Gone Outdoors

How to Assemble a Carlton Badminton Net

by Bridgette Ashmore

Carlton has designed several styles of badminton sets. The portable badminton set was designed to be set up quickly and easily; either indoors or out. There are no stakes to drive into the ground and no guide-wires or other supporting lines. If you have limited space or need a set that you can move around frequently, this would be a good choice. Carlton also makes a standard set to be erected outside and staked to the ground. This is better for more serious play, or situations where the net will be left set up for a length of time.

Carlton Portable Set

Remove the components from the storage bag. Separate the pieces into like categories within easy reach to make assembly easier.

Construct the base. Locate the four-pronged connectors. There are two; one for each side. Position the connectors on the ground so three legs touch the ground, and one prong sticks straight up in the air.

Insert the leg poles into two of the prongs on the ground on each connector. The leg poles are the shorter of the poles provided. There are four.

Position the tensioning bar between the two connectors. It will fit into the third open prong on each connector. Do not worry about tightening the bar at this point. After the net is hung, the legs will be adjusted.

Insert the upright poles. There will be two. Each pole will fit in the last empty prong which is sticking straight up from the connector.

Hang the net between the two upright poles. Each end of the net has a channel stitched into it that will slide over the pole. Adjust the position of the poles so the net is taught. Use the dial on the bottom tensioning rod to ensure the net is held tightly.

Carlton Standard Set

Clear a large flat area outside. A regulation court is 44 feet long and 20 feet wide.

Assemble the telescoping rods to create the uprights for the net. One of the pieces will have a point on the end. This is the side that goes into the ground. The other end will have several holes. These accommodate the ropes for the net.

Attach the net to the poles. If your net does not have ropes pre-attached at each corner, you will need to attach them. Pass each rope through the corresponding hole on the upright. For added stability, pass the rope through the hole several times and wrap the length of the rope around the upright before tying off with square knots. Repeat this process for each corner.

Erect each upright at the center of the sideline and use a mallet to drive the post into the ground. The net should split the court evenly, and the net should be tight between the two uprights.

Attach guide wires to stabilize the poles. There will be rings or additional holes for this purpose on the uprights. Thread the cord through each ring and connect to a stake in the ground several feet away. The stake should be driven into the ground angled away from the pole. The guide wire should be set at a 45-degree angle. Place two guide wires on each upright on opposite sides. For safety, tie a strip of surveyors tape around the center of the cord. This will prevent people from tripping over it.

Items you will need
  • Rubber mallet
  • Surveyor's tape


  • If you are using the portable set indoors; be wary of windows and other breakables. The shuttlecock can travel over 100 mph and will do damage to fragile objects.

About the Author

Based in CT, Bridgette Ashmore has been writing on a variety of topics since 1996. Her articles have been published in trade publications such as "LibraryScope" and "24/7" as well as topic-specific magazines like "ATV Rider" and "Side by Side." Ashmore has received numerous academic awards and possesses several college degrees—most recently a Master of Business Administration from the New York Institute of Technology.

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