How to Build a Padel Tennis Court?

Padel is a highly regarded sport globally and is growing in popularity. Padel court sometimes referred to as padel tennis, is a social game that is enjoyable and accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

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1. Padel Tennis Court Dimensions

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20m long x 10m wide padel court dimensions.

The first step in planning is to find out what area you have available and ensure that it is large enough to build a padel court.

Padel courts are 20 meters long and 10 meters wide for doubles. Single courts are the same length but only 6 meters wide.

A padel court requires at least 11×21 meters, plus an extra 0.5 meters on each side. This makes the minimum needed to build a double court 231 m2. A single court requires at least 11×7 meters, plus an additional 0.5 meters as well.

Usually, these measurements are the minimum; however, we recommend allowing more space around the court. Additional space around the court can also contribute to a better gaming experience.

The location is also vital for the overall experience, especially if your court is going outside. The sun and wind significantly affect the game outside, making it essential to think through location and positioning correctly.

2. Paddle court Ceiling height

It is essential to have a high ceiling as the lob is perhaps the most critical shot in padel tennis. No one wants to lose a point because their lob touches the ceiling.

Which ceiling height is required for the padel?

A padel court can be built outdoors without considering the ceiling height. Indoors, a ceiling height of at least 7 meters is a guideline, but 8 meters is even better. As padel evolves, more skilled players with greater demands will prefer courts with higher ceilings.

3. Padel Tennis Flooring

Foundation construction of the Padel court.

Having a perfectly leveled surface is essential for playing padel. It cannot be sloping.

What type of foundation do you use for padel courts?

Padel court supplier recommendations vary slightly, but you should strive to use a 10 cm-thick concrete surface without pits or elevations. If you are going to build a padel court outdoors you can install quick-dry asphalt, which will help your court dry faster when it is raining.

Padel tennis court foundation
The Foundation Construction of the Padel tennis court.

4. Surface

You now have to decide which top layer surface you will use for the padel tennis court. You have a range of options, each with pros and cons.

Which kind of artificial grass do padel courts use?

padel tennis court artificial grass

The synthetic turf on padel courts is specifically designed to withstand heavy wear due to its frequent usage combined with a relatively small surface area.

Or you can choose the PP interlocking plastic court tiles.

High quality interlocking plastic sport court tiles for tennis court and basketball court
High-quality interlocking plastic sport court tiles for outdoor padel tennis court

You should take several factors into consideration before selecting an artificial turf, including how frequently the court will be used, how much maintenance you are prepared to do, as well as how long you need it to last. Additionally, the decision depends on whether the padel court should be inside or outside, as well as your financial plan.

Why do padel courts have sand?

Padel courts use sand in the synthetic turf to keep it in place and reduce friction so fast movements are easier.

To build a padel court, you need about 3-5 kg of sand per square meter, depending on the type of artificial grass you use. (We use the high-density padel tennis artificial grass. Such as 28 stitches, 29 stitches, 30 stitches, etc…)

padel tennis court with sand

A 200 square meters padel tennis court needs to fill 600 KG to 1000 kg Quartz Sand

5. Building permits

Before you build your padel court, you need to have all permits in place. Otherwise, your padel courts project will be much over。

Does a padel court need a building permit?

Your country and the area where you plan to build a padel court will determine whether you need a building permit. Check with your local authorities to find out what is required in your case.

6. Installation

How do you install a padel tennis court?

Padel court installation requires experience and knowledge in order to achieve the best results.

This involves setting up the structure, installing glass walls, adding sand, and installing the artificial turf. Correctly installing artificial turf is crucial to a good result and should always be carried out by professionals.

LED Flood Lighting is usually part of the installation, making it essential to prepare all the necessary electrical outputs and sockets before installation.

7. The Installation Precautions of your Padel court.

The lime soil is yellow mud and lime, the plain soil is the normal soil of the field, the concrete layer is cement, and the concrete layer must be sloped towards the place where the drainage ditch is reserved.
(The plain soil and lime soil layer is used as the base layer, and the cement layer is applied after the road roller tamps it)

About The Drainage of Padel Tennis Courts

On-site design

There is a reserved distance between the bottom beams and the ground around to facilitate drainage

For the lawn

The bottom of the high-quality padel grass has drainage holes for easy drainage

For the cement layer

Please make a slope in the direction of the reserved drainage ditch to guide the water flow to the drainage ditch.

In terms of infrastructure construction

According to the actual situation of the sewer on the site, decide which direction to build the drainage ditch.

  1. In terms of economic performance, it is recommended to build two drainage ditches, corresponding to the slope of the cement layer in the two directions to guide the water flow, and the effect is satisfactory for the use.
  2. In terms of performance: It is recommended to make drainage ditches around, corresponding to four directions and a cement layer slope to guide the water flow, the effect is the best.
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