FAQ – Padel courts
7 steps to plan and build padel courts
1) How much space do you need to build a padel court?
Padel courts (double) are 20 × 10 meters. Single courts are the same length but only 6 meters wide. 20 × 6 meters.
A paddle plane requires at least 11 × 21 meters, plus an additional 0.5 meters on each side. The minimum needed to build a double court is 231 sqm. Single courses require at least 11 × 7 meters, plus an additional 0.5 meters.
Remember that these measurements are minimum requirements; however, we recommend more space around the court. More area around the padel court also contributes to a better gaming experience. The location of the court is also crucial for the overall experience, especially for outdoor courts. Both the sun and the winds significantly affect the game, which makes it essential to think carefully about the location of the courts.
2. Ceiling height
It is crucial to have high ceilings, and lobes are perhaps the most critical shot in padel. No one wants to lose a point because their lob hits the roof.
An outdoor course does not need to think about the ceiling height. Indoors, the ceiling height should be at least 7 meters, but 8 meters is even better. Skilled players have greater demands and prefer courses with a higher ceiling height.
Having a perfect and even surface is crucial for the game. We always recommend using a 10 cm thick concrete surface as an alternative; there is asphalt, but it is less durable, and you also risk breakthroughs from below of plants.
You must now decide which top layer surface/turf to use for the floor.
The turf on padel courts is designed to withstand heavy wear due to the high use and small playing surface.
Before choosing artificial turf, you should consider several factors, including how often the court is used by players, how much maintenance you are willing to do, and the budgeted lifespan. Of course, you must also consider whether the paddle course should be indoors or outdoors.
Padel tracks use sand in the synthetic grass to hold it in place and reduce friction to make quick movements easier.
8-12 kg sand/sqm is needed, depending on the type of artificial grass you use.
5. Building permit
Before you start the construction, you must have a complete building permit. To discuss building permits, contact the building committee in the municipality. Also, make sure that the fire authority approves the premises. There must be good escape routes.
Padel turf requires professional installers who specialize in padel.
It’s about setting up the structure, installing glass walls, adding sand and installing the artificial turf. Proper installation of the synthetic turf is crucial for a good result and should always be performed by professionals.
Lighting is usually part of the installation, making it essential to prepare all the necessary electrical installation with certified electricians.
Padel courts require regular maintenance. A well-maintained padel court improves both the playing conditions and the lifespan of the court.
Depending on the type of paddle course, maintenance varies. A general rule is to clean glass walls once a month and sweep artificial grass once a week. (For some types of artificial turf, fewer sweeps are required). The glass walls should be inspected every month, and the artificial turf should be serviced once a year.