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Different Types of Badminton Courts and Guide to Select the Best One

types of badminton courts

Badminton is an indoor sport which is usually played on different surfaces.

And to play on these different court surfaces, you require a certain pair of shoes and equipment.

These courts not only allow you to move effectively but also help you in enhancing your skills and game.

And in case you want to know which type of court is best for the players, check out my post: Wooden Court Vs Synthetic Court.

Different Types of Courts Designed for the Players

There are four types of surfaces where all the international and domestic matches are played.

  1. Synthetic court.
  2. Wooden court.
  3. Cement court.
  4. Acrylic court.

1. Synthetic Court

Synthetic badminton court

It is one of the best and most commonly used surface types approved by BWF (Badminton World Federation) officially.

Synthetic courts hold a wooden base on top, and synthetic mats are laid over it, either made of polyvinyl chloride or polyurethane.

Professional players commonly prefer such court surface as it provides the better bounce, an anti-slip feature, and amazing traction, which helps prevent injuries.

It helps protect your knees from injury and reduces the chances of strains.

They are easy to maintain and are cheaper in comparison to the others.


  • Easy to maintain.
  • Budget-friendly.
  • Holds amazing quality.
  • Holds an anti-slip feature.
  • Helps in preventing knee injury.
  • These mats are available in different variants in the market.
  • The mats indulged in it are easy to join and provide amazing stability.


  • One in the habit of playing on a wooden surface might face some problems while playing on a synthetic floor for the first time.

2. Wooden Court

wooden badminton court

You already might have guessed what kind of surface we will discuss, as per its name.

A wooden surface is one of the best options if you want a good set-up to perform effective badminton shots.

You might have seen in many friendly and domestic tournaments that wooden floor is supported the most because they are very effective and provides amazing shock absorbing feature.

But if you are playing or practising on a wooden surface, you must keep a few things in mind.

You always need to go for an excellent quality grip and non-marking shoes and try to stay on a dry surface because you can slip easily and face an injury while playing on a wet wooden surface.


  • Amazing and elegant appearance.
  • Indulged with a touch of heritage.
  • Best for friendly and domestic tournaments.
  • Provides an amazing shock-absorbing feature.


  • Expensive.
  • Slippery.
  • Hard to maintain.
  • One could face gripping problems while moving or running on it.

3. Cement Court

cement badminton court

In the old days, cement courts were made of cement and concrete for playing badminton outdoors.

Still, you can see such kinds of outdoor floors.

These courts are very cheap and durable compared to all other surfaces mentioned here on this list.

Warning: A cement floor is unsuitable for your knees and causes severe injuries like cramps and sprains.

Also, it does not provide good traction and stability.

So I won’t recommend playing on such kind of surface because after playing on it you can’t play on a wooden floor anymore.


  • Budget-friendly.
  • Mostly preferred by those, who play this sport just for fun.


  • Gets dusty easily.
  • Do not provide traction while playing.
  • Playing on a cement floor can lead you to face some severe and permanent knee injuries.
  • If you are playing on a cement floor, it can be hard to play on a wooden floor.

4. Acrylic Court

acrylic badminton court

Acrylic courts are made up of rigid materials like asphalt or concrete.

They are covered with acrylic material, which helps seal the surface and mark the boundary or playing lines while providing cushioning.

Acrylic floors are much similar to the synthetic surface.

But compared to synthetic and wooden floors, acrylic floors do not provide shock absorption.

Rather than this, these kinds of floors are available in different colour variants.

And these badminton courts do not require much maintenance, as it is just a one-time investment purchase.


  • Easy to maintain.
  • Budget-friendly.
  • Long-lasting and durable.
  • Is available in different colors and types.
  • One of the most preferred outdoor surfaces.


  • These surfaces are harder than PVC and PU.
  • Indulged with the low shock-absorbing feature.
  • There are chances of growing algae and moss on it, if not maintained.


These were the different types of badminton courts that you might have experienced by playing on them.

All these surfaces have merits and demerits, making them comfortable, shock-absorbing, and ideal for the players.

And according to my opinion, if you want to play effectively and become a professional player, you must always go for synthetic or wooden floors because these types of floors are chosen for playing in domestic or international tournaments.

So if you want to enhance your game and skills, then you need to opt for a suitable and effective surface so that you can stay away from facing injuries and disappointments.

Also, let us know which surface is most suitable and comfortable for you.

And if you face any problems or questions in your mind regarding this post or these surfaces, then feel free to ask us or pin them up in the comment section below.

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