If you are anything like me, I prefer to have a good time in the comforts of my own home. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good night out on the town, but I usually prefer entertaining guests at my own place. I love to invite people over for games nights. I'm not talking about Candy land and Monopoly though. I love Darts and want to show you how to hang a dartboard in your own home no matter what type of walls you have.
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So where do you start? How about we start with the basics? I am not a newbie at darts, but I can also say I do not know the specifics of hanging a dart board. I mean, anyone could stand 2 feet away and get triple bull's eyes. What is the space you need for the dart board you ask? Well, you should make sure you have about 3 feet wide by 10-11 feet of clearance around the area you are planning to throw darts. I don't think you want to be worrying about missing your 70-inch flat screen television while you are shooting the dart.
Another thing I wasn't 100% sure on is how high to hang a dartboard. The correct height to hang is to measure from the floor to the center of the bull's eye. The board should measure 5 foot 8 inches from the floor. I would like to add that there are some people who prefer to hang their dartboard by measuring floor to top of the bull's eye.
Now that we have the board at the correct height, and enough space to play without accidentally hitting your framed picture, how far away from the dartboard do you stand? Are you shooting soft or steel tip darts? If you are using a steel tip, you should be 7 feet 9 1/4 inches from the dartboard. If you are using a soft tip, you should be 8 feet away.
How to hang a dartboard without fixing it to the walls
So how do you actually hang the dartboard? What about duct tape? I am not saying it won't work, but that would not be the most effective way to hang it. A side note tip, you may want to put cardboard or plywood behind the dartboard to avoid damage to your walls. I mean, not everyone is an expert at throwing and may land a dart in your wall.
There are many different ways to hang your board. Dartboards will normally come with their own system to hang such as a U bracket and screws. You will find the directions in the packaging with directions on hanging.
Here are some ways to hang the board without fixing it to the wall. Invest in a portable frame that is free standing. This way you can move it wherever you feel like playing. You can buy a portable frame, or you can look on Google or even Pinterest and find a way to do it yourself. I will say that do it yourself always seems like a great idea, but sometimes it is cheaper in the long run to buy a premade one. There is also a system that many people like called the unicorn touring system. It's a travel set for your dartboard. There are also some systems that you can hang over a door without having a fixed board. The nice thing about portable systems is that you only have to measure out your throwing or toe line.
These can come in handy if you are renting and the landlord doesn't want a new hole in the walls or maybe you just don't want new holes in your walls.
How to hang a dartboard on a brick wall or concrete wall
How about if you have concrete or brick walls, a quick and easy way to hang your dartboard is using plywood. You are able to measure the correct height for the dartboard and fix it to the plywood. Then you can move your plywood where you want. You can shoot darts outside or inside. If you are crafty, you can paint the plywood any color you choose or even do a design. I have seen people even use a carpet remnant to add some "pizzazz" to the plywood while helping with keeping the plywood in decent condition.
I would like to add that there are commercial grade liquid nails, 3M command hooks that can also be used without drilling holes.
If you are ok with making a more permanent dartboard on a brick or concrete wall, you will most likely need to hit up a hardware store. You will also need a drill. A list of items you need is a regular drill bit, mason drill bit, cement or concrete anchor, washers, wood, sharpie, screwdriver, hammer, and a friend to help you. A common size drill bit is going to be 3/8 inch. Use your regular drill bit to drill holes in the corners of the wood. Then place the wood on the wall and make markings for the holes. You'll use your mason drill bit to drill the holes in the wall, then place your anchors followed by your screws. After tightening the screen, take them out and your anchors are set for your board.
If you are in the market for a new dartboard and not just hanging your pre-owned one, check out this buying guide. I am a sucker for Winmau brand.
How to hang a Winmau Dartboard
The Winmau dartboard comes with a hanging system that allows the center screw to take the brunt of the weight. It also uses a top and bottom bracing screw to help stabilize the board. You can, however, hang a dart board how you want, but I have found the system that comes with Winmau works very well. A tip I try and do is rotate the numbers periodically to give my board more longevity.
Now that you have found your best board and are all set up, enjoy your game night. Stay tuned for tips on how to become a better dart player. There are some super easy tips to go from a rookie wall hitting dart shooter to an expert triple bull's eye winner in no time.