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Regulation Dartboard Setup

Updated on March 19, 2014

Measurements, tips and tricks on setting your dartboard up to regulation specs

You'd be surprised at how many phone calls and emails I get asking me about the measurements and specs for a regulation dart board setup. I always thought the box a dartboard comes in had the specs on it. Which reminds me of the time I won a bet in a dart bar that had their boards setup wrong.

At any rate I carry a handy measuring chain in my dart case for the simple reason that I setup and maintain dart boards in several sponsoring venues around my area for the dart league, and the chain takes up much less space than my tape measure.

Although the specs are easy enough to remember, I thought I'd throw a tutorial out here for those new to the game, or those setting up dart boards in their homes or local pubs. That way I can also address the questions in regards to lighting, hardware and more.

Considering Space and Where To Hang Your Dartboard

Playing darts in a comfortable environment makes a world of difference!

Before you start dragging out the tools, consider the area you are looking at for mounting your dart board. Will you have electricity available for good lighting? Will you have at least ten feet from the board to where you will be standing and shooting?

The throw line is almost eight feet from the front of the dartboard (exact measurements will be discussed below), so make sure you aren't in a tight space or small room where you may be backed up against a wall or some furniture.

Lighting is also a critical element. Even in the brightest of indoor spaces, seeing the dartboard clearly can become challenging. I recommend using a separate light or lights for illuminating the board. Track lighting is good, even a single spot light style can suffice.

My preference has become this three light setup I found at Home Depot (pictured right). I have one setup in my home as well as a few dart bars where I have installed dartboards, and they really do the trick! This particular light leaves no shadows from the wires or darts, as the three spots illuminate the board equally.

You might also consider installing a backboard or using a dart cabinet. It's not all that often that a player will miss the board entirely, however even some of the best can allow one to slip when aiming at a double.

You can shop online for a backboard or dart cabinet using the links below, or you can easily build your own backboard that is effective. In my garage setup I am building one using Styrofoam insulation, which I intend on wrapping in felt which will hide any holes from missed darts (seen in the pic with the light). I also built one for a girlfriend out of MDF which I glued a Texas Flag rug to for a unique backboard. I had the rug, MDF, contact adhesive and hardware so why not? If you are building one yourself, use creative license and have fun with it!

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One thing to consider when setting up your dartboard is an out chart poster. Many dart players have their checkouts memorized and understand the strategy from experience. Novice and beginner players however can learn faster and keep matches moving more quickly by referring to an out chart.

At 16 inches wide by 20 inches tall and printed in full color, these out charts are decorative as well as readable from the throw line. Checkouts from 52 to 170, both two and three dart options listed. Be the first to be unique with these one of a kind darts out charts!

Regulation height for a dartboard is simple. The center of the bullseye is 5' 8" from the floor. Using a tape measure - or your wife if she stands 5' 8" - mark a spot on the wall or backboard where you will be mounting your dartboard. This will clearly show you where to mount the bracket for hanging the board at regulation height.

Depending on your mounting surface you might also consider what hardware you may need. If you are using a backboard or cabinet that is mounted securely to the wall, the screws that came with your mounting bracket should do the trick.

If you are hanging the board on sheet rock or in an apartment where you want to leave yourself an easy patch up for the day you may move, I recommend going to your local hardware store and purchasing some drywall anchors. The style pictured left are my favorites, as they hold massive amounts of weight and are super easy to use.

Your dart board should have a pilot hole pre-drilled on the back directly behind the bullseye, and hopefully came with a screw to install there for hanging on the bracket. If you do not have a screw, make sure you find one that has a head big enough to grab the bracket securely, and that is not too long as to penetrate all the way through to the sisal where you will be planting darts on the front side of the board.

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The measurement from the dart board to the throw line (or Oche, pronounced like Hockey without the "H") can be done one of two ways.

The easiest way is to measure 7' 9 1/4" from the FACE of the dartboard. This is easily done by taking the measurement from the face of the board to the wall and adding 7' 9 1/4" to that measurement. Then take that total, and measuring from the wall you can then place your throw line.

You can also measure 9' 7 3/8" DIAGONALLY from the bullseye to the front of the throw line. This however requires an extra set of hands. In a pinch, you could cut some string to the length of 9' 7 3/8" and hold it in the bullseye with a push pin or a dart.

