Setting up of a Dartboard
area should be away from high-traffic area to decrease the
risk of injuries.
anything breakable away from the immediate area - darts
fly off at peculiar angles.
to erect the board where players are not distracted by
people walking past
area should roughly be about 11feet long and 5 feet wide
and should not have any obstacles in the way.
flooring should be considered also
concrete floors tend to break shafts
wood floors will look as though they have been attacked by
woodworm after a while
carpet will show the results of continuous walking
will need to mark the throw line with either tape, a
sticker, or a screwed down wood or metal bar.
purchase of a "dart mat" is the ideal situation.
This is a roll out rubber mat that serves several
functions. It protect the dart from breaking and dulling,
it protects the floor and marks the proper distance to the
should be adequate room for spectators and players when
they are not throwing.
needs to be a place for a score board in sight from the
line, preferably right next to the board.
Hanging The Board: The board needs to be hung exactly 5 foot 8
inches from the floor to the centre of the Bullseye. Good
quality boards are hung from the centre, making this
measurement easy. If you have a board that hangs from the top,
you will have to measure the distance from the centre 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 centred around the board.
Marking The Throw Line: The throw line (also known as the
oche) 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.
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 centred with the board. This can be accomplished
by measuring from the bullseye to each corner of the line.
The correct set up for a Dart Board
Lighting: 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.