Once you get your favorite new dartboard, the next thing on your mind is obviously how to hang it up. Read this article for our tips and tricks to hanging a dartboard correctly!
First Things First – Choose Your Desired Location
Where should I hang my board?
This may seem like an odd question but it’s actually very important, where you hang your board can seriously affect the playing of darts. Well, finding the best place to hang your dartboard can be tricky. So let’s see some alternatives:
Your garage might seem like a good idea, but actually, it’s not the best place to hang your board. The humidity of a garage can cause warping and damage to a new board. It’s also not an ideal playing area as there is usually no overhead lighting.
If you are prepared to treat your board and garage carefully then you can hang your board here. You will need to make sure that some lighting is installed, or even better invest in some LED lights dedicated to the dartboard. To treat humidity, you can use a dehumidifier to keep the air moisture level low.
If it is your bedroom, then consider the same issues as above, but also consider that you will need room for your throws with no objects in the way. Also, make sure you have a decent ceiling height.
If it is your living room then this is going to be the most commonplace for a dartboard and with good reason! You can easily treat any humidity issues in a living room, many homes will have central heating which helps keep the air dry and avoid warping. It’s also the most common place to play darts socially, as most living rooms usually offer enough space for friends to watch and enjoy your game! However, you must make sure that there are no windows behind the board which may crack, and placing the dartboards far from a door is ideal.
A basement or an attic also makes for a great place to hang your board. Again, the humidity must be kept down to minimize warping, but this is less of an issue than in a garage. They will offer you the same benefits as above, with no windows behind your board and plenty of space around. I know that if I had a basement, I would happily hang a dartboard there.
The most important thing to consider, apart from the obvious space requirements, is that you need to have a room where you will be happy to spend time playing darts! You don’t want your board in a dark corner, behind the washing machine or anywhere you play darts as an afterthought.
Many people will consider placing a dartboard outside, but I must advise you against this. With the weather and the potential for water damage, a dartboard placed outside is not going to last long! I learned this the hard way when I installed my first dartboard in my backyard. I was so excited when it finally arrived, but after a month there were serious signs of damage from humidity so I had to remove it.
If you absolutely must place a board outside, try to install a roof above it for some shelter from rain and snow. If you can’t find a proper place to install it indoors, I think you will be better served if you uninstall it and store your precious dartboard between practice sessions.
Dartboard Regulation Measurements
Dartboard Height. According to World Darts Federation, the appropriate height for the bullseye is 5 feet 8 inches. You need to ensure that your ceiling, especially if we are talking about basement or attics, is high enough.
Dartboard Distance for Throw Line. In order to draw your throw line, you need to measure 7 feet and 9 3/4 inches from the face of the dartboard. Make sure that you have enough room for your throws and spare room for your friends too! If you need more details on setting up the oche, you should read our article on how far is the throw line from the dartboard.
How to Mount a Dartboard
Before you start drilling holes, make sure that the wall surface is dry and clean. This makes it easier for you to mark the dartboard position, which is essential so that the board hangs straight when you hang it up.
Materials needed to hang a dartboard
- If your dartboard does not come with any kind of mounting equipment, you should take note that most boards will require at least 2 screws to be set correctly. You must ensure that there are no pre-existing holes in the wall where you want to hang your board as this can limit which screws you use.
- You can use a wall stud finder to detect any wooden studs behind the drywall of your wall. A stud finder helps you determine where to place the screws and avoid electrical wires.
- You may need to use a level in order to check your wall for any imperfections. Some boards will allow you to make small adjustments if needed so you have them placed completely vertical.
- A tape measure, In order to measure the proper dartboard height and distance for the oche.
- A power drill and a screwdriver
Mounting the dartboard
Once you have determined the best position for your dartboard, you can mark the spot you need to drill. In most cases, you will need two screws to mount the board.
Having drilled the two holes, you simply use the mounting hardware and screw it in place for the dartboard to hang. Most dartboards have a screw that you place in the back of the dartboard, most times in the center, allowing you to secure it in place.
After you hang the dartboard, use any spacers the dartboard has to ensure the flat surface is vertical.
Alternatively, for brick walls, you can use a high-quality brick clip to hook the dartboard.
For temporary installations, you can try some high-quality Command hanging strips, instead of drilling holes on your wall. To be honest, I’ve never tried hanging a dartboard without screws, but the Command strips seem like a good and affordable way to avoid having holes on your wall.
If you have concrete walls, you will have to use tapcon screws. They are widely available in hardware stores and are meant for concrete. The process is similar to the regular screws mentioned above since the tapcon screws are meant to create these anchor points in concrete.
What About Protection?
How Can You Protect Your Wall?
I suggest you use a dartboard surround to protect your wall from darts. The dartboard surround is a protective rubber surface you place on the outer edge of the dartboard. Without a surround, especially if you are a beginner, darts can end up on your wall. If your budget doesn’t allow for a surround protector, placing a carpet or curtain behind your dartboard will save your wall.
How Can You Protect Your Floor?
Darts will bounce off the dartboard and bounce everywhere. As you get better, you will be able to throw your darts with more precision but until then your floor may take a hit. Make sure you play with a carpet between you and your dartboard, until you are ready to invest in a dart mat.