Receiving feedback - both positive and negative - helps guide me in the right direction. Please feel free to comment on this lens and let me know if it benefited you, helped you, put you to sleep or aggravated your wife because she is taller or shorter than five eight ;^) Any questions will be answered promptly! Thanks!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thanx it was a great help!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      thanx it was a great help!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      very helpful thank you

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      yes thank you some people told me diff things but i got it now

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great, exactly what I needed !!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ta! :)

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      Rags180 LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to OB] A-Z Darts has them, scroll all the way to the bottom of this page:

      http://www.a-zdarts.com/acc/tools.asp

      Tell em' Rags sent ya!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I looked up many dartboard setups and they all say 5' 8" to the bullseye. Where i live that is to height compared to the all the boards in local pubs. I finally seen two boards with the specs on the board. It was 5' 3" to center and the throw line is 7' 3". Why is my area different in Northeast PA?

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      Rags180 LM 7 years ago

      [in reply to GARY] American Darts uses a board made of basswood, using the end grain. Embedded in the board are wires that separate the board into scoring sections. The center of the cork is 5' 3" from the floor. The distance between the dartboard and the throwing line is 7' 3". The ABDA (American Baseball Darts Association) sets the distance at 7' 3" from the front of the board. American darts and English darts are two different games.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank god I found this site, I looked through at least 20 bull sh** sites trying to sell me books and other crap. All I wanted to know is the measurements. THANKS :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great article. One question though. We have a pub room and are having a dart board cabinet made to match the bar. The hold up was the room is dark and I did not like the shadows I had seen in other set ups with the lights in the cabinet. Your idea of the track lighting is great. How far from the board did you place the track lighting and how much variance in that distance do you think is possible? Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you! The set for my dartboard worked perfectly! I had a liitle hard time finding the specs until I got on your site! I sure need the practice! Ha!

      Best Regards from Cliffmar Newcastle,Ontario,Canada.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good info there but I can't seem to find anything on the web that gives any dimensions laterally from the board to an adjacent wall. Is there an "official" measurement? Not a big deal, just curious. Would like to move mine closer to a wall but I can't decide if it would be too close.

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      Rags180 LM 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Not sure about any official measurement in terms of space. At tournaments the boards are usually 6 feet bull to bull. I'd venture to say for your home setup it's more of a comfort factor than being up to spec.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      If you have several dart boards on the same wall how much distance should there be between boards.

      Thanks

      Pat

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      Rags180 LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Pat! If you're planning on having scorekeepers standing there I'd recommend at least six feet in between the boards. That's the rule of thumb we use around here setting them up at the pubs or putting up standards for tournaments.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      When playing at home in England, we had a ladies oche which was about a foot closer to the board (can't remember the exact distance right now). As most women are not as powerful as men when throwing, do you make similar allowances for them?

      Thanks,

      Jay

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      Rags180 LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Not here Jay. The ladies like to shoot from the same oche as the men.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi, can someone please tell me if the height of the board, stays the same for us ladies? I want to set up a board at home.. but I'm only 5'4" ! Thanks x

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      Rags180 LM 6 years ago

      @anonymous: The board is always mounted at regulation height, 5' 8" from the floor to the bull. We have a gal here that has to jump to pull her darts out of the 20's and usually stands on a chair when keeping score. Helluva shot too. You'll get it!

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      joanv334 6 years ago

      Hello, thanks for the tips!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thanks for the advice. Solved my questions.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Great tips! many thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When the league sent two guys to certify our board, they came equipped with a bricklayers string and bubble float and a plumb bob, the total length of the apparatus was 13 feet 5 1/4 inches. One guy held the string on the board's bullseye, the other guy held out 7' 9 1/4" of string, checking the bubble float to make sure he held it level with the bull, and if the plumb bob dangling from his hand barely scraped the carpet on the front of your throw line, you were certified. This took about 15 seconds to perform, eliminated any chance of slope in the floor, and gave the two guys ample time to enjoy a free drink on us before they headed off to the next venue.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Ma wlson

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thank you for the info I needed and let the games begin we will win LOL !!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was simply, precise, and very helpful!

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      agent009 5 years ago

      I wasn't aware dart throwing was even a regulation sport!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      If you don't have your board precisely at 5'8" in the exact center, whatever slight measurement the height of your board is off by, using the hypotenuse (9' 7-3/8ths inches) to mark the oche will make your oche measurement off even more. If there's any chance the height of your board is off by a pinch because of carpeting or operator error, you're far better off to mark your oche by measuring a perfect perpendicular of 7' 9 1/4" from the face of your board.

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      PositiveChristi1 5 years ago

      Very useful information (not for me as I don't play darts) and very simply explained.

      Excellent lens. Squid-liked and Angel-blessed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      not sure why the clock is "needed"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      nice article you've started here, enjoyed stopping by.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this simplifies things, thanks for the info

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      All the info I need and a whole lot more. Thanx.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sure ddoes help, but what about tournament set ups? Is there a specified distance between boards for a multi board set up ?

