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How to Set Up a Dartboard at Home

We all know practice makes perfect. That’s why setting up your own dartboard at home can not only encourage hours of fun with friends, but also provide you with the tools you need to improve your game. 

You’ll be pleased to know that setting up your own dartboard space isn’t that expensive, difficult or time-consuming. Here at Darts Corner, we’ll provide you with everything you need to set up your dartboard area, from dartboard measurements, basic lighting advice and interior options to mounting choices and safety considerations. 

Firstly, you’re going to need to choose an area where it’s safe and comfortable to throw darts, this could be a games room or room with plenty of space and no obstructions. 


What height should I hang my dartboard? 

The first thing you should consider when setting up your dartboard is the hanging measurements. You need to choose a space that not only allows for these measurements but also creates a safe darting environment. 

The height from the floor to the centre of the dartboard (known as the bullseye) must be 5 feet 8 inches (1.73 metres) . 

We would recommend mounting the board at the correct height before measuring out your throwing line for the most accurate results. 

We stock a range of dartboards at Darts Corner. From professional, tri-wire and round wire boards to specialist and soft tip boards, you’re sure to find the perfect addition for your home. New to darts? We even stock trainer boards to get you started. 


How far should my throwing line be? 

The official distance to the throwing line is 7 feet 9¼ inches (2.37 meters) from the face of the dartboard (not the wall). 

Measure 7’ 9¼” from the bullseye to the floor to create the front of the throwing line. If you’re using an electronic dartboard with soft tipped darts then this measurement would need to be 8 feet. 


How do I mount a dartboard? 

A dartboard should be mounted flush against a backing surface. Of course, a backing surface is optional but we do highly recommend them as opposed to directly mounting your board onto your wall.  If you do choose to mount directly onto your wall then please ensure you are mounting into wood or concrete. 


Hanging a dartboard using a U-shaped metal bracket

Dartboards usually come with a basic metal hanger kit. This normally consists of a centre screw, a U-shaped hanging bracket and three spring clips for levelling the dartboard against the wall or backing surface. 

You should follow these steps to hang your dartboard with a U-shaped metal bracket:

  1. Place the centre screw directly into the dead centre of the dartboard.
  2. Spread your spring clips in a triangular formation in the back of the dartboard. 
  3. Screw your U-bracket into the wall or backing surface. The bracket should be measured out so the bottom of the U-slot sits at 5 feet 8 inches high. That is where the screw on the back of the board will sit.
  4. Simply slide the board with the screw fitting into the U-shaped slot. It should fit snugly against the backing surface with minimal, if any, movement.
  5. If there is more than a little movement, try to tighten the centre screw on the board and then slide it back into the bracket. This will stop it from moving or spinning. 


Disc mount hanging kits 

Another option for mounting your dartboard is a disc mount hanging kit. This kit includes two thin but sturdy mounting pieces: the disc (to be screwed into the centre back of the dartboard), and a wider U-shaped bracket that is screwed into the backing surface or wall. 

The benefit of using a disc style mounting kit is that you don’t need to worry about using spring clips and the width of the bracket keeps the board flush, level and secure. People have found that using disc style mount hanging kits makes it easier to centre the board. 


Dartboard backing surfaces and cabinets 

A dartboard cabinet is a popular option when bringing a dartboard into your home. As well as being practical, dartboard cabinets are available in solid oak and other decorative wooden materials. The closing door feature means that you can hang your darts and scoreboard during play, and provides the opportunity to neatly store away when not in use. Here at Darts Corner, we have a range of dartboard cabinets available in a vast array of designs, so you can be sure to find a style that suits your interior. Whether you’re looking to create a man cave or want something more discrete, we’ve got you covered. 


DIY backing surfaces 

You can get creative when it comes to creating your games room, and make it personal to you by designing your own backing surface. You can do this by choosing a functional and decorative backing surface material for your dartboard setup such as pallets or reclaimed wood. You can see some examples of some DIY creations here

When selecting the backing surface, consider that the diameter of the board itself is about 18 inches. Your backing surface should be at least 3 square feet to allow room for the board and scoreboard, plus extra room for wayward darts. You also need enough thickness for hanging the mounting bracket. If you’re using plywood and you’re worried about the thickness, an easy solution is to place a cork board over the plywood. This provides added thickness and extra protection for your dart tips.


Marking the throwing line 

Remember to mark out the throwing line earlier, this is known as the oche (pronounced like ‘hockey’ or toe line). To make the line visible, use a wide strip of tape or something else that’s durable enough to withstand foot traffic. 


What floor surface is best for playing darts?

The floor between the throwing line and the dartboard can take some hammer. If you have nice hardwood flooring you should consider putting down a mat that’s thick and durable enough to withstand steel dart tips. Alternatively, if you have a hard concrete floor that could cause damage to your dart tips, laying down a protective surface will also be beneficial. 

Rubber or Vinyl mats make a great material for this as they protect both the floor and the dart tips. You can find a collection of professional dart mats here at Darts Corner in an array of non-slip and eye-catching designs. When you’re finished, you can just roll up the mat and store it away. Your dartboard remains in place as a beautiful wall decoration until the next game. If your room is carpeted you may not need this protective layer. 


Lighting for dartboard set up 

A dartboard requires adequate lighting so you can focus your aim and see your scores. Lights, such as spotlights, can be mounted on the ceiling directly above the dartboard or angled back and shine directly on the face of the dartboard. A simple overhead track light can also work well.

The wattage of this spotlight should be enough to cover the entire dartboard. Without full coverage, shadows will form, which may affect game playing. If you’re struggling to find the right lighting, why not check out our full collection of dartboard lighting which has been specifically designed to be fit for purpose. 


What should I consider when setting up a dartboard at home?

  1. There should be plenty of room so participants and guests can stay clear of thrown darts. 
  2. Don’t set up your dartboard in a cramped area where there is no room to move your arms. 
  3. Darts can easily bounce off your board, so make sure everyone stands back enough as to not cause harm. 
  4. Ensure there are no breakable objects in the surrounding area such as windows, TV screens or glass ornaments. 
  5. Ensure children and pets are well behind the throwing area. 
  6. Keep darts in a safe place and out of reach of small children. 

Setting up your own home dart space is an ideal way to practice, improve and introduce others to the game. It’s the perfect way to bring friends and family together and raise those competitive spirits. Here at Darts Corner, we have everything you need to set up at home. From dartboards, dart mats, darts, and dartboard lighting, you can rely on a high quality product when you order from us. We even have personalised options to make a special addition to your home or games room.