The top of a badminton net should be 1.55 meters (5'1") above the ground at either post and 1.524 meters (5') above the ground in the middle. While the width of the net varies for singles and doubles matches, the height remains the same, states Net World Australia.
Badminton dates back thousands of years in both Asia and Europe, when it was known as battledore and shuttlecock, in which two people would hit the shuttlecock back and forth. The net entered the game in the 1800s, when a modern form of the game known as "Poon" became popular in India. The popularity of the game spread, and it appeared in the Commonwealth Games in 1966 and the Olympics in 1992.