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      Rags180 LM 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Generally we try to set up tournament boards at least 6 feet apart from bullseye to bullseye. That leaves room for scorekeepers and a comfortable setup to shoot in.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wonderful -- just what I needed following a change of homes. I have just the right spot in the garage. And one may drink beer and smoke there too. The little fridge is adjacent. Now if I can find my darts ! djmartin, Rio Rancho, NM.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Absolutely - Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      is there a height requirement of a person to play darts...boy is 12 and wants to play in our league

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      Rags180 LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Nope, no height requirements at all. Best of luck and good darts to the youngster!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: VOKS darts makes the chains, Unicorn has a measuring tape with both soft tip and steel tip measures on it. Your local dart supplier should have access to either of these... if you can't find them I have a few in stock.

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      Rags180 LM 4 years ago

      Someone posted this but it didn't seem to go through: "VOKS darts makes the chains, Unicorn has a measuring tape with both soft tip and steel tip measures on it. Your local dart supplier should have access to either of these... if you can't find them I have a few in stock." Go check them out, I carry one in my case wherever I go!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the idea of the styrofoam insulation as a backboard. Going to attempt to make one for my boyfriend's birthday. Have the styrofoam already to go but am curious how this is to be mounted on the sheet of insulation. I know he could easily do it himself but I was hoping to surprise him with it already done and wrapped in the felt as you had suggested. Thanks so much!

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      Rags180 LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Laurel, 3M spray adhesive is the perfect ingredient for putting this together. Good luck with it!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Is there a good British reason for the measurements being such random numbers. Just curious. Seems like a neat topic that might have come from day of old.

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      Rags180 LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: It sure is! There are many tales I've heard over the years but the best - and likely most reliable - source for studying the history of darts is Patrick Chaplain, Darts Historian. His web site is http://www.patrickchaplin.com/

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      its was just what i needed..and yes the dart boards when you purchase them do have the measurements with it..but in my case I have been moving from motel to motel and don't have original box with me..So I have been depending on ppl like you on the web ..It was short and to the point exactly what I like

      thank you very much

      knytespyder

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great liked it a lot. Got the high and distance just what I needed

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      great! just what i needed to know. Only amateur but want to do it right!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very informative and descriptive. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      helpful to say the least !!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I was looking build a portable dart ezal like i have seen at turenaments so it can be folded up up and put away. We have limmited space.

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      Rags180 LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Unicorn has some great products that you might like, or that might give you some ideas for fabricating your own. Check them out at http://www.unicorn-darts.com/range/dartboards-port... Good luck and shoot well!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This was very helpful. Thanks. I was a little intimidated at first as I read "You'd be surprised at how many phone calls and emails I get asking me about the measurements and specs for a regulation dart board setup. I always thought the box a dartboard comes in had the specs on it." So, felt like an idiot going in, but swallowed my pride and read on! I'm sure my board did come with directions originally. However, I picked this gem up at a thrift store, and I'm new to darts. So, there you have it. I would have liked to know what the dimentions of the throw line should be. I'm not sure if there is a 'regulation' line or not. I've seen lines in local bars with numbers on them to aid in foot positioning. I'll go visit uncle Google again. No doubt there are thousands of articles on throw lines. Thanks for this article. Cheers!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: crikey mate i hope your arithmetic is better than your spelling or you;ll be up for some long games. sorry mate i could not help myself. I'm always taking my humour at the expense of others. just a suggestion, you could make your set up multi purpose i.e. folding table, stand it on end dart centre.

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      Rags180 LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Personally, I hold my arithmetic and spelling at a high standard. I am 50% good with math, 50% good with spelling and 50% good at fractions!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just what I was looking for. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      really helped!!! Were can I purchase a bracket? I'm in yuma and have found any dart supply stores.

      Jim Morehouse

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      Rags180 LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Check out Big River Dart Supply online, I think it is e-darts.net, they'll have everything you need.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Duh, in this day of technological wizardry, why would I check the box first? Oops, found what I was initially looking for there; however, I found your article much more informative.

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      ESLINSTRUCTOR 4 years ago

      Very well done. I found the info I was looking for and you've created a nice squidoo page around it. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      not a computer whiz but your site was easy to find and super helpful. had dart board about 35 years ago and could not remember the measurement.thank you very much ..MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      got the board set.up bar stools fridge for the beer just trying to locate a set of optics result !! car will not fit in garage !! = bigger house / garage sell car or wife...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: best option is to sell the wife

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      easily found and understood, many thanks

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