If you live in a part of the world where the winters are very long and cold, it would be difficult for you to get out of the house. It that cases an indoor basketball court sounds like a valid option. An Indoor basketball court is not just shooting hoops. It has many other applications such as it can be used for playing racquetball, gymnastics, or a game of kickball. Due to ample space, it can also be turned into an indoor gym.
But before you start thinking about building an indoor basketball court, you must get an estimate of the amount of money you will need. We will take a look at different items that are required and their costs. This would be helpful for making a rough estimate of the total cost.
Basketball Hoop Cost
Most basic item in a basketball court is a basketball hoop. This means that when you will start purchasing you need to first focus on a basketball hoop. If your basketball court is just for some casual games with friends, a single hoop would be enough for you but if your purpose is professional practices, then you must go for a full-size court with two basketball hoops.
Portable Basketball hoops or wall mount hoops are more preferred for an indoor basketball court. A good portable or wall mount basketball hoop of decent quality can cost you from $100 to $350; these price ranges also depends on the height of the pole and the size of the backboard. You also need to understand that the price will also increase with respect to quality and features. A hoop with medium height pole, meant for kid’s court can cost from $20 to $100.
After the hoop, the one important thing that can really improve your experience for a complete indoor basketball setup is good flooring. A wrong choice of flooring will not only affect your game but also damage the basketball and might need more maintenance. There is a rich variety of materials for basketball court flooring is available in the market today, but hardwood is the oldest still and the most reliable for indoor setup.
Hard maple material is a type of wood made of tiny fibers which makes it 100% splintering proof. One of the many advantages of hardwood is that it offers you a very smooth surface. Due to which it requires very less or no maintenance. The approximate cost of hardwood flooring is $5 to $11 per square meter.
Lighting system cost
Lights can simply remove the limitation of playing only at daytime. You can easily play a game in the middle of the night if you have a lighting system. You can use any general artificial lights such as fluorescent tubes but there are specific settings for lighting for an indoor basketball court.
Those lights need to be at some height and at a certain angle towards the court that it won’t directly get into player’s eyes from any direction. The tone of the lights must be soft and lights must be powerful enough to illuminate the whole court properly. Such lights are readily available in the market and affordable. It cost around 20$ per tube and you need to buy them according to your area.
Netting systems cost
Net systems can save a lot of your time. You won’t have to go and collect the ball every time it goes out of court. If you have a strict budget you can install the new system just around the basketball hoop or behind the pole to prevent the ball from going away while a throw.
You can also apply the net where you feel the need for it. If you are going for a single hoop then covering the whole court should be more preferred as it will take less space. The net varies due to different qualities but a general net would cost 1$ to 3$ per square meter.
Other Accessories Cost
Apart from the things we’ve mentioned above, you also need to install additional accessories to make your experience more friendly and exciting. These accessories are not compulsory but these little features can make a lot of difference. These accessories include:
- You can put game lines on your indoor court just to give a professional touch.
- Corner floor mats. It helps in preventing court slip and slide and increases your court safety.
- Court cleaning kit. You can easily go for a generic cleaning system but if you are using some good quality flooring then it can be better for floor maintenance.
Hiring an experienced and skilled indoor basketball court builder is compulsory because these professional court builders can make a considerable difference regarding the design, functionality, of the court and surprisingly it won’t cost that much plus it eliminates the risk of spoiling any part while building. The tasks that need to be done by them are designing of court, flooring, hoops and lights installation etc.
The labor cost can vary depending on who you hire. Certified court builders would be a better option but obviously, it will cost a little more than other builders. Certified court builders cost also varies according to their experience and some other features so you can select one according to your labor budget. You must do an extensive research before hiring any builder to get the best deal. The costs of labor would be approximately $300.
Tips for cost-cutting
You might be thinking that the setup might cost you a lot and it might go over your budget. To be honest, there is a slight chance of such a nightmare. But you can save some cost by cutting some corners without affecting the build a lot. Some of the tips are:
- You must make understand your purpose before doing any purchasing. If you are a very serious basketball player and your aim is professional training only then you should go for double hoops otherwise you must go for single hoops and you can omit game lines as well. It will save you money as well as space.
- If by any chance, there is already some artificial source of lighting available at the indoor court location you can opt the light installations.
- There are usually sales at many stores. You need to look for such stores. It can save you a lot of money if you can get an additional discount on any item.
- Try to keep your indoor basketball court as a multipurpose platform. In this way, you can also play other sports there such as tennis or volleyball. So occasionally you can enjoy some other games with your friends or family.
You must have developed some idea about the cost of building an indoor basketball court. After finalizing your budget, you can allow some amount of money for all the accessories you want to buy for your court according to your needs.
In this way, you can manage your budget from the initial level and you can keep the purchasing in the limit of your budget. After buying all the items you will have to hire a professional builder and your court will be ready within a few days.