The proper place to hang a dart board can be a difficult choice:
- The area should be a low-traffic area to decrease the risk of injuries.
- There should be nothing breakable 2-3 feet on either side of the board and preferably nowhere
near the board at all. Darts can bounce 8 feet or more off the board.
- You need an empty area roughly 5 feet wide and 11 feet long. Although you can throw over
items in the area, it can be VERY distracting. It is also annoying walking an obstacle course
each time you pull your darts out of the board.
- The floor should be considered in several ways:
Taking all this into consideration, you might want to think about purchasing a "dart mat". This is
a roll out rubber mat that serves several functions. It protects the dart from breaking and dulling,
it protects the floor and marks the proper distance to the throw line.
- A concrete, stone or tile floor will break darts and dull the points.
- A wood floor will get lots of holes in it around the front of the board.
- Linoleum or vinyl flooring will also get a lot of holes.
- Carpet will show A LOT of wear from the traffic between the board and the line.
- You will need to mark the throw line with either tape, a sticker, or a screwed down wood or metal bar.
- There should be adequate room for spectators and players when they are not throwing.
- There needs to be a place for a score board in sight from the line, preferably right next to
Hanging The Board:
The board needs to be hung exactly 5 foot 8 inches from the floor to the CENTER OF THE BULLSEYE.
Good quality boards are hung from the center, making this measurement easy. If you have a board
that hangs from the top, you will have to measure the distance from the center of the bullseye to
the hanger and add that to the height. If a back board is used to protect the wall around the
board, this will also have to be centered around the board.
Marking The Throw Line:
The throw line (also known as the oche, toe-line or hockey) should be about 3 feet wide. It may
be made of tape, a store bought throw-line sticker, a piece of wood or metal. It should be placed
exactly 7 foot 9 and 1/4 inches from the FACE of the board for a standard steel-tipped setup. For
soft-tipped darts, the line should be 8 feet from the FACE of the board. (NOTE: Some British pubs
use an 8 foot or 8 foot 6 inch measurement for steel tip darts.) To measure from the face
of the board, have someone hold a plumb line from the bottom-front of the board to the floor. If
you don't have a plumb line, you can use a piece of string with a pencil or dart tied to one end.
Make sure the throw line is exactly perpendicular to the face of the board and centered with the
board. This can be accomplished by measuring from the bullseye to each corner of the line.
email@example.com suggested a great idea. If you have a
carpeted area where you are going to setup your dartboard, you can use a strip of wood or metal
with the "hook" side of a piece of Velcro attached to the back as your throw line. You can stick
it to the carpet when in use and it won't move, then just rip it up when you're done.
Proper Setup Of A Darting Area:
Proper lighting of the dart board is very critical. It is important to be able to tell exactly
where the dart landed without moving from the throw-line. The ideal lighting is from 2 lamps
mounted from the ceiling to the left and right of the board. Obviously, in a home this can be
a little ugly and expensive. The main goal is to light it reasonably brightly and create as little
shadow as possible. I mounted a little "piano light" (the kind you hang over a painting) that I
bought at Ikea for $10.00 about 4 feet in front of the board on the ceiling. It works beautifully.
Content generously provided by Rod Mendez, creator of mostdartgames.com