Hanging a dartboard is a relatively straightforward activity that you can achieve in the space of five minutes. The two main regulatory bodies of the sport, the British Darts Organisation (BDO) and the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), both have the same strict criteria for how a board should be hung, including, critically, the height of the board and the distance from which darts should be thrown.
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Your first consideration when hanging a board should be the environment in which it will reside. For example, it might be most convenient to hang your board in the garage, as it's out the way, but will anyone brave the cold to use it during the winter months? To hang your board, choose a clear area of your house that is not used as a thoroughfare (where people will regularly walk across the face of the board). To play darts comfortably, you need roughly 5 feet of width and 11 feet of length from the board. Furthermore, consider what will happen if darts bounce out from the board--make sure your board is not too close to a point where anyone regularly stands or sits, such as beside the couch.
Using a tape measure and a pencil, work out the spot on the wall that is 5 feet 8 inches above the floor. Mark a cross at this point on the wall with a pencil--this is where the bull's-eye of your board will be. Nearly all dartboards that you buy include a small fixing bracket (attached to the back of the board) and a nail, which you will use to hang the board. Hammer the nail into the wall directly through your pencil mark, leaving about an inch of the nail exposed from the wall. Carefully lower the board over the nail so that the fixture attached to the back of the board slots onto the nail you have hammered into the wall--be absolutely certain that the weight of the board is held by the nail before you remove your hands, as boards can be heavy and damaged if you drop them.
Once your board is fixed to the wall at the correct height, you must then work out and mark the throwing line. Players must stand 7 feet 9 1/4 inches from the board when throwing darts. According to Cyberdarts.com, the simplest way to correctly measure the throwing distance is to take a tape measure from the centre of the bull's-eye diagonally down to the floor a distance of 9 feet 7 3/8 inches. Mark a clear line at least 1 foot long to indicate where players should throw from. Alternatively, invest in a darts mat, which not only protects both your floor and darts from bounce-outs, but also has the official throwing distance marked on it.
You can buy several additional features to take your set-up from simply a board on a wall to a real hub of entertainment. Buy a scoreboard, for example, to help you quickly and easily keep score. Invest in a dartboard surround, which is a foam ring that surrounds the board, if you wish to protect the wall on which your board is hung. Purchase proper lighting to hang from the ceiling and shine onto the board to make it much easier for you, your opponent and any spectators to easily see what a player has scored.
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