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How to Draw a Badminton Court | In 8 Steps

The sport of badminton became popular in the mid-19th century, particularly in England where it was first played. Its popularity spread globally due to its easy accessibility and enjoyable gameplay.

The significance of the badminton court lies in its dimensions and markings, which create a structured playing area for players to showcase their skills and tactics. The court’s layout also ensures fair competition and strategic gameplay, making it an essential element of the sport.

In this tutorial, we will provide you with a simplified step-by-step guide on how to draw a badminton court. We’ll also provide some tips on how to enhance your sketch with the use of a background and some color.

StepsComplexity Level
The Court Outline2
The Long Service Lines1
The Side Lines 1
The Short Service Lines1
The Center Lines1
The Net Line1
Design Overview Table

What You Will Need

  • A drawing piece of paper or a sketchbook
  • Pencils (2b, 3b or 5b)
  • A ruler
  • An eraser
  • Color pencils or markers
  • 10-15 Minutes

How to Draw a Badminton Court

The best thing about this tutorial is that you only need to draw a series of straight lines. You will be able to complete a realistic badminton court sketch by simply combining rectangles and straight lines in a symmetrical format.

Before we begin, make sure you have all of your drawing tools ready, steal a peek at the outline image below for an idea of what each step will entail, and ensure you have enough time to dedicate your attention to the process.

Outline of all the steps

Step 1: Draw the court outline

The first thing you’ll need to draw is outline the court.

In order to complete this step, you will need to draw the perimeter of the court so that you have the foundation of your drawing set out before you.

Position your drawing paper in a landscape orientation, then use your ruler to draw a horizontal rectangle on the middle of your page, which stretches from the left to the right margins.

Next, add another rectangle inside the first one, with a small space in between them.

  • Draw a horizontal rectangle in the middle of your paper
  • Add another rectangle inside the first one to form the back boundary line
  • Ensure that the space in between the rectangles matches that of the picture below
draw the outline of the court
How to Draw the Outline of the Court

Step 2: Draw the Long Service Lines

The long service line is the boundary line at the end of the badminton court. This is where the shuttlecock has to land during a serve.

This line is parallel to the net and is located at the back of the court.

Using your ruler, add a vertical line on the inner rectangle we added earlier. The line should be a short distance away from the side of the rectangle.

Add another line on the other end of the rectangle so that your drawing looks like what we have in the below illustration.

  • Add a vertical line in the inner rectangle
  • Add another vertical line on the other side of the inner rectangle
how to draw a badminton court
Draw the Long Service Lines

Step 3: Draw the Sidelines

The sidelines are the boundary lines on the sides of a badminton court, as the name suggests. These are lines that run perpendicular to the net. They define the width of the playing area.

Players have to make sure the shuttlecock lands within the sideline boundaries when playing a rally (exchange of shots).

If the shuttlecock lands outside the lines, it is considered to be “out” and the player that hit the shuttlecock loses the point.

To add the sidelines, use your ruler to add a horizontal line slightly below the top of the inner rectangle.

The line should start from the left side and connect to the right side of the rectangle. Add another line close to the bottom of the inner rectangle.

  • Add a horizontal line slightly below the top of the inner rectangle
  • Add another horizontal line slightly above the bottom line of the inner rectangle.
how to draw the sidelines on a badminton court
Add the Sidelines

Step 4: Draw the Short Service Lines

The short service lines are the lines that mark the front boundary of the service courts. The lines are usually 6.1 meters away from the net.

To add the short service lines, start by using your ruler to mark the center of the badminton court. This could be done by drawing a small circle on the middle of the court.

Next, add a vertical line on the inner rectangle, a short distance away from the center.

Add another vertical line on the other side of the center so that the two short service lines are at an equal distance from the center.

Do not erase the marking made on the middle as this will be a useful tool for another step later on.

  • Mark the middle of the court with your ruler and a small circle
  • Add two vertical lines, one on each side of the center
  • Do not erase the marking made on the middle
Draw the Short Service Lines

Step 5: Draw the Center Lines

The center lines refer to the lines that run perpendicular to the net. They divide the court into two halves.

To add the center lines, add a horizontal line in the middle of the badminton court.

The line should run from the back boundary and connect to the short service line.

Do the same for the other side so that your drawing looks like what we have in our illustration below.

  • Draw a line from the back boundary and connect to the short service line
  • Do the same for the other side of the court
  • Make sure the horizontal lines don’t overlap the vertical ones
Draw the Center Lines

Step 6: Draw the Net Line

This is the final step of the sketching process! The net could be considered the most important element on a badminton court.

In an official regulation court, the net line splits the court in half, creating spaces on each side that are 22 feet by 20 feet.

To add the net line, use the mark drawn in step 4 for the center of the court. Add two vertical lines directly next to the mark that cut through the middle of the court.

Unlike the short service lines that divide the player’s side of the court, the net line will divide the entire court into two halves.

Once complete, erase the center mark for a neat drawing.

  • Draw two vertical lines next to the mark made in the middle of the court
  • These two lines divide the entire court in half
  • Erase the center mark for a neat and clean finish
Add the Net Line

Congratulations! Your Badminton Court drawing is Complete

Take a break and assess your drawing to make sure everything looks the way you want it to.

If there are any mistakes you might have made, correct them with a few swoops of your eraser.

Do this now so that the following steps have your undivided attention!

Completed Sketch

Taking your Drawing to the Next Level

While you’ve accomplished an amazing feat by completing this drawing, there is always room to improve and make it even better.

While some artists like the aesthetic appeal of a black-and-white sketch, a drawing with some background accents and color always stands out among others.

step 7: adding a background

The power of a background is astounding! It adds depth to a piece by tapping into one’s imaginative skills to explore possible storylines attached to drawing objects.

To complete this step, first decide what kind of story you’re trying to tell with your badminton court drawing. Whatever you choose, we have an array of tutorials to assist you in adding your surrounding elements.

Consider placing a shuttlecock somewhere on your page to add a touch of realism. Additionally, draw some inspiration from other sport related drawings and their backgrounds.

step 8: adding color

One of the best, and easiest, ways to instantly elevate your drawing is by coloring it. You are encouraged to allow your imagination to roam free as you complete this step.

Real-life badminton courts are green, however you are welcome to experiment with different color combinations, or use your favorite colors for a personalized touch.

If you’re going for a realistic look, be sure to use a dark green for the entire layout of the court. Make the lines stand out by coloring them black.

Badminton Court Drawing with Color

Bonus Tips

Use a ruler or straight edge to ensure straight lines and accurate proportions.

Pay attention to detail when drawing the net, court boundary lines, and service areas. Check out this tutorial for a detailed guide on how to draw a badminton net and post.

Utilize different pencil grades for shading and highlighting to add depth and dimension to the drawing.

Practice drawing badminton players in action poses to add movement and excitement to the scene.

Research reference images of badminton courts to get a better understanding of how they are laid out and designed.

Conclusion

Well done for completing this badminton court drawing tutorial. Not only did you draw the layout of the court and all of the necessary lines, you’ve also hopefully learnt some fun facts about badminton itself.

Give yourself a pat on the back for that. Artistic skills can only improve with practice, so keep on going and push yourself to draw more challenging things. See you next time!

How to Draw a Badminton Court
How to Draw a Badminton Court

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The step by step tutorial will show you how to draw a realistic badminton court. You will also learn how to enhance your drawing so that it is more impressive.

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