Pickleball Court Dimensions

Understanding the dimensions of a pickleball court is crucial for all players, as it determines the boundaries within which the game is played. The official court size, net height, and other specifications are set by the International Pickleball Federation (IFP). In this article, we will explore the dimensions of a pickleball court in detail, including the overall size, boundary lines, net height, and other important measurements.

Measurement Units

The dimensions of a pickleball court are usually written in feet and inches, however, for those of you that prefer the metric system, we will also provide all distances in meters and centimeters in this article.

Pickleball Court Size

A pickleball court is rectangular in shape, with a width of 20 feet (6.1 meters) and a length of 44 feet (13.41 meters), which is about a third of the size of a standard tennis court, and the same size as a doubles badminton court. The dimensions for a pickleball court are the same for both singles and doubles matches. An illustration of all of the dimensions can be seen in figure 1.

Layout and dimensions of a pickleball court.
Figure 1. The official layout and dimensions of a pickleball court, with measurements shown in both feet and meters.

The court is marked with several lines, which define the boundaries of the playing area. The sidelines run along the length of the court, and the baselines run along the width of the court.

The court is divided into two halves by a net, which is suspended over the center of the court. The posts for the net should be a distance of 22 feet (6.7 meters) apart.

Each half of the court contains two service areas and a non-volley zone (also known as the kitchen).

The service areas measure 10 feet (3.05 meters) by 15 feet (1.52 meters), with the centerline running perpendicular to the net.

Each non-volley zone spans a distance of 7 feet (2.13 meters) from the net.

These lines are crucial to the game, as they determine whether a ball is in or out of bounds, and also dictate where players are allowed to stand and hit the ball from.

How Tall is a Pickleball Net?

The pickleball net has a height of 36 inches (91.44 cm) at the sidelines and 34 inches (86.36 cm) at the center. The net height is lower than that of a tennis net, which allows for more exciting and fast-paced rallies, as players can hit the ball over the net with greater ease.

Pickleball court

A pickleball net should have a height of 36 inches at the sidelines and 34 inches at the center. | Flickr photo by Photo Munki shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

How Much Room Do You Need for a Pickleball Court?

We have established that a pickleball court is 44 feet by 20 feet, but how much space is needed surrounding the court? It is recommended that the full court size including an out-of-bounds area should be a minimum of 24 feet x 54 feet, but if space allows, it is recommended to be 30 feet x 60 feet.

Pickleball Court Vs Tennis Court

A standard pickleball court is approximately a third of the size of a standard (doubles) tennis court. A pickleball court measures 44 feet x 20 feet, with a total area of 880 square feet. A tennis court measures 78 feet x 36 feet, with a total area of 2808 square feet.

Size of pickleball court vs size of tennis court.
Figure 2. The size of a standard pickleball court (blue) overlayed onto a standard tennis court (red).

What Is the Best Surface for a Pickleball Court?

Pickleball courts can be made of a variety of materials, each of which has its own pros and cons. The most common surface materials for outdoor pickleball courts are asphalt and concrete, while indoor courts are typically made of wood, plastic, or rubber. In addition to the playing surface, the type of net used can also impact the playing experience.

Asphalt is a popular surface material for outdoor pickleball courts because it is durable, affordable, and requires little maintenance. However, it can be hard on the joints and can become slippery when wet, which can make playing difficult and dangerous. Concrete is another common material, and while it is also durable and low maintenance, it can be even harder on the joints than asphalt.

Indoor courts are typically made of materials that are more forgiving on the joints, such as wood, plastic, or rubber. Wood floors are common in gymnasiums and are generally considered to be the gold standard for indoor pickleball courts. They provide a smooth playing surface and are relatively easy on the joints, making them a popular choice among players. Plastic courts are another option and are often used in community centers and recreational facilities. They are affordable and durable, but can be slippery and may not provide as consistent a playing surface as wood.

Finally, the type of net used can also impact the playing experience. Most pickleball nets are made of nylon and are suspended from metal poles that are anchored into the ground. The net should be taut and measure 36 inches in height at the sidelines and 34 inches at the center. The type of net used can impact the sound of the game, as well as how the ball bounces off of it. Some players prefer a softer net, while others prefer a stiffer net that provides more consistent bounces.


Are there different size pickleball courts?

The size of a pickleball court is the same for both singles and doubles matches. A standard pickleball court measures 44 feet by 20 feet.

What is the size of a mini pickleball court?

A regular game of singles pickleball will use the entire court, exactly the same as a doubles game. A mini-pickleball game (also known as Skinny Singles or Half-Court Singles) will only use half of a standard court. In mini pickleball, both the left and right service areas will be used throughout the game, but only one side will be played per point.