court Size and Dimensions
There are two options for creating a pickleball court that meets the minimum recommended pickleball court dimensions.
Remember when creating your court that the minimum recommended pickleball court size is 30 feet wide (9.14 m) and 60 feet long (18.28) but the preferred size is 34 feet by 64 feet long. The pickleball court diagram from USAPA can help you with a bird’s eye view.
However, since this is probably for recreational play, make the court as close to this size as possible. It’s really about getting a court built that you can use and have some fun with.
Put the net up so that you can use the net to create the court lines with the following steps.
Be sure that there is enough room on either side of the net to extend at least 22 feet which includes 7 feet for the NVZ (kitchen) plus another 15 feet for the playing area.
Here are the steps for creating a pickleball court:
Step 1 – Set up the net, ensuring that you have at least 22 feet on either side of the net
Step 2 – From the outside of each net post, measure 12 inches in, mark with carpenter’s chalk and this is where each side line will run from
Step 3 – Measure 22 feet from the net to the outside baseline, mark with carpenter’s chalk. Do this on each side giving you the side lines for the entire court
Step 4 – Use carpenter’s chalk to connect the side lines and create the base line on both sides of the court
Step 5 – Measure 7 feet from the net into the court on both ends of the court where the side line is located, mark with carpenter’s chalk – this is the non-volley zone
Step 6 – Starting at the outside corner of where one side line and base line meet, measure 10 feet inwards, mark with carpenter’s chalk. Do this step a second time from where the side line meets the non-volley zone. Use the carpenter’s chalk to connect the two marks and create the center line
Here’s a great video that explains how you can setup a pickleball court:
The other option is to start with one end of the court, measure and mark all your lines.
Step 1: Tape the end of your carpenter’s chalk to the ground
Step 2: Measure 20-feet in a straight line. Mark the ground with carpenter’s chalk
Step 3: At a right angle to the straight line, measure 44 feet and mark the ground with the carpenter’s chalk. Use a carpenter’s square to ensure you are making a true straight line
Step 4: Repeat step 2 and step 3 to complete the four corners of the court so you now have a correctly sized rectangle
Step 5: Use court tape or chalk to create a 2 inch rectangle for each net post, using the lines from the carpenter chalk as a guide
Step 6: Measure 22 feet from the base line and set up a net post. And do the same on the other side of the court
Step 7: From each corner measure 15 feet towards the net and make a mark. Use the carpenter’s chalk to draw a line. Use court tape or chalk to draw the kitchen line
Step 8: To draw the center line, measure in 10 feet at the kitchen line and do the same on either side of the net. Then use the carpenter’s chalk to mark the line to the baseline. Use court tape or chalk to mark the line
Hopefully you have found this guide on how to build a pickleball court helpful and easy to follow.
Building your own pickleball court isn’t too difficult and really, for recreational play, any hard surface that allows for a reasonably sized pickleball court will work.
Playing pickleball is a great hobby for friends and families.
It’s also affordable for most people.
If you need help selecting a paddle, The Best Pickleball Paddles for Every Budget (And Game), simplifies buying paddles and includes a few great options for pickleball paddle and net sets.
For additional information on pickleball court size and dimensions, you can refer to the USAPA pickleball guidelines.