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How to Make a DIY Pickleball Court

Pickleball is a fun sport for people of all ages, and it is the fastest growing sport in the United States by 2022-2023. Pickleball combines the elements of tennis, badminton and table tennis. It can be played not only indoors but also outdoors. In addition, it has low requirements on the size of the court, and people can enjoy the fun of this sport anywhere. Building your own DIY pickleball court can provide you and your family with endless entertainment and health benefits. Let’s find out how to make a pickleball court and its benefits.

Why build a pickleball court

Before diving into the details of construction, let’s explore the reasons for building a DIY pickleball court. Pickleball can be a great choice for family bonding, friendly competition, and socializing with neighbors. If you have a mesmerizing pickleball court your child will likely become a star among his peers and he will have lots of buddies to play with! In addition, playing pickleball has many health benefits, such as improving cardiovascular fitness, enhancing balance and coordination, and boosting mental health.

Pickleball court size

The standard dimensions of a pickleball court are 20 feet wide and 44 feet long, the same dimensions as a double badminton court. The court is divided into two equal halves by a net, with a non-volleyball area (or “kitchen”) extending 7 feet from either side of the net. There should also be 2 feet of clearance around the court for safe play.

Material selection for DIY pickleball court

  1. Surface: The ideal surface for a pickleball court is flat and smooth. Common options include concrete, asphalt, and specially designed ZSFloor Tech pickleball playing court tiles. Concrete and asphalt provide durable and low-maintenance surfaces, while sports court tiles provide better shock absorption and can be easily installed over existing surfaces. Whichever option you choose, make sure it provides the proper amount of traction to prevent slipping during gameplay.
  2. NET: Standard pickleball net measures 36 inches high on the sides and 34 inches high in the center. You can buy pre-fabricated netting or make it out of weather-resistant materials like nylon or polyester. Make sure the net has a 2″ wide white top edge for visibility.
  3. Posts: You will need two strong posts to support the netting. These should be made of durable materials such as galvanized steel or heavy-duty PVC. Posts should be 22 feet apart and at least 3 feet above the court surface.
  4. Lines: To mark the boundaries of the court, you can use brightly colored tape, paint, or even chalk to improvise lines. Lines should be 2 inches wide and clearly visible.

Build Your DIY Pickleball Court

  1. Choose a suitable location: Find a level area large enough to accommodate the court, with at least 2 feet of clearance around it. If necessary, you may need to level the ground before starting construction.
  2. Prepare the surface: If you chose concrete or asphalt, make sure the surface is smooth and free of cracks or chips. For playing court tiles, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper installation.
  3. Install the posts: Dig the post holes at the proper distance (22 feet), then place the posts in the concrete, making sure they are level and firm. Let the concrete cure before proceeding.
  4. Hanging the Net: Secure the net to the post, making sure it is taut and at the correct height (36 inches on the sides and 34 inches on the center).
  5. Mark court lines: Measure and mark boundary lines, no-volley areas and centerlines with the material of your choice. Make sure the lines are straight and clearly visible.
  6. Add optional accessories: Consider installing extra features such as fencing, windscreens or exterior lighting to enhance your pickleball experience.
  7. Inspect the pitch: Before a game, inspect the pitch for any hazards or imperfections that could affect play or cause injury. Address any issues accordingly.


To keep your DIY pickle ball court looking its best, perform regular maintenance such as cleaning the surface, checking for cracks or damage, and keeping the wire and netting in good condition. If you used temporary lines, reapply them as needed. Regularly tighten the net and check the stability of the post.