Darts throwing is a fun and well-known sport around the world. Take your beloved pub pastime to any place you like with a few simple things to remember.
The correct setting of the dartboard can be a bit tricky if you’ve never done it before.
You not only need to know the appropriate height of the dartboard, but also the throwing line distance from the dartboard, which can be horizontally or diagonally measured and is separate for soft and steel tip boards.
Fortunately, with the correct guidelines, accurately mounting of your dartboard is fast and straightforward. Use the instructions below, and you’ll have your dartboard up and running in no time.
Best place to hang up a Dart Board
Don’t ever hang a dartboard near a door, glass, or other breakable objects to lessen the possibility of injury.
Locate an open place like the basement, game room, or the backyard. Space must not be less than 5ft wide and 11ft long.
Darts can ricochet off the bull’s eye at over 8 feet, so ensure you take the right precautions.
To guard your wall, the dartboard can be hanged on a piece of plywood covering the nearby wall.
Contingent on your budget, you might not be able to create custom-made floors for your darts.
Remember that various materials can effortlessly spoil your darts or commonly fade from general play.
Preferably, make use of a dart mat that is a roll-out rubber mat specially created to safeguard your floors, protect your darts from blunting, and mark the correct distance from the throwing line.
- Dart tips can break easily or become blunt on stone, concrete, or tile floors.
- Wooden floors can be punctured easily, particularly the part closest to the board.
- Linoleum and vinyl floor also tend to have many holes.
- Carpeting can fade slightly and show the wear and tear of footprints in the middle of the dartboard and throw line.
Make sure the floor is even. You might not have verified when you first moved into your house, so ensure that your floor is flat. Some homes may tilt, or the floor may warp over time.
If you use a dart mat, you may be able to level out irregularity by laying out cardboard or carpet to balance up the throwing area.
Height of the Dartboard
The required height from the ground to the middle of the bull’s eye is 1.73 meters (5 feet 8 inches).
This dimension is internationally recognized and stays the same for both bristle and electronic boards.
We recommend that you first measure and mount the dartboard before determining the throwing line distance.
Horizontal Throw Line Distance
The horizontal range from the front of the dartboard to the beginning of the throwing line varies between dartboards with steel tip and soft tip.
Dartboards with steel tip: The horizontal distance is 2.37 meters (7 feet 9 ¼ inches).
Dartboards with soft tip: The horizontal distance is 2.44 meters (8 feet).
It’s vital to begin measurement from the front of the dartboard, and not from the wall. You can measure your dartboard’s depth and then combine that dimension to the horizontal distance from the wall.
Also, you can release a string to the ground from the dartboard’s face and measure from that point. In both cases, you’ll get the same result.
The Distance of a Diagonal Throw Line
A different way to verify the throwing line distance is to measure diagonally. The range differs depending on the type of dartboard.
Dartboards with steel tip: The diagonal distance is 9 feet 7 ⅜ inches (2.93 meters).
Dartboards with soft tip: The diagonal distance is 9 feet 9 ½ inches (2.98 meters).
In this case, someone should hold a tape measure at the bull’s eye so that you can measure forward diagonally to where the throw line should be.
You can also use the Pro-Line measuring tape that lets you use a dart to clasp the measuring tape in position.
Dartboard Setup: Hanging a Dartboard
Measure the Bull’s Eye and Mark the Wall
Official rules state that the center of the bull’s eye must be exactly 5 feet 8 inches off the ground.
High-quality boards are hung from the center while others may be hung from above.
If a protective housing or mount already surrounds your dartboard, measure from the bull’s eye center to your highest attachment point and add to 5 feet 8 inches. Center your board within the housing or bracket.
Install the Backing Board Disc
Point the counter-sink towards you and put the backing board disc in the rare center of the board. Bolt the center hole tight, followed by all other guide holes.
Most dartboards have 3 more holes to fix the dartboard securely.
Set up the Wall Bracket
Keep in mind to position the wall bracket so that the center of the bull’s eye is 5 feet 8 inches above the ground.
The wall bracket should face you with the opening to the top of the U-shaped recess. When the center mark is aligned with the center hole of the wall bracket, screw it in place.
This will be detached later, as it only serves to make sure the other brackets are even.
Make use of a level for the bracket and 4 C screws and remove the middle screw after all brackets are parallel.
Get the board stabilized by positioning the screw a little higher than the bracket.
Align your dartboard by holding the 20 scoring area vertically while you insert the dartboard into the wall bracket. Make sure that the disc is fixed.
As soon as the brackets are in place, line up the board and set it into the wall brackets.
Attach the board flush to the wall, not at an angle like a picture.
Set up the throwing line. Place the throw line 3 feet wide and 7 feet 9.25 inches from the front of a standard steel-tipped setup or 8 feet from a soft-tipped board.
You can use adhesive tape, a piece of wood or metal, or even a store-bought throwing line sticker.
Make sure that the throwing line is centered and at a right angle to the side of the board.
Measure from each corner of the line to the bull’s eye to ensure that the throw line is vertical and at the correct distance.